By now I am sure that anyone who reads my blog for any length of times knows that I love lip products. I love trying all sorts of new things for my lips. I always have. It is kind of my weakness category. I think partially because lip products span both makeup and skincare categories.
Recently Teadora Heirloom Brazilian Botanicals gifted me with a jar of their Superfood Lip Drops with Plumping Tri-Peptides. I am so grateful that they sent it over. For those of you unfamiliar with Teadora Heirloom Brazilian Botanicals their products are derived from ingredients found in the rainforest and are always 100% vegan, toxin-free, cruelty-free, sustainably harvested, gluten-free, and synthetic fragrance-free.
While all that is really good, the part that I really like is the sustainably harvested aspect. If you go to their about page you can find not only information about their practices, but also about the activism. I really like that they focus not only on protecting the resources (namely the Amazon Rainforest) where their ingredients are sourced, but also in working with the indigenous peoples of the area. There is a list of projects they are involved in and I highly recommend going on the website and following the links to those organizations. While I could dive deep and spend quite a lot of time talking about the organizations, the need for them and the need for a focus on sustainable harvesting and processing practices because it something I feel is very important, I will just let you follow the links and say the company ethos make me feel good about using their products.
And then we will look at the product, as that is after all the point of this post.
Sometimes I get sidetracked.
But now I am focused.
So what are Wild Super Food Lip Drops? I’ll admit, it was a new one on me. So let’s see what the product page has to say…
Our powerful superfood blend with Pequi, Tomato and Geranium is rich in tri-peptides, antioxidants, vitamins and fatty-acids to provide a luxurious lip treatment that moisturizes, plumps, soothes and seals with a luscious glossy finish that will last for hours at a time. Our one of a kind, bio-degradable, vegi-cap is easy to apply and carry with you.
Imagine the gentle kiss of a warm Amazon rain while you apply generously to your lips in the morning after lipstick and in the evening before going out or before bed. Use entire quantity in capsule for maximum benefit. Easy to share. Apply daily to see plumping benefits over time.
Ingredients: Hydrogenated Polydecene, Polybutene, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate (RSPO Certified), Tocopheryl Acetate, Tribehenin, Caryocar Brasiliense Fruit Oil, Tocopherol, Gerenium Oil.Teadora
Okay that does sound like a lovely result, but before we get into my trial phase I want to take a little bit of a look at the ingredients. I love that there really aren’t that many.
First up we have Hydrogenated Polydecene. I know that is a mouthful to say, however this is just a non-sticky emollient that makes the product easily spreadable and very moisturizing. It is what makes creams feel smooth and silky.
Polybutene is essentially a binder that is often used in lipsticks, eyeshadows and skincare and it basically keeps all of the ingredients together. Silica Dimethyl Silylate is an anti-caking, viscosity increasing emollient that has been deemed safe to use in all cosmetic products.
Okay, now brace yourself. Ready? Okay our next ingredient is Ethylhexyl Palmitate (RSPO Certified).
Now I know you see an ingredient that is palm oil based and if you are anything like me you start to feel a little squidgy inside. However, while as an ingredient the Ethylhexyl Palmitate is another emollient and a solvent and therefore important in the formulation, the really important bit – at least for me – is the RSPO Certified. The RSPO (Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil) was founded in 2004 and is designed to promote the sustainable harvesting of palm oil. The certification provides a traceable supply chain which lets the consumer know exactly where their palm oil is coming from and how it was produced. The palm oil with this certification has been kept separated from other palm oil products. Because of the transparency of this chain I am less squidgy about seeing the Ethylhexyl Palmitate (RSPO Certified) on my ingredients list. I highly recommend checking out the RSPO site for more information.
Moving on down the list we come to Tocopheryl Acetate which is essentially Vitamin E and has skin soothing and softening properties. Tribehenin is a plant derived fatty acid that acts as a humectant (it locks in moisture). Caryocar Brasiliense Fruit Oil (pequi fruit oil) has a host of benefits including adding Potassium, Fatty acids, Vitamin A, and Vitamin E. Tocopherol (vitamin E) is a natural antioxidant. And last, but certainly not least is Gerenium Oil which tightens, brightens and removes dead skin cells.
This last bit is especially important when dealing with the lips a they don’t shed skin cells the awy the rest of your skin does.
So now that we have wrapped our brains around the short, but potent ingredient’s list, let’s look at the actual product. The Teadora Wild Superfood Lip Drops come in little golden capsules, each capsule being a single application. Unlike a lot of single use capsules, these are not made from plastic but rather a biodegradable veggie base. They are soft but the outer case is more substantial than it looks. If traveling with a few I would put them in some sort of pill case rather then just chucking them into your makeup bag, but I think in a small pill case they would easily travel around in your purse without breaking.
To open I found it best to pinch the neck of the little teardrop shaped capsule between my fingernail and finger. I found that if I tried twisting off the top little bit I often squeezed the product out all over my hands. Using my thumbnail just worked better for me. Once opened I squeezed the contents onto the tip of my finger and applied with my finger like a jarred lip balm.
Because it is me and you know I am a very scent oriented person, you know I sniffed the oil. There is no fragrance added to any of Teadora’s products. So the oil, just smells like oil. It definitely smells more like oil you would use in skin care rather than something like cooking, but it is an oil scent. It is more noticeable in the jar than it is when you apply it. Once on the lips the scent fades.
In the product description the product is recommended for use either over lipstick or on its own. I tried it both ways. When I used it on its own, I tended to use it at night. I tried wearing it alone during the day, but quite frankly I didn’t like it. The only reason I didn’t like it alone during the day is that it tended to get oily lip prints everywhere and I just felt like it was rubbing off more than soaking in. I think my coffee cup saw the most benefit then.
However, I loved it on my lips alone at night, so I started making that my last step in pre bed skincare. After finishing with my skincare for the night, I applied a capsule to my lips and went to bed, letting it set in overnight without the interference of coffee cups and lunch. In the morning there were only slight traces of product on my lips (none on the pillow) and mu lips felt softer and more hydrated. At this time of the year where I am constantly fighting the battle of the dried lips, this product was amazing. While I am using it at night (and will be until the drops are all gone) in the winter, I could very easily see this as something to reach for after a day in the sun. It was very moisturizing and I really liked treating it as a sleeping mask for my lips.
However it was also recommended to wear the Wild Superfood Lip Drops over lipstick. I’ll admit, I did have some fun with this. First of all I liked it a lot better during the day over lipstick than I did on its own. It does turn every lipstick into a gloss. This negates and matte your lipstick may have. But here is the fun part. I have several lipsticks I wear because I really like the color. Unfortunately some of those formulas are a bit drying. With the lipsticks that are drying, when I put the Wild Superfood Lip Drops over them, my lips didn’t get dry.
And as an added bonus, I didn’t get as much of the oily lip prints on my coffee mug as I did when I tried wearing it on its own. It was like the dry lipstick absorbed the lip drops a bit, becoming one. I have to say it really made me like those lipsticks a lot more. As I have to avoid some of them in the winter because they tend to add to the issue of dry cracked lips and using the Lip Drops let me wear them in the winter with no issue, it was a substantial benefit to me.
I do have a caution though. The lip drops worked excellently well with drying formulas of lip products, both bullet and liquid lips, but they didn’t always play well with some of the moisturizing formulas. While it looked really nice ad added an amazing sheen to the lips, the lip drops combined with moisturizing lip formulas, just meant that the lipstick never dried down in any form and a trail of lip prints were left behind.
I am personally okay with not using them with every lipstick. The moisturizing lipsticks don’t dry out my lips. Using the Lip Drops with my drying lipsticks lets me wear those lipsticks more which makes me happy. My favorite use however is as a night mask. Don’t get me wrong, if I want to wear a drying lipstick I have no issues popping a capsule of the Wild Superfood lip Drops over it to prevent drying, but I really like giving my lips the full benefit of the drops by letting it sit overnight. In the winter especially it makes for a wonderful addition to my routine and I am very glad Teadora sent these Wild Superfood Lip Drops for me to try.