Here is part two of our natural skin care segment. Learn what is coming next on Thursday!
Traditional lip balm here is the ingredients of a popular brand of lip balm.
Arachidyl propionate,camphor, carnauba wax, cetyl alcohol, fragrance,isopropyl lanolate, isopropyl myristate, lanolin, light mineral oil, menthol, methylparaben, octyldodecanol, paraffin, phenyl trimethicone, Propylparaben, red 6 lake, saccharin, white wax.
How many of these ingredients do you recognize? Remember the rule of thumb... if you cannot pronounce it shouldn't go into or on your body.
Just a few ingredients.
Fragrance - is a neurotoxin, it can also be up to 3000 different chemicals in that one word. They do not legally have to tell you what is in this as it is a "proprietary blend" or "trade secret".
Parabens - Interfere with hormones and mimic estrogen's in the body.
Why introduce all these chemicals in your body when you can easily make a cleaner, more affordable version yourself.
Advantages of making your own lip balm
Inexpensive to make
You can avoid harmful ingredients and additives like synthetic fragrance
Does not contain petroleum or paraffin wax like many mass-produced lip balms
Eco-friendly packaging available, you can use paper push up tubes instead of plastic tubes
You can personalize it, make whatever scent you want
Beeswax is natural:
· can repair sun damage
· offers protection to your lips
· acts as a barrier to future sun/wind damage
· anti-bacterial and contains anti-oxidants
· promotes healthy skin.
Natural Lip Balm
It makes approximately 15 tubes of lip balm.
2 Tbsp Beeswax
2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
2 Tbsp Shea Butter
1 tsp Essential Oil or Honey (Optional)
Once melted, add in the essential oil. Mix until combined.
Please Note - Make sure it is a grade of essential oil that is approved for ingestion as it is on your lips. Be cautious if you choose citrus oils as they are photosensitive, meaning they will make you more sensitive to UV rays.
Lauri Brown is a busy mom of 2. She wanted to make healthier products for her family, and reduce the amount of toxins in her home. When her daughter turned one, she developed a bad skin rash with little to no improvement with prescribed creams, and commercial unscented/dye free products. After some research, and persistence Lauri learned how to make her own laundry soap and skin care products; which eliminated her daughters rash. Lauri has been making cold-pressed soaps for the past 8 years; and just over a year ago left her full time career as an optician to pursue her passion of making healthier, non-toxic skin care products. Her company is www.chicandunique.ca and is located in Alliston, ON (but she can ship if you're not local).
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