Balm Dotcom, Original
Glossier coins the Original Balm Dotcom as a multipurpose lip balm and skin salve in one, that’s “packed with antioxidants and natural emollients to nourish and repair dry, chafed skin,” and we’re happy to report that is absolutely true!
Dispensed via squeeze tube, the first ingredient in Balm Dotcom is petrolatum, which explains why it feels so much like Vaseline. Petrolatum is an exceptional ingredient for dryness-related issues and its skin-protectant properties help safeguard from elements that contribute to chapped lips. Next, you’ll find castor oil, beeswax and lanolin—an emollient-rich trio that gives this lip balm a more substantial texture and helps seal in moisture.
The formula also contains a handful of antioxidants as claimed, including beneficial vitamin E. Technically this balm isn’t 100% fragrance free due to the rosemary leaf extract, but it’s unlikely to be skin-sensitizing in this concentration and form (as opposed to rosemary oil which has irritating, volatile components).
Glossier promises long-lasting hydration and for the most part, that’s true. Of course, eating or drinking chips away at the wear time, but that’s true of most lip balms. If used as a skin salve for like cuticles or dry elbows, the balm spreads easily and sinks into skin—no tacky feel.
All things considered, this balm lives up to the hype. Nice work Glossier!
- Emollient-rich formula seals in moisture and protects lips from drying elements.
- Spreads easily and sinks right in—no goopy, tacky feel.
- Offers lasting hydration.
- Can be used as a lip balm or skin salve.
A hydrating, long-lasting, multipurpose lip balm and skin salve that’s packed with antioxidants and natural emollients to nourish and repair dry, chafed skin. The dense, waxy texture stays in place to seal in moisture wherever it goes.
Glossier is the brainchild of Emily Weiss, whose successful beauty blog IntoTheGloss.com inspired the spinoff skin care/makeup line launched in 2014. Weiss describes the concept behind Glossier as a lifestyle beauty brand with a highly edited selection of streamlined skin care and makeup products.
We consider Glossier's makeup the strong suit of the brand. Their tagline of uncomplicated makeup staples that live with you, not on you, rings true with their simple yet impressive lineup of color products. Each is intentionally designed as a low maintenance option to enhance your appearance but not overpower it, allowing your natural beauty to shine through. By and large, the makeup products perform well, and while the shade options aren't vast, we're impressed by the flattering, attractive colors they've curated.
Glossier's skin care fares a little lower on the rating scale. While the majority of formulas are decent, they tend to be lackluster in terms of a well-researched cocktail of beneficial ingredients. Not bad, but not great either. Aesthetically-speaking, the skincare products stick to their reoccurring promise of dewy, glowy looking skin.
We're happy to report the majority of Glossier's skin care and makeup products are fragrance free, which is a rarity in the cosmetics industry and better overall for the health of your skin.
To sum it up: Skin care-wise there's room for improvement, but if you like the minimalist approach and cool girl vibe, Glossier makeup delivers. We're intrigued to see what they come up with next!
For more information on Glossier, visit glossier.com.
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