I attend a lot of fairs selling our products directly to customers. Our lip balms are very popular with kids and parents. From time-to-time however, I do hear hesitation, such as. “My daughter has a stockpile at home” or “I can buy less expensive lip balm at the pharmacy.” With two daughters of my own, I get it – we need to put a limit somewhere and kids can be expensive!
What I want to ask though – but I don’t as I don’t want to put anyone on the spot, do you know what ingredients are in your lip balms?
The impetus to start ON! Juniper culminated when I started looking more closely at the ingredient list of my children’s lip balms, which was not an easy task: either the tube didn’t list the ingredients (it was on the accompanying packaging that had been thrown out a long time ago), or the lip balms included ingredients that I did not want on my daughters’ lips. Before stopping to look at these ingredients, I had fallen into a false sense of security because the lip balms were being marketed for kids. They had to be made with the best ingredients possible, right?! Well, wrong!
These are some of the ingredients that I found*:
– Formaldehyde – carcinogenic, skin allergen, may impact the immune system.
– Fragrance, perfume, scent – umbrella term which can include – and not disclose – ingredients that are allergens, carcinogenic, hormone disruptors and reproductive toxins.
– Colour (e.g.: blue lake, red lake 28, titanium dioxide, iron oxides) – synthetic colours or those derived from petroleum or coal tar. Suspected carcinogen, skin irritant and linked to learning disorders like ADHD and hyperactivity.
– Mica – natural mineral for which extraction has been linked to child labour in some countries.
– Parabens (including methyl-, propyl-, butyl-, and ethyl-paraben) – hormone disruptor linked to the growth of breast cancer cells, allergen and skin irritant linked to contact dermatitis.
– Polybutene – interferes with the body’s natural moisturizing mechanism leading to drier, chapped skin.
– Propylene Glycol (PG) and Polypropylene glycol (PEG) – skin sensitivity and allergies
– Synthetic Wax – again another umbrella term for a combination of synthetic and possibly natural waxes: if you don’t know what it contains, you won’t know the possible side-effects.
In addition to what I found, I also want to mention, what I didn’t find. I didn’t find organic ingredients listed ANYWHERE! Why is this important? As you may notice in my previous blogs, the environment plays an integral role in defining ON! Juniper products and establishing our ethos. Organic is more sustainable, friendlier to the environment and includes better animal welfare. For those wanting to decrease their environmental footprint, supporting organic products is definitely important.
I completely understand that analysing the ingredient base on any product let alone children’s lip balms can be overwhelming. Make it easy on yourself. Buy products that are 100% natural, 100% organic and ethically sourced (no mica or palm oil)! This is ON! Juniper.