Abnomoly PetroWhat? Rio Guava Lip Balm Review

Abnomoly is one of Deciem's newer sub-brand, and so far they've only released one product - the PetroWhat? Lip Balm. According to Abnomoly, "unlike waxy and occlusive petrolatum-based formulations that mainly help hold in existing water content, this super-saturated and long-lasting lip and skin balm is filled with a high concentration of skin-identical Amino Acids in a Plant-derived Squalane and Baobab Oil base. This formula helps in protecting, hydrating and repairing dry skin from the moment it's first used. The total concentration of these technologies in the formula by weight is 75%." The PetroWhat? Lip Balms contain 15ml and retail for $9AUD at Deciem and Myer stores. Deciem is cruelty free. This product was made in Canada.

PetroWhat? Lip Balms come in white metal squeeze tubes with no applicator. The packaging style is very cute and millenial friendly - I love the little outline of Rio and bright teal cap. I was definitely pulled in by the packaging...and the put right back off of it. Product tends to come out much too quickly - I lost a fair bit of product when I punctured the foil seal for the first time. This lip balm leaks occasionally, as well. On the positive side of things, packaging is recyclable.

Abnomoly's PetroWhat? Lip Balm is a clear gel balm with a high gloss finish that lasts about 20 minutes. This lip balm sinks in fairly quickly, leaving lips soft, smooth, and mildly hydrated - at first. After this product sinks in, my lips are often left feeling drier than they did pre-application. I don't find the formula to be that nourishing, and it doesn't last long enough to protect the lips in extreme weather, so I think of the PetroWhat? Lip Balm as more of a lip gloss with a fancy formulation and use it as such.. My favorite use for PetroWhat? is actually as a nail treatment. Once or twice a day I'll rub a tiny dab onto each nail and around the cuticles to keep them hydrated and nourished.

This balm's formula has a squalane, water, and glycerin base, with humectant sugars and sodiums. The remainder of the ingredient list is made up of several antioxidant rich ingredients like arginine, glycine, algae extract, and vitamin e. The final ingredient is flavoring, which gives Rio a strong, realistic guava scent and flavor. I've seen a few reviews mention that their PetroWhat? balms taste salty, but I don't find that to be the case.

To be frank, I don't like Abnomoly's PetroWhat? Lip Balm. It feels like Deciem was trying to create their answer to Glossier's Balm DotCom, but missed the mark. I can tell that a lot of thought was put into this product's formulation, but it ends up having the opposite of it's intended effect. I'll continue to use PetroWhat? on my nails or as a lip gloss, but I don't recommend it. If you're looking for an instagram-able lip balm, spend a couple extra dollars and buy a tube of Balm DotCom instead.

Squalane, Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sucrose Laurate, Sucrose Stearate, Sodium PCA, Sodium Lactate, Arginine, Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil, PCA, Glycine, Alanine, Serine, Valine, Isoleucine, Proline, Threonine, Histidine, Phenylalanine, Aspartic Acid, Isochrysis Galbana Extract, Tocopherol, Aroma (Natural Flavour).

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