When I first received my Debaucherous order, I posted some photos and initial thoughts with a promise of individual reviews soon to come. It’s been about two weeks since then, so I feel comfortable giving my opinion on the lip balms, which I’ve been using every day since they arrived.
As I mentioned in the other post, I purchased two flavors, Orxata and Green Mango.
Orxata is a limited edition described as “Ground rice, milk, sugar and cinnamon” – it’s meant to evoke the yummy Spanish drink known as horchata/orxata. To my nose, it definitely succeeds! It’s a warm creaminess, with notes of vanilla and rice milk, and just a tad of heat from the cinnamon – not so much that you’ll end up with irritated or red lips, thank goodness. If you like sweet, food-y, dessertish scents you’ll probably love Orxata! This is an absolutely perfect fall/winter balm, in my opinion.
Green Mango, on the other hand, is all summer. The scent description for this one is “Green mangoes from the Philippines blended with lime margarita.” I picked this one hoping that it would be refreshing and not too sweet, and it turned out to be just that exactly. The mango is very green and not too ripe smelling – my problem with most “mango” scented bath & body products is that they go for such a sickly sweet note that, to my nose, it just makes me think of mangoes that have been left too long and have gone so overripe as to be… not really appetizing anymore. So I’m really happy to find a mango balm that avoids that pitfall and actually delivers a truer mango scent. The addition of the lime elevates it, giving it an extra dash of zest. Really, really loving this one – it’s my favorite of the two.
Now let’s talk about the formula! The Debaucherous Etsy shop says this about their balms:
A delightful blend that includes Virgin Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Sweet Almond Oil, Cocoa Butter, Avocado Oil, Carnauba and Candelila wax and Vitamin E. Lightly sweetened.
The use of the word “includes” makes me think that this isn’t a full and precise ingredients list, I expect to avoid copycats. The owner does say elsewhere that they’re vegan, and I suppose that if you have any serious allergies you could send a message asking about their presence before you order.
The balm texture is very smooth, and it melts like buttah. No, seriously, this balm melts VERY easily – if you live anywhere with hot weather, you’ll want to be careful when applying the balm – if you apply too quickly/vigorously, you might end up with a big ol’ chunk of the balm melted off, far more than you actually need. The way around this is to only twist up just enough balm, that way you don’t risk melting off way more than you wanted just by virtue of the warm air + your lips’ natural body temperature.
Once applied, the balm is quite glossy. You can see in the image above – my lips are bare beyond a fresh application of the Orxata balm. No other added color or gloss, that’s just how the lip balm looks all on its own!
The balm doesn’t fully absorb, rather, it seems that some of the moisturizing ingredients penetrate while others sit on your lips to give shine and protection. It’s not waxy by any means – so this isn’t one of those gross “feels like a wax seal on my mouth” balms. It’s also not one of those thin balms that absorbs super fast and leaves you needing to reapply every ten minutes. There’s a happy medium here, meaning that you’ll get hydration and shine for a few hours before you need to reapply.
For some more in-depth talk about the balms, how they apply with lip color, and more, hit the read more!
Lipsticks, tints, and glosses apply very easily and smoothly over/under this balm. I will say, though, that if you’re hoping to use this with a matte lip color, I do find that using this balm under lipsticks really amped up the gloss factor and it might counteract any matte effects. I actually don’t have any matte lipsticks myself to test it with, though, sorry!
Here you see Holika Holika Heartful Moisture Lipstick in PK121 Pink Love over the Orxata balm – glossius maximus, right?
If it’s too glossy for you, I’m happy to report that a quick blot reduced the shine while keeping the moisturize and color intact.
Here we have Etude House Fresh Cherry Tint in PP501 with the Orxata lip balm, if anyone was curious how the balm played with lip tints rather than lipsticks.
Overall, I’m very satisfied with the Debaucherous lip balm that I purchased, and I plan on buying more flavors in the future. My lips tend to be pretty dry, and I’m also rather picky – if I feel like a balm doesn’t absorb/hydrate just right, I’ll stop using it. I can’t stand balms that just sit on my lips and don’t absorb and/or get all sticky and tacky, but I also hate balms that absorb so fast that you have to keep applying and reapplying to make your lips feel moisturized.
Additionally, I am also sensitive to some ingredient(s?) that I’m not totally sure of yet – I just know that a number of well-loved, raved about balms have actually made my lips swell up, dry out, flake, and even bleed in some cases (Eos and LUSH are the biggest perpetrators in that they made my lips crack, bleed, and swell up like crazy, but I remember reacting very badly to L’Occitane’s lip balm and some drugstore balms as well). That’s why I wanted to test this balm for a couple weeks before I posted a review, because in some cases – like the Eos balms – it took a week before the negative effects became obvious.
I am not affiliated with Debaucherous in any way – I purchased these balms 100% on my own and wrote this review completely independently. However, eBay affiliate links are present for the Holika Holika & Etude House lip colors, so be aware of that & thanks if you use them!