Product Review: Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15, 0.15oz., US$22.50

As the days get shorter and the temperatures get cooler, I find my lips parched on most days in the indoor heat. It doesn’t seem to matter how much I drink – I still get dry lips! Still searching for the perfect lip balm that can keep my lips moisturized for at least a few hours at a time, I got this in a mini version as part of my Sephora VIB birthday gift last month.

I generally do like Fresh products, though I only tried their soy cleanser and body lotion. I am not a big fan of pungent smelling products but when the fragrance is done right I have no problems with them. I love the Sugar scent from Fresh and this lip balm is in the sugar scent, plus SPF15 which I need, since I have gotten myself a lip freckle about a year ago.

From the Sephora website, this product is free of petroleum, mineral oil, and lanolin.

Research results:
Sugar Passion Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 is scientifically proven to keep lips moisturized for up to six hours after initial application. After an independent consumer testing panel used Sugar Passion Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15**:
-97% reported softer, soothed lips
-94% said it improved the appearance of dry, chapped lips and noticed more hydrated, healthier-looking lips
-90% felt it retexturized the lips
-87% reported that it prevents dryness
**In Vivo 22 subjects, four weeks of twice daily application

Sometimes when I read claims like this the skeptic in me usually goes into turbo drive. It’s a lot to prove, and based on my 10+ years of cosmetics review experience, not too many products actually deliver on even one or two of their major selling points (sorry to say!). I have come to a point that I will be happy if somehow a product doesn’t adversely impact my skin, and if it is able to make it look or feel better the next morning I will already give it a brownie point. How does this stack up?

First of all, I am glad about the absence of petroleum, mineral oil and lanolin, three of the major irritants for my sensitive skin and lips. But even in the absence of such, it doesn’t really guarantee anything – I have bought Kiss My Face lip balms only to be disappointed with them since they don’t hydrate very well. I think when it comes to lip treatment and lip balms, I expect a little bit more than just a waxy feeling on top of my lips. I need something to actually hydrate my lips.

The mini version I got from Sephora as a gift is really tiny by the way. If you have one like this just be careful not to twist the balm up too much – mine broke from the top!

To my surprise, this actually works! The hydration isn’t just immediate and short lived like most lip balms I use. If I don’t eat or drink or otherwise blot it away, my lips stay moisturized for hours. I don’t time it up to 6 hours, but I find myself applying only 3 times a day – morning, after lunch and then night time (I don’t have any other lip treatment currently without an SPF that works well for night use). My lips really feel very comfortable without the gunky, greasy feel. It is like L’Occitane’s pure shea butter but a little easier to spread.

I do like the scent – it is like citrus, lightly done and very pleasant. The SPF15 is a bonus.

I have been using this for a month and a half and really enjoy it. I have another cheap lip balm that I quickly tossed out after getting this! When I compared the two, I found myself reapplying the cheap lip balm (SoftLips) almost every half hour. The difference is detectable immediately.

The price tag is steep though, for this product, but it’s the only product, one out of many lip treatment/balms I have tried that worked with my parched lips. Will definitely repurchase!

Beeswax (Cera Alba), Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Decyl Olive Esters,Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Fragrance (Parfum), Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Sucrose Tetrastearate Triacetate, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Seed Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Propylene Glycol, Propyl Gallate, Citric Acid, Limonene, Citral, Benzyl Benzoate, Linalool, Benzyl Alcohol, Geraniol, Bht.

2 comments on Product Review: Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15

  1. Holly
    January 1, 2013 at 7:47 pm (4 years ago)

    I have the exact same problem as yours! Regardless of cheap or expensive lip balms that have people raving about, my lips always get dry and peeling. Lately, I found out about Carmex and that little jar does wonder to my lips. It’s intended for cold sores, but it will be my lip balm from now on because I have not got any crack or peeling since I use this Carmex jar. Have u tried it?

    • Joseibi
      January 9, 2013 at 9:27 am (4 years ago)

      Hi Holly, thanks for your advice! I will try that. My husband had the same problem and he actually even went to a dermatologist for it (to rule out something worse – cancer), turns out it’s dermatitis on the lip. He had been using a variety of lip balms and those contain something he’s allergic to. Because of the way he bites his lips no matter what he uses (including prescription cortisone creams) his lips just keep peeling…mine don’t peel but they are always dry. I will have to give Carmex a try if it works! 😉


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