Debra Lynn Dadd

Is Chapstick safer than Lip Stick?

QUESTION:

You wrote in your book that lip stick is very toxic. How about chapstick? I don't have the packaging anymore, but it is so small that no ingredient is listed on the chapstick itself. What are some ingredients in chapsticks that are bad for people? I would guess that some are not too good for consumption. Mine taste like a very sweet tangerine or orange. I like the taste a lot, but of course, I guess no fragrance is better. Thanks

POSTED BY YH :: MICHIGAN USA :: 12/01/2008 1:11 PM


DEBRA'S ANSWER:

Interestingly, ChapStick is labeled as a drug.

Active ingredients:
Padimate O 1.5%..................Sunscreen
White petrolatum 44%.............Skin Protectant

Uses
* helps prevent and temporarily protects chafed, chapped or cracked lips
* helps prevent and protects from the drying effects of wind and cold weather
* helps prevent sunburn
* higher SPF gives more sunburn protection

Inactive ingredients:
arachidyl propionate, camphor, carnauba wax, cetyl alcohol, D&C red no. 6 barium lake, FD&C yellow no. 5 aluminum lake, fragrance, isopropyl lanolate, isopropyl myristate, lanolin, light mineral oil, methylparaben, octyldodecanol, oleyl alcohol, paraffin, phenyl trimethicone, propylparaben, titanium dioxide, white wax.

Without going into an analysis of every ingredient, I'll just say that almost half of the product is petroleum, plus artificial colors and fragrances, and preservatives.

By contrast, here are the ingredient for their new ChapStick 100% Naturals Lip Butter, which is labeled as a cosmetic:

Ingredients: Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Jojoba Esters, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Flavor, Beeswax, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Lipids, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed (Mango Butter), Octyldodecanol, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil (Olive Butter), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil (Avocado Butter), Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil (Raspberry Butter), Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate.

I'd choose a 100% natural lipstick or lip gloss over the classic ChapStick. You can find them at your natural food store or on the Bodycare page of Debra's List.

Debra :-)


COMMENTS:

For My Kids makes a vegan lip balm with all food-grade ingredients. Not that you'd want to eat your entire tin of lip balm but, you know, you could. ;-)

POSTED BY CJSTEWART :: FOR MY KIDS :: WWW.FORMYKIDSONLINE.COM :: TEXAS USA :: 12/01/2008 6:13 PM


I like Burt's Bees lip products. You can find them in health food stores and also in some of the regular grocery stores, like Wegman's and Weis/Mr.Z (here in PA).
carrie

POSTED BY CARRIE :: PENNSYLVANIA USA :: 12/03/2008 3:36 PM


Bubble & Bee Organic makes wonderful lip balms. I sell quite a bit of their Rootbeer flavor in my Natural Cosmetics & Body Care store in Utah. The only way to buy the product online though is from them directly at www.bubbleandbee.com. They have unflavored, Orange, Karma Apple (carmel apple), and Peppermint Cocoa too. I carry Honeybee Gardens Lip Balm in Strawberry Champagne, Orange Mimosa, Vanilla Pie and Tropical as well as Savannah Moon's Unscented, Lavender, Chamomile Lavender and LavenMint on my website at www.naturaljoybeauty.com. All of these are free of petroleum, artificial and synthetics colors, etc. and we display all ingredients.

I always wore Chapstick (when I wasn't wearing lipstick) up until about 3 yrs ago when I switched myself to natural products. Even though I wore it faithfully my lips would still get chapped. Since switching to all natural lip balms, glosses and lipsticks I find that my lips rarely ever chap or get dry at all. It is my understanding that petroleum actually interferes with our the body's own moisturizing mechanisms.

POSTED BY JOY :: NATURALJOYBEAUTY.COM :: WWW.NATURALJOYBEAUTY.COM :: UTAH USA :: 12/10/2008 10:56 AM


I'd used shea lip balm and it felt very pleasant, but when my health food store was out of it, I bought Alaffia brand Cocoa & Shea Butter Lip Balm and liked it even better (plus it's less expensive).

I've been aware recently that my lips almost never chapped, while they got very chapped using even natural lip balms in the past. I thought it was due to changes in diet (perhaps from using raw butter?), but after reading these posts I wonder if it's this lip balm. Even if improvement is from dietary changes, I highly recommend the Alaffia brand (no commercial interest in the brand whatsoever, just found it the best lip balm I've ever tried).

POSTED BY L.A. :: CALIFORNIA USA :: 12/26/2008 10:37 AM


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