Glossier Balm Dotcom in Original Review

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Today I have a review of the Glossier Balm Dotcom in Original. For a brand like Glossier, who markets that "effortless my skin is perfect so I don't need to use a lot of product but here's what you can use to get that I'm not trying that hard" vibe, it's not surprising that they have something like the Balm Dotcom in their range. It's marketed as a universal skin salve, something you can use all over for dry skin. They say you can use it on lips, cuticles, or any rough patches.



I'm personally someone who really really loves petroleum jelly based lip balms so even though it's $12.00 for 0.5 oz, I had to try it anyway. I'll also make a comparison of this lip balm to my current favorite lip balm later on in the review.

Click through to read my review and learn whether this lip balm will be for you!
Just a note, when the Original Balm Dotcom first launched it came in a larger tube, about .62 oz. Later on when the scented versions were launched, those were only .44 oz per tube. They changed the packaging later and ended up downsizing the Original and upgrading the scented ones to .50 oz, while still keeping the $12.00 price tag.

Glossier says this is a: "hydrating, long-lasting, multipurpose lip and skin salve that’s packed with antioxidants and natural emollients to nourish and repair dry, chafed skin. The dense, waxy texture stays in place to seal in moisture wherever it goes. Opt for Original, or choose from four mood-enhancing flavors: Rose (with a barely-there pink tint), Cherry (with a sheer, juicy red tint), Mint, and Coconut."

I mean yeah you can technically use it anywhere, but I'm not wasting this tube on my cuticles or anywhere else on my skin. I feel like I'd get the most economical use using this on my lips.

The ingredients are: Petrolatum, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Beeswax/Cera Alba/Cire D'Abeille, Lanolin, Dipalmithoyl Hydroxyproline, Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Butter, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Extract, Tocopherol, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract.

This comes in a squeeze tube with a flat top opening. Because I plan to exclusively use it on my lips, I do wish it came in a more lip application friendly packaging.



Review:

Oh would that I could say that this is not worth the money but I can honestly say that I really liked this balm. When using, I couldn't help but compare it to what was my current favorite petroleum jelly based lip balm, Skinfix's Lip Repair Balm ($4.99 for 0.35 oz). Skinfix's Lip Repair Balm is a petroleum jelly and coconut oil based lip balm, with a whopping 40% of coconut oil in the formula. It forms a nice cushy layer on my lips and has a slant tip applicator. 

By comparison, Glossier's Balm Dotcom is thicker and forms a nice occlusive layer on the lips; Skinfix Lip Repair Balm feels a little thinner and a little slicker due to the high coconut oil content. When I did a side-by-side wear test, the Glossier Balm Dotcom lasts a little longer than Skinfix Lip Repair Balm because it's thicker, about five hours. There's also a nice amount of shine that I get.

Effect-wise, I noticed that the Glossier Balm Dotcom side of my lips were smoother and softer compared to the Skinfix Lip Repair Balm side. That's not to say that the Skinfix Lip Repair Balm wasn't effective, I just thought the Glossier Balm Dotcom did a better job of moisturizing my lips and keeping it moisturized over time. I also like that I can wear the Balm Dotcom overnight, the Skinfix Lip Repair Balm is strictly for daytime use because the coconut oil in the formula often migrates overnight causing breakouts around my lips. I can also appreciate that the Balm Dotcom's thicker formula lasts longer on my lips. 

Conclusion:

In conclusion, do I like the Glossier Balm Dotcom? Yes I actually do. I wish I could say this isn't worth the $12.00 but it totally is to me. It works well enough that I do plan on repurchasing. I like that it's got a thick texture that melts down and forms a nice occlusive layer on my lips. I do find it helps to moisturize my lips and the staying power is great thanks to its consistency. I don't plan on using this as a universal salve like they market it because it works for me as a lip balm and overnight treatment.

However, whether you get this or not depends on if you're comfortable spending $12.00 on a lip care product. I do think the addition of lanolin and beeswax helps the formula feel rich and emollient, but whether this is a must-have for you depends on what you consider your budget for lip care products to be. They do offer scented/tinted versions of the formula, which you might consider to be more worth it.


What's your current favorite lip balm? Are you someone who likes to spend a little more on lip balms?


Disclaimer: I purchased this lip balm with affiliate credit. This post contains affiliate links which provide me with affiliate credit based on your use of the link when making a purchase. All opinions are my own and not sponsored by the brand. I was not paid for this post.

10 comments

  1. Allison @neversaydiebeautyMay 22, 2017 at 1:58 PM

    It sounds really good. I wish I could get a sample. I use Dr. Lipp Miracle Balm and it is $16 for a small but long lasting tube of medical grade lanolin balm. I pay the big bucks because it is literally the only thing that works on my always parched lips.

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  2. I heard some great things about this balm, good to know you liked it as well. I like lip balms for midday touchups and on-the-go, but recently I started using pure lanolin at night and when I'm at home. I know it's a controversial ingredient so I don't really advertise it on my blog/social channels, but it works wonders for my chronically chapped lips.

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  3. I'd have to use the unscented one but it's nice to know that they have variety. I could use this in the winter more than now since the SkinFixx works well at the moment.

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  4. I don't mind spending money on a li pproduct that makes my lips feel good - moisturizer and healed. I would probably like this one too!

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  5. Lisa Marie HeathMay 22, 2017 at 8:07 PM

    I appreciate the explanation on why you think this one edges out Skinfix's Lip Repair Balm. I'll have to give it a try!

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  6. I don't mind spending the extra money for something that works!

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  7. This sounds good, I haven't tried this brand but I really want too :)

    Kayla
    Sheer Beauty Blog

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  8. Glossier is high on my must try list. And no, I don't mind investing in good treatments that work.

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  9. This balm is incredible. It takes so very little and unlike most, actually stays on the lips for HOURS. Best lip balm I've ever used.

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