EOS Lip Balm Spheres

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I think I learned about these EOS lip balms on Green and Clean Mom a while ago and thought they looked cool.  How neat to have a lip balm in a sphere shape.  As the Lip Balm Queen, I could not let it go that there was a lip balm out there I haven’t tried.  Coincidentally, while traveling last November I spotted one in a Happy Harry’s (Like CVS but in places like Delaware) and snatched two up to try out.

Three of these lip balms are USDA Certified Organic (90% organic ingredients) and utilize shea butter and jojoba oils to keep your lips moisturized.  I love the shape of the balm and makes it easy to find in my tote bag.  My toddler thinks its a bouncey ball so it gets thrown but it keeps its shape and doesn’t come apart when it hits the wall. Not that I make a habit of it. The top half screws off and reveals a smooth bubble of lip balm.  It goes on smooth and smells fruity.  One of the flavors I picked up was Summer Fruit and it has a soft fruit scent.

It doesn’t go on as smooth as other lip balms and I suspect it has a slightly more “waxy” feel to it because they need it to be a bit stiff to stay in that ball shape.  It doesn’t particularly last very long compared to a Badger Lip Balm or a LuSa Organics lip balms (my favorites and ones I carry with me all the time).  My only disappointment with the product really is the Lemon Drop version.  I purchased the Lemon Drop along with the other one I chose and didn’t realize it has an SPF of 15.  Initially I was excited because it’s not easy to find natural lip balms with SPF.  Since these were certified organic I assumed it had a bit of zinc or titanium oxide.  Wrong.

The Lemon Drop uses Octinoxate 7.5%, Oxybenzone 3.0% as the sun blocking ingredients. Oxybenzone is an endocrine disruptor which can affect the nervous system, has been linked to cancer in some laboratory studies, and creates free-radicals when exposed to the sun which are harmful.  Don’t believe me? Ask the EWG what they think of Oxybenzone.  EOS also has a “Medicated Tangerine” that seems ok but it contains Phenol 0.5% and I don’t know much about that ingredient to make a judgment but Phenol rates a 9 in EWG’s Skin Deep database so I’d probably skip it.

So aside from the SPF and Phenol issue these are good little lip balms in a fun container.  Just avoid the Lemon Drop and the Medicated Tangerine  flavors.

Get Them: I found these at CVS and similar stores.  You can also purchase them from their website Evolution of Smooth.

Skin Deep Rating: The Summer Fruit version rates a 1 in EWG Skin Deep and they don’t have the Lemon Drop with SPF 15 listed at all.  I wonder why…

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3 Responses to “EOS Lip Balm Spheres”

  1. Dee on March 31st, 2011 12:12 pm

    The first time I ever heard of EOS lip balm was recently when CVS had a free deal going. The only one left was the lemon so I got it because it was free. No where on the package did it say anything about any organic ingredients. I agree that the shape is convenient but I went back to my Chapstick because I didn’t like the affect it was having on my lips. They started peeling! I think I will try to find some of the brands you use in the future. Although in my home town organic products are nonexistant. I may have to search farther.

  2. Heather on March 31st, 2011 12:27 pm

    I did the same thing, picked the Eos up at a CVS store and almost couldnt wait to read the ingredients for the SPF version. I thought, this could be the one! :) Nope, of course not. How hard is it to work with zinc or titanium oxide? Oh well. I too have the fruit one. I like that it seems easier to find being a bright color and round shape in my purse or diaper bag. :) Thanks for the review.

  3. Kathy on March 31st, 2011 12:27 pm

    @Dee: The other flavors aside from the Lemon and Tangerine are organic.

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