Every year I go America I purchase an EOS Lip Balm and every year I am disappointed. I know that EOS is available via several online destinations in the UK but finding such brand in the likes of Boots, Superdrug or any beauty stand is practically unheard of. Yet in the US there are every which way you turn which makes the allure all that more magnetic.
Over the years I have worked my way through just about every EOS lip balm there is other than the Medicated Tangerine version which I am about to chat about and the two new-ish swirl variations which I will review at a later date. Truthfully the majority of the EOS formulations don't tend to agree with my lips often leaving them flaky and chapped which is really the reverse effect of a lip balm. Luckily the Medicated Tangerine EOS Balm hasn't caused a reaction of any kind on my lips or the skin surrounding my mouth but I am still not a fan. The Tangerine scent stinks - it smells more akin to melted rubber than a citrus fruit and is pretty intolerable and although medicated it is in no way on par with the likes of Carmex. It doesn't seem to heal or do all that much other than provide a somewhat sticky barrier on my lips but like I said I will chart that up to a win as it hasn't had any adverse effects on my skin nor lips.
To the credit of EOS (Evolution of Smooth) their lip balms are 100% natural and 95% Organic (free from Paraben,Petrolatum, and Phthalates) which is impressive feat no matter how you look at it and something I feel more brands should aim to deliver. In my opinion the EOS formulation is a little drier than some other lip balms and as a result is not one you can really layer on without it caking on the lips. Also I find that the EOS balms can tug a little which may not be ideal for cracked or chapped lips, for every day moisture yes but I would perhaps look for something softer in texture come the winter months.
It isn't all doom and gloom as there is one product I can not recommend enough and that is EOS Hand Lotion in Cucumber (it does come in a good few scent variations but the fresh cucumber scent is difficult to resist). This is a new discovery to me and was bought on a whim but my, my, my am I glad I own it. A light silky hand lotion that is quickly absorbed into the skin yet leaves my hands feeling perfectly nourished and soft to the touch. The only downside is that it doesn't seem to last all that long, I drained a full bottle in a little over a week at first I blamed excessive use but now that I am on to my second tube I can say that is not the case. Although it states that there is 50ml in each bottle the two that I have owned don't seem to be all that full. Perhaps I have been unlucky but they do seem a little skimpy in product. However the small and easy to use style of the packaging does make it a hand bag must have in my opinion.
You can find:
EOS Medicated Tangerine Lip Balm £5.95 via Cloud10Beauty - link
EOS Hand Lotion in Cucumber via Topshop £8/50ml - link