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Product Review: mark The Big Fix 15-in-1 Benefits Balm

Posted by on October 8, 2011

The Big Fix Balm, $10

For: Anyone

Claim: Moisturize chapped elbows, heels, and knees, tame stray eyebrow hairs, soften cuticles, and soften any skin.


I really believe that if offered an affordable, effective Fair Trade product, the majority of socially-conscious people would give it a try. So I was thrilled to find out that Avon’s “younger” line, mark., had developed a few Fair Trade products with a great price point ($10-14). Eager to see how effective their new products were, I immediately ordered the 2 of the first 3 that came out. One of those was The Big Fix, which is basically a very large lip balm in a tube.

The creators make the bold claim that this is a “15-in-1” product, but try as I might, I just cannot figure out what these 15 things are. Even when you look at the website and packaging, you only find 6 suggestions on how to use it, and even that is a stretch. I mean, does soothing chapped elbows, heels, and knees count as THREE options, or one?

I will say, however, that the things this balm does, it does pretty well. It works great as a lip balm, a nail salve, and on developing blisters or sore spots from shoes. For my taste, it is far too thick to use as a moisturizer for skin anywhere else – imagine using ChapStick on your hands…. Yeah. It’s like that.

As far as stray hairs…my eyebrows are pretty tame on their own (we’ve worked long and hard on that).

The smell gets a “meh” – I am not a fan of minty smells, which is common with lip treatments, so I was pleased that was nowhere to be found. However, the potentially pleasant, floral-cucumbery smell is overpowered by the odd waxy scent. Not bad, but not great.

Ultimately, this is a product for gals (or guys, let’s be honest) who don’t like to tote around tons of stuff, and are willing to sacrifice a bit in order to pare down. For instance, I used this as my go-to product on a particularly fantastic trip to Disneyland, and it was a lifesaver. But since then, I’ve used it maybe 5 times.

If you are a frequent flier, hiker, skier, or Disney-er, this is a highly valuable product because of its versatility. But if you are the “oh, this carry-on bag? That’s my purse” type, you’re better off with a few different products that do the jobs this one does, better.


Fair Grade: B


To Buy: Avon’s Website



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