Wayne S. Forrey, the company's founder and product inventor, contracted lip cancer in 1983 due to his outdoor lifestyle and frequent sunburned lips. After successful lip reconstruction surgery, he began using lip balm everyday to protect and moisturize his lips. Wayne became dissatisfied with industry standard lip balm dispensers because the knurled disk base would twist and rotate in his pants pockets...thereby mashing the balm into the cap...making a gooey mess. Many people told Wayne they experienced the exact same gooey mess. To solve this problem, Wayne went to his garage and invented a much better lip balm dispenser system including a firmer twist base and tighter fitting cap. BALMSHOT was the result of this innovative effort, and a new Idaho company was born in 2010.Chapped lips are usually not a problem for me. I have poor saliva control, so I'm usually dealing with wet lips and sore, chafed chin skin, where it's inflamed because of 'sitting' in wetness for long periods.
However, there ARE times where my lips DO get dry and uncomfortable. But normal lip balm doesn't really work for me. It usually washes right off. Enter BalmShot, which is made with beeswax, so it has better staying power than petroleum jelly-based balms.
I received a box full of 3 different flavors of BalmShot; Classic, Cool Mint and Vanilla Mint. Let's take a look at them.
^^what I received^^
I gave this to Mama Melissa when she had a cold and her lips were cracking. Since she is diabetic (well, TECHNICALLY Pre-Diabetic, but let’s not split hairs here), I wasn’t 100% sure if the other two flavors had any sugar content in them, and I wasn’t about to raise her numbers over lip balm.
She instantly fell in LOVE with it. She said the dial turned easily, the balm was NOT goopy or slimy, and it applied very smoothly to her lips. She also said she felt instant relief from the burning her lips were experiencing.
I was a bit disappointed in this flavor. It didn’t seem as heavy on the mint flavor as I would have liked it to be, considering it was a strictly mint flavored lip balm. The smell reminded me of a mint teabag. It tingled my lips more than the Vanilla Mint flavor, but I thought it fell flat when it came to the mint smell/taste.
This was interesting… when opening and applying, it smelled like a York Peppermint patty. I really didn’t smell too much vanilla scent, nor did I really taste it either.
The actual lip balm went on smooth and silky, and I did experience some tingling because of the peppermint oil in the balm.
I had some difficulty getting the caps off, but I did like that I had more ‘real estate’ to work with. The grooves in the caps also made gripping them easier when pulling them open.
The thing that I see disabled people having the most trouble with is twisting the base. The two I personally tested worked harder than traditional lip balm bases. I know this is a feature of the tube, but depending on how affected their arms/hands are, it will be very difficult for disabled people to use this.
This is available from Amazon for $15.97 or you can find a local retailer by clicking on Find your local Retailer.
Finally, a lip balm without the goop and mess! Can't beat that!
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes
**As per FTC guidelines, I received this product in exchange for an honest review. Only compensation I received is the product(s) mentioned above. All opinions are my own and your usage/results may vary.**