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All Natural Lip Balm

Are you a social user? Do you participate occasionally? Or are you an all out addict? A lip balm addict that is! It's true. Many of us just can't live without our lip balm. Here's the scenario. You apply lip balm several times a day. As an occasional user, or worse... an addict, you ingest a fair share of product ingredients. When you consider lip licking, eating, and drinking, it's hard not to consume at least some lip balm. Is your lip balm filled with nasty, potentially toxic chemicals? Or is it natural and safe? Here are a few of the most common... Ingredients to avoid in lip balm # Petrolatum and mineral oil - Mineral oil and petrolatum (a.k.a. petroleum jelly) are by-products of petroleum manufacture. Although technically natural, petroleum is a non-renewable resource. Some health experts consider petroleum-based ingredients toxic. Petroleum is too closely related to gasoline to put on my lips! # Parabens - These are chemical preservatives. They may be listed as Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben, or, somewhat deceptively, Parahydroxybenzoate. While the research is inconclusive at this time, some scientists believe parabens are linked to breast cancer. The jury is still out, but parabens have not been proven safe. # Alcohol - Alcohol has several aliases, such as: Cetyl Alcohol, Isostearyl Alcohol, Oleyl Alcohol (among others). Alcohol is drying and may irritate tender lips. The source of some varieties is questionable. Isostearyl Alcohol, for example, may come from sperm whale oil... (I'll pass.) # FD&C colors - Examples are D&C RED 7, FD&C BLUE 1, FD&C YELLOW 5. FD&C colors are controversial at best. Most are derived from coal tar (not appealing to my lips). The list of approved FD&C colors has grown shorter over the years. Certain colors that were once thought to be safe are now banned due to toxicity. # Artificial Fragrance and Flavor - If a product label simply states "fragrance" or "flavor," there is no way to know what mystery lies within. These are protected trade secrets. Full disclosure is not required. I avoid "top secret" ingredients as they may include untested, potentially toxic substances. That's the list of negatives. So what's left? Pure botanical ingredients. I call them "gifts from nature." In my opinion, chemists have yet to concoct cosmetic ingredients that can top mother nature. For an all natural lip balm, opt for... Pure, natural ingredients # Moisturizers such as avocado, hemp seed, jojoba, and sunflower oils; cocoa and shea butters; and beeswax. These are safe, yet powerful. # Healing herbs and vitamins such as calendula and vitamin E. # Natural flavors and fragrance such as lemon, peppermint, vanilla, and pure, essential oils. My slogan is buyer beware. Read labels. The most popular brands may contain toxic ingredients. Protect your lips and your health. Cover your lips with an all natural lip balm.

Bath and Body Tip #12

The beauty of oatmeal baths is that they are gentle enough to be enjoyed daily if wished.

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