Watier Love My Lips Caring Lip Oil in Rosehip, a limited edition, is my new favourite lip oil for more than its youthful sheer pink tint and cushiony comfort. Those things matter, obviously, but the tipper is that $5 from its $24 CAD/USD price tag goes toward educating, training, mentoring and supporting women faced with socio-economic obstacles in their journey toward building a secure financial future.
watier love my lips caring lip oil
I thought I wasn't a lip oil fan. I'd tried one a while back that was literally a thin oil, and I hated it because of course it did nothing to moisturize. Oil has no moisture of its own to impart, nor is it occlusive enough to trap water in skin or lips for long – depending on its viscosity, it ranges between a "light sheet" and "counterpane" of occlusives, whereas petrolatum is the "duvet." And frankly, oil on dry skin or dry lips is just basting.
But there are lip oils worth loving, such as Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil ($30 CAD/$27 USD), sort of a cross between high-shine goopy gloss and gel balm that feels like a hug for the lips. Watier Love My Lips Caring Lip Oil is one of those worth the love too, with a soothing, smooth, pillowy texture without stickiness. Slightly less thick than the Clarins, Watier's is paired with a slender doe-foot applicator that slides easily from the tube without flinging lip oil around. (If you know, you know.) Ingredient highlights include tsabuki oil, raspberry seed oil, hyaluronic acid and Vitamin E, and the formula keeps lips supple and conditioned for ages. I thought I'd need to reapply often, but nope, touch ups really only after eating or drinking.
So how does Watier Love My Lips Caring Lip Oil help women? It does so via the Lise Watier Foundation and its Let's Start Up professional development initiative, which has, since 2017, assisted 600 women in Quebec and Ontario.
lise watier foundation let's start up program
Let's Start Up objectives include training and coaching, access to financial aid to invest in education or entrepreneurship, as well as mentorship and confidence-building encouragement. (If you're new to the brand, recently re-branded as simply Watier, take a minute to read up on Lise Watier, the trail-blazer who founded and built the business in a time where an independent, woman-owned beauty company was not a thing.)
A twice-yearly program, Let's Start Up runs twice is open to women over the age of 18 who are seeking financial independence and who need assistance overcoming social, economic and professional obstacles to get a project up and running. Eligibility, application and course details are here.
I don't math, but $5 out of $24 seems a significant chunk of each Rosehip Watier Love My Lips Caring Lip Oil sale earmarked for the program. (Siri says it's a fraction over 20%.) Until the end of March 2022 (yep, tomorrow – oops), $5 from each sale of core shades Cantaloup and Framboise will go to the foundation as well. (Word is the tint is slightly more intense in Rosehip; I'm still eyeing Framboise.)
Many feel the Watier Love My Lips Caring Lip Oil in Rosehip is a good, easier-on-the-wallet dupe for Dior Addict Lip Glow Oil ($45 CAD/$35 USD), but I can't find my Dior to do a comparison myself (it's unopened and somewhere in one of the boxes of products that made the move from my jam-packed apartment to my mum's when I relocated 🤷🏻♀️). But I've tried the Clarins and Charlotte Tilbury versions – posts coming on those; remind me if you don't see them soon!
So, lip oil. Are you into it? You have a favourite? (Or maybe there's one that made you think lip oil is not for you?)
Watier Love My Lips Caring Lip Oil in Rosehip is available via watier.com and watier.us, as well as shoppersdrugmart.ca, thebay.com, tsc.ca and jeancoutu.com. Note: Rosehip sales at all retailers will benefit the Lise Watier Foundation Let's Start Up initiative. (The links to Watier, thebay.com, tsc.ca and jeancoutu.com are not affiliate links. The links below are.)
WATIER LOVE MY LIPS CARING LIP OIL INGREDIENTS: Hydrogenated Polydecene, Polybutene, Hydrogenated Styrene/ Isoprene Copolymer, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride, Bis-behenyl/ Isosteary|/ Phytosteryl Dimer Dilinoleyl Dimer Dilinoleate, DipentaerythritylTetrahydroxystearate/ Tetraisostearate, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Aroma (Flavor), Raspberry Seed Oil/Tocopheryl Succinate Aminopropanediol Esters, Sodium Hyaluronate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Hexylene Glycol. +/- Ci 15850 (Red 7 Lake), Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 15850 (Red 6).