So when I was contacted by Simone Wyndham, the creator of the Shizen lip care range to try some samples of her products straight away I said "yes, please!".
But before I get to reviewing the products I was sent, I found this recipe for a lip scrub on the Shizen website which I just had to try.
Home made sugar scrub for lips
Mix 1 teaspoon of fine caster sugar with 1 teaspoon of sweet almond oil. Gently scrub your lips and around the contours of your lips for 30 seconds. Wipe away excess with a tissue. Discard any remaining product.
This was such an easy yet effective scrub! I initially thought the sugar, though it was fine, would hurt my poor chapped lips but instead it felt quite soothing. The addition of the almond oil helped I guess. I bought my almond oil from Priceline, but you can also get it from chemists for a few dollars. This scrub is something I will be repeating again no doubt.
Now to the products.
Shizen Salve All Over Balm (40ml $19.95 AUD)
This is my favourite, I use it all over my lips but you can use it on dry cuticles, dry elbows, knees, or even tame unruly eyebrows. The texture is very much like the famous Lucas Paw Paw ointment, except unlike the Lucas balm this one does not contain petroleum. It contains shea butter, lemon myrtle oil and lime oil amongst other things. It has a slight lemony smell but it's refreshing rather than tart. This is definitely a repurchase for me.
Shizen Tint Lip Conditioner in Pinkie (2.5gr $15.95)
This is a lip tint and lip balm in one. It has the same lemony smell like the salve, and has a slight pinish tint which is quite noticeable on the lips. It's perfect for those days when you're mainly after something soothing on the lips but still want a hint of colour. You can even use it on cheeks to add a pinkish glow. I'll be topping up on this one too once it runs out.
"The Shizen range is a simple and delicate blend of 100% natural ingredients containing super moisturisers like shea butter and vitamin E and great natural repairers such as lemon myrtle oil. All products are free from mineral oils, petroleum, sulphates, parabens and artificial fragrances and colourings, ensuring your lips are well protected and moisturised - naturally. " Shizen website
Have you tried anything from the Shizen range?
Have you ever made your own home made skincare products?
Disclaimer: PR sample sent for review. I do not get compensated for writing product reviews.