Not to belabour the point BUT hey lips are important and Valentines Day IS around the corner.
I think the best solution is to use one or two different products. That way you get the best of different oils and butters. You should look for balms that moisturize, heal and protect from the elements. And of course ingredients to stay away from are; petroleum products, alcohol, fragrance, colour and some essential oils.
Bell Soaps solution is two balms. One is a rework of my original balm and two is a cocoa butter stick that is coming soon. My original balm is a good nourishing, restorative balm, however it did have wheat germ oil in it, which is quite high in Vitamin E, sadly those with wheat allergies are sensitive to it. So I decided to remove it from my balm. I also took out the vegetable glycerin. Vegetable glycerin typically comes from coconut oil which is already in my balm so I would rather replace vegetable glycerin with another top quality organic oil. I added hemp oil because of its high Vitamin D. I also added meadowfoam oil as it has long chain fatty acids and remains on your skin so this will act as a barrier from the elements. For sure kept coconut, jojoba and castor oil. I offer two scents; orange and mint and unscented. While citrus essential oils are photosensitive, orange essential oil has lower bergaptene so its fine, as well I use minimal amounts of this essential oil so it will not cause any sunburn.
The cocoa butter stick will be available in tubes and will be unscented although cocoa butter naturally smells like chocolate. Yum. Not to worry its not strong and won’t make you feel like heading for a box of chocolates. I also put shea butter, castor and jojoba oil. The two butters make it a super moisturizing balm. Perfect stick to have in your purse or pocket when you’re out and about.
SPF!! Yes we need to protect from the sun. There is much controversy about commercial SPFs causing damage as well. Personally I don’t use a lot of sunscreen. I wear hats, long sleeves, etc. I just read an article about oils that naturally contain SPF - how great is that!?! The best ones being;
So red raspberry seed oil it is!!! These oils have not been passed by FDA as sunscreens, but I can attest that for the last 4 years I was using only my lip balm as sunscreen and it had wheatgerm oil in it so according to the information I’ve read that is an SPF of 20. I am a blonde hair, blue eyed, fair skinned gal that burns easily. My lips did not burn in the sun. So I’m feeling pretty good about adding the red raspberry seed oil to my balms as an added protection. I haven’t been able to find a supplier in Canada so will work on that. I do have some carrot seed oil in my supplies as I put that in my Carrot Complexion Soap Bar.
All in all, I’m pretty happy about my lip balm research and solutions. Of course I’m always reading more about natures gifts and will continue to try them out to be sure I’m offering the best products possible.
Thanks for listening, Karen