If you live in a cold and grey climate like Ohio, February can be a struggle. Here's three things I (Polly) am doing not just to survive, but to thrive during this time.
Have you heard of this one? It's a key ingredient in our lip balm. It's similar to coconut oil, but it absorbs better and is more lightweight. It comes from the nut of the babassu tree (in the palm tree family) indigenous to the forests of northeast Brazil. Here's three reasons we love using organic babassu oil for lip care.
Babassu Palm Trees (wirestock photo attribution)
Our lip balm is made with organic shea butter, organic babassu oil, and organic beeswax. The shea butter is a rich moisturizer while the babassu oil is easily absorbed by your lips. The beeswax creates a protective barrier while still allowing your lips to breathe. It also provides the firmness necessary for the balm to be in stick form.
Did you know that many lip balm manufacturers use petroleum-based ingredients? Our lip balms (and any of our products) do NOT contain any petroleum-based ingredients, like petroleum jelly, which can block pores and introduce unwanted chemicals. We also don't add any colors or dyes. We wanted to create a balm that is nourishing and full of goodness! The scent we add to our lip balms are called flavor oils, but they actually are an unsweetened scent, not a flavor at all. This is a higher-quality scent that is specifically lip-safe. If a lip balm has a taste, it often has an added sweetener that entices you to lick your lips. Although that can be fun, licking your lips actually causes a cycle of more dryness, so the added flavors and sweeteners are not helpful. In addition, these sweeteners can make the product less stable. We have a HUGE variety of lip balms here, including scents such as Iced Pineapple and Tangerine, Salted Caramel, Hazelnut Latte, and Mango Lassi. If you're looking for an all-natural scent, try our Peppermint Lip Balm, which uses peppermint essential oil. (Essential oils will have the scent and an all-natural flavor.) We also have a Menthol Eucalyptus Lip Balm with eucalyptus essential oil. We even have a Fragrance Free Lip Balm for an ultra-pure choice. To try any of our lip balms, you can use the code LIPS25 to get 25% off any of our lip balms on our website for the month of February.
Babassu Leaves (wirestock photo attribution)
Cold and blustery weather paired with dry indoor air can really do a number on our lips. Take a look at this diagram of lip skin to see how different it is from the rest of our skin.
What We Can Do
Here's a few things we can do to combat dry lips.
We hope that this information can help you better take care of those lips this winter!
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