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What’s Hiding In Your Lip Balm?

What's Hiding In Your Lip Balm

The weather is turning colder and many of us will start reaching for the tubes, tins and balls of waxy goodness in the check out line of our favorite grocery store to soothe our dry and cracking lips.

In 2012 there was an estimated 262 million dollars spent on lip balm in the United States alone.

Of the top selling brands Abreva, Burts Bees and Classic Chapstick made the top of the list.

Burt’s Bees, the second highest selling balm in 2012, is a great alternative to conventional lip balms like Chapstick, Blistex or EoS. I’ve found it to be a bit pricey to buy locally.

The other two, Abreva and Chapstick, are cheap(er) and more common but if you take a look at the ingredients you might be surprised at what you find.

Abreva, if you’re not familiar, is touted as an FDA approved, over the counter treatment for cold sores and fever blisters.  The main ingredient is behenyl alcohol.  Behenyl alcohol has antibacterial properties but is also known to cause dryness, itching and irritate the skin.

Many users of Chapstick (and other brands) feel like they need to constantly reapply lip balm to keep their lips feeling hydrated.  This is because Chapstick’s ingredients like menthol and camphor, while they have a cooling effect, can also dry out the skin.  You’ll also find mineral oil and food coloring, red 6 lake.  Many people like to stay away from mineral oil and food coloring, especially for children.

Like most things I use, I like to keep lip balm simple.

So I make my own.

Three to four simple, natural ingredients is all you need in a good lip balm and that’s just what you’ll find in my lip balm.

All natural hand made lip balm




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