I finally met a Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 ($22.50) yesterday at the Holt Renfrew Fall beauty preview (so many covetables on the beauty horizon). The balm got rave reviews when it first came out a stretch of time ago; a new Fresh Sugar Plum Tinted version hits Holt's this August. Always skeptical when it comes to beeswax-based sticks, I didn't get to opening my Sugar sample (just Sugar, not Sugar Plum) until hours later. And in two instants more I was hooked.
Castor, jojoba, olive, grape seed, wheat germ, black current, meadowfoam, apricot kernel, macadamia, safflower, sunflower -- this thing is jammed with what seems like every moisturizing, fatty-acid/antioxidant/vitamin-rich oil ever. Sugar is in the mix to serve as a humectant (it attracts moisture), but doesn't result in an eat-it-off flavour, thank goodness. The scent, which I'd feared would be vanilla (ack), is in fact a sugary lemon, a sweetness I can handle because it's a titch citrussy and vanishes nearly as soon as the soft, smooth balm hits lips. The bullet is softer than your standard stick balm, so it requires some caution during application if you don't want to smush it or mash it into the side of the casing. As well, that tube is metal, which makes the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment vulnerable to extreme temperatures. Careful during the melty-weather months. And I'd prefer physical sunblock ingredients rather than chemical, but damn, this formula is aces at transforming lips with a lush, moisture-plump Angelina-J finish. If you're dealing with chronic dryness or a tendency to chap whatever the weather, Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment is worth a try. For you and the person you're kissing. Fresh is available at Holt Renfrew and Sephora.