Thursday, 28 November 2013

GET READY FOR THE MISTLETOE… THE BEST BALMS FOR YOUR BOUCHE



In winter, I often find my lips become uncomfortably chapped… This year however has been a different story thanks to the following products. The majority of the products mentioned below are petroleum free because I often find with petroleum based products that although they may be soothing while they’re on, once absorbed my lips are almost more chapped than before… Not ideal...




Calendula weather Protection Cream: may be part of the Weleda Baby range, but it’s proved to be a hero lip product for me this winter. Although rather menacingly, it very faintly smells of herby cardboard, its scent (thankfully) does not translate to taste. This cream is actually more of a balm and is a great all rounder that can be applied to any part of the body in need of some TLC. Because of calendula’s renowned healing properties, it soothes, protects and hydrates even the most sensitive skins. About £5 (this product has also won loads of awards).
      Ingredients: Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Lanolin, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Limonene*, Linalool*, Geraniol*, Citral*.

Dr Bronner’s Magic “All-One” Organic Baby Balm: Yes it’s another baby balm but is also provides great nourishment and protection for your lips. Comes in a very handy container and can be used anywhere and everywhere. About £4.
        Ingredients: Jojoba Oil (organic), Beeswax (Apis Mellifera) (organic), Avocado (Persea Gratissima) Oil (organic), Hemp Oil (organic), Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E) (organic)

Nuxe Reve de Miel: This one is a much thicker consistency than the others, but I love this as it gives your lips a unique matte look. It also smells like a citrusy honey… Yum! Around £10.
       Ingredients: Honey, Shea Butter, Rosa Mosqueta, Calendula, Almond, Vitamin E, Beeswax, Soy, Lecithin, Allantoin, Grapefruit, Sunscreen (No mineral oil)

Egyptian Magic: Has some fairly cheesy stuff written on the tub which looks a bit budget, but its simple ingredients are great. The propolis extract reduces inflammation, fights infection and treats minor burns (as well as apparently improving cold sores). Another great all rounder however the large container makes it quite irrational to cart around… More of a home based healer than the others. Around £22 for a huge tub
     Ingredients: Olive Oil, Beeswax, Honey, Bee Pollen, Royal Jelly, Propolis Extract.

  Mini Moa Green Balm: New to my repertoire this one has more of a medicinal smell because of its tea tree content. This guy can do virtually anything from sorting chapped lips to soothing a sore throat when gargled with honey and hot water. About £4
      Ingredients: English Yarrow, Tea Tree Oil. Coconut Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Soybean Oil, Beeswax, Yarrow, Water, Tea Tree Leaf Oil.


  Kiehl’s Lip Balm Mango: This is a far less natural option and I’d say my least favorite of the bunch. It smells of delicious mango which is a pro and con for me (as the great smell is probably a synthetic fragrance). It’s also petroleum based which means that it’s nourishing effects are not as enduring as the organic ones mentioned. I would say its more protective than nourishing. Around £9.
       Ingredients: Petrolatum, Squalane, Lanolin, Triticum Vulgare Germ Oil/Wheat Germ Oil, Pentylene Glycol, Tocopherol, Caprylyl Glycol, Pentaerythrityl Tetraditbutyl Hydroxyhydro-cinnamate, Allantoin, Benzyl Benzoate, Limonene, Benzyl Alcohol, Anise Alcohol, Linalool, Aloe Barbadensis Extract/Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Amyl Cinnamal, Parfum/Fragrance.

(A lot of these also double up as a great cuticle cream as well)

xxx