Natural Skin Care

Favorite Spring Lip Balms {review and rank by $}

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Spring+lip balm.

I had so much fun with my last lip balm post that I decided to do another. So here we are😃

(If you fancy checking it out, that post is here: My Top 5 Favorite Lip Balms {stocking stuffer ideas}

Two things (before I get to the lipbalms)

1. I like natural stuff. (If you follow along, I’m sure you couldn’t tell 😛😛) So many of my choices here are…

  • all-natural
  • or organic
  • vegan
  • made with free-trade ingredients
  • all of the above, etc.

I like my beauty products crunchy. Not always. But usually. I’m not vegan, but I do appreciate vegan products. And I very much love being earth and people conscious.

Products made with recycled materials. Ingredients that come from companies who give fair wages and don’t exploit poorer workers and resources in other countries. All that good stuff.

I like buying products that go for a good cause. I can’t always afford to. But…I like to.

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2. I’m going to start rating the lip balms I review. The scale will look like this:

Good 💜

Better 💜💜

Very nice 💜💜💜

Really (really) nice 💜💜💜💜

Factors will include flavor, texture, smell, and effectiveness of the product.

 

The Lip Balm Lineup

 

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Smooth Sphere Lip Balm in Blueberry Acai, by EOS

Flavor-nice sweet taste.

Texture-good balance of oil & wax.

Smell-not keen on the smell. I think it smells like a blueberry muffin. Can’t make out the acai very well.

Effectiveness-I feel like I have to keep re-applying, maybe because the sweet taste makes me want to lick my lips.

Other things I love: I love the shape and colors of the eos lip balms. Additionally, my daughter (age 2) really loves this one.

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Mongo Kiss Vanilla Honey Lip Balm, by Eco Lips

Flavor-flavor is ok. Pretty mild.

Texture-Very balanced oil to wax ratio.

Smell-Nice but seems slightly off to me. I think I expected a stronger vanilla smell.

Effectiveness-Wears very well. I especially love to use this lip balm at night.

Other things I love: The ingredients are organic and the company uses fair trade cocoa seed butter.

The ingredients are also non-gmo and cruelty-free.

Also the mongongo oil intrigues me.

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Everyday Coconut Fair Trade Lip Balm in Coconut Mint, by Alaffia

Flavor– Absolutely love. Coconut and mint are subtle but not too subtle. Taste is fresh and clean, but warm.

Texture– Somewhat oily, but waxy enough to protect my lips and wear well.

Smell– Love it.

Effectiveness-Works very well.

Other things I love: It is vegan, has only 5 ingredients and uses fair-trade coconut oil.

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Wildflower Lip Balm (Vanilla and Violet), by GypsyFaeCreations

Flavor– The flavor, to me tasted a tiny bit like grape.

Texture– More oily/buttery.

Smell– Really love. I can totally make out the violet and it is divine.

Effectiveness– I didn’t feel like this balm was super moisturizing, maybe because of the buttery-ness.

Other things I love- This lipbalm is from an etsy shop. The owner, Tierrafae, is very creative and makes mainly soaps. I love supporting small businesses through etsy.

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Pemberley Lip Balm (Rose and Honey), by GypsyFaeCreations

(No picture because in taking a group picture of the lipbalms in water I damaged the label.)

Flavor– The flavor was a bit strong on the rose element.

Texture– A small bit on the waxy side to me.

Smell– Same as above.

Effectiveness– I really wanted to love this lip balm but I found I didn’t enjoy wearing it long enough to really tell how well it worked.

What I loved- I loved the idea and Jane Austen fandom behind this product, which is the main reason I chose to buy it 😊

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Chai Spice Lip Balm, by Hurraw! Balm

Flavor– Love it 100%.

Texture– A bit oily, but still good.

Smell– Love.

Effectiveness– Wears well.

Other things I love- the ingredients are organic, vegan and raw. I love this chai lip balm even better than the one from Primal Pit Paste (Pucker Paste).

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Price comparison: $-$$$

 

Eco Lips (Mongo Kiss)- $1.97, for .25oz

1oz= $7.88


 

Eos$3.49, for .25oz

1oz= $13.96


 

Alaffia (Everyday Coconut)-$2.24, for .15oz

1oz= $14.94


 

GypsyFaeCreations (Wildflower)- $3.00, for .15oz

1oz= $20.01


 

GypsyFaeCreations (Pemberly)$3.00, for .15oz

1oz= $20.01


 

Hurraw! Balm$3.79 for .15oz

1oz= 25.28


 

So from this price comparison you can see that the more product you get for the cheapest price, the better deal you have.

However, it isn’t a deal if you don’t love the product. (Eco lips is an example of a great product for a great price.)

Another good lip balm I mentioned in my previous lip balm post is Smith’s Rosebud Salve. I purchased some when we were on vacation for $5.95. Sounds pricy right? But it’s .8oz, which equates to $7.44/oz…cheaper than even Eco Lips.

Eventually I hope to get into making my own lip balms. Possibly this summer or fall, if certain plants in my garden decide to cooperate. We shall see 😃😃🌱🌱🌈

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Natural Skin Care

My {Simple} Coconut Rose Facial Routine

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Note: I’ve received no compensation for my thoughts on these products. I just enjoy using them ☺

For about a year, I have been using a skin care regimen that I love. It is easy, cheap and smells divine. It lacks harmful chemicals and the cleanser I use adds $ to a local small business. It is also versatile because it can be used every season of the year.

So what is it? Very simple. Unscented goats milk soap, rose hydrosol and coconut oil. I will discuss all of these below and finish with a description of my facial routine.

#1: Goats Milk Soap {Cleanser}

The first product I use is unscented goats milk soap. You can check out the one I use here. I’ve been using soap from this company for about 2 years and I love it. They use fresh, raw goats milk directly from their farm. Really cool.

What’s so good about goats milk? It has naturally occurring capric-caprylic triglycerides. This is a fancy pants term for “good fat”. It also has a pH that helps keep the soap balanced and not too harsh for your skin. A soaper friend shared this with me when she introduced me to goats milk soap.

This bar of soap lasts me a long time. I think I buy maybe 2 bars a year, if that.

#2: Rose Hydrosol {Refresher}

Product numero dos is my organic rose hydrosol (also called rose water). You can read a bit about it here, on the Plant Therapy website. In a nutshell, a hydrosol is scented water.

Hydrosol is is the “leftovers” of the distillation process. While it is not as potent as the essential oil, it still retains some of the scent and therapeutic properties associated with the essential oil.

The rose hydrosol that I use (Rosa damascene or Damask Rose) is helpful for some skin issues, such as dry skin, eczema and wrinkles. For emotional issues it works to bring balance and feelings of well-being. Something to think about next time you smell a velvety beautiful rose.

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Check out any deals that PT has to offer so you won’t have to pay full price. I wait for a good one until I purchase a new bottle.

#3: Coconut Oil {Moisturizer}

I use the organic brand from Aldi. It is unrefined and cold pressed. Coconut oil is good, cheap and useful for many things. I use it for my face, for popping homemade popcorn, for greasing my pans and for making salves.

Coconut oil is one among many oils that can be used as a facial moisturizer. I’ve tried a few different types but this one works the best for me thus far.

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This is my face on a very good day. Probably because I was nursing and forced to eat healthy & be super hydrated!

Now that my hormones have leveled a bit and the seasons are changing my skin is becoming less dry. So I’m wondering after reading this, if coconut oil is really the best choice for my face right now. This nifty list is a good resource to help you choose the best non-comedogenic oil for your skin type. I’m thinking about trying argan oil. I will let you know how it goes!

Method

The steps are very simple. Wet face. Lather and rinse. Exfoliation optional. Dry. Here I go to the fridge and take out my rose hydrosol and spritz some on. Let my face dry a bit. Make sure my hair is tied up, then I rub in some coconut oil on my face and neck. Finito.

Occasionally I will use some witch hazel on a cotton ball to get rid of any residual soap.

I wash my face at least once a day. Two times if its warmer out or if I’ve worn makeup that day.

And that’s it. Very easy. Smells so good. And cheap.

How cheap? For one year, I calculated that it costs me about $1.89 a month. When I was buying stuff from Wal-Mart I was paying something like $15 every month. $15 for stuff that wasn’t doing me a lot of favors. I love it when things are cheap, good and most importantly work well.

~Rachel

Resources:

www.brambleberry.com

The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Aromatic Oils in Aromatherapy, Herbalism, Health and Well-Being (2013) by Julia Lawless