The Never List, Lip Balm and Hand Cream

I find Reese sitting up high on the counter.

Me- Little girl, are you being safe?

Reese- Yeah, I’m putting clean products on. Isn’t that what you mean by safe?

Skin Care Products

There are two things I always keep in my purse: My lip balm and my hand cream.

These two things are repeatedly applied, directly to our skin. Personally, I must apply 5x a day, especially in the dead of winter. Both my lips and my hands are showing signs of the season, and my kids are suffering the same dryness. So I set out to discover if it’s possible to keep up this moisturizing habit, CLEAN.

The answer is: YES!

Lip Balm

Soft Lips was 1 of 2 lip balms I used for years. You can pick it up at Walgreens or Target, it’s very accessible. It’s also one of the first things I eliminated when I began my CLEAN journey. Soft lips contains BHT, a known carcinogen that has shown positive mutation results and tumor formation in animals. (Yes, and they put it in lip balm.) And Soft Lips isn’t alone, other lip balms like Benefit and LA MER have the same ingredient. It’s in a lot of lipsticks, too, like Revlon, Lancome, Giorgio Armani, and NYX Professional.

On my hunt for the perfect lip balm, the biggest problem I ran into is that elusive ingredient “fragrance“. Fragrance is a sneaky ingredient because it can stand for hundreds of chemicals that companies DO NOT have to disclose. They can file it away as a “trade secret” and tell no one. We know about some of the bad chemicals that they must disclose, I can’t imagine what they are hiding in the ingredients they don’t? So I absolutely stay away from the ingredient “fragrance” (and if that’s the only thing you learn from me, I will still be doing right by you, because this one is a BIG deal!) This ingredient is what took down the other lip balm that was my staple. Kiehl’s #1 Lip Balm. This one is almost clean. But, “fragrance“. Do I want to roll the dice? Nope.

Rating System Explained

Skin care items are rated 1 – 10 on the .org site EWG Skin Deep. (Not to be confused with cleaning products, that are rated with letter grades, A – F.)

Overall, EWG found that only about 18 percent of products score best (1 – 3), 57 percent score in the middle range (4 – 7), and 25 percent score worst (8 – 10). In addition, “EWG Certified” is the best possible rating, and this rating was only given to 118 individual products that meet the strictest health and transparency standards.

Here are a few of my favorite winter lip balms (with links):

Beautycounter Conditioner in Calendula – Rating: EWG Certified

  • kid friendly, too (get rid of the trendy lip gloss, it’s not good)
  • Nourishes and protects
  • avocado oil, shea butter, meadowfoam seed oil, and jojoba oil
  • the scent comes from calendula and chamomile oils (not “fragrance”)

Dr. Bronner’s Organic Lip Balm Naked – Rating: 1

  • you know I love Dr Bronner’s. They also serve up a great clean body wash and hand sanitizer
  • made with beeswax
  • jojoba, avocado and hemp oils

Burt’s Bees Beeswax – Rating: 2 *not all lip balms are clean, some have “fragrance” or tint, be sure to check!

  • I added this because it is easy to find at Target or Whole Foods
  • also made with beeswax
  • peppermint oil makes it minty (not “fragrance”)

Ok those were my basic recommendations. But, if you know me, I’m not always a basic kind of girl. I also treat myself to this package of amazingness:

Beautycounter Pout Perfecter Lip Care Set – It’s not rated on EWG, because it’s a limited edition. Through my research I’d guess: 1 (I can’t say if EWG certified, only the org can do that.)

  • it’s a set: an exfoliating polish, a conditioning balm, and a crystal lip gloss
  • I use the polish in the shower and the balm & gloss as a duo throughout the day
  • because it’s a “limited edition” and I’m obsessed with it, I have a stock pile in my linen closet

Hand Cream

My search for great hand cream came around the same time that I discovered that my love was toxic. We were exclusive for years. My love was Kiehl’s Hand Salve and the toxic ingredient is methylparaben. (Yes! Parabens, again. I can’t make this stuff up.) There is strong evidence that this is a human endocrine disruptor – that’s a BIG deal. Parabens should be BANNED, most of them are, in Europe. But here, they aren’t, so we need to do our homework. Always look for these (See the NEVER LIST HERE!) I believe that because companies like Beautycounter are challenging the industry, our small children will NOT grow up exposed to these things. This belief is so strong in me that I joined Beautycounter’s fight, as you know, by becoming a consultant. My goal- DC. I digress. Back to hand creams.

There are a lot of options, it makes sense to look at the ingredients in your current hand cream. Skin care is one area where I don’t mess around. This is something that I apply directly to my hands & arms many times a day. So whatever you choose, just make sure it’s CLEAN.

A few of my favorite Hand Creams (with links:)

Beautycounter Hand Cream in Citrus Mimosa – Rating: EWG Certified

  • This is all over my house, everyone uses it
  • lightweight and absorbs quickly
  • shea butter, organic sunflower oil, vitamin E, aloe, calendula, and chamomile
  • refreshing citrus scent (not “fragrance”)

FarmtoGirl Organic Citrus Kokolotion – Rating: 1

  • Made with Organic, Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil
  • Hand-pressed by Women Villagers in Solomon Islands
  • orange citrus oil (not “fragrance”)

Aquaphor Healing Ointment – Rating: 2

  • I added this because you can find it everywhere
  • it’s odorless (no “fragrance”) and super hydrating for chapped skin
  • be patient, it takes awhile to absorb, it’s 41% petroleum

Ok those were my basic recommendations. But, if you know me, I’m not always a basic kind of girl. I also treat myself to this luxurious cream:

Beautycounter Melting Body Balm– Rated: 1

  • Best of Beauty 2019 Allure award winner
  • argan and avocado oils (and it smells like Hawaii)
  • it melts into your skin. It’s technically a body balm, but I use it exclusively as a hand balm

Thank you for joining me on this journey. Each week I inch a tiny bit closer to providing a CLEAN environment for my family. I did a couple other cool things this week, I found an organic hair salon and organic nail polish. They are also on my long-term list, and I’ll share them at some point. (Along with the fact that I ditched antiperspirant. No I don’t smell. I tried many CLEAN deodorant options and I did it RIGHT. This freaks people out, it’s a “later” step, so I’ll share at a later time!!)

My Beautycounter page:

Another link to the Never List I mentioned. This is a list of things that you should NEVER find in your products. It’s a good thing to keep handy: NEVER LIST

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