Lanolin Lip Balm and Emu Oil ~Koru Naturals #Review
I never was much of a girly-girl, and these days, I much prefer to be kind to my skin and leave the cosmetic exploration to my daughter. I’ve got some basic favorites I stick with, and unless one disappears from the store shelves, that’s pretty much that. However… I DO live in the midst of the Columbia River Gorge, home of never-ceasing wind.
Needless to say, a good lip balm is a must-have accessory around here, so when the opportunity came up to try out some of Koru Naturals Pure Lanolin Lip Balms, well, we’d have to be crazy not to jump at the chance! And they sent along a bottle of Emu Oil to go along with it.
Now, lip balm is a no-brainer of a product, at least in my view. Don’t twist it out too far, apply it to your lips, and don’t lick it off! (Because, as my mommy told me decades ago, all that does is make the dryness worse.) Much to my pleasure, they sent us four whole tubes! That was one for me, and one for… well, *almost* one for each of the kids. (Four tubes, five people, and I was definitely keeping one for myself!)
Opening the tube, I wasn’t surprised to see that the lip balm is the sort of brownish-clear color one would expect of a product made of 100% pure lanolin. It’s a little bit awkward putting it on your lips for the first time – it just looks like it would feel and taste unpleasant. Oddly enough, that’s not the case at all. Texture-wise, it’s very similar to other lip balms, if perhaps just a tad bit thicker – go easy when applying, a little goes a long way. There’s not much of a smell, and what scent there is, is pleasant, and I greatly appreciate that there isn’t a taste or flavor, because I’m one of those that’s prone to licking the flavor off!
The best part? There’s something about this lip balm that makes it, no contest, 100% better than any other lip balm I’ve used. The protective layer works extremely well at keeping the moisture in and the damaging wind out! I’ve been guarding my tube carefully, because, as I mentioned above, there wasn’t quite enough to go around, and one kid got the short end of the stick. Funny how he keeps asking to borrow it…
When I first gave the kids their tubes, they given a pause by the looks of the lip balm. Telling them that it was made of lanolin – and then explaining what lanolin is – didn’t exactly solve the problem, either. It only made them more dubious. Once somebody finally gave it and tried it, however, it was all over. No more questions, no more hesitation… just asking me to make sure and buy more before we run out, especially since I have to order it online. (And can’t add it to my basket last-minute in the grocery line when they text me that they’re out of lip balm yet again…) Honestly, that’s the only bad part. It’s not available in my local store.
Emu Oil?!? What’s That For?
That’s exactly what I was wondering to start with! Turns out, there are many different uses for emu oil, and how you use it is up to you!
Many people use emu oil as a skin moisturizer. It’s highly penetrating to the skin, doesn’t clog the pores, and is hypoallergenic, so it’s effective when used as a topical moisturizer. My skin has a tendency to be pretty sensitive, so even though emu oil is unlikely to cause an allergic reaction, I decided to err on the safe size and go with the alternative use: on my hair.
Now, my hair is a challenging case, too. It’s extremely coarse and curly, and tends toward dryness and frizz. I’ve been using the same shampoo and conditioner for 20+ years, with a particular bar soap as an occasional clarifier. (Hey, when it works, don’t rock the boat.) There are a couple of leave-in conditioners that I occasionally add to the mix, and I’ve experimented with oil treatments, but the hassle of heating it is generally more trouble then it’s worth.
I’ve been known to try a new shampoo or conditioner – even one supposedly formulated for curly hair – and have it immediately turn my into a tangle. So, I was hesitant, but willing to try it once, expecting to promptly pass it on to my not-quite-as-curly kids.
It’s stated that Emu Oil is on the thinner side, and a little goes a long way, so that when you use it on hair, you should just put a few drops on your hands, and use your hands to spread it throughout your hair. It’s warned that if your hair feels greasy afterward, you used too much.
It may be helpful to note here that my hair, while thinner than it used to be, is still quite thick by most standards, and reaches my shoulder blades or so. I started out with the recommended amount, realized it wasn’t going to cut it, and did it again. Then I completely finger-combed my hair, all the while expecting tangles. It was an odd sensation, because while the emu oil didn’t cause quite the perfect smooth glide that conditioner would, the anticipated tangling didn’t occur. It just felt as if it might, without doing it.
I gave it a few minutes, and realized that it had all soaked in. Knowing my hair as i do, I thought it might actually be better to offer it just a bit more, and so I repeated the application. (I should note, I started on dampened hair.) Ah, yes, that felt more like it. After letting it rest this time, I could tell a difference. I left the emu oil in, WITHOUT any use of my regular conditioner whatsoever, and much to my surprise, my hair was soft and glossy. (And there didn’t seem to be any sort of scent remaining. If the emu oil has a smell, it’s faint.)
I’ve been using the emu oil now for a few weeks, substituting it for my regular routine of “get it wet and comb it with conditioner”. I’m really surprised, because I didn’t think it would work for my hair, but I’ve now decided that, so long as my budget permits, it’s definitely something I want to continue using. Absolutely LOVE how soft my hair is these days!
Koru Naturals lip balm is available in a four-pack for $8.90. It’s also available in little pots. I received a 2-oz bottle of Emu Oil ($9.85), which is the smallest size. There are also 4 or 8-oz bottles available.
Click below for reviews of other items that Schoolhouse Review Crew members received!
- Koolpurrie Restoring Balm
- New Zealand Pure and Simple Lanolin Cream
- Manuka Oil and Honey Shampoo and Conditioner
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