Something I’ve yet to blog about but long loved…Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm. My favourite lip balm, the be all, end all…I always have one on me at all times lip balm. The reason I’m writing about them now is because I have FINALLY found a UK shop that stocks ALL the varieties. Usually most UK e-tailers stock 1 flavour (either the lemon or the mint) but never all 5 (and never the black tea which is my favourite!). BUT BUT BUT!!! The Gentlemans Shop (don’t get my pedantic grammar self started on the lack of apostrophe) stocks all five flavours.
Jack Black lip balms are the best in my opinion. I have to wear some kind of lip balm every night because I suffer from dry lips and sleep with my mouth wide open snoring like a hacksaw. If I don’t use some sort of lip balm/chapstick I will wake up the next morning and the moment I try to use my lips the bottom lip will split down the centre and start bleeding (it’s not pretty, trust me!). So I’ve tried a LOT of chapsticks over the years. Lanolips (which was nice, very thick but just didn’t feel like it improved the quality of my lips), Carmex (also nice and thick, but sometimes was just too harsh and I’d end up with a rash on my lips if I used it too many nights in a row [I do have very sensitive skin]), Kyoku (not thick enough and would wear off sometime in the night), Rouge Bunny Rouge Kiss Elixir (absolutely fantastic but £18! wow!!! That’s a lot for lip balm!), Blistex (same problems as Carmex, I get rashes after consistent use)….so needless to say…I’ve tried a LOT of balms.
I can genuinely say that Jack Black has worked the best for me. It lasts all night without leaving some weird residue and my lips don’t split when I wake up (yay!). I can’t really give you a time in hours for how long it lasts, but needless to say it lasts long enough and is nice and slippy on the lips. It isn’t sticky and just gives a nice balm feeling (it is like Carmex from the yellow squeezy tubes, not as thick as Lanolips 101, more like the consistency of coloured Lanolips). I haven’t written about it until now because all the flavours were really only available in the states. You could buy them at Nordstroms or the Jack Black website…or a whole host of other e-tailers…but we in the UK were a bit shafted. So imagine my excitement at finally being able to replenish all 5 lip balms at once (where I’ve been rationing all 5 in rotation to make them last as long as humanly possible!). I usually keep 1 in my handbag, 1 by my bedside and the rest stashed at any other prime lip location (my makeup bag or anywhere I might have strategic chapped lips requirements!)
I bought my Jack Black balms for £7.95 each (which is not really a bargain considering they are $7.50 in the USA, so really it’s a MASSIVE ripoff…because if you convert it directly it’s about £4.77 but what can you do. In the UK we get charged a fortune for US products [just look at OPI, £10 a bottle anyone!?]). Until they invent free shipping to the UK from the USA I will just have to swallow the cost (although looking at the Jack Black website I see they’ve launched two new flavours…I think they did this just to torment me, right when I was so pleased about finally getting all the flavours in the UK! Evil, evil company!)