Kokum Butter Balm

I came across this interesting product in an NGO organic outlet in Whitefield Bangalore. The brand name is Vanastree.

About the brand:

Vanastree is an all woman seed saving initiative in the Malnad region. It is a small collective, dedicated to promoting forest garden biodiversity and food security through the conservation of traditional seeds.

All their products are organic, hand made and hand packed. They sell food items, snacks, honey, jaggery syrup, rice, turmeric powder etc as well.

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I had not heard about this brand previously but the ingredient list and price caught my attention. Organic lipbalms sold by most of the brands comes in tubs of 8-10gm or tubes of 4-5 gms and it costs atleast 100Rs.

This one costs just 50Rs and that too for 15gm.

Ingredients : Kokum butter, bees wax, base oil, camphor, teak extract.

Camphor and teak extract are ingredients I have not seen in balms before.

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Fragrance : Smells of camphor and it is very soothing.

Packing : The quantity is great and it comes in a glass tub with golden screw cap.

Feel : This is like any other balm with more of thick gel like consistency than oil. It is red in colour because of teak extract.

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My experience with the product :

This tub lasted me a really long time. Actually close to an year. The ingredients are pure and of excellent quality. I have very dry and flaky lips, irrespective of the season. This balm instantly hydrates the lips and only a small quantity is required. It has the soothing smell of camphor and as an added benefit, you get red glossy lips without using any chemical laden lip gloss. It doesn’t get absorbed easily because of its thick consistency. So it remains on the lips and hydrates it for a long time. Also on buying Vanastri products you are helping and encouraging a non profit organization.

Love the product!!!

They usually sell in selected outlets and in exhibitions. The outlet info is available in their fb About page.

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Forest Essentials – Cane sugar lip scrub

Forest Essential is a luxury skincare brand that offers natural skincare products with premium ingredients. As expected the prices are on the higher side. I had always wanted to try their products but found them quite pricey. I visited one of their outlets once and this scrub caught my attention. Even though now I can make my own lip scrubs with easily available ingredients at home, then I didn’t know that such a product existed. I have issues with my dry lips so I got this lip scrub.

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Price : Rs 475
Quantity : 8g
Fragrance : Citrusy, lemon zesty
Texture : Moist grainy texture

How to Use : Rub a small amount over lips to exfoliate and smooth. Rinse, or wipe off excess with damp tissue. Use lip balm or lipstick as required.

Feel : It is not harsh on lips.The sugar particles are very small and moist with all other oils and extracts soaking it.

Ingredients : The list  is quite impressive. All natural ingredients.

Sunflower Seed Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Olive Fruit Oil, Kokum Seed Butter, Beeswax, Sugar, Vitamin E, Grape Juice, Rose Flower Extract, Sweet Orange Peel Oil

Quantity required for application : Just a small amount. Less than a pinch.

Value for money : Well it is pricey for 8g of product and not very helpful for my dry flaky lips.

First of all let me tell you my lip texture. It is prone to extreme dryness leading to dry flaky hard skin on the lips. I have a terrible time during winters. None of the store bought lip balms (trust me, I have tried it all) have helped in healing my lips or keeping is moisturized for long.

This is the first forest essentials product I bought after visiting their store. Lip scrubs are very essential if you have dry lips like mine. Lip balms will not help in removing the dead skin from lips.

Happy soft supple lips = Exfoliate + moisturise

How I use it : Wash my lips with warm water to make the skin soft. Apply a small quantity of the product to lips and gently massage to exfoliate skin.

Did I like it ????
Well the think my lips needs a bit for stronger scrub. The dead skin doesn’t come off much after applying this scrub and I have to peel it off to completely remove it.

I am not repurchasing it.

So for those of you with better lips than mine, that is not too dry or flaky, this might work.