Launch Editor ZOE FOSTER
Lanolips could just be your new favourite lip balm.
Wed, 10 June 2009 4:49PM
I was going to label this blog: Your new Lucas Paw Paw ointment, but thought that might be a little presumptuous. After all, you might not even use Lucas Paw Paw ointment! And if you do, you might love it so much you will never change to a new product. So, uh, let’s move along, shall we?
So, Lanolips, which has just gone on sale this week, is the brainchild of Kirsten Carriol, who has been in PR and beauty PR specifically for years. (She kind of knows her stuff.) By a stroke of coincidence, (or was it……?) Kirsten grew up with:
A) a scientist for a father
B) a sheep farm
This was a handy combination because lanolin – a very cult ointment for chaffed lips and nipples – is a product of sheep’s wool, and scientist fathers are helpful when you grow up and decide to create a massively successful lip ointment made from lanolin.
So, after six years and lots of shearing and testing, Kirsten has finished her lip balm. It’s a lovely, thick, creamy ointment with a hint of shine that is very easy to fall in love with, and well, become kind of dependent on. Here is what she’s done, which I think is a triumph, and pretty hard to match in the lip balm arena.
- Hydrates (lanolin holds 200% of its weight in water. Those poor bloody sheep – ‘magine the back pain after it rains.)
- Is massively, super safe and pure – this is medical grade lanolin. No petroleum, (as found in Lucas Paw Paw) no colour, no scent – just super-refined, pure, hypoallergenic, hospital-grade lanolin. Excellent for people who have allergies or sensitive skin.
- It costs 14 times more than regular lanolin to produce, so that’s got to account for something. (Hint: Quality)
- Is good for lips, cuticles, heels, cuts, eczema, chaffed breastfeedy nipples, and I even dab it on smile lines around my eyes when they start to wrinkle at the end of the day.
Here she is, the Lanolips 101 ointment, which will set you back less than $17.96 and more than $17.94 and even features an illustration of a jovial, lipsticked sheep:
But my favourite, the product that made me coo and ahh at the product launch a couple of months back, is the tinted variety, the Lanolips Lip Ointment. These are not as pure as the 101, (60% medical grade lanolin) but they come with vitamin E and pure pigment, which balances things out, I think. (In my eyes, colour trumps purity. But that’s just my opinion. And what would I know? Besides everything.)
Of the four tinted shades, (including dusky/nude pink, lilac and red) here is personal favourite, in sunshine, which is criminal at only $13.95, and without a doubt the best way to brighten up your face in two seconds. It’s the perfect coral/orangey colour, and being so warm, I think suits pretty much everyone’s skin tone, from the very pale, to the very dark. (Don’t be scared of orange lips – here’s a video on how to do them right.) I do not leave home without it, and have already been through one full tube. Which is VERY, VERY rare for me, the Girl With 14 Lip Products In Her Bag.
Option one: Team it with lots of bronzer and black mascara for a vibrant, fresh look on a shitty winter’s day.
Option two: Fill in lips with a watermelon/fuschia lip liner and apply it over the top. Add liquid liner wings and rosy cheeks for a more polished, Mad Men take.
You can buy it at Priceline, David Jones, Myer, Terry White, chemists…. go to www.lanolips.com.au for all your lanoformation.
Go test Lanolips. Go on. Tell me what you think.
Posted by: Zoe Foster