Sun Bum lip balm review

Hey guys, 

Picked this up from Priceline the other day because it was only $4.99AUD and it said no parabens and it also said SPF 15 so I was like why not! Do it for the review!

Freshly opened


Avobenzone 2.00%, Homosalate 15.00%, Octinoxate 7.50%, Octisalate 5.00%, Adiphic Acid / Diglycol Crosspolymer, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Ascorbic Acid, BHT, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Alcohol, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Cyclohexasiloxane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Diisobutyl Adipate, Dimethicone, Equisetum Arvense Extract, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Fragrance, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Hydrate Silica, Isostearyl Linoleate, Macrocystis Pyritera Extract, Mineral Oil Ozokerite, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, PEG-8, Polysorbate 80, Propylene Glycol, Punica Granatum Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Extract, Sodium Saccharin, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate

Basically, there’s a whole load of synthetic ingredients (including the dreaded fragrance) as well as a whole load of plant extracts.

There has been controversy surrounding the ingredient avobenzone – however, no wholly agreed conclusion has been reached apart from the fact that the breakdown of avobenzone can cause an allergic reaction in individuals. Source

*I am not a skincare expert, my comments are merely influenced from self research from online sources – not all natural ingredients are ‘good’ and not all synthetic ingredients are ‘bad’ – it is up to the consumer to make their own choice.

Overall comments

I have never been so simultaneously confused and appalled at a skincare/makeup product in my brief history of product reviewing (haha jokes, it’s been literally a year since I started blogging) but the flavour LEAKED into your mouth and whenever you moved your lips, the flavour would confidently seep in – it tasted artificial and did not smell like coconut at all. I could not get past wearing the formula because it was annoying constantly trying not to accidentally lick the balm.

Definitely will not continue using and absolutely will not repurchase.

Thanks for reading – any advice/feedback is appreciated!




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