I love the scent of grapefruit in skincare products. Personally I don’t think it is used enough. To be honest if there is one scent you can usually get me to pick up it is grapefruit. I am a friend of the Pamplemousse.
I will admit though it can get slightly astringent at times which is why this Honeyed Grapefruit Lip Balm from Beekman 1802 caught my attention. All of he grapefruit scent with a little less astringency?
You knew I had to investigate.
Especially since I love so many of their products. (Have you tried their exfoliating Milk Wash? I don’t know if you can give a chef’s kiss to a cleanser but if you can this is the one I would give it to. I am in no way affiliated with the brand, I just love that cleanser.)
So i had high hopes for this lip balm.
I will admit that I saw the name, Honeyed Grapefruit and then I saw the pretty little packaging tube. Somehow i missed the fact that it was tinted. I don’t know how that fact escaped me, but it did. I was somewhat surprised to find the shimmer deep ruby shade of the lip balm.
In general I try to keep my lip balms untinted and that is only so I don’t look like a clown. I will generally pick a lip balm and keep it on my desk as I work. i not only apply it when my lips are dry but I will also apply lip balm when i am trying to convince myself that i don’t need to go to the kitchen for a snack.
The availability of the kitchen and all its snacking potential is one of the downfalls of working from home. In my mind I can’t snack if i have just applied lip balm. So if i want to snack I apply the lip balm and tell myself that I can look at getting a snack once the lip balm has settled in and absorbed a bit. Usually by the time it has, I have forgotten about the snack and gone back to work.
the thing is that I reach for the lip balm and apply it without a mirror so the non-tinted lip balms help me no look like some sort of clown mid day.
When i applied this though, the tint turned out to be a my lips but better shade and I was thus able to avoid the drunken clown look. Which is fabulous. The scent of the grapefruit is light. I find it noticeable and after i apply the lip balm I can still scent the grapefruit for a few minutes after. Then it fades into the background. To me it is the perfect combination of sweet and sour. I really like it. My babydoll thinks the scent is too mild and as he too likes grapefruit, thinks i should be stronger. I think it might be a bitt too much of it was stronger since it is worn on the lips and thus right under the nose. I think the scent level is just fine.
I also think my babydoll has had the insides of his nose singed off from too much Vick’s vapor rub. he and my mom both use the Vick’s every chance they get, putting it just inside their noses. As even applying it to my chest when i have a head cold singes my nose hairs and makes my eyes water, I don’t know how they manage that without damage, but it is also the reason I don’t trust either of them to smell anything for me.
I like the scent and think it is a good scent level.
It is a good alternative to lipstick, and it is a good non-drying formula, but I can’t say that I found it especially hydrating. It doesn’t have mega skincare benefits. What it was good for was to wear on days when i was trying to fight chapped lips and wanted a little color without a drying liquid lip. It isn’t a deep pigment, but it went well with a natural look and kept my lips from drying out further. which makes it a pretty nifty item to have in a makeup bag.
As always the big question is, would I purchase this Honeyed Grapefruit tinted lip balm again. The answer is yes, and because of the scent and the fact that there are other Honeyed Grapefruit items on the website, it also encourages me to branch out and purchase other things from the brand.