Organic Rose Otto Lip Serum by Dr. Organic & Douglas Naturals lipbalm
I looove roses, I do, but as soon as Valentine’s starts creeping round social media and shop windows, suddenly the world is all
But! the truth is that deep down I find collective nonsense like this entertaining, so I’m playing too, and today I bring roses… well, not really: I do bring lipbalm, though, which is a necessity for me at this time of the year; lately I’ve been using this Douglas Naturals lipbalm with organic pomegranate extract, and the Organic Rose Otto Lip Serum by Dr. Organic.
Lipbalms and I, a tale of devotion (& a brief disgression)
First off, I want to make one thing clear: I’m not usually a fan of the hyperbole that’s rampant in the beauty blogosphere, and reading/hearing grown-ass women talk beauty and cosmetics using teenage terms like:
- “this is a necessity for me”
- “holy grail” (done with this almost from the first time I came across it, so stupid)
- “you need this in your life”
- “can’t live without it”
and other ridiculously exaggerated stuff like that (not to mention uncreative and illiterate)… what can I say, I’m older and almost everything annoys me. Get off my lawn.
For me, the only cosmetics that deserve to be tagged (with some reservation) as indispensable are sunscreens, because I live where the sun lives, I guess also moisturizer for face and body (mostly in winter), and lipbalm, because if I don’t use them diligently at certain periods of the year, my lips will peel, crack and bleed, argh.
So I always make sure to have lipbalm at hand, preferably somewhat potent ones, as well as formulated with vegetable oils and butters; I don’t really like putting vaseline or petro-derived stuff like that on my mouth, I never really feel comfortable with those (and then for being outside somewhere sunny, I always apply lip SPF, which is anything but “natural”… but that’s a story for another day).
Douglas Naturals lipbalm with organic pomegranate extract
I ran into this one snooping round Douglas (this is a German cosmetics & beauty chain, my dear faraway visitors), and this balm made with bio ingredients, from their own brand Naturals, caught my eye.
To be brief, this is just how I like my balms. It’s mostly nourishing butters and plant-based oils, with antioxidant pomegranate extract as the star (though it’s actually halfway down the INCI list, after perfume… ); it lasts a long time on the lips and the consistency is just right, not too hard and not too goopy. I guess if you’re out to be demanding, it does include fragrance and essential oils, so if you’re sensitive to those, watch out (the fragrance itself is quite faint).
Another defect: I don’t know if this just this specific one I bought, or if all are like that, but anyway, the container’s kind of flimsy. In fact, it’s happened to me several times that the twist-up part at the bottom (in fuchsia) detaches. This isn’t really a big deal to me, in fact it makes it easier to take it apart for recycling, but just in case, I wouldn’t carry this in my handbag knocking about.
With all of this in mind, would I buy this product again? Yes, without a doubt: it provides all I ask of this type of product, and it is just the thing to keep the corners of my mouth supple in winter, and not like they’re going to turn me into like Kuchisake-onna at any moment. I give this one 5 points.
Organic Rose Otto Lip Serum by Dr. Organic
This brand has been making come-hither eyes at me from the shelves for a while, and I finally weakened and nabbed this serum.
Given the name, I expected just that, a liquidy-hydrating serum or essence, and I thought it’d be nice to apply to seal afterwards with the balm; this may seem kind of like too much for some, in the vein of a 10-step K-beauty ritual, but really, nothing’s moisturizing enough for my lips, especially in this cold-cold winter.
In any case, the packaging says this is antiaging (looololol), protecting and hydrating (see, now they’re talking). The truth is that this on the greasier side and kind of like a gloss, nothing like your typical watery face serum. If I don’t apply a more occlusive balm over this, like the one from the above review, it vanishes rather quickly; I still like using it, because it does prolong the protective effect of the other balm, and I feel my lips comfortable and nourished for longer, but I wouldn’t rely on this on it’s own.
On another note, the “star” ingredients announced on the packaging of this product are rosa damascena oil, and vanilla bean oil, which was partly why this caught my eye, like so many rose-based cosmetics… hmm, where in the INCI list could they be?
Right down at the bottom, after the fragrance, which is to say, this really has negligible amounts of those lovely things it touts. To tell the truth, I didn’t really expect a lot at this price (it was like 5 € or so), but I will say I really dislike this type of sneaky marketing from brands.
All things considered, would I buy the product again? No. It’s not bad, and like I said before, I like using it as an extra step in my lipcare, but on the whole, I can do without this. I give it 3.5 points.
1 point: No! Never again, not even if you gave it to me, or even paid me to wear it.
2 points: I didn’t finish the container and it’s very unlikely I’d buy this again. It might work for you, but it does nothing for me.
3 points: Meh. I’ll use up my jar/tube, but I don’t think I’d buy again. It might work for you, but it doesn’t do much for me.
4 points: I like it. It’s nice and does its job. I might buy this again, if I find nothing I like better.
5 points: I love it! It does its job very well, I find it a pleasure to use, and it’s earned its place in my beauty routine.