Like so many women, I'm a confessed lip balm addict.
When given the opportunity to test RMS Beauty Lip & Skin Balm ($25 in the shop) in Simply Cocoa, I was intrigued at the idea of a multi-tasking lip balm that claims to be used to hydrate cuticles, soften laugh lines and be applied as an evening eye rejuvenation treatment. A lip balm that has anti-aging properties that could also make my manicure look better? I'm obviously in.
My first impression of the RMS Beauty Lip & Skin Balm in Simply Cocoa was the wonderful scent. It seriously smells amazing...like chocolate (something else I'm addicted to). Unfortunately when applied to your lips it doesn't taste like chocolate, it rather has no taste at all, but goes on smooth and leaves a very subtle glossy shine on your lips. Once the gloss fades, your lips are left feeling soft and hydrated. I would only feel the need to reapply ever few hours or so.
RMS Beauty was founded by Rose-Marie Swift, a prominent make-up artist whose portfolio views like a who's who of Hollywood and the fashion industry. She created the company after experiencing some health issues she later linked to over-exposure to the cosmetic products she was working with daily. Rose-Marie decided every woman had the right to healthy beauty and formulated her own line of organic color cosmetics.
The ingredients of RMS Beauty Lip & Skin Balm has a usual list of certified organic softeners including coconut oil, shea butter fruit, jojoba seed oil, argan oil and cocoa seed butter, so I could see how it could also be used to moisturize the skin. Due to its glossy nature, I had to apply it to my cuticles, fine laugh lines and around my eye at night before bed. I found that even though it sat more on the skin instead of fully absorbing and seemed a little greasy, my cuticles did look more nourished and my eye area seemed softer when I would wake the next morning. An area I did not see a change in after weeks of use was any difference in my fine, 20-something year old, laugh lines (but that's possibly due to also being addicted to laughing as well).
One ingredient the Lip & Skin Balm contained though that I wasn't familiar with was centella asiatica extract or gotu kola. After researching some accredited health websites I learned that gotu kola is an herb found in Traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. When ingested, the herb can be used to treat various ailments. When applied to the skin, it is primarily used for wound healing, reducing scars and a treatment for pregnancy stretch marks. There was also an word of caution for those who have liver disease or may be pregnant or breast-feeding when using this herb on their skin. Without knowing the safe level of exposure, or how much gotu kola is found in this RMS Beauty Lip & Skin Balm, it may be safer for new mommies and those with liver problems to avoid this product.
Overall, I really liked RMS Beauty Lip & Skin Balm and would use it primarily for my lips. The packaging I felt worked more function over fashion in that after a few weeks of travel in a handbag the glass pot started to look very weathered and chipped. However the design of the pot made it very easy to access all of the product from the container down to the last drop, which I did, and plan on doing again once I get my hands on some more. A great natural lip product.