The reports vary as to how many pounds of lip products people ingest every year, but for some people, it's apparently pounds of it. Probably, most folks apply their balm or lip color unthinkingly, not reflecting on what they're ingesting. For those people who keep Kosher, they must think about it. As national radio personality/character Donnie Baker would say, "I swear to G-d, it's state law!"
Leviticus Ch. 11, 7-8 says:
"And the swine, because he parteth the hoof, ans is cloven-footed, but cheweth not the cud, he is unclean unto you. Of their flesh ye shall not eat, and their carcasses ye shall not touch; they are unclean unto you."
Well, I certainly know lots of people who live closely to the Bible. I'm related to some of these people! Theoretically, I'm related to all of these people. My grandfather refused cans of pork 'n' beans when he was a starving Army surgeon on the South Pacific front. That is why I was very happy to be hosted to experience Noya Kosher natural lip care! I tried several lip balm flavors and a lip gloss.
Incidentally, and it's really not incidental, noya is partnered with The National Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) Council to distribute free lip balm to homeless and low income people. For every lip balm you purchase and send a photo of, noya will donate one to the National HCH Council, while supplies lasts. This is a great time of year to think about that! The Jewish holiday of Purim was just last week, incorporating the tradition of tzedakah. According to JewishFederations.org, Purim is a holiday teeming with opportunities to give and to share . . . The literal translation of the word tzedakah is justice. Part of that tradition includes Mataonot La'Evyonim: giving gifts to the poor.
The balms have a slightly waxy, but soft consistency -- buttery on the lips and easy to apply. Natural is unscented and unflavored. Cherry has an old-fashioned cherry penny candy flavor, a little like cherry salt water taffy. Spearmint is light and fresh. Vanilla has a vanilla icing flavor. None of the flavors are overpowering. All have no coloring. They are definitely appropriate for men, women and children! Growing up in the 'burbs of Chicago, I always kept a lip balm in my pocket, waiting for the bus. If you're traveling on planes, hitting the slopes, outdoors in really, any kind of weather, you'll appreciate these little tubes of soft care.
Noya has lipsticks and lip glosses, too. Their Pink Frosting lipgloss is a bright, mid-pink with a slight sheerness and faint golden micro-glitter. Don't worry, you won't look like a teeny bopper; it just adds a slight glow. The gloss applies with a doe-foot applicator. It adds a nice, crisp color that can still be worn in the professional world.
If you're invited to attend a Passover Seder this year, these products would be a terrific and appropriate house gift!
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