The packaging is simply just adorable, and there are so many nice "little" touches... for example, the lip balm comes with kissing tips... very cute.
I wound up ordering a Candied Violet Bon Bon Lip Balm for $10 and a Lip Elixir in La Vie En Rose for $7. The shipping was a fair price and didn't take very long, in my humble opinion. I was also sent free samples *squeal* of a bubble bath and something called "Relax" from one of Margot Elena's other lines. Both are super nice. So, let's get down to the nitty gritty, shall we?
19.85 grams/ 0.7 oz
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Pros: This makes my lips so soft, and it smells amazing, very lady- like. The tin is cute and convenient, and quite large. For $7, this is quite a bit of product. Unlike some tin balms, this doesn't leave a sticky, waxy residue on your finger and it is easy to get out of the tin, just swirl the pad of your finger around the surface of the product.
Cons: The tin comes secured with a sticker, and you either have to peel it off (ew, sticky gunk) or slice it at the lip of the lid. I opted for the latter, so now my tin is adorned with flappy ends of sticker. Not a bad thing, just something that could maybe be improved upon.
Would I buy again?: Definitely. It's something that I love and it would be nice for gift- giving.
6.2 g/ 0.22 oz
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Bon Bon Lip Balm
Pros: This balm has such a sweet, delicate smell. It is slightly thinner in consistancy once you get it on your finger than the Lip Elixir, but it works just as effectively. Although you are paying more for less product, this one comes in a glass pot with a metal lid stamped with the Tokyo Milk logo. It is also packaged in a glittered box with artwork that relates to the scent. In the little box is a kissing tip, which I thought was just so sweet. Speaking of sweet and kissing, this product does make my lips kissably sweet and soft.
Cons: Some people steer clear of glass containers due to problems regarding coordination, so this packaging may not be clumsy- friendly. I haven't dropped it yet and don't really intend on testing it, but the glass is very thick and heavy. I'm not going to call it shatter- proof, but I think that it would probably resist impacts fairly well.
Would I buy again?: Yes. And, like the Lip Elixirs, these would make impressive little gifts.
Overall I was thoroughly pleased with my order and I look forward to ordering in the future. I can already think of a few flavors/ scents that I would enjoy in addition to these, as well as some that those dear to me would enjoy, too ;)