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Product Spotlight - Lip Balms February 09 2014, 0 Comments

Not sure about your part of the world, but here in the Chicago area we have been having one heck of a brutal winter with record snowfalls and brutal cold (wind chills in the -10 to -40 range).  Not only does this cold, dry weather wreck havoc on your skin and hair, it does a number on your lips too.  Taking care of your lips is essential year round but can become painfully obvious in this type of weather.  Lip balms are great for adding extra moisture to the lips and sealing that moisture in using a blend of nourishing vegetable based oils and butters.  My lip balms are made with beeswax which not only creates the structure of the lip balm but softens and hydrates the lips while adding a protective barrier. 

Other ingredients in these lip balms:

Oils (Coconut, Almond, Olive, Rice Bran, Jojoba, Castor, Avocado, Babassu) - The base oils in lip balms sink and absorb into the lips quickly to hydrate and soften the lips providing immediate comfort.  These oils contain a variety of vitamins, minerals, proteins and fatty acids - all of which benefit one's lips.  The composition of each oil is different, but they all provide the hydration and softening benefits found in lip balms.  Some oils create a bit of glass (castor oil) and some help create barrier protection (jojoba oil).  Each lip balm is created from a combination of these oils to get as many benefits for the lips as possible.

Butters (Shea, Cocoa, Mango and Cupuacu) - Vegetable butters also provide hydration and lip softening but in addition, they create a protective barrier to prevent the loss of that hydration, keeping moisture in.  This is especially beneficial for dry, chapped lips.  Each lip balm has 1 - 2 of these butters in their formulations.

Flavor - Flavors oils used in lip balms are not actually flavor, but edible or lip safe fragrances that use the strong connection between taste and smell to create the sensation of flavor.  The only time a lip balm will have an actual "flavor" is if food items (cocoa, honey, food extracts) are used, otherwise, the flavor is coming from the lip safe fragrance connecting your sense of smell to your sense of taste.  Some of these flavors are sweetened with an artificial sweetener giving it a sweet taste (not a flavor though).  Using sweetener in lip balm could create additional problems though as many people tend to lick their lips more when a sweetener is use thus creating more opportunity for chapped lips (Remember, licking your lips aggravates the problem of dry, chapped lips).   These ingredients are labeled as "flavor" in the ingredient list. 

Here at Alaiyna B. Bath and Body, we create 29 different flavored and unflavored lip balms and a 6-pack gift set.  One can really never have enough lip balms.

~ Faith

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