Lip Balm. We all stock up in the autumn don’t we? Must have a lip balm in every pocket as the cold weather moves in. But what about summer lip care. Hot weather? Sun damage? SPF? Our poor lips often get forgotten in the summer.
Hands up if you’re a cold sore sufferer. Me too. I get really chapped lips through the colder months. So I take my lip care very seriously. But I’ve learned something very interesting. Hot dry weather is just a likely to bring out a cold sore than winter winds.
So let’s get our lip balm game in order. Naturally, of course.
How natural is your lip balm?
It’s no good waxing lyrical about soy candles if you keep buying mainstream lip balms with petroleum as the main ingredient. Petroleum is used in many big brand balms. A derivative of petrol, you’re probably getting paraffin and parabens soaking into your skin. Which nobody wants. At first you’ll think it’s really hydrating, but instead it’ll make your lips feel dry so you need to reapply – often. Which is, of course, what they want.
So let’s get natural. Here’s a few of the lips balms I’m currently loving. And yes, there’s one in every pocket, in every bag and by my bedside.
Lip Care Burt’s Bees
Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lipbalm with Vitamin E and Peppermint – The rich beeswax gives amazing protection against bright sunny days with a hint of fresh peppermint.
Burt’s Bees Overnight Intensive Lip Treatment – this little pot of goodness is “small but mighty” and happily sits on my bedside table. It’s a very effective rich overnight repair treatment and – wait for it – it reduces the appearance of fine lines while you sleep. That’s the kind of natural magic we all need.
Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm – I chose the Red Dahlia but there’s 8 lovely shades to choose from. It’s formulated with shea butter and botanical wax and gives you a swipe of colour when you need to feel a bit fancy.
Herbs for Healing products to try
Herbs for Healing Lip Balm for Happy Lips – I hardly ever watch daytime TV but this little company caught my attention one afternoon. I completely fell in love with the story of 2 Cotswolds sisters – Rowan and Lily, who grew up in their Mum Davina’s beautiful herb garden created with all the knowledge and passion for plants inherited from Davina’s Mum, their Grandma. Sadly Davina passed away a few years back and Herbs for Healing is now run by the sisters continuing their Mum’s legacy with lots of help from family members and friends.
Their brand is all about harnessing the power of plants to promote wellbeing so it’s all natural, and all from the garden. They use plant oils and infusions for their skincare products and also sell a wide range of plants from their nursery in Cirencester.
I’ve been loving the Lip Balm for Happy Lips – formerly called Lip Balm for Cold Sores. It’s made with organic olive oil and apricot kernel oil infused with lemon balm. It’s enriched with beeswax and lavender essential oil and contains plant infusions with anti-viral properties. Excellent for protecting against cold sores.
Lip Care from Tropic Skincare
Tropic Lip Love Nourishing Balm – Tropic have just repackaged their lip balm into a traditional stick applicator. Rose Hip, Vitamin E and Cocoa Butter will keep everything plump and soft.
Tropic Tamanu Balm – It’s a nut butter but not as you know it. And don’t get me started on just how many magic uses this Tamanu Balm has. Let me tell you I’ve discovered it’s pretty good on cold sores so I’ve been slathering it on at night and I’m really pleased with the results.
If you’re interested in trying Tropic Skincare have a look here.
Nathalie Bond product to try
Vegan Lip Balm – I love these little tins of joy. You can choose from Bloom, Unwind, Sunshine, Glow or Revive. Cocoa Butter, Calendula and Olive Oil bring together calming and soothing properties for deep moisture and all round protection.
Lip Care from The Body Shop
Vitamin E Lip Balm – The Body Shop Vitamin E collection is a bit of a legend in it’s own lifetime. Their Vitamin E Moisture Cream was first unveiled in the 1970s. As well as Vitamin E, or tocopherol, for protection and moisture, this Lip Balm has Organic Olive Oil and Coconut Oil.
Bare Natural products to try
Bare is a North Wales business started by Dinah Anthony, a full-time carer for her husband. She’s passionate about the benefits of natural skincare and has created a beautiful range of natural products for skin, hair and body from her Caernarfon workshop.
Bare Natural Beeswax Lip Balm – these 100% natural lip balms contain a mix of oils, butters and Vitamin E, to give much needed protection, conditioning and nourishment for lips. And they come in the cutest pocket sized tins.
So that’s my little round up of summer lip balms that you can get stocked up on now, and will last you right through to autumn.
Keep puckered up.