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Petrolatum Detox Chapter 7: Shizen Lip Gloss Conditioner and Tint Conditioner


Shizen Lip Gloss Conditioner and Tint Conditioner

Shizen Lip Gloss Conditioner and Tint Conditioner


Shizen say…

Shizen’s products are petroleum and mineral oil free. This means they are free from petrochemical ingredients like triethanolamine (TEA), diethanolamine (DEA), paraffin, behentrimonium chloride and petrolatum. These ingredients are a by-product in the distillation of petroleum to produce gasoline or petrol. In cosmetics they are known to be a great barrier, but don’t penetrate the skin and don’t add moisture. You can easily recognise it in lip products as it’s greasy and very slippery to touch. Shizen’s products are made free from these ingredients, and are made with only all natural, superior quality butters, waxes, vitamins and botanical extracts. So Shizen’s products provide an excellent barrier to protect your lips from the environment, and also provide moisture to your skin. Not slippery and ever so moisturising.

Hi guys!

As you know, I’m always on the lookout for petrolatum free lip balms for my needy lips. Some time last year, I heard about the Shizen range from the lip balm addict/guru Anissa from Beautifully Glossy blog and was intrigued.

The last few months I’ve been trialling their Lip Gloss Conditioner and their Tinted Lip Conditioner and have been delighted by both products.

The Shizen Lip Gloss conditioner is packaged in a cute apothecary style pot. It has a buttery balmy texture and a gorgeous citrus, lemongrassy scent – in fact, if you are a fan of the John Masters lip balm, you will love this. Fairly moisturising but I do find that when my lips are at their worst they still prefer the Jack Black balms.

The Shizen Lip Tint Conditioner is a sheer but buildable fuschia pink tinted lip balm. I’ve gone over my lips a few times to get the intensity of colour for the swatch and FOTD. It has similar hydrating properties to the Lip Gloss Conditioner in the pot.


Price: Shizen Lip Tint Conditioner-  $15.95, Shizen Lip Gloss Conditioner- $14.95



Shizen Lip Tint Conditioner

Shizen Lip Tint Conditioner 'Pinkie' swatch

Shizen Lip Tint Conditioner

Me wearing Shizen Lip Tint Conditioner in Pinkie


note: for a breakdown of the rest of the makeup, see this FOTD (I just changed lippies between the posts)


Here is a clip of the lovely Simone Wyndham talking about her Shizen lip care range.

note: these products were sent to me by PR for consideration 

Posted by on Mar 6th, 2012 in Lip balm, Petrolatum Detox, Reviews | 0 comments.

New Jack Black lip balms and a personal plea to bring Jack Black to Australia

If it weren’t for the fact that I am a blogger (oh the sacrifices that I make for this blog! lol) I would order a lifetime’s worth of Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balms and use nothing else on for the rest of my days.

When I first tried Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm in Natural Mint (reviewed here) I was totally blown away by how great it felt on the lips and how it really managed to heal and deeply hydrate them. It’s my HG by far (replacing my previous HG lip balm, which was the Bobbi Brown Lip Balm SPF)

Since then, I have bought two new flavours from – Black Tea & Blackberry, and Grapefruit & Ginger. And about 5 Natural Mint backup tubes :)


Jack Black Lip Balm Grapefruit and Ginger, Black Tea and Blackberry

Jack Black Lip Balm Grapefruit and Ginger, Black Tea and Blackberry

Besides not having the tingly minty buzz of Natural Mint, the texture and performance of the two new Jack Black Balms are pretty much identical to Natural Mint. They all have a longlasting cushiony,  ointment feel. All winners.

Black Tea and Blackberry- the fragrance of this is quite subtle, and reminds me of the scent of loose black tea leaves with no detectable sweetness. I would imagine this flavour appealing to lots of guys (in fact, my tube has been pinched by my friend Ken)

Grapefruit and Ginger-  this smells to me mostly of sweet citrus candy, with hardly any detectable ginger scent. I was hoping for something a bit more grownup, and with a little more complexity but I guess you can’t have everything!


Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25 Mint


I have ordered a tube of the Jack Black Balm in Lemon & Chamomile as well as Vanilla & Lavender, which I should have in my hot little hands very soon. (and a million more backups of Natural Mint muahaha)

Also, dear department stores and lip balm stockists-  PLEASE BRING JACK BLACK TO AUSTRALIA! K thx.

Have you tried Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balms? What flavours do you like?

price: $7.50 USD

availability: Sephora,

Posted by on Sep 8th, 2011 in Lip balm, Petrolatum Detox, Reviews | 0 comments.


Petrolatum Detox chapter 5: Yes to Carrots

I’ve been curious about the Yes To range of products after reading Karen’s glowing reviews on Makeup and Beauty Blog , more so recently because I’ve been paying much more attention to the ingredients in my lip care and actively seeking brands that have a more natural focus.

So as you can imagine, I was delighted to be given the opportunity to trial some lip products in the Yes to Carrots range.


About the brand..

FOUNDED IN 2006, Yes To is a consumer-inspired line of hair and skin products born out of a desire to make you look and feel your most happy and radiant. Yes To combines high-quality organic fruits and vegetables with a special mineral elixir derived from the Dead Sea to nourish and hydrate naturally. [from website]

availability : ,  US : Walmarts, Ulta, Target, Walgreen’s .  AUS: David Jones, Priceline. UK: Debenhems, Bath and Unwind.


Yes To Carrots Melon Lip Butter

Like the rest of the Yes To Carrots range, this lip balm uses lovely ingredients like Coconut oil, Shea Butter, and true to it’s name- Carrot Root Extract. Carrot Root Extract is very high in vitamin A precursers and vitamin E.

This balm is fairly moisturising on the lips (richer than the Burt’s Bees lip balms, and similar to Badger Balm which I reviewed earlier) and has a modest wear time of about 30mins before I feel the need to reapply.  Normal-> mild dry lips would absolutely love this, very dry lipped individuals may prefer something a little heavier/richer.

Oh and the yummy melon smell of this lip balm is very, very addictive.

  • Size: 4.25g / 0.15 oz.
  • price: $5.95


bare lips with Yes To Carrots Melon lip butter

bare lips with Yes To Carrots Melon lip butter


Yes To Carrots Lip Tint ‘Sunset Pink’

This is my favourite out of the 3 Yes To Carrots lip products, and the one that I will run out and repurchase when I finish this tube.


The Lip Tints are basically a tinted balm. After applying this for the first time I was blown away by how gorgeous the peachy rose shade is, and how it just brightens up my face and is pigmented enough to take the ‘corpse’ purple out of my natural lip colour (compare against the first lip photo).

In fact, I would even go so far as to say that it is a (slightly peachier) balm version of Chanel Rouge Coco ‘Mademoiselle’ ! I kid you not.


‘Sunset Pink’ glides on like butter, and feels very lightweight on the lips. It is moderately moisturising, and has a wear time of about 45mins. It has a mintiness to it from the peppermint oil in the balm which I absolutely LOVE.

  • Size: 2.6g / 0.09 oz.
  • Price: $4.49 (US) $ 9.95 (AU)
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    lip swatch Yes To Carrots Lip Tint 'Sunset Pink'

    lip swatch Yes To Carrots Lip Tint 'Sunset Pink'


    Yes To Carrots Lip Tint 'Sunset Pink'

    for the rest of the review, keep reading after the jump! 



    Posted by on Jul 2nd, 2011 in Drugstore, Lip balm, Petrolatum Detox | 2comments

    Petrolatum Detox chapter 4: Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25

    Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25 Mint

    Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25 Mint


    Enriched with superior skin conditioners and antioxidants, this emollient balm soothes and relieves dry, chapped, irritated lips. Unlike waxy sticks, it penetrates quickly to provide instant relief. Offers broad-spectrum sun protection with an SPF of 25; also guards against windburn and temperature extremes. Contains natural mint to help freshen breath. Fragrance-free. Colorant-free. Dermatologist tested. [product description from Jack Black website]

    price: US$7.50

    Availability: Sephora,

    I find it amusing that the BEST LIP BALM I HAVE EVER COME ACROSS was designed for men.

    Jack Black Intense Lip Therapy is some seriously amazing stuff. If you’ve read my previous lip balm posts you’d know all about how much I struggle with dry lips and how frustrating it is that balms that seem to do the job for other girls just didn’t seem to work for my lips. This balm was recommended to me by the ridiculously gorgeous Holly (of Beatideas.)

    This lip balm is intensely hydrating, and seems to ‘penetrate’ the skin rather than just sitting on my lip surface- so that even after the balm has worn off, my lips feel healthier and softer. It stays on my lips for a decent amount of time (a good hour or so) before I need to reapply.

    There is a minty scent, and a cooling tingling sensation with this balm which I now find quite pleasant.

    Jack Black Intense Lip Therapy is conveniently packaged in a small squeeze tube, and the texture of the lip balm is halfway between ointment and gel so it spreads easily even on bitterly cold mornings.

    Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25 Mint

    Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25 Mint


    Another important advantage of this balm is that it has SPF 25, which is more SPF than found in the majority of lip balms. And of course, as the title of this post suggests- it is petrolatum free.

    I purchased this tube from through a mail forwarding service, and have ordered a few backups in the original mint flavour- as well as their new flavours Grapefruit and Ginger, Black Tea and Blackberry.

    full ingredient list:

    active ingredients: Octinaxate 7.5%, Avobenzone 3.0%

    other ingredients: Natural mint flavour, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Persea Gratissima (Avocado Oil), Camellia Sinesis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E)

    Posted by on Jun 29th, 2011 in Lip balm, Petrolatum Detox, Reviews | 0 comments.


    Petrolatum Detox chapter 3: Korres Mango Lip Butter


    I want to say a big THANKYOU to all the lovely readers that suggested Korres Lip Butters for my difficult lips when I first starting doing my Petrolatum Detox series.  

    This little pot is the first of many, many more lip butters in my collection. I’m absolutely loving how it feels on the lips, the way it perks up my otherwise corpse coloured lips, and the fact that it is petrolatum free.

    Mango is a lovely softened reddish coral colour. It’s fairly pigmented for a lip balm, as you can see in the swatch below, but like most tinted balms, the colour wears off within about 45mins- 1hr, but I like reapplying often anyway to keep my lips happy.
    I love how the orange tones in Mango counteracts the purplish colour of my lips and brightens up my face.


    Corpse lips

    ??? ??????

    Lip swatch Korres Mango Lip Butter. No more Zombie Jen XD


    It’s a very soft, creamy balm- independant of temperature. I love how easily it spreads, no dragging at all, even on bitterly cold mornings; and yet it feels substantial on the lips, forming a protective layer that doesn’t disappear after 5 minutes (unlike some of the balms I reviewed previously).
    And it works! My lips feel great with it on, and continues to feel hydrated after it’s worn off. Hurrah!!  



    Polybutene, Trimethylolpropane Triisostearate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Hydroxystearic Acid, Polyethylene, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Sucrose Tetrastearate Triacetate, Magnifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Mica, Aroma (Flavor), Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Oryza Sativa Cera (Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Extract, Linalool, Limonene, Hydroxycitronellal, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 15850 (Red 6), CI 15850 (Red 7 Lake), CI 15985 (Yellow 6 Lake).

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