Monday, May 12, 2008
Pick Your Lipbalm
I can't live without lipbalm - I think I'm not alone... Right now I'm using a zesty Sugar balm by Fresh; this is a Boston brand and it reminds of my days in Cambridge, when I'd cross the Charles River to wander happily on Newbury Street, where Fresh has its lovely, original store.
Vaseline and Rosebud Salve are classics - don't you love their super retro designs? I've recently finished my Rosebud Salve and recycled the empty vessel: it now holds my favorite rings.
But I must confess Rosebud Salve and Vaseline are not my favorites. Indeed, like many other brands, this concoction is petroleum based; that's right, the same gooey and environment-busting oil used to make gasoline goes straight onto your skin and lips via cosmetics...
Here's my cosmetics ingredient black list:
Petroleum/Paraffin/Mineral Oil/Parrafinium Liquidum
Anything that ends in -paraben, usually towards the end of the list (parabens are known to alter hormonal functions)
Propylene Glycol (used to make anti-freeze, low oral toxicity - can poison children)
Lanolin (useless animal suffering)
If you know of any others ingredients that are best avoided, or if you'd like to recommend some products, please do mention them in the Comments section!