Debra Lynn Dadd

Lotions & Lip Gloss

QUESTION:

My lips get really really chapped. Typically, I use vaseline but have read that these products should be avoided due to petroleum. What do you recommend that is as strong as Vaseline?

Similarly, do you have any body lotions that you recommend. I am assuming that most of the ones on the market are also made with petroleum.

POSTED BY KK :: [email protected] USA :: 06/06/2008 10:57 AM


DEBRA'S ANSWER:

You can find lotions and lip gloss made from non-petroleum ingredients at natural food store and on the Body Care page of Debra's List.

There is a product called Un Petroleum Jelly that is sold at many natural food stores and online (just search for it), made from vegetable ingredients. Don't know if it is as strong as Vaseline.

Personally I don't use much of either product. I've found that by using filtered water in my shower, my skin doesn't get dry.

Readers, what do you recommend?

Debra :-)


COMMENTS:

I buy raw shea butter in bulk (a pound will last me for about a year) and fill it in little glass jars that I carry around in my purse and keep in the bathroom.

It protects my lips better than any lip balm I used before, it provides a natural SPF of 4, and in the winter I use it on my face as protection against the cold like you would vaseline or other fat (in cold climates).

So far I have ordered shea butter from sheabutterhut.com and crabapplesoap.com and was equally pleased.

vermontsoap.com also carries it.

The glass jars I got from mountain rose herbs and they are of course reuseable.

POSTED BY ULLI :: MARYLAND USA :: 06/09/2008 10:58 AM


Hi,

I use Alba Un-petroleum Jelly for my lips and other things. It says it "moisturizes, soothes, protects," and made "only from pure plant oils and all natural waxes." It comes in a tube like regular petroleum jelly. Use any way you would petroleum jelly. I use it on my lips, using it lightly.

Nell

POSTED BY NELL COVINGTON :: COLORADO USA :: 06/16/2008 10:51 PM


I've used Unpetroleum's vanilla lipbalm for years because it has SPF but I've had trouble finding it in the stores over the past year. I like the Burt's Bees replenishing lipbalm with pomegranate oil (the main ingred is sunflower oil). I also use BeesWork lavender lipbalm and it feels amazing. Thankfully the fragrances in these don't bother me although just the idea of lavender on my lips took some getting used to. The oil-based balms aren't as thick as vaseline but I think you'll have good results if you reapply consistently.

For my body, I use almond or grapeseed oil. It's not as practical or easy to use as a lotion so I may give shea butter a try.

POSTED BY JG :: NORTH CAROLINA USA :: 06/16/2008 11:35 PM


I prefer coconut oil for body lotion. You can buy it without any scent. I put it on after the shower, before I dry off. This lets it smooth over my body easily. I rub it in really good then I the dry off, using my towel lightly so that I don't take off too much of the oil. It works perfectly, and for the first time in my life, I had soft, smooth skin. Nice!!! And it rinses out of the shower easily with just warm water, if I get some on the shower floor.

Nell C.

POSTED BY NELL COVINGTON :: COLORADO USA :: 06/17/2008 5:36 AM


I've used Alba TerraTints SPF 18 lipbalm for a few years and will continue to use it as long as they make it. It's the only lipbalm I've tried that seems to really moisturize well and keep my lips soft. Plus it comes in different "tints" so it gives a bit of color. I've heard that traditional drugstore "chapsticks" have ingredients that actually increase chapping, so you use more.

I also use Alba's mango body butter, very rich and soothing, and smells wonderful.

POSTED BY KANGRRL :: MISSOURI USA :: 06/22/2008 10:19 AM


Hi,
Miessence makes a lovely lip balm and it does not have any petroleum ingredients. It is in a tube and it lasts quite a while.

It is food standard certified organic and smells a bit of orange; Jaffa lip balm:

www.elyorganics.com/miessence-products/14201/


Also, one of my favorite products is their lotion:
Intensive Body cream, very concentrated and goes a long way if you put it on your skin when it is still moist from the shower, also food standard certified organic.

www.elyorganics.com/miessence-products/13420/

Regards,
Erin

POSTED BY ERIN ELY :: MIESSENCE CERTIFIED ORGANICS/ELY ORGANICS :: ELYORGANICS.COM/ :: OREGON USA :: 06/22/2008 11:42 AM


Hi, I use a lip balm from a company called Savannah Moon that I really love. It's made with all natural oils. I put it on right before I go to bed at night to keep from getting cracked lips in the morning and a few times throughout the day. I've used this for about a year and am never without it. I also keep one in my purse and use it on my cuticles, it's really handy and works great.

Savannah Moon also makes a really nice skin cream and body oil that you might check out too. Throughout the course of the last few years, I've started using many of their products and continue to do so. -My daughters and I have chemical sensitivities and this company has been a home run for us.

I noticed that Debra has posted them on her list....yea!!!

POSTED BY AOA :: OHIO USA :: 06/29/2008 12:12 PM


I have been using products by EcoLips and my lips have improved. They have a lot of variety and also lip tints.

Many people I know love the Hemp and my husband is now using the Gold. They also have SPF lip balms which my daughters have been using.

Ann
www.thehealthycottage.com

POSTED BY ANN BERTHIAUME :: THE HEALTHY COTTAGE :: WWW.THEHEALTHYCOTTAGE.COM :: MASSACHUSETTS USA :: 07/08/2008 3:20 PM


As someone already commented, the Savannah Moon lip balm is great. They have Moonbeam (unscented) or 3 Lavender based scents that are wonderful aromatherapy right under your nose. The ingredients are simply: natural expeller pressed oils: apricot kernal oil, peach kernal oil, sweet almond oil, palma christi oil, beeswax, cocoa butter and natural vitamin E (with essential oils added to the lavender based scents). I absolutely love their Body Oil too and use it now instead of lotion.

Honeybee Gardens is also good and comes in Vanilla Pie, Tropical, Strawberry Champagne and Orange Mimosa. Colorganics makes an unscented lip gloss called Karma Gloss. It comes in a tube with a slanted applicator tip and comes in clear or a variety of sheer colors. I've had customers tell me that though it's lip gloss, they feel it is more of a lip treatment and wear it all the time.

POSTED BY JOY B. :: NATURALJOYBEAUTY.COM :: WWW.NATURALJOYBEAUTY.COM :: UTAH USA :: 07/10/2008 11:05 AM


A word of caution here. You can become addicted to lip balms. Really. Your lips will not produce enough oil/moisture if "outside" moisture is continually provided. After a period of time,it will simply decide there is enough oil on the lips from the balm so nothing is needed from the body.

So the moisture in the lips lessens and this means the balm must be applied more and more frequently for moisture. Which also means the lip oil production goes down further, too. It becomes a viscious cycle until the balm is stopped.

During the withdrawal time period regular lipstick and maybe some light glosses may be used. Generally, it takes about 3 weeks of misery to get your lips back with its own natural oil production.

POSTED BY KAREN, RN :: ARIZONA USA :: 07/22/2008 7:12 AM


After trying many natural lip balms I found one that I really like - Alaffia lip balm. It's very moisturizing & yummy .

ingredients: unrefined palm kernel oil, virgin coconut oil, virgin cocoa butter, unrefined shea butter, beeswax, vitamin E. www. alaffia.com

plain coconut oil is also good in your hair.

POSTED BY RS :: CA USA :: 07/29/2008 7:28 AM


My son ( 21) likes BACH Flower Rescue Remedy Cream for his chapped lips. ( It's in most health food stores)

POSTED BY KAREN :: A HEAD LICE CURE UKUBUSTERS.COM :: WWW,UKUBUSTERS.COM :: HAWAII USA :: 08/07/2008 8:18 AM


I've had cracked, split and bloody lips for 45 years! Once I began using chemical free and all natural lip balm(Eco Lips)and make-up (Ecco-Bella)my lips haven't cracked, peeled or bled yet. I've been using these products for about 1 year now. The Eco Lips has a bee free line that isn't made with beeswax for those of you allergic to bee pollen. I threw out all of the other chemical laden items and I'm sooooo glad!

POSTED BY COLLEEN :: WEST VIRGINIA USA :: 03/30/2009 7:38 AM


100% Organic Shea Butter is another option for lips for those who can't use beeswax lip balms. Shea Butter has so many great uses. I use it for the eczema my son gets on his cheeks and then wipe what's left on my fingers onto his lips. I seem to be selling much more of it lately as people are realizing just how amazing shea butter is.

POSTED BY JOY :: NATURALJOYBEAUTY.COM :: WWW.NATURALJOYBEAUTY.COM :: UTAH USA :: 10/29/2009 3:47 PM


Awhile back I posted about Savannah Moon and Honeybee Gardens Lip Balms.

Since then I've started selling and using another wonderful brand, WILD WILLOW. These are petroleum-free, all natural lip balms that come in some amazing flavors (made with organic flavor oils and essential oils) such as: Orange, Coconut, Honeydew, Chocolate Peppermint, Wintergreen, Peppermint, Spearmint. They have Pumpkin Spice, Raspberry and Almond that will be Coming Soon!!! The ingredients are simply: camellia oil, coconut oil, beeswax +/- essential oils, natural and organic flavors in scented balms.

Since switching to natural lip balms I have avoided the dry, chapped, cracked and peeling lips that I would still get back when I regularly wore conventional, petroleum based lip balms.

POSTED BY JOY :: NATURALJOYBEAUTY :: WWW.NATURALJOYBEAUTY.COM :: UTAH USA :: 10/29/2009 3:47 PM


My family likes the Terressentials organic White Chocolate Lip Protectors. www.terressentials.com/


I have also done well with a few of the Burts Bees ones, but I have to read the ingredients carefully to find ones that are safe for me. Drugstore.com seems to have good, complete ingredients lists for these, which has helped a lot.


POSTED BY BADGERMOM :: WISCONSIN USA :: 11/05/2009 1:12 PM


Responding to the need of my daughters red inflamed lips, we made a balm with Extra Virgin Olive oil infused with herbs: Comfrey, Calendula and Lavender, added peppermint and myrrh essential oil. Myrrh is great for mouth ulcers. We've found that folks with a history of cracked lips respond well to this combination.

We also make a natural Goat Milk face and Body cream that can be found on skin deeps data base. We've had wonderful testimonials of how skin has changed using this product.

POSTED BY MONICA :: ROSE OF SHARON ACRES :: WWW.ROSEOFSHARONACRES.COM :: TEXAS USA :: 11/05/2009 1:33 PM


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