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USDA Certified Organic Lip Balm Sticks

A great discovery, a great discovery! Finally! An organic, USDA certified, non-petroleum lip balm! Am I in heaven or am I in heaven? And no, you don’t have to shell out a fortune either…

Say “Yeah!” to “The Merry Hempsters Organic Lip Balm”!

Yeah!

Ok, here is my mini review:

This comes in a tiny tube, just like chapstick. Net weight 4g. I paid $3.99 Canadian, and it is worth every penny. I am putting this on my chapped lips, and I don’t have to constantly worry as to what happens when it ends up on my food. It’s a food grade item. Just look at the ingredients: Organic Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Organic Beeswax, Organic Essential Oil of Orange, Organic Calendula Extract, Organic Rosemary Extract, Vitamin E.

This balm is long lasting. It comes in a few flavors: peppermint, spearmint, lemon-lime, orange, vanilla, cinnamon… I went for the orange one, cause I was in a citrussy mood :-) . The smell on my lips strongly reminded me of orange popsicles – it was both orangey and fresh.

The Merry Hempsters also have a vegan version, though that one is not certified organic, but most of the ingredients look good anyways. And all the products use certified organic hemp oil as base.

There was also another lip-balm option (at the store, where I was shopping…): “Dr. Bronner’s and Sun Dog’s Magic Organic Lip Balm”.

It’s also certified organic by the USDA. I saw these in two flavours: “naked” and “peppermint”. There are more flavours available from the manufacturer, so it’s a matter of what your health store carries. I haven’t tried it yet, cause I just couldn’t visualize what “naked” would taste like. If anyone has experience in that matter, give me heads up ;-) .

I have also learned that Badger has a line of lip balm that is now USDA certified organic. It’s called simply “Badger Certified Organic Lip Balm”.

These lip balms contain about 99% organic ingredients, and come in a range of flavours such as Vanilla Madagascar, Pink Grapefruit, Lavender & Orange, Tangerine Breeze, Ginger & Lemon and Highland Mint. They also have an unscented version.

Badger’s other lip balm line is the Badger Cocoa Butter Lip Balm line, which contains organic cocoa butter (which makes it sound so yummy, I can’t wait to try it out). According to Badger it contains over 70% organic ingredients, and they are hoping to have it USDA certified 95% organic by the end of 2008. That line has flavours like Cool Mint, Sweet Orange, Lime Rocket, Coffee Roast and Creamy Cocoa. Kudos to Badger for their organic efforts.

I think these are some pretty good options. Simple, over the counter, and not expensive. And certified organic (or almost there).

I definitely believe that if there was just one spot on your face where you went organic, it should be your mouth. That stuff touches your food. You smack it of your lips. You leave it on your partner’s mouth…

So be good. Buy organic. You have choices now. Lip-smackingly good ones…

May 10, 2008   17 Comments

Organic Chocolate Skin Care. No, You Are Not Dreaming.

Now here is something that will make your taste buds sing and your skin glow even before you put it on — Organic Chocolate Skin Care! Yes. And I am not kidding. Apparently it is a steadily, though silently growing movement among the health-oriented fashionistas. And I cannot believe I haven’t heard of it before.

Chocolate is my greatest ambition in life. Finding excuses to eat and to use it. It is so great to finally have it back on the “nice list”. (We are talking about real raw chocolate, of course, not Mars bars…)

Raw chocolate is the highest known source antioxidants in the world. Not to mention the mood improving and re-energising qualities, of which anyone who has ever had a chocolate is undoubtedly aware. And of course, it’s aphrodisiac lore..

So, without further ado, allow me to share some of the scrumptious chocolaty findings I’ve made today.

Raw Chocolate Face Pack by Raw Gaia

Ingredients: organic chocolate, sun-dried red clay, organic turmeric, organic amla fruit powder (amla is an ayurvedic herb, known for great toning properties).

I think Raw Gaia is a company that got its philosophy right. The best things for our skin are natural organic raw ingredients — just as nature intended. If you browse through their site, you’ll find many more delicious and healthy ideas, with or without chocolate. And maybe even ideas for trying something on your own. For example, I already have cold-pressed coconut butter in my pantry… But I never thought of it as a body butter, or a hair conditioner. Hmm… If I do try that, I’ll post my findings.

Chocolate Mousse Hydration Masque by Eminence

Now, I must caution you — even though the list of ingredients reads like the kind of mousse that would be just as wonderful on a cake, as it would be on a skin, people with nut allergies should beware. It contains almond and macademia nut oils. Other than that, I can’t believe how delicious this little jar appears.

Indulge Lip Balm by Sweet Beauty

Sweet Beauty is a spa with a line of organic chocolate skin care. Though it appears that they only guarantee that the chocolate is organic, other ingredients are of “highest quality available”. Here is a quote from the site:

“Sweet Beauty formulates with high quality ingredients, organic when available. Sweet Beauty products contain no chemical preservatives and are made in small batches to ensure freshness. Please use within 6 months opened or 1 year unopened.”

A chocolate lip balm sounds like my dream come true. Though they should probably put a warning sign: “This product could cause you to bite of your lips. Exersise caution.” But, of course, you could always put it on your partner’s lips… They’ll never know what hit them.

April 26, 2008   6 Comments