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Reviewed and Recommended: Your Best Face Quench Lip Treatment

Reviewed by Marta November 25, 2008 11 Comments

Pros

No nasties and no need for constant reapplication

Cons

Some users found the texture too soft
A creamy lip balm for protection against the elements

Regular readers know that Your Best Face is a favorite skin care line of mine and Correct, the eye cream, is my "I simply can't live without it" cosmetic. Now YBF has come up with a lip treatment called Quench ($15 in the shop) that lives up to the high standards of the rest of the range.

I've been trying out Quench for about a week and can report that it protects from the harshest of winds, rapidly heals ragged lips, only requires a couple of applications a day (the complete opposite of most lip balms that seem to need to reapplied with ever-increasing frequency) and has a couple of good anti-agers. The nice people at YBF tell me that they have had some early feedback from testers who felt that the consistency of the product is too soft. It's certainly much softer than your average chap stick, but, personally, I rather like the creamy texture.

Quench's base is argan oil, which is full of vitamin C and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Next comes olivem, a combo of cetearyl olivate and sorbitan olivate. Meadowfoam seed oil is increasingly cropping up in cosmetic and hair care products because it is very stable due to its fatty acid composition. Meadowform seeds are 60% omega-9 fatty acids. In practice, it behaves like a safe silicone, adding gloss and helping with the retention of moisture.

No YBF product would be complete without spin trap (phenyl butyl nitrone), a molecule that makes a bee line for free radicals that are spinning out of control and stops them in their tracks before they can do cellular damage. Melon seeds provide vitamin C and an amino acid called citrulline and blueberry provides vitamin E, carotenoids and antioxidants.

What's also nice about Quench is that YBF has scrupulously avoided anything nasty. Even the wax is derived from rice bran.

Ingredients in YBF Quench

Argan oil, olivem, meadowfoam seed oil, watermelon seed oil, ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate (vitamin C), blueberry seed oil, rice bran wax, micronized zinc oxide, peppermint oil, clementine oil

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  • December 11, 2008

    by sarah

    When I placed my order for the YBF eye cream I added on the YBF Lip Quench and emailed to say could they be posted together. The very nice sales department emailed back and said they were sending the Lip Quench to me as a gift just "because". So Christmas has come early. I got the parcel yesterday and have tried both. Too early to notice a difference round the eyes but the lip balm is so good I am about to order a couple more (one for the car, one for the handbag). It really is great and as Marta says, one application lasts for ages. I put it on at night now too (I used to use Elizabeth Arden's 8 hour cream or Vaseline - I dread to think what chemicals I've been ingesting all these years).

  • December 9, 2008

    by marta

    Very difficult - you all seem to be highly deserving and sincere. Chosen at random: Lauren and Vicky.

  • November 27, 2008

    by Lauren

    I could seriously use this product right now. This time of year has been extra brutal on my face and lips and I feel like no matter what I do I can't find something to relieve the tight, dry feeling I have. I love finding reviews to help my quest in finding good products so of course I'll review and pass on the favor!

  • November 27, 2008

    by Veronica McBride

    I swear to write a review! :)

  • November 27, 2008

    by Sandra

    I received this in sample size. I wasn't sure I liked it because of the unusual softness of the product. Also, when it arrived in the mail, it was quite cold from sitting in my mailbox and had a grainy texture to it. Soft AND grainy seemed a bit too much. However, after letting it sit overnight and warm up just a bit, the graininess wasn't quite so much. I don't know if the graininess is the normal state of this lip balm, and the texture is still unusual, but not completely offputting. It does not leave a grainy feel after application and it does apply well, more like soft lipstick than anything else. After using it for a week or so, I can say that Quench does work at protecting lips outdoors, and it also works well as a nighttime moisturizer. I really do like this. :)

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