Saturday 7 December 2013

Christmas Countdown: Lanolips Christmas Essentials

Today's Christmas Countdown gift idea is an affordable option under £15: Lanolips Christmas Essentials.

Presented in a baby pink, patent pouch, Lanolips Christmas Essentials contains full sizes of Rose Hand Balm Intense (50ml) and the cult 101 Ointment (15g). Both products are essentials that work particularly effectively at tackling dry winter skin and will be reached for long after December 25th has passed.

I thought it would be helpful to provide mini reviews of the two products, as follows:

Lanolips Rose Hand Balm Intense
Rose Hand Balm Intense contains shea butter, cocoa butter, soyabean oil, wheat germ oil, grape seed oil and jojoba seed oil along with the hero ingredients of rose oil and Ultra Pure Grade Lanolin. Despite the name, the product has a cream texture which is easily absorbed. Upon initial application, Rose Hand Balm Intense leaves a balm-like protective layer on the skin, which isn't greasy but you can definitely feel it. After a short time, this penetrates into the skin and hands are left looking and feeling moisturised. Rose Hand Balm Intense has a soft, baby powder scent which lingers on the skin and which I personally found very comforting.

Lanolips 101 Ointment
The cult 101 Ointment is a must-have for any handbag. Containing 100% Ultra-refined Medical Grade Lanolin, 101 Ointment is a thick, colourless and unscented balm which, as the name suggests, has a multitude of uses. Lanolin is 100% natural, irritant free and is a major ingredient used in wound healing and in hospitals. It can hold up to 200% its own weight in water so it's perhaps unsurprising that it's soothing on chapped skin. One of my favourite ways to use 101 Ointment is as an effective lip balm and I like that it leaves a natural gloss when applied to lips. Having said this, it's worth noting that the tube has an open hole opening not a slant applicator, which may be a downside for some. A little goes a long way. In fact, it's so rich that sometimes it's a little difficult to squeeze out of the tube and in those instances, it's best to warm the tube slightly between hands.

I'd recommend both of these products even if they weren't in the Christmas Essentials gift set but I wanted to highlight the set as it offers fantastic value for money and would be a good opportunity to try the products if you, or your gift recipient isn't yet familiar with the brand. Purchased individually, Lanolips Rose Balm Intense and 101 Ointment would cost approximately £20. Lanolips Christmas Essentials is exclusively available at Waitrose and costs £13.99 so why not throw it into your shopping trolley as you load up on sprouts and minced pies this Christmas?


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