Tantejoan here! If there is one product that unites women the world over, I’d venture to guess it is lip balm. Whether a woman wears makeup or not, chances are that the need to soothe chapped or distressed lips will make her reach for some product bring relief. Far back in history the earliest lip treatment was made of [WARNING! The delicate of stomach might want to skip down to the next sentence] ear wax! No fooling. Another early remedy for crack, peeling lips? Beef and mutton tallow. Gee, I’ll bet grateful women must have carried the inventor of Chapstick through the streets.
So what is lip balm? The soothing salve is a form of topical ointment applied to the lips of the mouth to relieve chapping or dryness, and relief from cold sores. Lip-gloss is similar in application and use, but generally lacks any remedial qualities; it is purely cosmetic. Thankfully no longer composed of waxy body byproducts, balm is made nowadays from beeswax, petroleum jelly, menthol, camphor, scented oils, and various other ingredients, including vitamins, alum, salicylic acid, or aspirin. Some lip balms also contain octinoxate, avobenzone, or other SPF sunscreens to protect against sun damage.
While the primary purpose of lip balm is to provide an occlusive layer on the lip surface to seal moisture in lips and protect them from external exposure, the act of applying lip balm has become so common that some people believe we have become a nation addicted to balming. We apply it on average 5 to 15 times a day, often in a manner so automatic that we are hardly aware we are doing it. But lip balm serves a real purpose. Dry air, cold temperatures and wind all have a drying effect on skin by drawing moisture away from the body. Lips are particularly vulnerable because the skin is so thin, and thus they are often the first to present signs of dryness. Occlusive materials like waxes and petroleum jelly prevent moisture loss and maintain lip comfort while additional ingredients such as flavorings, color, sunscreens and medicaments add to the pleasurable experience.
Julie Hewett, the make up artist and cosmetic entrepreneur, has perhaps taken the concept of lip balm and elevated it from simple soother to the ideal expression of lip comfort. Her Camellia Rose and Ruby Balms come in sweet little pots and also in a stick formula. A blend of essential oils of rose, Camellia, and orange the balms heal chapped, peeling lips and the skin surrounding parched lips. It can also be used to nourish cuticles and other areas roughened and in need of this special treat.
Camellia oil is closest to human skin oil, so it’s no wonder the merest slick of it on tender or abused areas will bring immediate results. According to the web site, this yummy oil has been used as a beauty remedy for centuries in Ancient China. High in vitamins A, B, D & E, and made of 85% Oleic acid (which is closest to your skin’s natural oils), this magic little pot has limitless benefits: gives skin a radiant glow, promotes healing of scars and imperfections, & contains natural UVA protection and anti-oxidants. Plus is 100% organic and parabens-free.
I’m so sold on this product I keep one pot on my bedside table, one in my purse and another on my office desk. I’d say I’m a True Believer. How about you?
Who else loves their Julie Hewitt Camellia Rose Balm?