It’s easy for someone like me to get caught in the act of cleaning…but let’s be real, not everyone is me. Nor do we all enjoy cleaning lol. Okay, quick poll: Who enjoys cleaning? – let me know in the comments…haha! (I am so serious, btw!)
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!
- 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!
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I have a lot of love for Cocoon Apothecary! A Canadian (Ontario, my birth province, at that!) organic, nontoxic, eco-friendly skincare line. Based in Kitchner, Ontario, this company is redefining artisanal skincare. They embrace the power of nature to deliver a luxurious product without compromise, making skin and body care products that are as good for your skin as they are for the Earth.
All of Cocoon Apothecary’s products are:
- Made with certified organics
- Made in Canada
- Safe and non-toxic
- Vegan and cruelty-free
- Packaged in eco-friendly glass
One product I would love to highlight today is their Eyewaken Eye Cream. I received this cream, along with their Skin Care Starter Kit (pictured below) and have absolutely loved it! (All of the products, but this one really stood out to me.)
The Eyewaken Eye Cream is:
“100% plant-based revitalizing eye cream that moisturizes and soothes tired eyes. Blended with the cooling, astringent hydrosols (waters) of organic rose and corn flower to reduce puffiness and hydrate skin. Organic argan and grapeseed oils moisturize with high levels of vitamin E and antioxidants to combat fine lines and wrinkles. Organic sweet almond oil helps to lighten dark circles while firming organic cocoa butter protects this delicate area. A soothing formula that’s great for all skin types. Can be used both morning and night.”
This eye cream is incredibly moisturizing, as much as it is game changing for my under eyes. I have noticed a vast difference with my under-eye circles and how they’re not as dark, as well as the texture of my skin under my eyes being extremely supple, soft and smooth – all within a short period of time using this product. Something to celebrate, I’d say! I recommend this to anyone, any skin type – especially sensitive eyes! I was not able to use certain eye creams most of the time because they’d irritate my eyes, make them watery and red, or just itchy. This cream has no negative effects on my eyes, only great results come from this little bottle! :)
FOR All skin types
SMELLS LIKE Light herbal – no scent added
- Soothes tired eyes.
- Combats fine lines and wrinkles.
- Reduces puffiness and dark circles.
- Firms and protects delicate skin.
Argan and Grapseed Oils High sources of vitamin E to fight free radical damage and diminish fine lines.
Almond Oil Helps reduce the appearance of dark circles.
Cornflower Hydrosol Revitalizes swollen eyes and reduces puffiness.
Rose Hydrosol The water that is created when extracting essential oil from the petals by steam distillation. It contains water with a soluble amount of essential oil. The therapeutic components of the hydrosol are approximately 80% phenetheyl alcohol, an antimicrobial. It is produced from the pink rose plant called Rosa Damascena, member of the rosaceae family indigenous to Europe and the Middle East. Rose hydrosol has high levels of antioxidant polyphenols to fight aging and cellular damage in the skin. It is soothing, cooling, anti-inflammatory and very astringent, making it ideal for aiding puffiness in the eye area.
Certified organic cornflower hydrosol, certified organic rose hydrosol, certified organic argan oil, certified organic grapeseed oil, certified organic sweet almond oil, cetearyl alcohol (wax from coconut), stearic acid, certified organic cocoa butter, vegetable glycerin, sodium anisate (derived from fennel), sodium levulinate (derived from corn), sodium cetearyl sulfate (from coconut), rosemary leaf extract.
Apply a dab of cream under eyes and gently spread around eye area.
If you’re looking to try out Cocoon Apothecary, but are not sure where to start – this Skin Care Starter Kit is perfect for you! The kit contains:
Travel size (20 ml) bottles of our cleanser, toner and cream for normal to dry skin and comes in a 99% post-consumer box.
A 100% plant-based cream cleanser that removes oils, dirt and make-up without stripping skin of essential hydration. A gentle formula containing the purifying extracts of organic lavender and geranium to keep skin cleansed and balanced. The organic oils of virgin coconut and sweet almond help to remove pollutants leaving skin dewy-fresh and tingly-clean. Great for all skin types including sensitive.
INGREDIENTS Purified water, certified organic sweet almond oil, certified organic virgin coconut oil, cetearyl alcohol (wax from coconut), stearic acid (plant-based), vegetable glycerin, certified organic geranium essential oil, certified organic lavender essential oil, sodium anisate (derived from basil), sodium levulinate (derived from corn), sodium cetearyl sulfate (from coconut), rosemary leaf extract.
INSTRUCTIONS Apply to dry or damp skin and massage in circular motion to entire face. Remove with cotton ball or water.
A 100% organic, alcohol-free toner that delivers powerful antioxidants and astringents to tighten up pores and prepare skin for moisturizing. Certified organic rose hydrosol (water) creates a purifying formula used for centuries as a beauty tonic. Delivers botanical hydration to skin before it gets locked in by a moisturizer. Can also be used with a cotton ball to lightly clean face or remove excess debris after cleansing. Use morning and evening after cleansing and before moisturizing. Great for normal, dry and sensitive skin types.
INGREDIENTS Certified organic rose hydrosol
INSTRUCTIONS Spritz on clean, dry skin and allow to dry OR spritz on cotton ball and apply to entire face.
A 100% plant-based facial cream that harnesses the therapeutic power of nature to soften, nourish, and rejuvenate skin. Made with organic oils carefully chosen for their extraordinary ability to keep skin smooth, firm and glowy. Organic rosehip oil, pressed from the seeds of the rose bush, is known for its ability to regenerate skin, minimizing fine lines, scars and reversing sun damage. Avocado penetrates deep into the layers of the skin to smooth and soften its appearance. Organic camellia oil, extracted from the tea plant, contains antioxidant polyphenols to fight free radical damage and inflammation. Organic shea butter softens and protects skin, locking in moisture to keep skin plumped up and hydrated. The pure essential oil of rose, extracted from the petals of the flower, creates a beautiful scent that delivers skin-firming antioxidants. Vegan, non-toxic and biodegradable in an eco-friendly glass bottle.
INGREDIENTS Purified water, certified organic rosehip oil, certified organic avocado oil, certified organic camellia (green tea) oil, certified organic shea butter, cetearyl alcohol (wax from coconut), stearic acid (plant-based), vegetable glycerin, sodium anisate (derived from basil), sodium levulinate (derived from corn), rose absolute, sodium cetearyl sulfate (from coconut), rosemary leaf extract.
INSTRUCTIONS Apply to clean, dry skin in the morning and evening.
You can find Cocoon Apothecary on:
Voila! Let me know in the comments if you’ve ever purchased this line of skincare, or if you plan on purchasing it, and how you like it! Thanks!
Annnnnd…wasn’t gonna leave ya high and dry!
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