All natural, vegan and cruelty-free meets punk rock, rebel minimalist! The first thing that comes to mind when looking atBare Bones Body Care‘s branding and products. Isn’t it just the cutest?! The company was born after Monica, the founder and creator of Bare Bones, suffered with years of sensitive skin and allergic reactions. When she was younger, her skin started to react to the mainstream skin care brands and she was forced to switch to the “all natural” options available. Every time she’d read the label of a skin care product her brain went on ingredient overload. She never knew what she was really putting on her body until she did the research…then quickly realized that an “all natural” label doesn’t usually refer to most of the ingredients inside; in fact, the labels tend to mention just one or two of them. Bare Bones is about using only ingredients that will make your skin the happiest skin in all the land. Some elements are made from scratch, and others are sourced from organic and/or local suppliers. All products are vegan and not tested on animals. All Monica wanted were skin care products that had as few ingredients as possible, did what they were supposed to and weren’t harmful to her (or anyone else) in any way…so, she started making her own. Some of the products she makes are cleanser, toner, moisturizer and lip balm – and all in her kitchen! Monica promises:
So, we know that most conventional lip balm products are full of toxic ingredients, they contain several endocrine disruptors (parabens, BHT, and chemical sunscreens), coal tar dyes linked to cancer, artificial fragrance and flavor, and petroleum-derived oils which in turn lock in all that toxicity. Growing up, my mum always kept those Carmex lip pots around and I was obsessed with them! I wore that stuff all the time. Little did I know that they contain horrible ingredients, including phenol. Phenol is prohibited in the use of cosmetics in Japan and Canada. The European Union has classified it as “toxic by inhalation, skin contact & ingestion; possible risk of irreversible effects.” The reason being, it is a neurotoxin (a toxin affecting the nerve cells) and is toxic in low doses, beside having an accumulative effect. However, the FDA has deemed phenol as “safe for general use”…..but then again the FDA deems a lot of terrible things “safe”. Nope. Not gonna fly.
What to use to soothe, moisturize and pamper our lips? I mean, I want baby bottom smooth lips, I dunno about you. Well, I finally found one of my favourite lip balm products…maybe ever. Henné Organics Lip Balms are fully made from 100% organic and natural ingredients, they’re cruelty-free and they nourish and hydrate my lips for hours on hours. Their packaging – a luxurious Miron Violet glass packaging (great for increasing the shelf life of the lip balm and prolonging its potency) – is suuuuper chic and fancy, while still being sustainable.
Henné’s vision is to become a high end body care brand for the modern woman.
“We want to reintroduce a splash of luxury into the mundane. A modern and minimalistic approach that replaces the standard lip balm with something extraordinary. A lot of the higher end natural products are also actually not very natural at all. We want to show that beauty and skincare products can be high end and organic. This is why we got USDA organic certification right off the bat. Initially we are just focusing on the organic lip balm, but we plan to launch future products that fall within the skincare/body care category.”
They’re definitely on the right track with the most amazing lip balm I’ve ever used! I seriously cannot get enough of it! I keep on on my nightstand next to my bed (for before bed, and in the morning…or whenever I need it.) and one in my purse! Not only do I love this lip balm, I loooove their ingredients. Check out the full list of what these balms are made of, and explanations of their benefits below!
The most luxurious, creamy consistency.
Coconut Oil- This ultra hydrating oil repairs and softens dry lips, retains the moisture content of the skin and also happens to be an incredible antioxidant. Coconut oil also helps in treating various skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and other skin infections.
Avocado Oil- Avocado oil helps relieve dry and itchy skin. It also increases collagen production, which keeps the lips plump and decreases the effects of aging.
Shea Butter– Shea butter is deeply moisturizing and naturally rich in Vitamins A, E and F. It also provides UV protection and strengthens the skin.
Cocoa Butter- Cocoa butter not only smells amazing but is also considered by many as the ultimate natural moisturizer. This wonderful ingredient not only gives you soft and kissable lips but its antioxidants can even reduce the appearance of scars, burns and stretch marks.
Beeswax- Beeswax is a great natural alternative to the artificial and often petroleum-based chemicals added to many lip balms. It contains anti-allergenic and anti-inflammatory properties that can help soothe easily irritated skin, and the Vitamin A in beeswax provides long-term moisture in the skin.
Jojoba Oil- Jojoba oil has become one of the most popularly used organic components in beauty products, and for good reason. With its antibacterial qualities, jojoba oil reduces skin bacteria by unblocking pores. The oil also has a high quantity of ceramides which handles skin cells and maintains skin hydration.
Vitamin E- Vitamin E oil is extremely effective in getting rid of dry or chapped lips, and it not only protects your lips from sun damage but can also be used to heal minor sunburns. It also helps prolong the shelf life of our lip balm, ensuring that you can use the product longer.
If you’re keen on trying out this awesome balm, you can try out Henné Organics with the 25% off promo code: HULLOSAM at checkout! So, whatcha waiting for? Go forth and SHOP HERE!
I trust you all had a wonderful Easter weekend and spent some time with family/friends!
I wanted to introduce to you, and do a quick review on what you see right up there in that there photograph (I actually wrote that like I was reading that with a twang…). Kiss My Honey Lip Balm! My new obsession as far as lip balms are concerned. I have been wearing it on my lips now for a few days and notice a MEGA difference. No gimmicks here, folks. I don’t play around with lip stuff. I am a stickler for a good balm, mainly cus my lips can get so dry and goodness, it gets so annoying…but these two balms are just bliss! The ingredients are preservative free, chemical free, and paraben free. Not to mention their two flavours, Chocolate and Mint, are great.
So, let’s talk about the ingredients in these balms (specifically the Chocolate balm) for a hot minute! They’re comprised of organic beeswax, organic coconut oil, organic unrefined Shea butter, vitamin E Grapefruit seed extract, organic sweet almond oil, organic peppermint essential oil (for mint flavored) and 100% chocolate flavor oil (chocolate flavored lip balm). Let me tell you what…I want chocolate every time I pop open that Chocolate lip balm lid. It smells THAT great.
The consistency of these balms is smooth, almost velvety like. It doesn’t have ANY stickiness whatsoever – which occurs often with some natural balms that use honey – and I LOVE THAT. Both Chocolate and Mint balms are colourless – which I prefer (for lipstick over it purposes). They just glide on over your lips with ease, leaving them feeling soft and “kissable” (haha) for forever! Even hours after the first fresh coat, my lips are so soft. It’s a nice change from all the crappy balms that just dry out, or have too much fragrance in them…including parabens and other non-quality ingredients. That being said, I can put the lip balm on before my lipstick of choice and it isn’t greasy or sticky, so the lipstick just glides on top of it with no issue at all and my lips look moisturized and softer. Who wouldn’t want that?!
I have made up my mind recently that I am going to slowly transition my everyday cosmetics, beauty and body products – including all my daily makeup – from toxic to organic, natural, makeup. These balms are a great start! Baby steps, ladies. No need to rush. In fact, here’s a great blog post by the wonderful Amanda over at Organic Bunny about “How To Switch From Toxic Makeup to Natural Makeup“. I learned a lot, and will continue to keep on keepin’ on with this!
That’s all for today, folks! Thanks for reading, I hope these posts encourage, inspire, motivate, excite you, and all the other great verbs. If you’d like to purchase these balms, and find out more regarding Kiss My Honey lip products, you may do so HERE, as well as check out their Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and blog!
And last – but certainly not least – here’s a little somethin’ somethin’ for ya music-heads (like myself). It has Honey in the track title…so, naturally, I had to. Plus, Joseph Arthur is wonderful. Like a quiet, restful nap on a Sunday afternoon. Enjoy!