Friday, August 3, 2012

Aloe Veda Chocolate Vanilla Lip Butter Review

This is a review for Aloe Veda Chocolate Vanilla Natural Lip Butter with Sun Screen. (This post has been updated on 7 Sept, 2012 and new observations have been added))

Aloe Veda recently introduced yummy lip butters in 6 flavors and I got this in Chocolate Vanilla Flavor. This lip butter IS utterly delicious in taste and smell, all natural and comes in a cute little packing easy to carry around. But is it worth buying? Read on...

Natural Lip Butter (Chocolate Vanilla Flavor)
10 gms / 0.35 FL OZ
INR 115. Available for Rs 86.25 at Available at MRP at
Shelf Life
36 months from mfg date
Sunflower Oil, Soyabean Oil, Beeswax, Sweet Almond Oil, Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Vitamin E, Chocolate Flavour and Vanila Flavouring Agents, Octyl methoxycinnamate (Suncreen SPF 15)
Other Variations
Mango, Strawberry, Kiwi, Sweet Orange and CherryPlum
Brand Claims
Enriched with cocoa butter, sunflower oil, soyabean oil and vitamin E it hydrates, preventing your lips from moisture loss. Sweet Almond Oil makes your lips look hydrated and ensures that your lips that are soft, supple and luscious. Protects your lips in the winter season by retaining moisture within the lips and prevents it from peeling and getting flaky. It serves to relieve chapped or dry lips, angular cheilitis or stomatitis, and cold sores. Suits people with dry lips throughout the year by keeping lips nourished and hydrated as well as soft and helps them retain their shine.
Customer Contact, +91-44-42124187

How to Use: Apply evenly and liberally on your lips, as often as needed.

When I started using it in summers, the softness lasted a long time. But as winters are approaching and there is a little dryness in the air, the lasting power of the lip balm has gone poor. It fades away within an hour and sometimes less than that (without eating anything) and leaves my lips a little chapped.

I feel a slight tingling and sudden tightening of lips on applying, as if it is increasing the blood flow to the lips. But this is my personal observation, no such claim made by the brand.

Instead of healing dry lips, it makes the chapped skin soft, making it  shed off naturally by the next day. So if you exfoliate your lips regularly, this product surely helps the dead dry skin peel off easily. Besides that, it is a poor product in terms of healing or hydrating dry lips.

I also happened to develop a cut in my lips recently and applied this lip balm religiously. It DID NOT exactly heal the cut, but helped to lock in moisture and on the third day the lip healed on its own. Apparently the product does not live up to the tall claims made by Aloe Veda. It gives me the same protection as home made ghee or butter, except that it has Octyl methoxycinnamate (OMC) added as a sunscreen.


OMC protects only against UVB radiations (and not UVA). On contact with Sunlight, it becomes less effective and needs the help of another chemical to actually provide any sun protection. OMC is commonly used in sunscreens, sun blocks and in every branded lip balm that claims to have SPF (VLCC, Nivea etc). Also, the use of OMC as a safe product is disputed just like the use of parabens.

I wrote to Aloe Veda customer care with my concern on OMC and a few other questions. They confirmed that based on similar feedback from other customers, their R&D team is already testing on replacing OMC with zinc oxide in the near future.

Further, they told me that the very small quantity of OMC used in this lip balm cannot cause any harm and you anyways apply a negligible quantity to lips. Every other lip balm in the market contains OMC as a sunscreen. How many of us actually read the ingredients and bother to find out more about them? Well I do and I want my readers to know.

Regarding my question on the possibility of adding actual chocolate /Vanilla instead of the flavor, they said adding actual food ingredients arises the need to add preservatives (parabens) to increase the shelf life. Since they do not use parabens in their products, they used flavoring instead.

  1. Not heavy on the lips as Vaseline.
  2. Has SPF 15.
  3. Available in six yummy flavors.
  4. The lip butter has not turned runny even in dire heat. This, and the small packing make it travel friendly. Petroleum jelly melts and spills in such heat and spoils clothes.
  1. Children and pregnant women should avoid long term usage of this or any other product with OMC.
  2. Unhygienic and poor plastic packing. The lid brokw off in one fall.
  3. It’s spreads like actual ghee or butter on the lips, so those who don’t like that stay away from it.
  4. Too pricey for the quality.
I have never looked back to this product.

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