Kora Organics Vitamin Enhanced Lip Balm - review


I received this product yonks ago from beautyheaven after swapping some points for products, but I'm only reviewing it now because I wanted to finish other lip products first before opening this one.

I'd always wanted to try something from Kora but it's a pricey brand so that's kept me away, and I was pleased to receive this because I've heard good things about Kora's range.

Unfortunately this lip balm is underwhelming and I can't recommend it - particularly for the price! - and if there's one beauty item I know better than any other, it's lip balm. My lips are perpetually dry and have been since I was very young, so I must have tried hundreds of different lip products over the years and have many to compare this to, and it doesn't compare well. More on that below.

The packaging is fine: it's a standard squeeze tube in a colour that makes the product look like it belongs in Tiffanys.

The tube is 10ml but I've only seen the product available for purchase in a 6.5ml pot, so I'm not sure whether these tubes were trial items sent to beautyheaven or whether you can actually buy them. In my opinion, the tube is better because you don't need to dip your finger in each time and wind up with muck on your hands, but of course it's all personal preference.

Kora claims/product details:
  • The ultimate lip balm for smooth, soft and moist lips
  • The highest quality jojoba, avocado, rosehip and nutrient-rich extracts have been organically flavoured to taste and feel simply sublime
  • Our vitamin enhanced formula contains vitamin c and e to soothe, smooth and renew even the driest of chapped lips, leaving them soft and kissable
  • Free from sulfates, parabens, synthetic fragrance, synthetic colours and silicones
  • Cruelty free
  • For all skin types
  • RRP $24.95 AUD for 6.5ml, but do shop around


To me, this is a hoh-hum lip balm dressed up in fancy packaging and with a fancy price tag to boot.

It's a thin, slippery balm that slides off my lips in a heartbeat and feels rather oily/slimy to wear. For this reason I prefer using it at night, because if I used it in the day I'd be reapplying it every time I breathed. I've seen a few people comment on this aspect, so do be aware of it.

The balm does have a very slight scent but it's not strong so you might be ok with it if you don't like scented products. I smell citrus (in particular lime) and it's a scent I'm ok with, plus it doesn't linger so I imagine that it wouldn't bother most people.

The first thing I noticed about the product other than the texture (and its inability to adhere well to the lips) was that it's not hydrating at all. As mentioned above, my lips always need nourishment and this product doesn't give me that. On me, it acts more as a barrier product and doesn't feel like it's sinking in and delivering the moisture my lips need.

Again, I've seen a lot of people comment on this product's inability to moisturise the lips, so it's not just me and this seems to be a common issue people have with the product. I've also seen people say that it does nothing towards chapped lips, and while I can't confirm this because my lips haven't been chapped for ages (I use hydrating products too much!), I'm prepared to believe it after discovering that I can't rely on the product to keep my lips feeling nourished and comfortable.

One final thing to note is that I've looked this product up on Paula's Choice, which is something I often do if I come across a product that's really good or really disappointing, as this one is. I do this to see what the skincare experts say, since I'm not an expert myself - just someone who knows a lot about beauty products because I love them.

Apparently this balm does indeed include lime oil (hence the smell), and Paula's Choice notes that this ingredient 'contains a potent allergen (limonene) and can cause a phototoxic reaction when skin is exposed to the sun'. I wanted to mention this so you know as much about the product as I do and can make a more informed decision when it comes to making or not making a purchase.

In sum, this is an overpriced lip balm that does nothing for me, and I personally think you're better off saving your pennies and instead spending a few bucks on a Chapstick or paw paw ointment. Now that I've given the product a good trial run, I'm sending it to the foot balm section - something I often do with clear balms that don't work on my lips.


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