So I think we can all agree that there has been a fair amount of drama surrounding the Deciem brand for the past couple of months… Eek! So much so, that their entirely new brand, Abnomaly, launched pretty quietly. Not for long though! It immediately caught my eye, thanks to its packaging. It’s like a more colourful and slightly more scientific Glossier balm. Oh, and the balms are £7 so super affordable too.
Details on Abnomaly
So far, it’s a range of four lip balms called Petrowhat? made without any petroleum (an ingredient in so many different lip balms that does little to actually hydrate and nourish lips). It’s water repellent and it clogs your pores so moisture can’t get in properly. I’m trying to wean myself off ingredients like this – it’s going pretty slowly but ultimately I know that petrolatum isn’t doing my skin any good. It’s not dissimilar to mineral oil in skincare.
Instead of coating skin, Petrowhat balms? are designed to be repair and regenerate the skin using more natural products. These new balms from Abnomaly all contain plant-based ingredients which help to hold water into the skin so the balm isn’t doing more harm than good. There’s squalane, coming from olives, which is nicely hydrating without being too heavy. The formula also has baobab oil to give it a rich nourishment on the lips.
The texture is pretty balmy – it doesn’t have any of the slippery feeling of something like vaseline for example. It’s more like having an oil or moisturiser in terms of how much the formula nourishes and hydrates. Probably not one to go for to use as a base for lipstick as it doesn’t dry down. Great for an overnight treatment or sans lip colour.
The Petrowhat? shades
Petrowhat? Milk (coconut)
Petrowhat? Bali (coconut)
Petrowhat? Rio (guava)