Though the stick has a natural orangish hue, it glides on the lips clear, leaving a subdued shine. The texture is silky and smooth without the overpowering goop of tube balms. I found that I had to apply the wax-based stick several times back and forth over my lips in order to get the desired shield of moisture. There is no flavor, but the fragrance is evocative of the stick's orange color and abundant blend of essential oils, including citra, citronella, farnesol, geraniol, limonene, and linalool.
Without any preservatives mucking up the formula, Dr. Hauschka relies on these essential oils to provide preservative power. I was concerned that it would go rancid after a few quick months, especially after seeing what happened to Marta's Marsh Mallow conditioner, but my Lip Care Stick is set to expire more than a year from now. There is no real danger that it will ever reach that date, considering the rate that it reaches my lips every day.
Unlike the greasy sealing effect produced by petrolatum in Kiehl's lip balm, Dr. Hauschka Lip Care Stick lends a coating loaded with nutrients. Waxes derived from the candelilla, carnauba, and rose plants protect the delicate skin of the lips from the elements. While castor oil enables the stick to glide on without waxy residue, shea butter and jojoba oil (chemically similar to human sebum) condition and seal painful fissures in the lips. Apricot kernel oil contains the essential fatty acids oleic and linoleic acid and is high in vitamins A and E, all of which help to soothe irritated skin. With extracts from anthyllis and carrot rounding out the formula as softeners, the Lip Care Stick does way more than dampen a dry pout.
As a testament to this chapstick's synthetic-free force, my sister declared in a blind test that Dr. Hauschka was without a doubt all-natural and felt better than Burt's Beeswax, a pretty strong endorsement coming from a self-proclaimed lip balm afficianado. What she doesn't know, however, is that Dr. Hauschka packed his lip balm with many more nourishing ingredients than Burt. The only key component that it lacks is sun protection, so I'd recommend applying a colored gloss/lipstick with SPF over it or securing it a permanent place on your nightstand. Either way, your lips will reap the benefits of Dr. Hauschka's wholesome formula.
Castor (Ricinus Communis) Oil, Rose (Rosa Canina) Hip Extract, Jojoba (Buxus Chinensis) Oil, Lanolin, Beeswax/Cera Flava, Carrot (Daucus Carota) Extract, Shea (Butyrospermum Parkii) Butter, Candelilla Wax (Candelilla Cera), Carnauba Wax , Rose (Rosa Gallica) Petal Extract, Sweet Almond (Prunus Dulcis) Oil, Anthyllis Vulneraria Extract, Cetyl Alcohol, Apricot (Prunus Armeniaca) Kernel Oil, Jojoba (Buxus Chinensis) Wax, Fragrance/Parfum (Essential Oil), Limonene*, Citronellol*, Geraniol*, Citral*, Linalool*, Farnesol*, Rose (Rosa Gallica) Wax, Lecithin