OHWTO Lip Butter Review
The lip balm junkie is at it again! This time, we’re taking a look at one of my favourite indies, One Hand Washes the Other (OHWTO).
First and foremost, I will admit a horrible, terrible, nasty secret: of the two OHWTO Lip Butters I own, I only paid for one. GASP! FORSOOTH! SHENANIGANS! You’ll be happy to know, however, that free things can’t sway my opinion. After all, I formed my opinion after I bought, paid for, and used my first Lip Butter. Are we satisfied with this? Awesome, let’s move along!
Each lip butter comes in a sleek black 0.15oz tube, wrapped in a high quality label (your hands won’t mess up the pretty) with complete ingredients, all sealed up in perforated shrink wrap. The ingredients, which are also available on the Lip Butter page of the webstore, are as follows:
Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Candelilla Wax, Hemp Seed Oil, Jojoba Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Coconut Oil, Olive Squalane, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Castor Oil, Vitamin E, Flavoring.
As you’ll notice, these lip butters are vegan, and flavored (not fragranced). In an indie world where most lip balms are fragranced and not flavoured, I find this to be a bit of a treat. The flavouring is not terribly strong, however. There’s a vague hint, but not enough to make you want to nosh your own lips. This is a bummer to flavour-lovers, but a good thing for lip health. Licking your balm is bad, kids.
I’ve mentioned before that I really enjoy vegan lip balms, because they generally have good glide. These are no different. They are extremely smooth and slippery, but not so much that they fade from the lips in short order. You might have trouble with these, however, if you have a habit of stashing your balms in your pocket. Candelilla is a very hard wax with a high melting point, but shea butter (the primary ingredient) and cocoa butter (second highest on the list) do have a melt point below human body temperature. Thus it will soften considerably if you carry it on your person. If you trek with your lip balms in the summer, just be sure to keep these out of the heat – no Fourth of July parades for you, dude.
Considering moisturization, these do their job, and they do it quite well. Within a few minutes of wear, my lips feel soft, smooth, and well hydrated. Perhaps too hydrated, to be perfectly honest. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but there is something about these lip balms that feels odd on my lips. As far as I’m aware, I am not allergic to any of the ingredients of this product, and there isn’t any irritation… just an odd feeling of the highly moisturizing cocktail being a bit too much for my face. So, like a good whiskey, I take it in shots, but I just can’t take a lot of shots.
OHWTO Lip Butters come in at a very reasonable $3.25 per tube, in a wide variety of flavours. So far I’ve tried Coconut (sweet, but still overtaken by the natural flavour of the balm) and Cafe Latte (noticeable flavour, leaning more milky-sweet than coffee), with plans of trying out Oh Fudge and Banana in the future. Possibly mixed together. Who doesn’t love chocolate covered bananas?