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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Review: Mark The Big Fix 15 -in-one Big Benefits Balm

In the "better late than never" category, a review that has been in the works for... well, let's just say far too long. When Mark. launched their new fair trade line a month or so ago, I was very excited to give it a try and was even more excited to be able to snag the whole thing at an incredibly low price. I have to admit, I haven't gotten around to using much of it yet, but one product I am loving is the Big Fix 15- in- one Big Benefits Balm (longest product name ever?)

"Be a part of the solution- about 15 solutions with this ultimate taskmaster that softens skin and improves everything from chapped elbows and heels, to dry skin, lackluster cuticles and unruly brows. Enriched with a nourishing blend of cocoa butter, olive oil and sunflower seed oil. It's the ultimate act of kindness. Fragrance free, allergy tested." - package.

This balm is made with Fair Trade certified ingredients including: coca butter, olive oil, and vanilla, but despite delicious scented ingredients this is an unscented product- well, they say that, but I do find it has a slightly olive oily scent to it. This balm is water free so you are getting a more concentrated product that gets right to work on dry skin. I have been using this product on my elbows, knuckles, cuticles and palms and l love it! It is a tad greasy feeling when you first apply it - I usually apply it before bed- but it absorbs pretty well and faster than you would expect of a thick balm. Because it is a heavier product, I only use it on my really dry areas, but you could use it pretty much anywhere you wanted to.

looks alright, but...

A thumb's worth of product = $15?

I always like try to be positive about products, even ones I don't care for all that much, and while I do like this balm I have to say the price is a bit nuts. The product sells for $15 Canadian ($10 US) and comes in an over-sized lip balm style twist up tube. As you can see from the photo above the tube looks like a fair size, except for the fact that it only contains about an inch of product. While the product does last - I have been using mine steady for a few weeks and it has only gone down a bit- I hate when companies make deceptive packaging. If the product works people will buy it. It isn't necessary to make it look bigger. I just put two and two together (four?) You are paying $1 per usage of the product.... I don't even know if I can think of 15 ways to use it though. Can you?

All in all I am very happy with this product and am pretty pleased with the results. Have you used this product or any others out of Mark's Fair Trade line? What did you think?

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  1. Ah, I know what you mean.. It's like the Elf All Over Cover Sticks. Except that's worse! The picture on the US website shows that there is more product in the tube even after twisting it out. However, the real product doesn't have that much >_<

  2. I totally agree with the ridiculous packaging! I hate when they do that. I do understand the price though! Seeing as how I make all of my own skin care products, I know how expensive the oils are! Water is the life saver that cuts the cost of products down, so if it's a more concentrated product it's a lot more expensive to make! I actually made an amazing lotion bar up the otherday, I've been looking for the perfect lotion tubes to fill up with it! Do you like this method of application or would you rather use a lotion?

  3. It is not only a lip balm, and according to the size I got a mark speedway that was similar to the issue discussed in this blog HOWEVER when i tried these they went a VERY long way and i am extremely happy with everything mark i have gotten.


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