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Petrolatum Detox chapter 2: John Masters, Seven Balm, and Badger Balm.

So I have been petrolatum free for almost a month now. (If you’ve missed my previous petro detox posts you can find them here and here ).

The first reason I ditched petrolatum was because my lips are incredibly dry and I wanted to see whether going petrolatum free would improve the condition of them. The second reason was because petrolatum is derived from crude oil and if I am going to be swallowing large quantities of lip balm over a lifetime I would rather it be made of something natural if possible.

Results thus far:

I’m a bit sad to say that my lips are still very dry. The dryness fluctuates with whether I am generally dehydrated (how much coffee/alcohol I consume) but overall they are pretty much as dry as they were before the detox.

My little pot of lip balm that Kirsten from lanolips made for me are the best at keeping my lips happy, but if I don’t use it for a day my lips go back to dry.

My new petro detox lip balms:

These lovely balms are from :

Badger Lip Balm Stick- Pink Grapefruit  $6.95

This smells really yummy with it’s essential oils of grapefruit, sweet orange, and cedarwood.  It is a very light balm when applied, which is probably great for some lips but on mine it’s not quite rich enough. After about 10minutes on my lips it disappears. I might try their Cocoa Butter range, which is more ‘balmy’.

Ingredients: *Olea Europaea (Extra Virgin Olive) Oil, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), *Ricinus Communis (Castor) Oil, *Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Extract, and CO2 Extracts of *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary), *Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) & *Rosa Canina (Rosehip). Essential Oils of *Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit), *Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Sweet Orange), and *Cedrus Atlantica (Cedarwood).

John Master’s Lip Calm  $10.98

This is probably the nicest smelling lip product I have EVER come across, with it’s fresh lime and tangerine notes. I would say it is more of an lip treatment oil in stick form than a balm because when applied it feels like pure oils on the lips. Again, it doesnt stick around long enough (5 minutes tops) to make much of a difference to my lips, but this might be perfect for some.
Olea europaea (olive oil),* carthamus tinctorius (sunflower) oil,* beeswax,* simmondsia chinensis (jojoba oil),* linum usitatissimum (flax seed) oil,* borago officinalis (borage) oil,* rose mosqueta (rosehip) oil,* citrus reticulata (tangerine) peel oil,* citrus medica limonium (lemon) peel oil,* citrus aurantifolia (lime) oil*

Seven Balm : $9.95
This is my favourite out of the three in terms of texture and moisturising properties. It is very emollient and balmy, which keeps my lips happy for at least 45mins.  It has a very strong herbal scent, which was a bit much at first but I’m used to that now.
Seven Balm contains: Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Avocado oil, Aloe Oil, Calendula Oil, Neem Oil, Manuka Oil AND Organic Manuka Honey. note: I couldn’t find the full ingredient list, but this product is petrolatum and preservative free.

I think the main thing is that I stay as hydrated as possible during the day. I’ve started taking B vitamin supplements as well, so hopefully that will help.

please note: Seven Balm was sent to me by Leah from for consideration

Posted by on Mar 11th, 2011 in Lip balm, Petrolatum Detox | 169comments

Petrolatum detox chapter 1: Lanolips Lip Ointment with Colour SPF 15

The story thus far: After years of Vaseline and Lucas Papaw, my lips and I have decided to break up with Petrolatum. The reasons for this detox of sorts can be found in my previous post.
In the last couple of weeks I have jumped right into petrolatum free lip balms (with lots of help from my lovely twitter friends, especially Anissa from Beautifully Glossy, and Miss Sensuous)- and I’ve decided to review all of them! (eventually)
Kirsten from Lanolips very kindly included a surprise tube of Lanolips Lip Ointment with Colour in ‘Apples’ when she sent over her ‘secret strength mix‘ for me to try. How sweet is that?


Colour: Apples is a creamy true red colour which applies fairly pigmented but after about 30mins of wear becomes a beautiful sheer rosy tint on the lips. Because my lips are fairly pigmented I find that I need to reapply after each hour if I want the colour to show up.
Texture: Apples is a tinted lip treatment so it’s feels like a balm on the lips with none of the stickiness of a gloss. It’s fairly moisturising on my parched kissers (hurrah!) so I found it’s great on a day when my lips are too dry to wear a lipstick but I still want a bit of colour. 

Posted by on Feb 21st, 2011 in Lip balm, Petrolatum Detox, Reviews, Skincare, Swatches | 157comments

Petrolatum Detox- the starting line.

If you read my previous lip balm post, you’d be aware of my dry lip woes. The other night I got talking with Anissa from Beautifully Glossy on Twitter (she is the lip balm guru), and she suggested that I should lose the petrolatum products for a while and see whether this helps.
The idea behind this is that petrolatum jelly, which is derived from crude oil, doesn’t let the skin breathe and may dry out lips in the long term, requiring more and more frequent usage to keep lips happy. I’m a bit on the fence about petrolatum jelly- there’s not enough evidence to prove that it actually harms your skin, but since there are so many great natural alternatives I’d prefer to go down that path.

This is why there are so many new products out now marketed as ‘petrolatum free’.

So I’ve thrown out all my tubes of Lucus Papaw scattered around the house (I found out only recently that Lucas Papaw is 96% petrolatum). It actually felt a little bit like trying to quit smoking and destroying all my lighters.

Around the same time, Kirsten Carriol (the genius behind Lanolips) contacted me to ask whether I would like to be her guinea pig for a lip balm that she was working on, her ‘secret strength mix’. I was fascinated by this, and put my hand up for it right way.  
The lip balm was given to me in pot form (too thick for a tube, and too soft for a stick). As you would expect, it was unscented, and unflavoured. Just plenty of lanolin and vitamin E.

This product has been the knight in shining armour for my lips during the first stage of Petrolatum cold turkey. I was amazed at how rich and moisturizing it is, and how long my lips remain soft in between uses. It is very very thick and rich though, which might be a bit much for some but it’s perfect for my lips.
At first I wasn’t sure whether I should be reviewing a product that isn’t for retail (yet) but I thought that I’d like to share my Petrolatum detox experiences regardless.

I hope Kirsten brings out this product for retail soon! I’d buy a million jars!

Posted by on Feb 15th, 2011 in Lip balm, Petrolatum Detox, Skincare | 120comments

EOS Lip Spheres and Lanolips 101 ointment- a brief and ultimately unsatisfying affair

O Hai!

I have been cursed with dry chapped lips since childhood, and when I discovered Lucas Papaw it was a life changing moment (okay, so maybe just a wee bit dramatic) because it actually heals my chapped lip skin and hydrates deeply. Before Papaw it was just Chapstick, which did very little for my lips besides create a barrier against the wind so my lips don’t bleed.

So my monogamous relationship with Lucas Papaw has been going strong for a few years now but I thought it was time to find an alternative (I live in constant fear that some natural disaster would one day wipe Papaw off the face of the earth). 

I’ve been wanting to try the EOS lip spheres and Lanolips 101 ointment for awhile. When I stumbled across the fabulous website Addicted To Lip Balm I couldn’t wait to try these babies for myself.

Before I go on I just want to make it clear that many lip balm/lip treatment products don’t work on my lips. Why? Who knows. My lip skin, parched as it is, just doesnt soak in many of the lip balms I have tried (Papaw is the only exception). So I am now officially on a quest to find lip balms that will work on me.

EOS Lip Spheres:

EOS Lip Sphere in Lemon drop SPF 15
The EOS lip spheres are packaged in little balls with some sort of rubbery textured plastic, which you twist open to reveal a firm half ball of lip balm. CUTE!
When you hold them in your hand, they almost feel like firm nectarines.

Scent and Flavour:

-Summer fruits smells and tastes like sweet fruit salad. yum.
-Lemon drop smells and tastes just like lemon Starburst lollies.

Does it work?

Unfortunately not for my lips. They feel nice when the balm is on my lips, but 5 minutes later when it has worn off my lips are not much different from before I applied it. I’m pretty sure it’s my fussy lips rather than the product, because lots of people love this. BUGGER.

It’s a plus that Lemon Drop has the SPF, but I wish it wasn’t from Oxybenzene.

price: $6.35AUD at Addicted to Lip Balm

Lanolips 101 Ointment:
I really wanted this product to work on my lips, because it does wonders for so many other bloggers, but unfortunately it doesn’t. It feels great on the lips while it’s on there, but half an hour later when it wears off my lips are back to where they started (chapped). 
On the bright side, it is AMAZING as a cuticle treatment. It sinks in nicely and actually heals the ragged skin around my nails more effectively than any hand cream I have used in the past. YAY!

Price: $17.95 at Addicted to Lip Balm website

Lip balm aficionados, I would be eternally grateful if you would kindly let me know what works best for your lips 🙂 The quest for a Holy Grail lip balm has officially started!

Posted by on Feb 3rd, 2011 in Lip balm, Petrolatum Detox, Reviews, Skincare | 159comments

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