Tokyomilk Dark Femme Fatale Collection Lip Elixir
I generally get a lot of pleasure from a luxury beauty product that I’ve just spent a lot of money on, but there is a special level of joy I get from finding a covet-worthy product that doesn’t make me wince when I pay for it. For this reason, I’ve recently gone apeshit bananas for Tokyomilk Dark Femme Fatale Lip Elixirs. Tokyomilk’s tagline, “Objects to Desire,” might be the most accurate line in marketing history. They consistently produce some of the most beautifully packaged, exciting smelling, luxurious feeling products on the market.
The Tokyomilk Dark Lip Elixirs, in particular, are a joy because they’re only $7 a pop. They are packaged in beautiful tins that are slightly larger than C.O.Bigelow Rose Salve or Smith’s Rosebud Salve tins. The tins are beautifully decorated in old-fashioned apothecary style with a modern, edgy twist. It’s exactly the sort of thing that I would openly envy if I saw someone else pull it out of her purse
Lip Elixirs are available in a variety of dark, intriguing flavors. I started with one – Cherry Bourbon – and picked up La Vie En Rose for my sister. I absolutely loved the deep, unique sweetness of the Cherry Brandy, Whiskey, Aged Wood, and Clove flavor notes in the Cherry Bourbon. Then I smelled La Vie En Rose, a sweet, refreshing blend of Rose, Orange, Peach, and Vanilla, and realized that I had just lost my footing on a very slippery, retail slope.
The balm itself has a consistency similar to Vaseline. It’s a little stiffer than a Rose Salve. Tokyomilk Lip Elixir is both moisturizing and occlusive, which means it provides moisture as well as preventing any existing moisture in your lips from escaping. The ingredients are:
Petroleum, microcrystalline wax, flavor, canola oil, Aloe Vera leaf extract, tocopherol (vitamin E), tocopheryl (Vitamin E) acetate, Stevia leaf extract, Green Tea leaf extract, safflower seed oil, Jasmine flower extract, Bee Balm leaf extract.
At the very moment I type this, I am tumbling rapidly toward financial ruin at the tempting and sinister hand of lip balm. I’ve already amassed four of these Lip Elixirs (Cherry Bourbon, La Vie En Rose, Coco Noir, and Clove Cigarettes), and have two more on the way (Dead Sexy and Smoked Salt).
Sephora carries many Lip Elixir flavors: Clove Cigarettes, Salted Caramel, La Vie En Rose, Coco Noir, Absinthe, and Cherry Bourbon. The Tokyomilk website has the full range of flavors, which includes all the same ones Sephora carries, plus Smoked Salt and Dead Sexy.
Try them at your own peril. They may only be $7, but if you buy one, you’ll want them all.
Skin & Tonics Rating:
Performance: 5/5 – Extremely moisturizing, great complex flavors that aren’t overly sweet or strong.
Quality: 4/5 – Mostly high-quality ingredients, though they do contain petroleum (which I happen to love, but I realize petroleum is a controversial ingredient for some). Amazing packaging, but only if you love tins (which I do)!
Value: 5/5 – $7 for a luxury boutique product is a rarity that’s hard to pass up!