Soap&Glory Smooch Operator Lip Butter Balm Review

Soap&Glory Smooch Operator Lip Butter Balm Review
Soap&Glory describes their Smooch Operator Lip Butter Balm as a "slightly addictive, ultra-moisturising, barrier-fortifying lip balm. Smooch Operator is formulated with wild mango butter, vitamin E, plus argan and rose hip oils to nourish, soothe and soften lips. A must for any girl who wants to get rid of dry and chapped lips." Though its new to me, my research leads me to believe that this lip balm has been a Soap&Glory staple for years. Somehow, I'd never heard of Smooch Operator until it landed on Mecca Maxima's "new" page about two months ago. I loved the idea of a "butter balm", and picked it up on my next trip in store (I had to push my haul over $50 for those dank free samples). Now, no more than six weeks later, it seems like Soap&Glory is phasing Smooch Operator out of their line - it's no longer available via Mecca, and it's listed as "out of stock" on the brand's website. With discontinuation looming, I figured I needed to get my thoughts out on this product before it ends up in a clearance bin somewhere in Boots. The Smooch Operator Lip Butter Balm contains 8g of product and retails for $8AUD, or £5 in the UK. Soap&Glory is cruelty free. This product was made in the UK.

The Smooch Operator Lip Balm comes in a little white plastic pot with a twist on cap. The Soap&Glory logo is embossed on the top of the cap; the product name is printed on the side of the jar in white lettering against the brand's signature pink background. While packaging is less than hygienic, its cute and compact - it looks good on my bedside table (but easily lost under my pillows). Unfortunately, packaging doesn't seem to be recyclable.
Soap&Glory Smooch Operator Lip Butter Balm Review
Soap&Glory's Smooch Operator Butter Lip Balm is a light pink, solid salve. This lip balm had a hard, ceraceous layer over the top that needed to be worked through; the underlying product is somewhere between waxy and creamy in consistency, and easy to spread across the lips. This easily applied balm creates a milky, gloss finish on the lips that I personally find quite unflattering. In my opinion, Smooch Operator is more of a protective balm than a nourishing one. While this lip balm does provide a hint of moisture, it's much better at sealing in the lips natural moisture (or the hydration provided by a thinner, oilier balm). Smooch Operator would do shit all to treat dry, cracked, chapped lips - in fact I think it would burn a good bit, plus the tasty coconut-floral flavor may tempt you to lick it off and cause further dryness. The effects of this balm are fairly long lasting, I only apply it two, maybe three times a day - usually before bed and after lunch. Despite my limited use of Soap&Glory's Lip Butter Balm, I seem to be running through my pot quite quickly, I'm already about half way done with it.

Smooch Operator's ingredient list is pretty standard from what I can see. This lip balm is made up of some synthetic emollients, common waxes, and silicones. Further down the list, beyond mango butter and two types of fragrance, you'll find more nourishing ingredients like shea butter and rosehip, coconut, sweet almond, and argan oils. Unfortunately, these ingredients are in too small of a concentration to offer their full benefits. I don't have any real qualms with this lip butter's formula, it's petrolatum free, which is impressive considering it's price point. Of course, fragrance free (or fragrance much lower on the ingredient listing) would be preferable, but considering it's a Soap&Glory product, I think that's a bit of an unreasonable request.
Soap&Glory Smooch Operator Lip Butter Balm Swatch
I don't love Soap&Glory's Smooch Operator Lip Butter Balm. The texture is pleasant,and it's a good enough protective salve for the winter months, but it just don't impress me. The formula has some good aspects, but based off of Soap&Glory's lotion and body butter making prowess, I really do think the brand can do better than this. I wouldn't buy Smooch Operator again, and my heart won't be broken if it is indeed discontinued.


Ingredients:
Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax / Cire Microcristalline), Cera Alba (Beeswax/Cire d’Abeille), Dimethicone, Octyldodecanol, Menthyl Lactate, Irvingia Gabonensis Kernel Butter, Parfum (Fragrance), Butyrospermum Parkii, (Shea) Butter, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Stevioside, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, BHT, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 45410 (Red 28)

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