I was going to tell you about something else today but since we’re still in the Chinese New Year mood (I am – I just got back to work today after a week off! Woohoo :D) I figured a bit of Chinoiserie wouldn’t go amiss.
The objet d’art in this case is the Tokyo Milk Bon Bon Lip Balm in Iced Green Tea. Befitting the Chinese theme of green tea the box is printed in a Chinoiserie style, with girls in cheongsam on it. It actually reminds me of the face powder my gran used to use – you know the one with the chinese lady on it?
Tokyo Milk however is an indie brand from the USA. I can’t find anything about the brand on their site – I think its something they should look into. In this region of Malaysia and Singapore, look to Soap n Sorbet for your Tokyo Milk product fix. Their packaging is gorgeous!
But I know what you’re thinking – sure its got a pretty box but is it just another pretty face?
The box is a piece of art. I love how there is something to surprise you at every turn as you open up the lipbalm.
My favourite is the quote on the inner flap. With lipbalms being used to keep your lips soft, kissing is the order of the day! You know, if you were late for Valentine’s Day, this is a good gift to make up for it 😉
The lipbalm itself, to my surprise, did not taste too strongly of green tea. I am pleased with that. I’m not a tea drinker and I usually stay away from products that have “green tea flavour” because it tends to smell too sweet. It did however tend towards smelling a little sweet and fragrant for my tastes so I only use it sparingly. If you are a fan of tea and green tea you won’t notice it. I’m just fussy 😛
The balm feels a little hard to the touch but at least it does not apply thick. Its light on the lips and does not feel oily. I used this throughout the Chinese New Year period while I was at home. It was abominably hot and I had been eating a lot of fried tidbits so the lips felt a little dry. This little lipbalm in a pot kept the ol’ lips smooth, if not kissable – that is, if I was going to kiss anyone which I wasn’t and didn’t 😛 The other thing I was a little not too happy about was that my lips felt a little dry after a while. Nothing dramatic but bugged me a little nonetheless.
The Tokyo Milk Bon Bon lipbalm comes in 9 flavours, all of which come in gorgeous packaging. I’m thinking of hoarding THIS little box 😛 A pot retails for US$10 at Tokyo Milk or S$22 at Soap n Sorbet.
Pros: Light texture, Gorgeous packaging, Kept lips soft
Cons: Scent was light but a little too sweet for me, lips felt a little dry after use
Ingredients: Sunflower seed oil, petrolatum, beeswax (cera alba), scrumptious flavor, lanolin, ozokerite, vitamine E acetate (tocopheryl), aloe vera leaf extract (aloe barbadensis) and canola oil, shea butter (butyrospermum parkii), cetyl alcohol, stevia rebaudiana bertoni sweet leaf extract.
Here’s a bit of Kissing Tips found inside the box I wanted to share:-
Kissing Tip #6 (Use all Five Senses)
The sense of smell in the art of kissing is essential to the whole essence of kissing. Make sure your over all scent takes his breath away and makes him want to kiss you more.
So I guess, if he’s into tea, you know what to do! 😉