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Product summary

"innisfree - My Lip Balms" has a good moisturizing formula. This moisturizer uses a good combo of humectants and emollients. These both types of ingredients are essentials for improving the skin hydration and keeping the skin barrier healthy. Glycerin and butylene glycol in this product (humectants) attract water molecules to the upper layer of the skin (the water comes from the outside air or from the deeper layers of the skin if the air is dry). Emollients in this formulation (petrolatum, beeswax, helianthus annuus seed oil, simmondsia chinensis seed oil and diisostearyl malate) help to reduce the moisture loss from the skin. They also soften the skin surface and relieve the feeling of dryness and tightness.

Irritation risk

It contains a bunch of common irritants, including ingredients that do not provide any known benefit for the skin. It might not be the best choice if your skin is sensitive. We assess the overall irritancy of this lip sunscreen to be high. For a detailed overview of all potential irritants: click here

You can see the detailed formula review with the breakdown of all actives in the product and the full ingredient list with estimated concentrations in the tables below.

Can the product deliver on its promises?

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What does the product description say?
"These plant-oil-infused lip balms deliver long-lasting hydration while giving lips a natural tint."
WIMJ summary for moisturizing

This product can help improve hydration of the skin with the two types of ingredients.

The first type is called “humectants”:
these ingredients help attract water. When humectants are on the surface of the skin, they “pull in” the moisture from the outside environment, or from within deeper layers of the skin. The following ingredients in this product do the job: glycerin, butylene glycol.

This product also contains ingredients called “occlusives”. They help reduce the speed with which our skin loses moisture to the outside environment. These ingredients also help soften the upper layer of the skin, so it feels less tight and nicer to the touch. The following ingredients in this product do the job: beeswax, helianthus annuus seed oil.

The following ingredients in this product are especially good for supporting the skin barrier and helping with the hydration level: petrolatum

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold

How honest is this product?

Promise Can it deliver?
Moisturizing
Total Promises Fulfilled score: 100/100.

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
HIGH

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
One of the most effective and the most studied occlusive ingredients that creates a protective layer on top of the skin preventing moisture loss
26% - 31%
5.1% - 6.2%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
5.1% - 6.2%
Forms a protective barrier that holds water and keeps dry skin hydrated. Keeps an emulsion from separating into its oil and liquid components, and increases the thickness of a product. Can be an allergen
4.3% - 5.3%
Softens the upper layer of skin and helps restore the healthy skin barrier. Has shown to help calm down inflammation in skin. It is a stable oil, meaning that it retains its properties even when exposed to air.
3.3% - 4%
A great emollient due to its high linoleic acid content. One of the most effective plant oils in helping skin hydration and repairing skin barrier function
2.4% - 3%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin and might as well help to attract moisture to its upper layer
1.7% - 2%
Helps create a thicker product consistency
1.5% - 1.9%
Used to create a nice product texture
1.2% - 1.4%
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
0.75% - 1.15%
A more stable but less bio-available form of vitamin E compared to Tocopherol. Might help moisturize and protect the skin from free radicals, but mostly used in low concentrations to stabilize other ingredients.
0.6% - 0.95%
Helps to soften the upper layer of the skin
0.55% - 0.85%
Works as a UV filter when used in high concentrations. It is photostable and is effective mostly against the UVB light, with some protection in the UVA range. In small concentrations, used for its ability to improve the color of cosmetic products. Is usually well tolerated by the skin
0.65% - 1%
0.35% - 0.65%
A preservative
0.3% - 0.55%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
0.3% - 0.6%
A red colorant
0.3% - 0.55%
A red colorant
0.25% - 0.5%
0.25% - 0.5%
A colorant
0.25% - 0.4%
A colorant (dye)
0.2% - 0.4%
Pure form of vitamin E. Can help moisturise and protect the skin from free radicals. Often used to help stabilise other ingredients or the formula itself
0.2% - 0.4%
Plain old water
0.2% - 0.35%
Used to create a nice product texture and help delivery of other ingredients. Might be somewhat helpful in attracting water to the upper layer of the skin
0.2% - 0.35%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
0.2% - 0.4%
Can contain potent anti-oxidant compounds (abbreviated ECG, GCG, EGC, and EGCG) that might help protect the skin from free radicals. Can help calm down inflammation and has some anti-bacterial properties. Unfortunately, these antioxidants are unstable and lose their effectiveness very quickly in products. The concentration of the antioxidant compounds in the extract also tends to be low to be effective in topical formulation
0.2% - 0.35%
0.2% - 0.35%
A plant extract that might help neutralize free radicals in skin
0.2% - 0.35%
A plant extract that can be used as fragrance
0.2% - 0.35%
A plant extract that might help neutralize free radicals in skin
0.2% - 0.35%
0.15% - 0.3%
A plant extract used as a fragrance. Can be irritating
0.2% - 0.35%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.2% - 0.35%
A preservative
0.2% - 0.35%
One of the most effective and the most studied occlusive ingredients that creates a protective layer on top of the skin preventing moisture loss
0.25% - 0.45%
0.2% - 0.35%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.2% - 0.4%
Forms a protective barrier that holds water and keeps dry skin hydrated. Keeps an emulsion from separating into its oil and liquid components, and increases the thickness of a product. Can be an allergen
0.25% - 0.5%
Softens the upper layer of skin and helps restore the healthy skin barrier. Has shown to help calm down inflammation in skin. It is a stable oil, meaning that it retains its properties even when exposed to air.
0.25% - 0.5%
A great emollient due to its high linoleic acid content. One of the most effective plant oils in helping skin hydration and repairing skin barrier function
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin and might as well help to attract moisture to its upper layer
0.2% - 0.35%
Helps create a thicker product consistency
0.25% - 0.5%
A plant oil with a high content of volatile compounds that can irritate the skin and lead to allergic reactions. Can lead to photosensitivity
0.15% - 0.3%
A good mix of fatty acids that forms a protective layer on the skin. Improves the shelf life of products. Derived from coconut and glycerin
0.25% - 0.5%
Used to create a nice product texture
0.25% - 0.5%
Helps create a nice product texture and soften the upper layer of the skin
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps to soften the upper layer of the skin
0.25% - 0.45%
A more stable but less bio-available form of vitamin E compared to Tocopherol. Might help moisturize and protect the skin from free radicals, but mostly used in low concentrations to stabilize other ingredients.
0.2% - 0.35%
A preservative
0.2% - 0.35%
An umbrella term for the following three colorants: CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499
0.15% - 0.3%
A red colorant made of iron oxide. Typically is not irritating
0.2% - 0.35%
A red colorant
0.2% - 0.35%
A red colorant
0.2% - 0.35%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
0.2% - 0.35%
Works as a UV filter when used in high concentrations. It is photostable and is effective mostly against the UVB light, with some protection in the UVA range. In small concentrations, used for its ability to improve the color of cosmetic products. Is usually well tolerated by the skin
0.3% - 0.5%
0.15% - 0.3%
Used as a fragrance and can be irritating
0.15% - 0.3%
A yellow dye
0.2% - 0.35%
A colorant
0.2% - 0.35%
0.2% - 0.35%
A red colorant
0.2% - 0.4%
An umbrella term for the following three colorants: CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499
0.2% - 0.4%
A colorant. Usually well-tolerated
0.2% - 0.4%
Pure form of vitamin E. Can help moisturise and protect the skin from free radicals. Often used to help stabilise other ingredients or the formula itself
0.2% - 0.4%
Plain old water
0.2% - 0.4%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
0.25% - 0.45%
Used to create a nice product texture and help delivery of other ingredients. Might be somewhat helpful in attracting water to the upper layer of the skin
0.2% - 0.4%
Can contain potent anti-oxidant compounds (abbreviated ECG, GCG, EGC, and EGCG) that might help protect the skin from free radicals. Can help calm down inflammation and has some anti-bacterial properties. Unfortunately, these antioxidants are unstable and lose their effectiveness very quickly in products. The concentration of the antioxidant compounds in the extract also tends to be low to be effective in topical formulation
0.25% - 0.4%
0.2% - 0.4%
A plant extract that might help neutralize free radicals in skin
0.2% - 0.4%
A plant extract that can be used as fragrance
0.2% - 0.4%
A plant extract that might help neutralize free radicals in skin
0.2% - 0.4%
0.2% - 0.4%
A preservative
0.2% - 0.4%
One of the most effective and the most studied occlusive ingredients that creates a protective layer on top of the skin preventing moisture loss
0.3% - 0.55%
0.2% - 0.4%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.25% - 0.5%
Forms a protective barrier that holds water and keeps dry skin hydrated. Keeps an emulsion from separating into its oil and liquid components, and increases the thickness of a product. Can be an allergen
0.3% - 0.55%
Softens the upper layer of skin and helps restore the healthy skin barrier. Has shown to help calm down inflammation in skin. It is a stable oil, meaning that it retains its properties even when exposed to air.
0.3% - 0.55%
A great emollient due to its high linoleic acid content. One of the most effective plant oils in helping skin hydration and repairing skin barrier function
0.3% - 0.5%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin and might as well help to attract moisture to its upper layer
0.2% - 0.4%
Helps create a thicker product consistency
0.3% - 0.55%
A good mix of fatty acids that forms a protective layer on the skin. Improves the shelf life of products. Derived from coconut and glycerin
0.3% - 0.55%
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
0.2% - 0.35%
Used to create a nice product texture
0.3% - 0.55%
Helps create a nice product texture and soften the upper layer of the skin
0.3% - 0.5%
Helps to soften the upper layer of the skin
0.3% - 0.5%
A more stable but less bio-available form of vitamin E compared to Tocopherol. Might help moisturize and protect the skin from free radicals, but mostly used in low concentrations to stabilize other ingredients.
0.25% - 0.45%
Works as a UV filter when used in high concentrations. It is photostable and is effective mostly against the UVB light, with some protection in the UVA range. In small concentrations, used for its ability to improve the color of cosmetic products. Is usually well tolerated by the skin
0.3% - 0.6%
0.2% - 0.4%
A preservative
0.2% - 0.4%
A red colorant
0.2% - 0.4%
A red colorant
0.2% - 0.4%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
0.2% - 0.4%
A red colorant
0.2% - 0.4%
0.25% - 0.4%
A yellow dye
0.2% - 0.4%
A red colorant
0.2% - 0.4%
Pure form of vitamin E. Can help moisturise and protect the skin from free radicals. Often used to help stabilise other ingredients or the formula itself
0.2% - 0.4%
Plain old water
0.2% - 0.4%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
0.25% - 0.45%
Used to create a nice product texture and help delivery of other ingredients. Might be somewhat helpful in attracting water to the upper layer of the skin
0.2% - 0.35%
Can contain potent anti-oxidant compounds (abbreviated ECG, GCG, EGC, and EGCG) that might help protect the skin from free radicals. Can help calm down inflammation and has some anti-bacterial properties. Unfortunately, these antioxidants are unstable and lose their effectiveness very quickly in products. The concentration of the antioxidant compounds in the extract also tends to be low to be effective in topical formulation
0.2% - 0.35%
0.2% - 0.35%
A plant extract that might help neutralize free radicals in skin
0.2% - 0.35%
A plant extract that can be used as fragrance
0.15% - 0.3%
A plant extract that might help neutralize free radicals in skin
0.15% - 0.25%
0.15% - 0.25%
A fruit extact. Might have some anti-oxidant properties
0.25% - 0.4%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.1% - 0.2%
A preservative
0.05% - 0.1%

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