Lip Balm. Its application is almost automatic these days. More than several times during the day, most of us apply lip balm to our lips without giving it much thought.
But have you given thought to the fact that you actually ingest anything you put on your lips? Not only that, the skin on the mouth and lips is very absorbing, which means that what goes on top sinks right into your body.
Why do Conventional Lip Balms Use these Ingredients?
They’re cheap! That cheap lip balm you buy is cheap for a reason. In conventional lip balm, you will find any or all of the following ingredients, which can be harmful to your health: So what’s really in your lip balm, anyway?
① Petroleum and Petrolatum: Already banned for use in cosmetics in the European Union, studies show they may cause cancer. Skin irritant and allergen.
Can contain carcinogens, neurotoxins, and reproductive toxins. Petrolatum comes from crude oil, and is not a renewable resource, causing a huge negative environmental impact. Traps bacterial and dirt, and blocks the absorption of vitamins and minerals into the skin.
② Mineral Oil: Related to petroleum jelly. Can contain carcinogens, neurotoxins and reproductive toxins. Causes breakouts and/or blackheads around the lips. Traps bacterial and dirt, and blocks the absorption of vitamins and minerals into the skin.
③ Parabens: Linked to birth defects, sterility, cancer, and organ toxicity. Known for being endocrine disruptors, they interfere with hormones.
④ Paraffin: A by-product of petroleum. The Environmental Protection Agency has found over 20 dangerous compounds in large quantities including acetone, benzene, toluene, and lead. Can contain carcinogens, neurotoxins and reproductive toxins. Traps bacterial and dirt, and blocks the absorption of vitamins and minerals into the skin.
⑤ Propylene Glycol: May cause damage to the central nervous system, heart, and liver. Also used as “anti-freeze.”
⑥ Phthalates: Increase likelihood of cell mutation, disrupt endocrine receptors, and are linked to birth defects.
⑦ Lanolin: A product of sheep’s wool, chemicals are used to dissolve the fat from the wool. In addition, it may be contaminated with other plants.
⑧ Phenol, Menthol or Salicylic Acid: These cause the “tingling” you may feel when applying, which is actually layers of your skin, meant to protect you, peeling off, making your lips more chapped and exposed to environmental harm (like wind, sun, and pollution).
⑨ Artificial Color, Flavor or Scent: Skin irritant. May contain carcinogens, neurotoxins and reproductive toxins.
⑩ Common Wheat and/or Soy may be added in the form of Vitamin E. Wheat and Soy are potential allergens for many people.
Here’s s Simple DIY Lavender Lib Balm
Makes 6 tubes
- 1 Tbsp of Coconut Oil
- 1 Tbsp Beeswax
- 1 Tbsp Cocoa Butter
- 4 drops of Lavender
- In a double broiler melt all oils on low heat (except essential oils) together until well blended.
- Remove from heat, add essential oils and stir. Pour into lip balm tubes or tins.
- Place the tubes in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to cool before capping.
Here’s the list of the following ingredients you need to look for when trying to buy your lip balm:
Organic Shea Butter : Anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial. Contains vitamins A, E, and F, proteins, fatty acids, and healing minerals, and can help with dry skin without clogging pores.
Kokum Butter: A very rich moisturizer. Softens and heals skin ulcerations of lips, and helps regenerate skin cells and support elasticity. It is rich in fatty acids, Vitamins E). Extremely emollient and non-pore-clogging. Quick-absorbing, and excellent for sensitive skin (not recommended for those with nut allergies).
Mango Butter: Very emollient with many vitamins and fatty acids. Treats dry skin, skin wounds and cracking, prevents stretch marks, treats skin conditions (such as eczema and psoriasis), heals sunburn, prevents and treats fine lines and wrinkles, heals peeling skin.
Organic Jojoba Oil: Anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory. Very hydrating with absorption properties very similar to human sebum, it helps keep moisture in while keeping bacteria out. Helps to reduce wrinkles and stretch marks. Hypo-allergenic.
Organic Hemp Seed Oil: High in omega fatty acids, Vitamin E and proteins. Helps to heal skin, reduce and prevent wrinkles, and moisturize. Increases immune system function, counteracts skin aging. Increases skin elasticity.
Organic Avocado Oil: Contains Vitamins A, B1, B2, D, and E. Also contains amino acids, sterols, pantothenic acid, lecithin, and other essential fatty acids. Heals skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. Good for sensitive skin.
Organic Argan Oil: Rich in Vitamin E, phenols, carotenes, squalene, and fatty acids. Anti-aging, heals many skin conditions, reduces inflammation, Absorbs quickly, and moisturizes excellently. Delivers hydration, strengthens hair and nails, and prevents/reduces stretch marks. A truly luxurious and amazing oil!
Organic Apricot Kernel Oil: Rich in fatty acids, with a lipid profile similar to skin. Helps soothe and heal rough and dry skin. Absorbs quickly, and heals sore or chapped skin. Relieves itching. Prevents and minimizes wrinkles.
Wildcrafted Candelilla Wax (Euphorbia Cerifera): Natural thickener and moisturizer. A vegan alternative to beeswax.
Rosemary Oil (in Olive Oil): Infused in organic olive oil, rosemary oil acts as a natural preservative, while giving a pleasing scent.