The good people of Hourglass have perfect timing. They sent me a tube of Hourglass N° 28 Lip Treatment Oil that arrived here the same day I decided (I should have known better) to experiment with an OCC Lip Tar and see if I can make this notorious lip scorcher wearable by mixing it with various lip creams and balms. The result was disastrous for my poor lips- they ended up pruny and stinging.
Hourglass N° 28 Lip Treatment Oil gave me the immediate relief I needed. It looks and feels like a sticky serum at first, and sinks in slowly into the lips while leaving them coated with a protective layer for several hours afterwards. There's a visible difference in the look of my lips after each treatment-- they look fuller and smoother. But the main thing is the way lips feel after a few days of treatment (I use the oil as needed).
Hourglass N° 28 Lip Treatment Oil comes in a pump dispenser with a gold plated applicator that doesn't get grimy or goopy (and obviously doesn't react with the oil or the active ingredients within). This is a very high end skincare product-- not a chapstick or a balm. It works as a preventive measure just as much as it treats cracked and peeling lips. There's a light creamy vanillic scent and some taste, but I stop niticing it within seconds of application.
Oleic/Linoleic/Linolenic Polyglycerides, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Octyldodecanol, Amyris (Amyris Balsamifera) Oil, Aniba Rosaeodora Wood Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Benzoin Siam Absolute, Bois De Rose (Aniba Rosaeodora) Oil, Borage (Borago Officinalis) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cedar (Thuja Occidentalis) Leef Oil, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Cherry (Prunus Avium) Pit Oil, Clove (Eugenia Caryophyllus) Oil, Dimethylmethoxy Chromanol, Eucalyptus Globulus Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Geranium (Geranium Maculatum) Oil, Green Tea (Camellia Sinensis) Oil, Hazelnut (Corylus Americana) Oil, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Jojoba (Simmondsia Chinensis) Oil, Kukui (Aleurites Moluccana) Nut Oil, Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia) Oil, Lemon (Citrus Medica Limonum) Peel Oil, Lithospermum Officinale Root Extract, Octyldodecyl Myristate, Olive(Olea Europaea) Oil, Orange (Citrus Aurantium Dulcis) Peel Oil, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Panthenyl Triacetate, Petitgrain (Citrus Reticulata) Oil, Portulaca Pilosa Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Rose Geranium (Pelargonium Roseum) Oil, Rose Hips Seed Oil, Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis) Leaf Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract, Salicornia Herbacea Extract, Sorbitan Isostearate, Sucrose Cocoate, Sweet Almond (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis) Oil, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Linoleate, Vanilla (Vanilla Planifolia) Oil, Ylang Ylang (Cananga Odorata) Oil.Hourglass N° 28 Lip Treatment Oil ($42) is available from select department stores and at Sephora (including online). The product for this review was sent to me by the company.
Top Image: ROUGH LIPS by Jung Von Matt/alster advertising agency for Logona-kosmetik lip balm in Germany, October 2004.