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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Review: Celestial Seasonings Lip Balms in Sleepytime and Sleepytime Vanilla


I credit this entire post, and the fact that I even know these lip balms exist, to reader @akle0lia, who told me about them exactly one week ago on Twitter. Right after she told me that she spotted them for FREE in special boxes of Celestial Seasonings teas at Walmart, I went on the hunt and found two boxes at a local Walmart here in San Diego. Since time is of the essence when it comes to freebies like this, I'm skipping my usual 2+ week testing period for products that I review here on the blog and I'm sharing my thoughts with you after about a week of testing.

WHERE TO FIND: If you want these lip balms after you read my review, start at Walmart and look for specially-marked boxes like you see in my pics above and below. I have not seen these boxes at any other retailers in my area (although I'm not certain they're exclusive to Walmart). I was only able to find the free lip balms in boxes of Sleepytime and Sleepytime Vanilla, although @akle0lia told me she spotted them in other flavors, such as Lemon Zinger (oh how I searched for a Lemon Zinger lip balm but no dice!). Also, these free lip balms appear to only be inside boxes with the original style packaging that you see in my pics (Celestial Seasonings is in the process of updating their packaging to this style). And if all else fails, you can purchase these lip balms individually or in sampler packs on the Celestial Seasonings website here (see shipping rates here). PS: I could not find these special packages on the Walmart website or on Amazon, but if you search and find them, please do let us know?

Now on to the review!



Celestial Seasonings Lip Balms in Sleepytime and Sleepytime Vanilla
(retail: $2.99 each or free in specially-marked packages of Celestial Seasonings Teas, 0.15 oz. each)


As you can see, the ingredients in these lip balms are all certified organic. These lip balms are vegetarian but not vegan, since they do contain beeswax.


You can see in my pic above that these did come safety-sealed, which is always appreciated.


You can see that the stick on the right is a little concave, which probably means it was manufactured at the end of a fill cycle. No biggie. 

So what do I think of these lip balms after a week of use? I LOVE them. They have a light, yet moisturizing formula and they glide on the lips very smoothly and easily. The texture is buttery, to the point of being almost oily, but not in a bad way. These aren't dry, waxy lip balms, but they also aren't greasy. They feel slick on the lips, but they deliver a quite suitable level of moisturization for an "everyday lip balm" type of product. These aren't heavy-duty, but they're quite nice and more than I was expecting for a "novelty" type of product. 

So the big question: What about the flavor and scent? To me, Sleepytime and Sleepytime Vanilla both smell and taste just like their accompanying teas. With Sleepytime, I get that same hit of chamomile and spearmint that I get with Sleepytime tea, and it's lovely in both flavor and fragrance. With Sleepytime Vanilla, the French vanilla smooths out the spearmint (just like it does with the actual tea) and makes it such a warm, comforting flavor and fragrance. What I LOVE about both of these lip balms is that they're not sweet. No sickly sweet fake sugariness here--just lovely, herbal tea notes. 

FINAL VERDICT: If you love Celestial Seasonings teas and you love unconventional lip balm flavors, I think you're going to be quite happy with these lip balms. They're not going to deliver enough moisture if your lips are severely chapped, but if your lips are normal or a bit dry, I think this formula will delivery a level of moisture that you'll be happy with. Plus, the all-organic ingredients are always nice, in addition to the yummy, tea-based flavors and scents. I love that these lip balms don't contain any sugar or sugar substitutes--just essential oils and skin-friendly base ingredients like olive, sunflower and hemp seed oil. If you can get these for free, I say jump on them if you spot them at Walmart. Heck, I'm even thinking about purchasing the variety pack now (see link at the top of this post). 

Thanks again to reader @akle0lia for putting these on my radar. What a find, and I'm so grateful that she took the time to let me know about them!

The products featured in this post were purchased with personal funds. For more information, click here.

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  1. This is the cutest thing yet! I will definitely check out my local Walmart this weekend. I hope I can find them. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I agree--they are adorable! Tamiko, you need these. Seriously. I'm sending positive lip-balm-hunting vibes your way! Fingers crossed you find them! xo

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  2. Your post never get boring!
    Clever idea by Celestial πŸ‘πŸΌ

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    1. OMG Laura, that's music to my ears! Lol! Thank you so much for saying that--you have no idea how much that means to me. xo

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  3. Huh, it looks like they don't offer the Sleepytime Vanilla on its own on the website. I'd love to find these!

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  4. I'm glad it's back on! I managed to score a lip balm last year, it was the peach tea. Lovely! I tried to find more, but it was all gone. Hopefully I'll catch it at my local Walmart

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  5. You can buy all of the lip balms on their website! ��

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  6. I'm so happy seeing a review!!!! The lip balm junkie in me is going to search these out!!! I'm not a big tea drinker but I'm going to need these!!! Lol. If I find Lemon Zinger I just may do a back flip in the isle!!!! Thanks for putting something fun on the radar!

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  7. I'm a Sleepytime fan and don't need tea atm so I never would have known about these balms without you, G, thanks! Hope at least one of my area Walmarts have these ❤️

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  8. Wow! I'm such a sucker for Sleepytime. I bet my husband would love this too. I hope they make an Earl Grey if they keep this up! Thank you for sharing. I know where I'll be headed later today!

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  9. I'd love to try the πŸ‹! Will have to look for it! BTW, I think they changed the packaging & then changed it back...? Read here:
    http://www.celestialseasonings.com/learn-about-us/the-magic-is-back

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  10. I got some of these in Honey Vanilla Camomile probably almost a year ago. They are very nice. I'll have to remember to look out for other flavors now. I think we got ours at Target. Thanks for the review.

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  11. This sounds amazing! I'm about to get my tea and lip balm fix all in one! Hoping I can find in my local store. Also, something odd: sleepy time vanilla is not a lip balm option on the website. It's not even included in the value pack. So perhaps there are even MORE flavors than listed there?!

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  12. I have several of these - they've been around here for several months. And they really are quite nice!! (esp. for the price...) :) I've only seen them at my WalMart too, so they might be exclusive to them. A couple years back there were specially marked boxes which had cute little flip top tins with the picture on the tea box printed on them. I have a bunch of those too - Don't use them for anything, but they're so cute! :D

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  13. Someone in a Facebook group I'm in found some of the boxes with balms at Big Lots. I think she got one of the Zingers.

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  14. I have a Raspberry Zinger lip balm that came in my tea box. I love the smell--just like the tea I love. I agree with your review, it was definitely not the right balm for chapped lips but now that winter's over I like it more than I did.

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  15. I have a few other flavors from when they did this before. Love them!

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  16. I stalked my local Walmart and kroger last year for these boxes! My favorite is the raspberry zinger, I'm still looking for a peach one if they make it!

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  17. I never shop at Walmart but I may have to go looking for these!

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  18. Thanks, G! Your reviews are always so appreciated!

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  19. I love Celestial Seasonings tea, I love lip balms, and I love your blog ! You always have the most interesting and informative blog posts.

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  20. I just wanted to add that Publix ( grocery in south east US ) also had these a few weeks ago in the Raspberry Zinger flavor, and they're awesome, too! I'll look again this weekend for more.

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  21. Thank you for reviewing! I just picked up the Sleepy Time and Lemon Zinger at my local Wal-Mart.

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  22. I have a peppermint Celestial Seasonings lip balm that just randomly showed up in a box one time - no outside labeling to ruin the surprise. Which means every box I buy now I hope for unexpected lip balm!

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  23. I have the Peppermint lip balm from the Peppermint tea box. I got mine from Target. These lip balms are awesome!

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  24. Hi G, and other San Diegans out there looking for Lemon Zinger. The Walmart on Shawline in Clairemont has them!There were about 5-6 left when I went today.

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  25. These sound awesome! Going to look for them tomorrow.

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  26. Whom can resist a sleepy bear?! I hope these sleepy balms put me to sleep I'm a ph.d with extra credentials certified night owl. I'll be looking for these in my near Vons, Target, Big Lots everywhere...I just ordered the lip balms from WetnWild in every color those things are chunky big (like I need anymore and they are great!). The color is soft but the stain does remain for a good while. Love them!

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  27. I've seen these at Big Lots as well last week.

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  28. I like these ingredients lists. Not sure what I'd think of the lemongrass. I love lemon but never warmed to lemongrass so much. If they ever did a lavender chamomile, though ...

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  29. I found them at my local Walmart! Thanks G! πŸ˜€πŸ™ŒπŸ»

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  30. I love it that they have hemp seed oil in it. I very friendly moisturizer. I have another lip balm with it in it and it's so smooth.

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  31. I found a Lemon Zinger! I went to my local Walmart tonight and found all three of the flavors. As well as half off Easter candy that I did not need, Hahahahah!

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