We place so much importance in protecting our skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun, but very rarely do we remember that our lips can suffer the same fate. Today’s product review is on the Essential Kit SPF 15 Lip Balm from Kit Cosmetics.
Like the rest of your skin, your lips also have three layers that each play their own parts. The only difference is that the layers of your lips are much, much thinner than the rest of your skin. Which is one of the reasons why it may be a good idea to invest in a good lip balm with a reasonable SPF.
A lip balm with sunscreen
Does it smell alright?
The first thing that comes to mind when I think of sunscreen is the distinct (and almost unbearable) smell of sun block that lingers around for a while before it wears off. So I’m quite picky with lip balms with sunscreen as having to smell it constantly while it sits on my lips can be quite dreadful. With the essential kit spf 15 lip balm, the sunscreen smell is very slight.
It’s enriched with lemon, orange, grapefruit and peppermint essential oils but there’s no way to say that one or two flavours overpower the other. Straight out of the tube, it just smells like any other paw paw ointment but you will get a hint of lemon, Kakadu plum and a bit of peppermint upon application. The longer it sits on your lips, the more prominent the smell of sunscreen which hits its peak and fades away fairly quickly.
Does it taste alright?
Let’s face it, if you put it on your lips, there’s a 99.99% chance that some of it will find its way into your mouth. If you’ve had experience with lip balms with sunscreen before, you will know that it leaves a strange taste in the mouth and this one is no different. So if you’re like me, and you find the typical smell and taste of sunscreen unbearable then you might want to skip this lip balm.
On a scale of 1 to horrible, I’d rate the taste of this lip balm as ‘OK’ (haha!) but I’d imagine it would be quite terrible if you got a sizeable amount in your mouth. I’d recommend using this one sparingly, and reapply when you need to. Perhaps half, or even a quarter of the amount pictured below.
More about the Kit Cosmetics essential kit lip balm spf 15
Deemed as an ‘ultra-nourishing lip balm with SPF 15’, it does fairly well in softening my lips. It also contains shea butter which is pretty common in many natural lip balms, and native Australian botanicals like Kakadu plum, quandong and lilly pilly.
Is Kit Cosmetics cruelty-free?
The brand’s products are all Aussie made with modern formulas with a touch of Australian botanicals. As for whether they’re cruelty free, it’s hard to say because I can’t find an official statement of any sort on their website. All we have to go off of is that it says ‘Againt [sic] animal testing’ on the back of the tube, which is still a pretty broad statement. You can be against animal testing but still be testing on animals. I did ask the girls at the Kit Cosmetics counter at Myer Sydney, and they said that their signature line and any other product that Kit Cosmetics stocks are cruelty-free.
Through my personal judgement, I’d say they are cruelty-free because animal testing isn’t done in Australia. However, I have no idea whether their products are sold in China or whether their suppliers (for the ingredients) test those ingredients on animals either. I wish they’d come out with an official statement and/or get certified by a reputable organisation because it makes it easier for potential customers to make an educated buying decision.