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Freshly made: Organic tinted lip balm

Foto: Boris Gorjan

If you need an original idea for Christmas gifts, make a tinted lip balm in unique shades. It’s very easy!

You need virgin coconut oil and a pinch of your favorite mineral blush color (shimmer, pink, coral, beige). You can add 2 drops of natural vanilla extract if you want a nice smell. In summer I like the fresh smell of lavender essential oil (just a drop).

Preparation: In a pan with hot water put a little jar with coconut oil and dissolve it, so that it becomes liquid. Mix your favorite colors inside, add two drops of vanilla extract. When cool, your balm is made to care your lips. You can have fun with different colors and effects, mix 2 colors, experiment with shimmer or matte effects. Enjoy!

Find also some nice glass or plastic empty pots and put inside the balm. Make a nice gift package when the balm inside is already solid.

In the picture below is my home-made lip balm in a shimmer coral golden shade. If you want a stronger color, just put more mineral pigment.

lip balm

Here is also an example of my work, where I wanted to achieve a natural appearance of sheer and well cared lips with a natural lip balm and just a touch of natural color.

(top photo: Boris Gorjan)

Some tips for soft, smooth and attractive lips

No more chapped lips this winter!

Chapped lips can be a problem, especially in cold winter days. The lips become dry and cracked, because of the absence of natural moisture from the lips. The main cause is cold weather, wind, dehydration and being in a cold and dry environment.

Lips have a natural oily film that protects them from dehydration. This is why they need extra protection and nurturing during the cold winter days. Especially, if you want to wear a red or dark lipstick, remember to take care of your lips first. Dry and chapped lips with a colored lipstick look awful and unattractive . Remember, when we talk, our lips catch the attention, so it is important to take care and keep them moisturized. If you apply make-up on them, do it precisely, with choosing the right shade.

 

Tips for soft & smooth lips

avoid licking your lips; saliva contains digestive enzymes that damage and dry the lips

– drink enough water so you provide hydration from inside out

– cure your lips with organic home-made treatments or with a certified organic lip balm; the best home-made treatments are honey, coconut virgin oil, jojoba oil, butter or shea butter

– remove dry skin and dead cells from lips with a natural sugar scrub or after you finish to brush your teeth, brush also your lips with a clean toothbrush. This will help you to achieve smooth lips.

– if your environment is dry, use a humidifier, or just put a pot with water on the radiator

– if your problem with chapped lips is very hard, avoid extreme weather condition if possible

– bring with you everywhere your organic lip balm. A usual synthetic lip balm based on liquid paraffin is not the solution. In fact, have you noticed that your lips are not so protected when you use it? If the lips are really protected, you should use less and less lip balms. Your lips have the thinnest skin on the body – 5 times thinner than on other parts of your body. This is why lips need extra care.

 

Review of my favourite natural lip balms

Here are my current top 3 organic lip balms: Of course, the ingredients in all of them are the purest, with no harmful chemicals, totally safe! And above all, they are all eco-friendly and vegan.

DR. BRONNER’S LIP BALM

I really like Dr. Bronner’s lip balms! They are so simple and natural, but at the same time high protective, even for extreme weather conditions. They are made with organic beeswax, organic jojoba, avocado and hemp oils that provide moisturized and protected lips. They come in 4 different flavors: Orange Ginger, Peppermint, Lemon Lime and Naked(no scent). Only the finest organic essential oils are used for fragrance. All Dr. Bronner’s products are certified under the USDA National Organic Program and no animal testing, certified by CCIC.

Dr. Bronner

AKAMUTI LIP BALM

Packed in a small and handy 15ml pot, Akamuti lip balms come in 2 different flavors: Organic honey&chamomile and Ruby fruits. They contain carefully selected organic ingredients to maintain your beautiful lips soft and attractive. Organic honey&chamomile lip balm: Honey is a great healing and antibacterial treatment contained in this balm. Organic chamomile essential oil provides a calming and soothing effect for your lips. Enriched with sweet almond oil, organic extra virgin olive oil, organic beeswax and organic cocoa butter, this balm is an essential friend of your lips in cold winter days. Ruby fruits butter: Organically grown cocoa butter added to beeswax, red palm oil, sweet almond and organic olives nourish and protect your dry and chapped lips, while essential oils of myrrh, mandarin and sweet orange provide a nice scent.

Akamuti

EVERYDAY MINERALS LIP BALM

High tea traders, Flower attack and Pillow mints are the names of new organic Everyday minerals lip balms. Their natural essential oils and organic butter provide protection and a nice smell for your lips. Their texture is smooth and hydrating. I really like their new art graphics that make the balms so unique! High tea traders lip balm base is organic shea butter, enriched with the divine scent of chamomile and lemon essential oils. Fresh and soothing at the same time! Flower attack is a mix of exotic ingredients made from shea butter, grapefruit extract, green tea, rosehip seed oil, calendula flower extract and rose flower oil. An amazing rose scent and  great healer for your chapped lips.Pillow mints take care of your lips with cocoa butter, jojoba oil, evening primrose oil, pumpkin seed oil, arnica flower extract and lavender. Mint and lavender are a unique combination of scents.

Everyday minerals

Harmful ingredients in cosmetic products

safe cosmetics

In reflection: Between 50 and 100 chemical substances are contained in a common perfume. That means that this cocktail is directly inhaled through our nose and enter in our brain, where it causes severe imbalances. Several scientific studies show that fragrance ingredients are one of the biggest causes for skin allergies, asthma, central nervous system diseases, hormonal imbalances and even cancer.

Did you know that there is a huge difference between natural and organic?

In Europe and the UK you can declare a product natural by law, if it contains only 5% natural ingredients. This means that these products may contain artificial preservatives, fragrances, petrochemical substances and detergents, which are absorbed into the body and are proven to be carcinogenic. Organic means that the product is produced without pesticides and toxic ingredients in the soil, which is also organic, without chemical substances. Some pharmaceutical companies use some organic ingredients, but their products are based on artificial or chemical substances. However, even if a product is labeled as organic, you should pay attention to the label with ingredients and to the certificate that assure you the quality. Just naming a product organic isn’t enough. The safe product has to be certified organic and under control by a number of internationally recognized bodies such as: ECO CERT, SOIL ASSOCIATION, BDIH (Europe), BFA (Australia), USDA (USA)…

Scientific studies show that in cosmetics there are many harmful and potentially hazardous chemical substances that can be: carcinogenic, skin irritants, allergens, acne producing, cause contact dermatitis and hormone-related diseases.

Pay attention and avoid especially the following ingredients:

aluminum ingredients

DEA ingredients (all ingredients with dea after the first word)

dimethicone (& other methicone ingredients)

formaldehyde

fragrance: contains large quantities of toxins & chemicals not disclosed.

imidazolidinyl urea: releases formaldehyde, toxic laureth family (ingredients with laureth, laurate or lauryl extensions)

parabens: petrochemicals

PEG ingredients

petroleum (petrolatum, mineral oils, vaseline)

phenonip: preservative blend of phenoxyethanol, methylparaben, ethylparaben, butylparaben, propylparaben & isobutylparaben

phthalates (esters of phthalic acid, such as dibutyl phthalate): found in most conventional nail polishes, hair styling products, fragrances, squeezable plastics, soft plastic baby toys, baby wipes. Not listed on products, hidden in ingredients such as synthetic fragrances & “fragrance free” products

stearic (acids & others)

talc: can contain asbestos

TEA ingredients (not tea, but rather ingredients with tea in front)

These ingredients are just some of the most harmful, but the list goes on. So if you want to avoid hours of intensive study, it is still best to look at certified organic products.

You can find on internet many sources of information about this topic. For the start I recommend you further reading such as:

Julie Gabriel: The green beauty guide (my favorite book)

Dawn Mellowship: Toxic beauty (also a great book about toxic ingredients)

Skin deep cosmetic safety data base at:  http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com

On this site you find tons of information about ingredients, researches and studies of different cosmetic products and brands. I find this site extremely useful for checking the ingredients and find fresh informations.

http://www.safecosmetics.org

I believe that you haven’t heard yet about such things and they sounds just unreal. But the sad truth is that too many organizations prefer to choose profit instead health and nature. This is why a lot of people are becoming aware and seek the truth “behind the scene” of such corporations. But, once we were all involved in this story, so there is no need to blame anyone.

We must accept some new facts, adopt a positive approach towards life, nature and learn to listen to our bodies.

 

(photo: Dreamstime.com)

Do you really nourish your skin and feel good in it?

Do you really nourish your skin and feel good in it

Nowadays, we believe that we will fight skin related problems such as dryness and many others with that nice smelling body butter that we bought, the new dry oil that absorbs so quickly,…? Well, that is not entirely true.

First of all, we have to understand what our skin is and then what do we really put on. Don’t believe to every word and nice picture that the beauty industry is proposing to you and make believe to millions of women that they don’t feel good in their own skin and consequently that they absolutely need the latest hot beauty product that will make miracles. It’s time to understand that things don’t work that way. You’ve already heard that the skin is our largest organ that “we carry around” and that absorbs most of substances that we apply on it. The skin is the outer covering of the body. Its main functions are to protect our body from outside environment and against excessive water loss. Skin is made up of multiple layers of ectodermal tissue and guards the underlying muscles, bones, ligaments and internal organs. Skin is also the organ of sensation that contains a variety of reactive nerve endings. It has also a psychological function; the mood and the physical state on the face speaks without words.

In brief, the most important thing is that our skin functions normally and renews itself, if our body and mind are in harmony. With bombarding each day our skin with several different cocktails of chemicals in beauty products, food and medicines we have forgotten how does it looks like having a normal, healthy and radiant skin. It’s not a problem if we love taking care and decorating our face, but we need to make some steps further and start caring for our health and the health of our planet.

There are more factors concerning the health of our skin:

The use of safe cosmetic products: start to use cosmetics with no (or at least fewer)synthetic chemicals than in conventional brands. The main problem is the excessive use of harmful chemicals that don’t exist by default in our body. The overdose of chemical mixes in different products accumulates in skin tissues. Consequently, the body cannot detoxify itself. The result is the accumulation of harmful substances that are not normal for our body and when it comes to this we talk about disease.

Becoming aware what we put into our bodies; What food do we eat? Fresh, daily prepared and organically grown? Do we include vegetables and fruit in our daily menu? Or we always eat just junk food with many preservatives and other unnatural substances? Remember, what you put in your body, that is what you get (on your)? outside. The skin reflects the health state of your body, the function of your organs, your mood,…

Limited use of medicines: medicines contain a lot of chemical substances that don’t exist in our bodies naturally. With excess use of medicines, the organs have to work more in order to establish the body natural state and to eliminate out all that is not appropriate and natural for our body.

Take your time to relax: understand that the body, mind and the spirit are all connected. The more positive and relaxed is your view about life, the healthier you will be.

You should also understand that when you start using organic cosmetics, your skin has to adapt to it. This is because non organic cosmetic brands use large quantities of by-products of petroleum refining that are extremely difficult to remove, can clog skin pores and prevent skin to breathe. So when one stops using this products full of harmful substances the skin starts to detox = cleansing itself of chemical residues. Be patient and allow one month for the skin to adjust.

At the end, I know that is hard to choose quickly a safe beauty product in this flood of cosmetic products and different beauty topics, but if we choose a middle way and make a little effort, we can do it.

My purpose is to help you and keep you updated with fresh informations about green and healthy beauty choices.

So I invite you to read my blog about becoming green conscious in your beauty choices.

 

This article is published also on Greenwala.com

 

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