With so many lip balms available to us when visiting a drugstore, sometimes it's difficult to choose one that might be best for us. Far too often people immediately reach for popular brands that contain carcinogenic and synthetic ingredients. The lips don't need synthetic chemicals to be protected and moisturized. Really, all one needs is raw shea butter or cocoa butter, possibly mixed with raw coconut oil or olive oil to add anti-inflammatory properties to the mix. But hey - most of us don't necessarily have the time to create our own lip balms, and we want a ready-made product that is not mucky, is easy to apply, and will save our lips from painful chapping. There are plenty of natural cosmetic brands that have done the work for us to create safe, natural lip balms that, in fact, work better than synthetic chemical-rich balms. There is a huge movement, thanks to websites like The Environmental Working Group (http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/), to eliminate dangerous substances from our household cosmetics and other products. If you are new to researching toxicity and carcinogens in your household products, one of the first cosmetic products to be weary of, whilst making a purchase, is lip balm and lipstick. We basically eat our lip products, so it's essential to know what you are ingesting, and to be aware of the risk factors. The next time you buy lip balm, which is such a popular cosmetic product, why not try one of the lip balms listed below.
Badger sweet orange cocoa butter lip balm
Badger lip balm is one of the highest rated lip balms on the The Environmental Working Group's website (http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/). If you enjoy those chocolate orange candy bars (or spheres rather!), then this lip balm is for you. It smells just like them! This product is also organic, packed with awesome healthy ingredients, and is extremely moisturizing.
Check out the company's website here: http://www.badgerbalm.com/
100% pure free range chicken poop Lip Junk
This balm is certainly one with a sense of humor; there is, of course, no actual chicken poop in this product! Containing only six all-natural ingredients, this is a simple, super moisturizing lip balm for those who can't get enough of lavender scent! Lavender is known for its calming properties, and you certainly get a continuous whiff of lavender essential oil while wearing this balm. A note of caution though - if you DON'T like a strong scent of lavender, try one of the other balms in this list, as this one has a very strong smell and taste (if accidentally ingested).
Check out the company's website here: http://www.ilovechickenpoop.com
Eos Pomegranate Raspberry Smooth Sphere Lip Balm
Eos (standing for 'Evolution Of Smooth') is a relatively new company that specializes in lip balms, and they have been extremely well received and reviewed! The ingredients are all natural, moisturizing and protective. There are also many flavors to choose from, which is always nice! The raspberry/pomegranate flavor is very sweet and fruity.
Take a look at the company's products here: http://www.evolutionofsmooth.com/
Burt's Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil
Burt's Bees has been a long contender in the 'natural cosmetics' movement. The company's lip balms are consistently some of the highest rated lip balms by consumers because of their wonderful quality and commitment to natural ingredients. There are several lip balms to try from Burt's Bees, but one of the most popular has recently been the replenishing formula with pomegranate oil. It has a very lovely pomegranate scent and is, of course, extremely moisturizing and protective.
Check out Burt's Bees website here; they have lots of interesting cosmetics: http://www.burtsbees.com/
Acure dark chocolate and mint argan oil lip balm
Acure is another relatively new company that is making a name for itself in the 'natural cosmetics' world. They have a large assortment of cosmetics, from oil serums and moisturizers, to shampoo and... you guessed it - lip balm! The dark chocolate and mint argan oil lip balm is delectable! The scent and subtle flavor (from organic chocolate and mint oils) is plain and simply - delicious! If you are sensitive to peppermint, then keep in mind that this balm has a slight tingling effect from the mint, which reminds me of the Burt's Bees lip shimmers that contain mint oils. This balm is USDA organic and definitely one to try!