For many years, my lip care collection consisted solely of drugstore Carmex, Chapsticks and the occasional Bonne Bell Lip Smacker; I could never have imagined paying over $20 for a lip balm. But I've learned that sometimes when a really fabulous product comes along, a splurge is completely justified, and Fresh Sugar Lip Balm is one such product.
The quality is absolutely superb. It has a fabulous soft, waxy texture that simply melts on the lips and leaves them moisturized and protected for hours, and additionally nourishes them with vitamins A, C, and E and protects them with a layer of SPF 15. It carries the same fragrance as Fresh's original Sugar scent, which confusingly enough smells nothing like sugar, but is rather a weak lemonade-like scent. Personally, I find the Eau de Toilette a bit too bland and linear to wear, but I do think the smell is wonderful for a lip gloss, as it provides a brief but refreshing pick-me-up in the summer, and a pleasant memory of warmer times in the winter.
Previously, I recommended another pricey lip balm, Acqua di Parma's Capri Orange balm, whose smell and quality I also loved, but whose inferior packaging disappointed me. On the other hand, Fresh's packaging is absolutely fabulous, and is practically the selling point of the product. The balm comes in an earthy bronze tube of heavy, ceramic-like material, whose top screws off to reveal a lipstick twist up mechanism. It is truly beautiful to look at and has a fabulous heft that makes it a pleasure to hold and to use, much more so than any other lip balm I own. Yes its pricey, but for me, its definitely worth the price.
Fresh Sugar Lip Balm is $22 for .15 oz; for buying information, see the listing for Fresh under Perfume Houses.