Are you familiar with the origin of the today`s chapstick? For those who are not, note that the first chapstick was invented in 1880’s, in Lynchburg, Virginia by a physician named Dr. C. D. Fleet. This handmade product resembled small candlesticks wrapped in tinfoil and was all-natural, meaning that they didn’t contain any chemicals. As this product was sold locally without any success, Dr. Fleet soon decided to sell his recipe to John Morton.
John Morton and his wife made the first products at home, using brass tubes to mold them. Their successful Chapstick business was sold to H.Robbins Company in 1963. This company created the lip balm we known today, adding flavors, SPF 15 sunblock, and petroleum.
ARE YOU ABSORBING TOXIC CHEMICALS FROM YOUR LIP MOISTURIZER?
Active ingredient of Chapstick “Original” flavor:
White Petrolatum 45%
Inactive ingredients of Chapstick “Original” flavor:
Camphor, carnauba wax, cetyl alcohol, fragrance, isopropyl lanolate, isopropyl myristate, lanolin, light mineral oil, methylparaben, octyl dodecanol, oleyl alcohol, paraffin, phenyl trimethicone, propylparaben, red 6 lake, titanium dioxide, white wax, yellow 5 lake, arachidoyl propionate;
Petroleum is a combination of geological formations found under the earth`s surface. It comes in the form of a liquid mixture and is refined to produce diesel oil, kerosene, gasoline, and added in many beauty products. According to various studies on its side-effects, “Petroleum based chemicals are being found to cause significant attritional effects to the nervous system and immune system after prolonged exposure. Illnesses identified in the medical research include adult and child cancers, numerous neurological disorders, immune system weakening, autoimmune disorders [and more].”
2. Carnauba Wax
This ingredient is obtained from the leaves of the Brazilian Carnauba palm leaves and is often used in many beauty and health products. However, it has been found that its topical application may cause an allergic reaction, skin irritation, inflammation of the hair follicle, acne, rash, dry skin, and contact dermatitis.
3. Isopropyl myristate
This ingredient is the ester of myristic acid and isopropanol. It is often used for the treatment of head lice and it is one of the major ingredients in Chapstick. When used this way, it penetrates deeply into the skin and clogs the pores.
This substance is known to mimic the activity of estrogen, the female hormone. There are many studies on this subject, all of the proving that early exposure to the hormone can be lead to breast cancer.
According to a research done by a group of British researchers who found traces of parabens in the lumps of tested tissue samples, all of them contained traces of parabens.
Parabens may affect men, too! A certain study found that parabens decrease the production of testosterone.
5. Red 6 lake
This is yet another petroleum based product, which has been found to increase brain tumors in lab rats and other abnormal cell development as well as to increase hyperactivity in children.
6. Yellow #6
This substance can cause nettle rash, migraines, diarrhea, vomiting, allergic reactions, hyperactivity, and even cancer.
NATURAL LIP BALM RECIPE
- ¼ cup mango butter or cocoa butter
- ¼ cup coconut oil or sweet almond
- ¾ cup beeswax
- 1 tsp cocoa powder
- 2 drops essential oil, (peppermint, lavender, wild orange, ginger, clove, cinnamon or even rosemary.)
- Put the mango butter and coconut oil into a heatproof measuring cup. Melt them by placing the glass into a pan of boiling water.
- Add the beeswax in the mixture and melt the beeswax by stirring with a spoon and mixing all of the ingredients together.
- Allow it to cool and then add the cocoa powder and the essential oil
- Stir everything well to create a homogenous mixture
- Pour the mixture into clean lip balm tubes or tins
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