Korres (pronounced kor-REZ) was founded in 1996. It started out as a skincare line (associated with Athens’ first homeopathic pharmacy), and since has grown into an international brand boasting more than 400 natural skincare and cosmetic products. (Random trivia: their first ever product was a honey-and-aniseed herbal throat syrup.)
The brand is all-natural, and largely organic (note that the brand is not vegan). Korres also partners with Greek organic farmers, local communities, and agricultural unions to source their materials.
Korres has definitely seen a meteoric rise in popularity in the U.S., and one of their most frequently talked about products is their Lip Butter. The Lip Butters are potted balms containing shea butter, and they can actually be used on both lips and cheeks. Each one is scented like its name, and most provide a sheer tint of color (Guava is clear; Jasmine is a very faint pink tint). The Lip Butters are, in fact, vegan.
Plum is more red than Wild Rose (which is deeper, more purple/berry); though Plum is still a purplish red. Pomegranate is coral pink; Mango is orange; and Quince is (cool) rose-pink.
Lip Butters are $10 each. You can find them at Sephora, or buy them from Korres’ website. If you’re lucky enough to live in NYC, Korres also has a salon there.
Korres Lip Butter: Guava, Plum, Jasmine, Wild Rose, Pomegranate, Mango, Quince