With winters wearing out and the summer heat setting in, chapped lips are going to become a routine. While the market is flooded with drooling flavours of lip balms, it’s time to stop and do a quick check on what’s it that’s actually going onto those lips.
Most lip balms, including those from famous brands are derived from petrolatum (i.e. petroleum jelly, it forms a key ingredient in most) – an ingredient banned in some parts of the world. Add to that, they are often packed with artificial fragrances and dyes for colouring. Petrolatum or petroleum jelly can also be contaminated with PAHs – polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (a group of chemicals that are formed during the incomplete burning of coal, oil, gas, wood, garbage, or other organic substances). In addition to being associated with cancer, PAHs are also known to be toxic to the environment and wildlife as they seep into the water and also pollute the air.
The best alternatives, therefore, are either to scout for chemical free, natural lip balms (look up some here) or if you are up for a small task – then make yourself one at home. DIY lip balm recipes are terribly easy to do and the ingredients are easy to source and of course, since you make it, you know there’s no unwanted chemical in it either.
Additionally, find below an online tutorial with a slight variation for making Chemical Free Lip Balms:
If you have any varying recipes for making lip balms, do share them with us. We recently read an article in which a naturopath gave tips on how to slowly go green – If you’re looking to go green with your beauty routine she recommends first replacing the essentials that you use almost daily with organic, natural, chemical-free products. Once you have succeeded at that, is when you should slowly start replacing the others. We think that’s a good way to start.
We’re soon going to try and make our own lip balm and we’ll definitely be posting pictures of it. So do look out for it.