Do you have dry chapped lips all the time? Do you use a drugstore store lip balm? Well … I’m here to tell you please S.T.O.P. right now. There are tons of dangerous chemicals in our cosmetic products and your lip balm is no exception!
Conventional Lip Balms Contain:
- Mineral Oil; which is a petroleum based product which can not be absorbed by the skin. Mineral Oil just lies on the skin surface thus it does not condition the lips.
- Para-aminobenzoic Acid; which is cited as a poisonous ingredient contained in ChapStick by the U.S. National Library of Medicine;
This poisoning results from eating or swallowing lip moisturizers containing para-aminobenzoic acid.
Para-aminobenzoic acid is a naturally occurring substance that can absorb ultraviolet (UV) light. It is often used in sunscreen products, including lip moisturizers containing sunblocks.
- Oxybenzone; which is used in Blistex Simple Essentials Hydrate, Repair, Protect System for lips according to EWG.org
EWG’s Concerns are: Enhanced skin absorption, Biochemical or cellular level changes, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Use restrictions (meets restrictions and warnings based on EWG review of company data), Endocrine disruption, Persistence and bioaccumulation, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Instead look towards natural moisturizers such as:
- Shea Butter,
- Sweet Almond Oil,
- Jojoba Oil,
- Hempseed Oil,
- Coconut Oil
and Anti-Bacterial Essential Oils such as:
- Mint, and
However, Organic, Natural Lip Balms can be quite pricey at an average of $4.00 per tube, they don’t last very long and if you’re like me, I go through the stuff quick. That is why I decided to create my own Homemade Lip Balm Recipe for a fraction of the price and ingredients I trust. My Homemade Lip Balm Recipe costs $0.51 per tube and lasts a lot longer than conventional brands because the ingredients I use actually work. It moisturizes your lips making them soft and smooth instead of drying them out so you use more and buy more. So why even put yourself through that when just 5 minutes of your time can help alleviate your dry chapped lips.
I’ve put together a fun and simple video tutorial to show you how it’s done! I hope you enjoy it!
Do you make your own lip balm? I’d love for you to tell me about it!
See you in the comments,