Review | Fresh Sugar Lip Caramel Hydrating Balm

Compare any skincare or makeup to dessert and I'm all in! Fresh recently released a new lip care product, the Sugar Lip Caramel Hydrating Balm ($18 USD). On the day of the launch, my local Fresh boutique at NorthPark Center was hosting an in-store event, so I decided to stop by and purchase it. I also bought the Sugar Lip Polish ($24 USD) to exfoliate because my lips were desperate for a scrub. Plus, it's never fun or a good look to have a fun new lip product with peeling lips, so I try to make sure I take care of them. Let's chat about the balm...

The Ingredients

  • Sugar which is a natural humectant that helps prevent moisture loss.
  • Oils are very softening whether it's for this hair, the lips, or the skin and are excellent for locking in any moisture. As a matter of fact, I often blend them with many of my beauty products. A blend of black currant seed, grapeseed, and apricot oils are in this hydrating balm.
  • Vitamin E to help repair and protect the lips. I look for this is many of my lip products including lipsticks.

Hydrating? | Yay or Nay

My lips were dessert city before I started using the Lip Caramel Hydrating Balm, so this product launch happened at just the right time. Summer and winter tend to take a serious toll on my lips if I'm not careful. I carry the balm with me in my purse to reapply throughout the day over matte lipsticks or alone, and my lips look and feel much better. Not to mention, I used the Sugar Lip Polish before -- that helped tremendously to remove any dead skin beforehand.

The Routine

The girls at Fresh mentioned that they actually keep their Lip Polish in the shower so they don't forget to use it about 2-3 times per week. A very tiny amount is really all you need.

  1. Start by dampening the lips and apply a pea-size amount of Lip Polish to the top or bottom lip. Use your fingers to distribute or rub your lips together to help remove dead skin. Gently wipe away with a damp wash cloth.
  2. Glide the Lip Caramel Hydrating Balm on the lips. Re-apply as needed. 


The Lip Caramel Hydrating Balm is like any other lip balm in my opinion as far as longevity. It doesn't last forever; however, it can last awhile depending on your lifestyle and daily activities. If you're using your mouth a lot to eat, drink, play an instrument, or whatever...then of course it's going to wear away quicker. As I mentioned, I like to apply it over my matte lipstick (especially neutrals) and alone.


Want crazy pigmentation? This is not the product for you. While it is a balm, it doesn't exactly have a lot of pigmentation as expected. There's a slight caramel tint, which looks great for a natural look and takes well to any complexion.

Sweet Scent of Caramel

Yes, there is a scent of caramel which is super light and not overbearing at all like those cheap lip balms from your childhood. I don't want to feel sick to my stomach because there's a strong, artificial scent sitting just below my nose. Lip Caramel Hydrating Balm is pleasant.

The Final Verdict

So far, I'm digging this balm. It's not too greasy feeling or oily, but will give a soft silky gloss. I've had a handful of people curiously ask me what it is after seeing the word "caramel" on the cap. I adore the scent and how well it works with the Sugar Lip Polish. My favorite way to use it is as a dessert-like treatment before bed. Give the lips a nice sugar Lip Polish and condition them with the Lip Caramel Hydrating Balm. It's literal sweet dreams.

Check out the new Lip Caramel Hydrating Balm at Fresh

This post is not sponsored. I purchased this lip balm and sugar scrub with my own money and all thoughts + opinions are my own.