I’m starting with lip balms for no other reason than I am addicted. I always have been and always will be! It all started in South Carolina in the summer of ’92 (I’ll keep this short). I was about 7 and had asked my dad to get me a lip chap when he went to the store. My dad had no idea what a lip chap even was, but came home with two 3-packs of Lip Smackers. I couldn’t believe my eyes! And the flavours were even more intriguing. After some begging and convincing I came home with even more the next grocery trip. I would line them up in whatever order made sense in my head and sniff one at a time, and then force my family to participate. And there began my addiction, which really hasn’t slowed down since.
Let’s face it: lip balm ends up being ingested when we wear it, and over time I can’t help but wonder what all those artificial flavours and preservatives are doing in there. While I still impulse buy a drugstore lip balm from time to time, using my own homemade ones for everyday feels better. This way I can avoid ingredients like:
- Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT): These are used as preservatives, and according to the Environmental Working Group’s database “U.S. National Toxicology Program, a part of the National Institutes of Health, has classified BHA as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen” based on evidence of carcinogenicity in experimental animals.”
- Petroleum derived ingredients (like mineral oil) that may contain toxic by-products
- Unnaturally derived flavours and colors. Artificial flavours can contain phthalates.
Clear Alchemy’s lip balms contain only natural ingredients with organic essential oils and flavour oils used to give then their unique scents….so you can wear it all day and not have to think about what you might be eating along with it.