Ellovi makes three simple products: a body butter, a plain lip butter, and a tinted lip butter. Each of these products is made from only 6 ingredients! For the body butter: macadamia nut oil, coconut oil, hemp oil, shea butter, marula oil, and non-gmo corn starch. The lip balms contain coconut oil, sunflower oil, hemp oil, macadamia seed oil, marula oil and shea butter. For the tinted lip balm, the hemp oil is omitted in favor of a natural coloring: alkanet root extract. Listing the ingredients of each single product makes it look like a lot, but it’s really, really not! Notice how Ellovi doesn’t use water in their body butter, eliminating the need for preservatives, and doesn’t use wax in the lip balms!
I’ll start with the body butter, which was my least favorite of the bunch. I find the use of minimal and natural ingredients awesome and this is the type of product I typically seek out when looking for a body lotion or moisturizer. However, what put me off is a matter of totally personal taste, or should I say smell: I don’t like the scent of this. The product is obviously unscented, but the mixture of oils and butters does have a subtle natural scent. I can pick up the hemp and macadamia oil mostly, and although I like hemp seeds and macadamia nuts, I’m not into this smell. It’s not that I’m indifferent to it; I actually find it bad. It’s not nutty. It’s faintly sweet, and I’m sure some people really enjoy it. Just not me. The product itself is buttery and makes skin smooth and soft, but I would not purchase a full-size jar simply because of this highly subjective reason.
Onto the lip butters, which I liked! The mix of these ingredients really makes for a super-smooth lip balm that’s actually a balm and not an oil. I love their texture. It’s thick enough to smooth your lips but not so thick that it sits on top of them in a layer. The clear lip balm does have a very similar smell to the body butter, but I don’t notice it as much. The tinted lip balm however uses “the red root of a Mediterranean flower called alkanet” for its pigment. It doesn’t smell great either — and to be honest it smells even worse than the body butter — but again, putting on lip balm is a quick enough process that it doesn’t bother me as much. I think it’s great that Ellovi uses a natural pigment in this lip butter, and the result is really nice: very subtle yet lasting “my lips but better” color. Again, if you’re looking for a tinted lip balm with color that shows and/or are sensitive to smells, you might want to pass on this one as it’s very subtle and smells like death.
Suzana Rose is the founder and editor-in-chief of Cruelty-Free Kitty. She loves using her creative energy to run her ethical businesses, and when she’s not working, you can find her thrifting cute clothes, listening to podcasts, or rewatching her favorite episodes of The Office.