Lowen’s Natural Skincare Reviews Part 4 – The Lip Balms

Lowen's Natural Skincare - The Lip Balms

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Lowen's Natural Skincare

Today I’m continuing with my reviews of some of the products that came in my awesome PR package from Canadian company Lowen’s Natural Skincare (Parts 1, 2, and 3 are here). Today’s reviews are of the Lip Balms [info in italics taken from the Lowen’s Natural Skincare website]



The story behind all of Lowen’s Lip Balms can be found in a failed experiment.  In the early days when I was trying to create a natural, incredible effective and locally sourced diaper balm for our daughter Lowen, I accidentally came up with the lip balm formula. You see, after a boat load of experimentation and failed formulations, I finally thought I had created an amazing diaper balm! Not so…when my wife applied it to her hand and placed it under the tap, it didn’t do a great job repelling the water.  It actually “took on” water, which isn’t desirable when you are trying to protect baby’s bottom from dirty diaper nastiness.

Anyhow, I felt pretty defeated and my better half recognized this.  Later that same night after finishing up a late feeding with Lowen, my wife’s lips were really bothering her. Being half-asleep and not wanting to search in the dark for “lip chap,”  she decided to repurpose my failed formula, that happened to be sitting by the change table, as a lip balm. In the morning, I learned that, by accident, I had created “the most amazing lip balms she’s tried!” 

Lowen's Natural Skincare - The Lip Balms

Lowen’s currently has 17 lip balm flavours on the website, and I received 6 of them: Be Local (made with local honey), Classic Lime Margarita (lime and tequila), Creamsicle (orange and vanilla), Funky Cold Camelina (their first unflavoured lip balm made with local camelina oil), Lime in da Coconut (lime and coconut oil) and It’s Mint Tea, Honey (mint & honey).

So far I’ve tried out Funky Cold Camelina, Creamsicle and It’s Mint Tea, Honey – all are incredibly creamy and hydrating and not at all waxy.

Funky Cold Camelina:

Lowen's Natural Skincare - Funky Cold Camelina Lip Balm

Funky Cold Camelina Lip Balm (formerly known as Cool Camelina) was our first unflavored lip balm made with the goodness of Three Farmer’s Camelina Oil.  For those of you that are not in the know, Camelina is an “ancient”grain (AKA – Gold of Pleasure) that used to be used as an oilseed in Europe in the oldtimey days. […] What is great about camelina oil is that it is very stable to high (and low, as in freezing) temperatures and is abundant in unsaturated fatty acids (see essential fatty acids).  So, it’s great for your lips and the rest of your skin, which is why we use it in so many of our products!

I’ve never heard of camelina before – it is an interesting ingredient. Although this is supposed to be an unflavoured lip balm, it does have a hint of flavour.

Ingredients: Beeswax, Cetyl Alcohol, Menthol, Camelina Sativa Seed Oil, Rosemary Oil, Safflower Oleosomes, Vegetable Glycerin, Vegetable Hyaluronic Acid, Certified Organic Fair Trade Shea Butter.

Similar to the other Lowen’s products that I’ve already reviewed, the ingredient list is short and easy to understand – no weird or hard to identify ingredients.

Let’s a a closer look at Creamsicle:

Lowen's Natural Skincare - Creamsicle Lip Balm

Inspired one of our favorite summertime treats.  While they now come in a variety of flavours, there really is only one real flavour and that’s the orange creamsicle. To achieve this unique taste, like everything we do…we do is differently.  This time we’ve combined blood orange essential oil with a little vanilla essential oil to impart the “ice cream” effect.

This one smells dreamy. And in my opinion, better than a creamsicle!

Ingredients: Beeswax, Cetyl Alcohol, Menthol, Certified Organic Cold pressed Non-GMO Canola Oil, Rosemary Oil, Safflower Oleosomes, Vegetable Glycerin, Vegetable Hyaluronic Acid, Certified Organic, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Citrus sinensis (Blood Orange) Essential Oil, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract.

The ingredient list is a little different than Funky Cold Camelina, but again, no mystery ingredients.

It’s Mint Tea, Honey is not listed on the website as I believe that it is a lip balm flavour that was made for exclusively for the Fairmont Palliser Hotel.

Lowen's Natural Skincare It's Mint Tea, Honey Lip Balm

This one is sweet minty goodness. Oh my!

Ingredients: Beeswax, Canola Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Carthamus Tinctorus (Safflower) Oleosomes, Honey, Butyrospermum Parki (Shea) Butter, Menthol, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Mentha Piperita Extract, Hyaluronic Acid

I haven’t tried out the rest because I don’t want them all open at the same time, but I am sure that they are all going to be awesome as their ingredient lists are fairly similar. The only one that I might not like is Lime in Da Coconut depending on if it has an obvious coconut scent or not (if you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you will be familiar with my aversion to coconut scents).

I’m a happy lip balm addict!

Lowen's Natural Skincare - The Lip Balms

Thanks for reading

Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, these came in a PR package, however my love of natural skincare and opinions are entirely my own!


Empties – December 2018

Empties December 2018 - Lily De Mai, Harmony + Blossom, Essence, Hurraw

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As per usual, I’ve kept my empties for the month. I did not manage to finish up very many things in December, but since my goal is to use things up, any empties are progress in my quest to not let products go to waste.

Let’s take a look, and I will link to reviews and let you know if I will be repurchasing or not.

Empties December 2018 - Essence, Lily De Mai, Harmony & Blossom, Hurraw

Essence I ❤ Extreme Volume Mascara (Waterproof) – I’ve purchased this so many times, this is my HG waterproof mascara. I always go back to this or the Get Big Lashes one after I test out others. Original review is here.

Lily De Mai Bliss Transformative Moisture Mist – I absolutely loved this facial mist and I’m sad that it is empty. I’m putting it on my wishlist as I have a few facial mists in my stash to use up. Original review is here. (PR sample)

Harmony + Blossom Cleansing Clay – This was a super gentle exfoliating clay cleanser. I have a bit of a cleanser stash to work through, so I won’t be purchasing this right now (even though I liked it a lot). Original review is here. (PR sample)

Essence The False Lashes Mascara – This is my fave non-waterproof mascara because it adds volume and holds a curl and I’ve purchased it several times. It even manages to hold up pretty well when my eyes water from laughing! I’ll purchase this again once I finish up another mascara in my stash. Original review is here.

Hurraw Lip Balm (Earl Grey) – I loved this lip balm. It smells like earl grey tea (bergamot). I’m a lip balm addict and just got a ton of new lip balms in my stash, so I won’t replace this just yet. I’m still using the Hurraw Moon Lip Balm at night (when I’m not using my Bite Beauty Lip Mask). Review is here.

Empties December 2018 - Lily De Mai, Harmony + Blossom, Essence, Hurraw

Were you able to finish up much in December?

Thanks for reading.

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Disclosure: All PR samples identified. Please see original blog post for details.

Nova Scotia Fisherman Extreme Lip Care (Sea Kelp) Lip Balm Review

Nova Scotia Fisherman Extreme Lip Care - Sea Kelp

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As you all know I am a huge lip balm addict. So when I used up another one from my stash I wanted to try the Extreme Lip Care Sea Kelp Lip Balm from Nova Scotia Fisherman as I’ve previously tried and loved the Cuticle Rescue and the Original Body Lotion. I purchased the two pack from well.ca – one for me and one for the Mister! [info in italics taken from the Nova Scotia Fisherman website]

Nova Scotia Fisherman Extreme Lip Care - Sea Kelp

Premium, all natural moisture and lip protection with a subtle, refreshing hint of sweet orange. […] Never be without coverage and Xtreme Care for your lips. Naturally sealing in moisture to protect against nature’s elements, at sea or on land. Each balm is created using 100% natural ingredients and contains 93% organic materials.

Nova Scotia Fisherman Extreme Lip Care - Sea Kelp

INGREDIENTSCera Alba (Beeswax)*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Oil*, Fucus Vesiculous (Nova Scotia Sea Kelp)*, Olea Europea (Olive) Oil*, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Agave American leaf Extract*, Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange), Tocopherol (Vitamin E)

Nova Scotia Fisherman Extreme Lip Care - Sea Kelp

The Nova Scotia Fisherman Sea Kelp Lip Balm is an odd greenish shade – likely due to the Nova Scotia Sea Kelp – but don’t let that scare you off! It is a super hydrating balm, not waxy and not too slippery. The scent is very mild, and sweet orange. The moisturizing effect is fairly long lasting as well.

Nova Scotia Fisherman Extreme Lip Care - Sea Kelp

This lip balm is cruelty free, but not vegan as it contains beeswax.

I love that a portion of their sales gets donated to Nature Conservancy Canada.

Have you tried anything from Nova Scotia Fisherman?

Thanks for reading.

abrashattitude.com have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased this!

Donore Cosmetics Lip & Cheek Pod Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Lip & Cheek Pod from Donore Cosmetics that came in my November Petit Vour subscription box. I like the idea of a multi-use product. Let’s take a closer look at the product description and ingredients [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

Donore Lip & Cheek Pod


The lip & cheek pod offers naturally vibrant colors blended with essential oils and Shea butter to moisturize, plump and condition lips. The organic lipstick is a long-lasting formula that provides maximum coverage with effortless application, leaving lips feeling soft and smooth all day. A hydrating formula loaded with antioxidants and is 100% natural lipstick with color derived from fruit pigment.

  • Bronzed Kiss –  a cappuccino, bronze color with subtle shimmer
  • Pretty in Pink – pink with subtle shimmer
  • Cherry Bomb – a matte, cherry red
  • Dragonberry Royale – a matte berry
  • Tiger Melon – vibrant coral pink with a hint of shimmer

Donore Lip & Cheek Pod

The shade that I received is not identified on the package, but it looks like I received Tiger Melon based on the shade description.

Ingredients 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Ricinus Communis (Castor)  Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Helianthus Annuus (Sun Flower) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter, Simmondsia Chinesis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Origanum Vulgare Leaf Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme)Extract, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Bark Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Lavendula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Hydrastis Canadensis (Golden Seal) Root Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract-PreservativeTocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E), *Certified Organic 

Donore Lip & Cheek Pod

The Lip and Cheek Pod feels like a silky lip balm on the lips, very hydrating and comfortable with lots of plant-based oils and waxes. It has a very mild, almost non-existent scent.

In terms of the claim of “vibrant colors” I would have to disagree. As you can see from the swatch on my fairly pale skin, the colour is very minimal. And on my lips, it is almost invisible. Despite the lack of pigmentation, it makes a really great lip balm, so I’ll definitely be using it a lot!

Thanks for reading!

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Disclosure: This came in my Petit Vour subscription box that I pay for.

Hurraw Lip Balm Reviews – Earl Grey and Moon

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Today I have a review of two lip balms from Hurraw – Earl Grey and Moon Lip Balms that I purchased in my recent mini haul from well.ca. [info in italics taken from well.ca]

Hurraw! Balm launched in 2010 out of pure intent; an obsession to create the perfect balm: truly natural, vegan, made from premium raw and organic ingredients. It also had to meet some tough criteria…long lasting, not sweet, never grainy, pocket melt proof…and the list goes on.

Hurraw Lip Balm

To ensure the quality and integrity of their product, Hurraw! manufactures fresh and individually pours each tube of balm in their dedicated NOP and EcoCert certified facility. Their priority is to make Hurraw! the finest balm available… a great product to be used by everyone regardless of lifestyle.

I decided to try two different lip balms – Earl Grey and Moon.

Hurraw Lip Balm

Here’s the description of Earl Grey:

Love tea? Hurraw does. So they added the soothing, yet uplifting scent of Italian Bergamot oranges to make puttin’ on this earl grey balm just like sippin’ a cuppa.

And here’s the Moon balm:

Extra thick, creamy and rich; this balm has some serious staying power. The vanilla and peru balsam scent will lull you to sleep. Azulene packed blue chamomile helps soothes your lips for some true beauty z’s

Hurraw Lip Balm

Both Hurraw Lip Balms are incredible – super smooth and creamy feeling on the lips, and surprisingly long wearing. I don’t carry lip balms in my pockets, so I can’t comment on them being pocket melt-proof, but the Earl Grey one lasted in my bag on  a super hot day. Both of the Earl Grey and Moon smell really great too.

As a lip balm addict, I’ll probably end up getting a few more to stash around the house.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased this!


Mini Haul + Sneak Peek of What I’m Testing

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I placed a small online order at well.ca last week and it just arrived – so I thought I would show you what I got:

Mini Haul + Sneak Peek

Sudsatorium Lip Scrub in Great Gatsby (mint julep)

Hurraw Lip Balms in Earl Grey (bergamot) and Moon (blue chammomile and vanilla)

Alba Botanica Hawaiian Body Oil (kukui nut)

Kristin Ess Sea Salt Air Dry Spray

Mini Haul + Sneak Peek

Reviews to follow as soon as I’ve managed to test everything out!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased these things.

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Balm Review

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If you’ve been reading this blog for a little while, you’ll already know that I am a lip balm addict. I’ve been using the Agave Lip Mask nightly for well over a year now. When I finally used up one of the last stick type lip balms in my stash, I knew that I wanted to finally try the Agave Lip Balm. [info in italics taken from Sephora]

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Balm

What it is:  A perfect soothing balm for ultimate hydration and recovery that quickly repairs and restores lips. 
What it does: A must have for on-the-go lip care, Agave Lip Balm is the perfect travel essential. Agave Lip Balm is a nourishing formula made from agave and rare Madagascan vanilla CO2 extract. Lips stay hydrated and protected all day long, making your lips look natural on their own. It also acts as a primer for any color application. 

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Balm

At first use, I thought that it felt a lot like the Agave Lip Mask but in a stick form. I prefer to use lip balms in stick format when I’m out and about as it is less messy (and less germy)!

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Balm

After several uses, I think that I prefer the Agave Lip Mask as it feels less waxy and more silky. Don’t get me wrong, I do like the Agave Lip Balm, but I really LOVE the Lip Mask!

Ingredients:  – 5 Mg Trans-resveratrol from de Vitis Vinifera and Polygonum Cuspidatum 
Lanolin* (Pharma Grade), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter**, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil*, Glyceryl Rosinate*, Cera Alba (Beeswax)**, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil**, Stearyl Alcohol*, Hydrated Silica*, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Sterols*, Copernica Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax**, Heptyl Undecylenate*, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil*, Mica*, Kaolin*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Cera (Wax)*, Hydrogenated Cottonseed Oil*, Flavor (Aroma), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax*, Glycerin**, Tocopherol*, Sorbitan Stearate*, Vanilla Tahitensis (Vanilla) Fruit Extract*, Agave Tequilana (Blue Agave) Nectar**, Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Fruit Extract*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil**, Acacia Decurrens Wax*, Polyglycerin-3*, Trans-Resveratrol*, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract**.

The Agave Lip Balm is cruelty free, but not vegan due to lanolin and beeswax content.

Have you tried either the Agave Lip Balm or the Lip Mask from Bite Beauty? Do you have a preference? What is your fave lip balm?

Disclosure: I purchased this!



Weekly Recap to Feb 12th to 18th

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Just a recap of the past week’s blog posts in case you’ve missed out and want to catch up.

Monday, Feb 12th – Andalou Naturals Brighten & Tighten Hydro Serum Facial Mask Review

Wednesday, Feb 14th – Pinrose Secret Genius Review

Friday, Feb 16th – K Voss Cinnamon Lip Plumper Review

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Please see original reviews for product disclosures.

K Voss Cinnamon Lip Plumper Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Cinnamon Lip Plumper from K Voss that came in my January Petit Vour box. [info in italics taken from Petit Vour]

Petit Vour January 2018

This lip balm contains a luxurious and intensely reparative formula that works on contact to soften roughness, relieve discomfort and help rejuvenate seriously dry lips. A potent concentration of Coconut Oil and Almond Oil renew the delicate lip area while strengthening lips’ moisture barrier to help prevent further damage. 

K Voss Cinnamon Lip Plumper

The plumping feature comes from the wonderful time-tested bark of the tropical evergreen tree; cinnamon. Cinnamon is a spice originating from Sri Lanka that has been used for thousands of years for health and beauty. It is anti-fungal and anti-bacterial and stimulates blood circulation. For this reason it makes an excellent all-natural alternative as a lip plumper!

K Voss2

As a lip balm addict I was very happy to try this one out. I find that a lot of lip plumpers are drying on the lips, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.

K Voss Cinnamon Lip Plumper

This lip balm is super moisturizing, and smells and tastes like cinnamon hearts candy. The plumping tingle is a little intense at first, but it gives the lips a just kissed flush.

It has minimal ingredients – which I love:

100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Coconut Oil, Almond Oil, Olive Oil, Soy Wax, Cassia (Cinnamon) Oil.

K Voss Cinnamon Lip Plumper

I absolutely love this plumping lip balm. I’d like to try more from K Voss.

Do you like plumping lip balms, or is the tingle too much for you?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, this came in my Petit Vour subscription box that I pay for.