Lip Service - NUXE Rêve de Miel Lip Balm

I don't drink enough water. I drink very little (if any) on a daily basis. I do, however, drink a lot of tea. I've tried everything to get myself to up my water intake; I bought large two litre bottles hoping they'd encourage me to drink the recommended amount, I bought myself a nice refillable water bottle that I could take with me on the go, I tried flavouring the water with fruit and mixing it with squash, I even downloaded several apps which would track my progress and remind me when it was time to drink more. Even when I did manage to work my way up to eight glasses a day, I couldn't stick to it for more than a few weeks. This means that I am almost always dehydrated; my skin is dry, I have no energy, and I get terrible headaches. The area where this is most obvious is my mouth. No matter what I apply to my lips, they are forever dry and cracked, particularly in the corners; on a bad day, they bleed. Of course it doesn't help that I chew my bottom lip whenever I'm nervous or stressed.

I was never really into lip balms growing up. Most girls I knew would have at least one tin of Vaseline or stick of Blistex to hand, but I absolutely hated the sticky feeling they left behind and the sickly sweet scents turned my stomach. I suppose my aversion to lip products didn't really become an issue till I underwent my first course of Roaccutane and a heavy-duty lip balm became as much a part of my routine as deodorant.

What first attracted me to NUXE's Rêve de Miel lip balm was its rather luxe-looking packaging, so different to the usual plasticky designs. The beautifully frosted glass jar, together with its French name (translating to Dream of Honey, I believe), makes this product seem much more expensive than the €12 many pharmacies charge for it. I enjoyed the scent of this balm so much that I found myself reaching for it often, if only to get a whiff of its pure lemony goodness, reminiscent of a zesty lemon curd. A pale creamy yellow, with a texture not unlike butter and sugar whipped together, this rich balm doesn't just sit atop your lips like a barrier, but melts into them instantly, soothing and nourishing as it goes.

This is the only lip balm (quite possibly the only lip product) that I have ever managed to use up and it's one that I have repurchased several times since. However, although I was under the impression that NUXE is a cruelty-free company, I have now come to believe otherwise, and thus will no longer be buying from them. 

According to the U.S. site, "NUXE do not test on animals neither its products nor the ingredients contained in its products, then respecting the European law that prohibits the use of such methods", while the UK site states, "In order to assess the performance of NUXE products, we resort to cruelty-free tests. Safety tests are performed according to alternative or substitution methods, sponsored by renowned experts and never resorting to animal testing." Strange that the policy is worded so differently on two sites for the same company.

Unfortunately, with all those claims in mind, NUXE has still chosen to sell in China where it is a legal requirement that all imported cosmetics be tested on animals. I'm now on the lookout for a cruelty-free alternative to Rêve de Miel, one that performs just as well and smells equally delicious. After all, what's the point in being a vegetarian if I'm not as conscious about what I put on my mouth as I am of what I put in it?