Rodin Olio Lusso Lip Balm

It’s happened again. I’ve been seduced: unexpectedly, beguilingly, deliciously by the lamentably elusive Rodin Olio Lusso. Weeks have passed since I first tried the highly coveted Face Oil crafted by the esteemed former fashion editor, Linda Rodin. I’ve even tried to squander some funds for a replenishing bottle since I sopped up every last drop of my original indulgence. But, the memory still lingers.

The past is no longer the past, as now the Rodin Olio Lusso Lip Balm ($30) has once again captured the flighty heart. In many ways, this silky, transparent glaze owes its uniqueness to the whims of nature. No specialized knowledge of difficult-to-pronounce ingredients is required to enjoy this sublime treatment for the lips.

Packed in a svelte lucite compact, you’ll find the core castor seed oil imbibed with shea butter and beeswax, giving you a lofty source of intense moisturization. Incidentally, castor oil contains ricinoleic dcid, a very unusual fatty acid that can only be derived from castor beans. Ricinoleic acid inhibits the growth of many bacteria and viruses, which is why castor oil has been known to work well on acne as well as other chappy skin conditions. Because the oil enjoys a smaller molecular mass than most, it penetrates deeper than any other essential plant oils. The complementary qualities of shea butter (loaded with tocopherols) and beeswax (for structure) make this a particularly multifaceted balm. And, that’s before its plummy blend of essences. Bringing an alluring freshness to the balm is the heady duo of pure jasmine and orange flower oils, both designed to tone dry, irritated and sensitive lips. The composition is complete with aloe leaf extract, but also with a surprising dollop of everyone’s favourite kernel of youth – argan oil. All in all, the balm is an irresistible contrast of absolutes. And, yes, it moisturizes like no other. Densely concentrated, with a lingering finish, the balm approaches sensory overload. With an indelible high shine finish and a fully flowery scent, the treatment will easily please the burgeoning market of organo-happy connoisseurs with it's all-natural composition.

This is one cult following worth joining as Lusso's balm is like...very much like paradise for your lips.