If you're already into natural products, you don't need convincing. But, if you're someone who thinks natural lip balm is froofy or a fad, I hope you'll change your mind.
Using petroleum on your lips is gross. It just is. Petrochemicals have their place in our world, but their place shouldn't be on your lips.
Petroleum does add a protective layer to your lips, but the benefits end there. It doesn't do anything positive for your skin, it just adds a layer of grease. And, if that grease slips off your lips and onto other areas of your face, it can clog your pores. Why would you want to rub greasy petrochemicals on your lips? Have you ever seen an oil rig? That's where your petroleum lip balm comes from. Did I mention gross?
Natural lip balms contain oils and waxes from fresh plants or honeybees. They're cleaner and healthier for us and our environment.
While not all are created equal, natural lip balms contain plant oils. Oils pressed from plants contain anti-oxidants and healing properties to help soothe your lips and keep them soft. Beeswax or vegan plant wax offer protection to both seal in moisture and keep out dry air and other drying agents. Sometimes extras like plant butters are added for super smoothness, or vitamin E for a super anti-oxidant kick. Instead of just coating your lips with grease to hide the problem, natural lip balms are formulated to moisturize dry lips, helping them look and feel soft and smooth, and helping to keep them that way.
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Whenever I travel or celebrate a special occasion, I make a new essential oil blend. Sometimes I put it in an inhaler, or sometimes a perfume oil, sometimes a body oil, or a spray. Having a new aroma is my way to commemorate special moments in my life.
A few weeks ago, I went to Ireland. I wanted to bring some body oil for relaxing, so I first made a blend with Peace. Then I remembered I recently bought jasmine extract and neroli essential oil for personal use. They are both very precious oils, so I don't often use them, I had purchased them on a whim. It turns out I had a reason, I just didn't know it at the time.
I wanted to make something that reminded me of summer; reminded me of flowers blooming and of fertile earth and fresh green leaves. I started by pulling aside the oils that reminded me of that aroma. I wanted to use neroli and jasmine for sure, not only because I wanted to work with them, but also because their heavy floral aromas were perfect for the heart of the blend.
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I'm taking part in an Instagram Challenge called March Meet the Maker. Joanne Hawker started this challenge in 2016, but I only heard of it this year and jumped in late, just a couple days ago. Joanne set up each day with a different prompt, and makers share photos and stories related to that prompt. Today's prompt is "design process", and since this is my favorite part of my job, I wanted to share more than an Instagram post would allow.
Each type of product I make has a slightly different design process, depending on whether it's a lip balm and I'm creating new scents, or it's an aromatherapy blend where the ingredients are therapeutic, or it's a limited edition body product that is completely new. But they all start the same - an idea. Usually followed by the question, "how can I make this scent with just natural ingredients?"
Two years ago, I was browsing in a bookstore, and I picked up a book on their bestsellers table. I liked the way the book looked and felt in my hands, and I made a split second decision to buy it just before they closed, completely unaware that what I felt was what the book was about - an item sparking joy in myself. The book was Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Though the KonMari Method is about following your heart, not necessarily your instincts, I'm so glad I picked up that book!
I love stuff. I love to collect things, especially old things. I love the memories they hold, the connections they remind me of, and the history they contain. I am comforted by always having useful things around in case I need them. It's rare I ever leave my house without a bag (although I do try to challenge myself sometimes).