Monday, January 28, 2013

Figs & Rouge Balm in Cherry & Vanilla Review

Figs & Rouge has a variety of scented balms that come in gorgeous little tins. What compelled me to buy this, besides the taunting display at the Whole Foods check out line, was the scent. I love cherry and love vanilla, thought it would be a match made in balm heaven! I ripped through the packaging and couldn't take a picture, but the container was sealed so there was no way of smelling it before I purchased it. Thinking ahead at the lips balms that I was finishing up, I justified the purchase.

Description: Figs & Rouge Cherry & Vanilla 100% Organic Balm protects skin against dryness. Suitable for all skin types, it's nourishing and soothing. Use on lips, face and body for an intensive and organic moisture boost.
The Good:
  • beautiful packaging
  • light container which is perfect to toss in your purse
  • hydrating
  • affordable
  • a little goes a long way
The Bad:
  • smells nothing like cherry OR vanilla
  • gritty in texture
  • too greasy for use on (my) face

Verdict: Pure disappointment. Let me start with the smell, it doesn't smell like cherry or vanilla.  I constantly tried to smell the hint of either of those scents but just couldn't. It smells like olive oil and a little like plastic, it's gross. Because of the smell, I can't handle using it on my lips. I've tried using a tiny amount on dry patches (on my face) but it makes those areas greasy and makes my makeup slide off. I DO enjoy using it on my body though. Before bed, I apply it to my knees, elbows, heels and cuticles and wake up with wonderfully hydrated skin. Since it is a balm, I suggest letting it soak into your skin to avoid oil marks on sheets or clothes. This balm is gritty in texture, the grit melts but can be slightly annoying (to me anyway). All in all, not a balm that I would repurchase.

Retails for approx. $5.29 CAN and can be purchased at Whole Foods Market and other health food stores.

Have you tried any of the Figs & Rouge balms? Thoughts?

Ingredients: helianthus annuus seed oil, butyrospermum parkii fruit butter, cera alba, glycerin, vanilla planifolia fruit extract, citrus aurantium dulcis peel oil, prunus ceratus fruit extract,
mentha piperita leaf oil, limoneneº, linaloolº, benzyl benzoateº, benzyl salcylateº, farnesolº, gernaiolº, isoeugenolº, eugenolº, citral*º.
*Certified Organic
º Naturally Occurring Component of Essential Oils


  1. I have this too, and while the smell isn't my favorite, I definitely get cherry from mine. Slightly herbal too, kind of like cough drops. I wonder if maybe you got a bad one?

    1. Pretty sure mine is spoiled because it smells nothing like that lol


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