Burt’s Bees Flavor Crystals Lip Balm is a new lip balm hitting drugstores for Spring 2017 that’s available in three shade selections with “a burst of crystallized fruit juice”! For some odd reason or another as soon as I saw the Burt’s Bees Flavor Crystals Lip Balm I instantly think of Lip Freak Buzzing Lip Balm, the whole burst of crystallized fruit juice had me thinking that something amazing was going to happen when I applied this to my lips.
Remember Bubbaloo Gum? As a child, there was nothing more awesome than sinking your teeth into a soft piece of Bubbaloo and having the juicy sweet liquid explode in your mouth. Crystals Lip Balm sounded exactly like that! A burst of fruit juice? If I applied it would I get a juicy burst of yummy flavor? Or the buzz of Lip Freak?
Nothing happened. No buzz, no burst of juicy fruit flavor. Oh well! The good news is my lips are chapped as hell this week so trying out Burt’s Bees Flavor Crystals Lip Balm was a good idea. I moseyed into Walgreens last week because I was hopeful they’d have a flu shot available. I typically get a flu shot in September with my yearly physical at my Doctor’s office but this season I was so busy I didn’t have a second to go. So, realizing I missed my flu shot and also my yearly appointment I called my Doctor and asked for an appointment but he’s booked until after Christmas. I had this horrifying dream I’d be lying in bed with the flu (because you can sneeze in California and I’ll get sick here in New York) so, I ran over to Walgreens. I didn’t know what to expect as I never got a flu shot at a drugstore before but the procedure was friendly, simple, and quick plus I didn’t realize it but my medical insurance covered it. I thought I would have to pay $20 or $25 for the shot, I had no idea flu shots at the drugstore were covered by insurance! Ha, learn something new everyday!
Burt’s Bees Flavor Crystals Lip Balm are currently available in three flavors but I’m sure there are plans to expand with more flavors when they become a permanent part of the brand’s collection. I picked up Red Raspberry which is 0.16 oz in size and set me back $4.99. It comes in a rather cute plastic round plastic barrel which is considerably different compared to the Chapstick-like tubes of the original Burt’s Bees Lip Balm.
I thought maybe the shade would be tinted but it isn’t and it applies sheer. I actually didn’t really like the formula because it reminds me of the Chapstick formula from the 80’s. It’s really thick, slightly grainy because it has small specks of what they call “crystallized fruit juice”, and it feels quite waxy on my lips. The flavor is disappointing as well since it leaves a bit of a bitter after taste in my mouth. There’s subtle hints of raspberry here but it is overpowered by a waxy flavor element that isn’t pleasant. If you ski or you’re out in the cold for long hours on end this is a good product to prevent chapped lips since it lays down a thick layer of silicone-like waxiness on lips which will protect them from the cold. I personally found it uncomfortable to wear and gross feeling on my lips. It provides light moisture but I wouldn’t say it was highly moisturizing!
Burt’s Bees Flavor Crystals Lip Balm sounds like a little bit more of an exciting product than it actually is. If you like the old school Chapstick formula you might love this but for those who aren’t into waxy, thick lip balms, I’d skip!
Burt’s Bees Flavor Crystals Lip Balm isn’t yet available online but I imagine Ulta.com will likely get it soon or check your local Walgreens!