It has SPF 25, smells good (I have the lemon chamomile and I swear it smells like Skittles...or lemon cookies), lasts a few hours, keeps my lips soft, and isn't sticky. This would all add up to win, except: I seem to be allergic to it. Damn.
I noticed earlier this week that my lips had developed a weird bumpy rash in a thin line on both the top and bottom lip. Gross, I know, but it had to be said. Anyway, I wasn't sure if it was because I had been wearing the balm, or because I had gone out on a particularly cold and windy night (= wind burnt lips?) without any balm at all. This morning, though, I didn't notice anything like that - until a few hours after I had applied balm. So, I'm gonna go with: allergy. Boo!
Active ingredients: Octinoxate 75%, Avobenzone 3.0%
Other ingredients: Butyrospermum Parkii (shea butter) fruit, Persea Gratissima (avocado) oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Pil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Oil, Camelia Sinesis (Green Tea) Leaf extract, Tocopherol (vitamin E).
The ingredients look fairly harmless, so I'm not sure what the problem is, but I have had a reaction like this to lip products in the past, so I'll have to track it down. It is worth noting that I sometimes feel like products with shea butter feel uncomfortable on the lips (not quite itchy, per se, but kind of warm, in a weird, unnatural way) so perhaps that is the culprit. I'll have to do more research, but I'm a little wary of just haphazardly putting this on my lips. I'm not positive on the shea butter thing anyway, because I have lotions that contain it which don't cause any problems (like the Shikai, though it's definitely not the first listed ingredient in that case).
Anyway, if you don't have issues with most products, I'd give this a try. I liked it (other than the whole allergy issue), so it is rather unfortunate that I'll have to return it. Purchased at Sephora. $7.50 for 0.25 oz (and some drugstore brands are about that expensive, so I don't find this an issue). There's also a mint version, for those who don't like sweet scents on their lip products.