Padimate O (1.5%), White Petrolatum (44%), Arachidyl Propionate, Camphor, Cetearyl Alcohol, D&C Red 6 Barium Lake (CI 15850), FD&C Yellow 5 Aluminum Lake, Fragrance, Isopropyl Lanolate, Isopropyl Myristate, Lanolin, Light Mineral Oil, Methylparaben, Octyldodecanol, Oleyl Alcohol, Phenyl Methicone, Propylparaben, Titanium Dioxide, Wax
Um, no thank you. The main ingredient is petrolatum, a by-product of crude oil. And don't get me started on the generic term "fragrance." Companies aren't required to release what chemicals make up their "fragrance," which I think is pretty scary. There are no nutrients in ChapStick, just a bunch of chemicals I can't pronounce. I switched to all-natural oil and shea butter instead. I could create a fancy homemade lip balm, but I prefer the simplicity of pure oils. The best part, they are packed with naturally occurring vitamins and nutrients that any lips would love!
1. Apply a touch of oil. 2. Finish with a dab of shea butter.
Coconut oil, sweet almond oil, avocado oil, and apricot kernal oil are my top choices for lips. I'm already using oils to moisturize my face and body, so I rub a little on my lips at the same time and then I apply some shea butter to seal in the moisture. You can use oil by itself or shea butter by itself, but the combination of oil and shea butter together is ultra-moisturizing. I love the combination so much that I use it on my hands when they are really dry (right before I get in bed). If my hands are just a little dry, I use shea butter by itself.
Known for its anti-aging properties, unrefined shea butter is rich in vitamins A, E, and F. Shea butter loses nutrients as it's refined. Same goes with oils. Try to get cold-pressed, unrefined oils when you can. You can find oils and shea butter at your local health food store, Amazon, or Mountain Rose Herbs. If unrefined oils are too pricey, less expensive refined oils are still way better than the junk in commercial beauty products.
My container of shea butter is a bit large to slip into my pocket like a tube of chapstick, but I find if I use it before bed and after I wake up I don't need to keep reapplying it throughout the day. Just in case, I scooped some shea butter into an old clean lip balm container that I keep in my purse. Not only do oil and shea butter keep my lips super soft and kissable, they also save me money.
USING OIL & SHEA BUTTER SAVES ME MONEY:
$20/oz. Burt's Bees Lip Balm, $3 for a 0.15 ounce tube
$6.67/oz. ChapStick, $1 for a 0.15 ounce tube
$0.61/oz. Mountain Rose Herbs raw unrefined shea butter ($4.75/8.5 oz.) & Mountain Rose Herbs unrefined almond oil ($10.25/16 oz.)
How do you keep your lips moisturized? Do you know of any other uses for shea butter?
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