Remember the days when we all collected Lipsmackers and showed them off at school? Teenagers the world over were obsessed with coating their lips almost constantly with the latest flavour. So many flavours….
Lip Balm used to be a young girl’s entry to the make up world – just quietly, I think things have moved a little beyond some fruity flavoured innocent lip balm…
But we all still love the lip balm thing. And I have a natural alternative for you that will actually work, not leave your lips flaky and dry, minus the nasty chemicals and add a dash of colour.
I love these l00% natural lip Balms, my favourite colours being Hibiscus and Rose. They are moisturising but give you just enough colour to brighten your face with very little effort. The Shea Butter and Botanical Waxes in these softly tinted balms come in a range of 9 naturally flattering shades.
These natural lip beauties are good enough to eat, which is pretty helpful knowing we all end up eating at least a good portion of whatever we put on our lips. Many studies have found that the majority of conventionally made lipsticks have been found to have quite high concentrations of lead, which is a little scary.
I also find a lot of lip balms or lip products, even some other more ‘natural’ sounding products, still leave my lips flaky and thirsty for more. The good old Vaseline that we all used to love (ahem… petrochemical byproducts!) felt so enriching at the time, but essentially just sits on top of the skin like an oil slick and leaves us craving more.
I love the Burt’s Bees brand for so many reasons –
- Ingredients—right down to the packaging—are simple, natural, and responsible.
- Philosophy – a triple bottom line: people, profit, planet.
- Nature knows best – products have been carefully formulated to sustain the skin’s equilibrium of temperature, moisture, and nutrients.
- packaging is designed conscientiously, all recyclable and at a minimum where possible
- most products are 100% natural with a small number using sythentic preservatives to ensure the safety, efficacy, and aesthetic of the formulas. Read more here.
In terms of natural make up, I have mixed opinions which I will write about at a later date. It’s suffice to say though, that I am always open to options and always on the look out for new products that are based in more natural and organic principles. Having an allergy to zinc oxide means mineral make up, although a ‘natural’ make up product, is completely unsuited to me. That’s not to say that it doesn’t have great benefit for other people of course.
I don’t wear a lot of make up during the day, preferring to give my skin the chance to breathe between all the stage make up I wear when performing. I also don’t like the idea of sweating through layers of make up and have definitely come to embrace the more natural look! My routine usually exists of mascara, Benefit brow gel (brows are a cheat’s way to looking more awake in a flash) a touch of blush and some natural lip balm.
For the moment, I prefer to wear minimal make up when I can and just feel good in myself otherwise. Summer time for me is for a bare face, feet in the sand, moving a little slower and connecting to the natural world. Our divine essence lies within, we don’t need to go anywhere to find it, and no amount of make up will ever make it shine more brightly. We shine bright already from the inside.
Go forth and shine with a little natural lip balm that is good enough to eat!