Monday, September 22, 2008

Oralife Peppermint Lip Treatment

THIS, is my Holy Grail lip balm.

I love love love it!

As the name suggests, it's a peppermint flavoured ointment for the treatment and prevention of dry lips and dryness of the mouth. It also contains 0.1% Chlorhexidine Gluconate as a mild antiseptic to prevent infections, especially for those badly cracked lips in winter.

Ingredients: Peppermint Oil BP 5.3mg/g, Wool Fat BP 53mg/g, Chlorhexidine Gluconate 1mg/g in a paraffin base.

If you get dry or chapped lips, look no further, because this, my dear, is your answer.

I don't normally rave about products, but this is definitely one of those things that I'd put my name on.

It comes as a clear gel, but due to the wool fat and paraffin base, it melts at warmer room temperature to a liquid-like consistency. I keep mine in the fridge whenever I'm in Malaysia, or during those warmer days and summer in Melbourne. If it melts, just pop it in the fridge (not freezer) and it should solidify back to its original texture.

I don't like the smell of most lip balms, but this, I can't get enough of! The mild peppermint scent is absolutely yummylicious, yet not overwhelmingly strong. It pleases even someone as picky as me. :)

The lip ointment glides on effortlessly on the lips, leaving a glossy finish and cooling sensation, without any oily residue or sticky feeling. Oh, just heavenly! It's colourless, so it can be used in conjunction with any shades of lipstick or lip gloss of choice.

The packaging is nothing impressive or fancy. In fact, it's rather boring and "medical", which is why it's often overlooked. Sure it's not the most attractive and sexy thing to be pulled outta one's purse or makeup bag, but I assure you, it's absolutely amazing!

On most days, a thin layer on the lips will do the job to moisturise well, and it can be applied as often as necessary throughout the day. When my lips are particularly dry or cracked, I'd slather on a generous layer before sleep, and wake up next morning with much alleviated and smooth lips.

I've put a lot of people on this, and almost everyone falls in love and swears by it. It's a wonderful and effective product, works like a charm each and every time. Best part is, it's dirt cheap!

A green tube of 20g usually retails for AUD3.95, and can be found in most pharmacies in Australia and New Zealand. Oh, and it's made by a Western Australia based company, Orion Laboratories.

So next time you're at a chemist, do check it out.


My precious tube that traveled back to Malaysia with me

15 left a petal:

Doreen said...

no SPF?

MisSmall said...

Doreen: Yeah, no SPF. It's more of a moisture treatment? It's sometimes used in patients suffering from dry mouth and lips as a result of chemotherapy or radiotherapy too.

Rae said...

Oh, that sounds wonderful!! I adore your nails, btw - they're still looking just gorgeous!

Tine said...

Thanks for the heads up; I shall look into this at Priceline (should be available there, right?).

iamthewitch said...

Lip balm! I'm a BIG fan! I have never seen or heard of this brand before, though I am certainly interested to try! I have been searching high and low for the lip balm that works for me, and so far only Chapstick Medicated does the job. I'd be glad to try out this too, if it's sold in Malaysia. Do you know whether it's sold here? :))

emotionalistic said...

Peppermint lip balm! Must be very cooling. I cannot live without a lip balm myself and I love cooling lip balm :).

cbenc12 said...

cant find it in m'sia rite? i nvr seen b4.. i am the tyep that can nvr live without my lipbalm :D

Josephine said...

Me too. I always have dry lip.
I have sensitive lip..
I am allergic to some of the brand like Neutrogena, mentholathum, Silky girl, Body shop. Surprisingly I can use Maybelline, Loreal, LipIce.

I dare not to try new brand d, if not, the next day wake up, sure lip become sausage....

prettybeautiful said...

hmmm too bad we can't get this here. i am a sucker for almost everything. and the brand name is so....hehehehe 'oralife'

sesame said...

Haven't seen this around where I am. But've got beautiful manicured nails!

MisSmall said...

Rae: I'm backdating these entries, so when I took those pictures, it's actually been a week since I got my nails done and they haven't chipped much at all! I'm SO going back to the same manicurist. :D

Tine: I believe normal Priceline retail stores don't carry this particular product, it's not part of Priceline's range. But some Priceline Pharmacies might keep it for their customers/patients, so you might have some luck there. Otherwise, there's always another pharmacy just a few steps away, right? :)

Iamthewitch: Oh no sorry, hun. I don't think it's available in Malaysia. It's not a very commercialised or heavily marketed product. I'll try to look around and if I find anything similar, I'll be sure to let you know yeah? :)

Emotionalistic: Have you tried the Garden Mint Lip Balm by Crabtree & Evelyn? I quite like that one too. The minty scent is MUCH stronger though, but if you like that cooling sensation, it might just be the right lip balm for you. :)

MisSmall said...

Cbenc12: I think it's currently only available in Oz and NZ, which is a shame because it's SUCH a great product!

Josephine: Oh...did you try to find out which ingredient(s) you're allergic too? That might make it easier when it comes to choosing and avoiding certain products.

Prettybeautiful: I think most people remember it as "that lip balm in a green tube" instead of its actual name. Even I forgot what it's called sometimes. Haha.

Sesame: Haha, thanks! I've got my new manicurist to thank for that. :)

Vanessa said...

HELLO! Thanks for stopping by, I agree which is why I was really trying to like TFSI too because I hated the genie bottle of the UDPP, but I am amazed UDPP is better in terms of wearability!

heartofpearl♥ said...

i'm currently using Lucas' papaw ointment which i see a lot of girls using but i think i should try this peppermint one out! seems rather soothing and refreshing!

MisSmall said...

Vanessa: Hey, thanks for coming by too. :)
I think I might still go ahead and give TFIS a try first. I really can't be bothered to cut open the "genie bottle" of UDPP and scoop out the products. And I heard Urban Decay is considering new packaging? Here's hoping. *Fingers crossed*

Heartofpearl♥: I used to really like Lucas Papaw Ointment too, and lots of my girlfriends are still using it. It's a fantastic product, but personally I prefer Oralife for its minty scent, and also because the consistency isn't as thick and waxy. Let me know how you go if you do try it out. :)