When it comes to natural lip balms and chapsticks, I am a very, very picky person. I’ve been committed to Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm with Vitamin E & Peppermint (i.e. the regular old Burt’s Bees) for years. But honestly? I just haven’t found anything that I’ve liked enough to switch over to or use regularly. For me, texture and taste are two major components, and I’ve found that a lot of lip balms are messy, taste funny, or are just too goopy. Burt’s Bees provides the perfect amount of moisture with the ever-so-slight sheen that has you applying it over and over again (in a good way!).
Discovery #1: HURRAW! all natural. organic. vegan. raw. good. Lip Balm
I will yell hurray, hurraw, whatever you want me to yell because I am so freakin’ excited about this lip balm, I don’t even know what to do with myself. Where do I even begin?
HURRAW! Lip Balm comes in a bazillion different flavors, you’ve gotta catch ‘em all. It’s like the Pokemon era all over again. Flavors consist of Earl Grey, Green Tea, Chai Spice (my current obsession), Coffee Bean, Cinnamon, Black Cherry, Coconut, Vanilla Bean, Almond, Chocolate, Grapefruit, Orange, Lemon, Lime, Mint, Licorice, and Rootbeer. In addition to the flavorfest, they’ve released an SPF 15 Sun Balm in Tangerine Chamomile and a night treatment Moon Balm in blue chamomile vanilla.
Each natural lip balm is made in “small, fresh, handcrafted batches” and hand poured, and they come in nifty oval tubes, resistant to pocket escapes. Cool, right?
Well, there’s more.
This balm is about as clean and pure as you can get. The company uses honest, fair trade, organic, vegan, and raw ingredients, all of which come from reputable suppliers. Their website is forthcoming about all ingredients within the balms. They are gluten free, contain no GMOs (yay!), and are certified Kosher Parve.
The little black specks in the vanilla balm? Yeah, those are real vanilla beans. Talk about authentic.
FLAVOR: Chai Spice
TASTES LIKE: Nothing really, and I’m ok with that
SCENT: Intoxicating chai and cinnamon goodness
TEXTURE: Smooth as ice cream on your lips, a bit of a glossy wear, however totally suitable for both men and women
WEAR: I can go a good hour or so without needing to reapply. In fact, my lips are usually pretty moisturized by then, telling me this balm does its job
AVAILABLE: Online and in select stores
INGREDIENTS: *Prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, ***Euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax, **Cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, *Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, **Theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, *Ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, *Olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, organic flavors, Elettaria cardamomum (cardamom) oil, Tocopherols (vitamin e) /// *cold pressed / organic **raw & organic ***wildcrafted
Discovery #2: Naked Eye Beauty Rose Tinted Lip Balm
I was turned on to this lip balm by the lovely ladies over at Product Junkies Rehab (if you haven’t checked out their blog already, take a few and do it now. They are a wealth of information regarding all sorts of natural products. It’s a gold mine over there!). When Jordan wrote that the tinted lip balm blew Burt’s Bees out of the water, well, you know. I just had to try it. I clicked over to Naked Eye Beauty’s website and lucky for me, they were having an anniversary sale! A few more purchases and a prompt shipment later, my Rose Tinted Lip Balm arrived.
Ladies, this balm has a beautifully rich pink pigmentation. The color looks a bit dark in the tube, but once you roll it over your lips, the color and sheen simply melt into perfection. I generally have a hard time with pinks and reds; I just can never get a pretty cool without looking washed out. With this though, the pink complements my skin tone, both the pale one, and the bronzed (after being in the sun this past weekend) one. It’s fantastic!
The balm holds a bonus factor for doubling as cheek color. Best of all, though, is that it’s deliciously infused with a rich passion fruit scent (don’t worry, you can still detect the hints of rose!). You want to keep smelling it, like you did with those scented markers as a kid.
The lip balm is available in a coral color, as well, but I’ve yet to try it.
All of Naked Eye Beauty’s products are handmade using ingredients sourced from reputable certified fair trade and organic American wholesalers and from the personal organic herb and flower garden of the company’s founder, Jennifer. Homegrown beauty at its finest!
TASTES LIKE: Nothing… maybe I just don’t taste chapstick well
SCENT: A luscious, full tropical passion fruit with a touch of soothing rose
TEXTURE: Creamy and smooth, entirely kissable–watch out!
WEAR: A few hours will go by with this balm. The initial layer of balm and coloring comes off pretty easily (it will leave a lip line around the rim of a glass), however, the color gets absorbed into your lips some, so after the balm fades you still have a soft pink glow. It’s awesome!
PRICE: $8.00 (and worth every cent. You seriously won’t regret it)
INGREDIENTS: Organic Olive Oil, Candelilla Wax, Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Organic Shea Butter, Organic Jojoba Oil, Rosehip Oil, Castor Oil, Vitamin E, Rosemary Extract, Neem Oil, Passionfruit Rose Flavor, Red Mica, Brick Red Oxide