Nivea came out with its own version of a lip butter not too long ago. I read many blogs that said that there were four delicous scents including Caramel Cream Kiss, Raspberry Rosé Kiss, Vanilla and Macadamia Kiss, and an original called Smooth Kiss. I was really excited about getting my hands on Raspberry Rosé Kiss and Vanilla and Macadamia Kiss. However, I soon came to realize that only two out of the four types would be available in Canada. Why does this always happen!! :(
I noticed some things that are different about the Canadian Nivea lip butters compared to the ones found in the United States.
1. The first thing I want to point out is that the names are a bit different on the Canadian packaging. The names of all the scents in the States end with 'Kiss'. However, the ones in Canada are less 'exciting'. For example, the original one is not called Smooth Kiss, it is just referred to 'Original' (how original..). Then there is the other one called Vanilla and Macadamia, which I picked up.
2. The second thing I noticed was the difference in the packaging. The lip butters in Canada and the States come in tins. However, instead of having the safety seal on the tin, the tins come in cardboard packaging. I definitely would have preferred to have the safety seal on the tin so I would be more confident that nobody has touched the product with their fingers. The cardboard packaging does not ensure any sense of security because people can easily take the lip butters out of the cardboard.
3. The final difference I noticed involves the ingredients. I noticed that the first ingredient on some of the US packaging is Petrolatum. In Canada, this ingredient is absent. There is some controversy about the use of Petrolatum in cosmetics as there are a lot of safety concerns about the use of the ingredient in products. Here is a website with more information http://www.besthealthmag.ca/look-great/skin/the-truth-about-petrolatum
Vanilla and Macadamia Review
Product (5/5): I am a big fan of vanilla. Therefore, I had to pick up the Vanilla and Macadamia scent of the Nivea lip butters. To me, this flavour smells like chocolate Kinder Surprises! In the tin, the lip butter is white. The consistency is really smooth and leaves your lips quite moisturized. Some people have said that the lip butters leave a white-cast on the lips. I did not notice that. Instead, I noticed that they leave my lips quite shiny and hydrated. Unless you are slabbing on a huge amount of the product on your lips, I do not foresee the colour to be opaque either.
Packaging (4/5): The problem with tins is the fact that they are unsanitary because you have to stick your finger in it. It definitely is not as convenient as a stick or tube form, but at the same time I kind of like how its in a tin form. Also, I keep this product beside by bed and only apply at night, so I can make sure my hands are always clean.
Price and Place (4/5): I did not find these lip butters to be readily accessible. I went to various places such as Shoppers Drug Mart and Target, but could not find them there. Nonetheless, I ended up purchasing mine from Walmart for a decent price of $2.82.
Final Say: If you are a lip junkie like me, this is something to add to your collection. Even if you are not, you should try it out anyways, especially since the price is affordable. I just wish the other scents were available for my Canadian gals!