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Bare English & Co. : Organic . Vegan . Tea Infused . Lip Balm
Lip products and winter go together like peanut butter and jelly. Finding a suitable lip balm is a harder task than it may initially seem. Needing the right scent, flavor, packaging, etc … but the right texture is one of its most important and searched for components of a lip balm. Achieving a smooth “non-sticky” application can be pretty tricky for producers of such products, especially without using any animal products or harmful chemicals (petroleum jelly, parabens, etc.) Since the average woman consumes two kilograms (yep, kilos my friends) of lip products in her lifetime, it’s important to avoid nasty dangerous chemicals. [Source: Terra20] Like most women, I have a huge stash of lip products. They are hidden in every coat, every purse, hidden in drawers and pant pockets all around me. Also, vegans are always on the hunt for really good vegan lip balms since they are sometimes hard to find. This is why I was so excited to have won a pack of three Bare English Lip Balms from Andrea Tomkins’ blog, A Peek Inside The Fishbowl. I put them to the test, January being one of the best times to do this, in full Canadian winter. FYI, for this blog I am welcoming a guest writer! If you are already part of my social media circle, you probably already have guessed that this guest blogger is none other than my cousin Myriam from BeauteOptic. I’m not a fan of mint chocolate flavors, so I needed help from my dear sidekick. Plus, she’s just awesome of course, there’s genetics at play here! Now down to business..
They are from Toronto, Ontario! (Also sold here in Ottawa, at Terra20) Bare English & Co. Pomegranate Berry Lip Balm Bare English & Co. Mint Chocolate Lip Balm Bare English & Co. Vanilla Coconut Lip Balm
The lip balms are made with awesome ingredients, and they are infused with tea.
“It’s not just a beverage; it’s our claim to fame!” – Bare English & Co.
Bare English & Co. lip balms are organic, fair trade and free of GMO’s! They also don’t contain preservatives or toxic chemicals.
– Candelilla Wax; creating the texture
– Jojoba Oil; moisturizing, almost mimicking the skin’s natural sebum.
– Almond Oil; antioxidant, anti-aging and helps balance the pH of the skin.
– Cocoa Butter; strong moisturizer and barrier to our harsh environments and climates.
– Vitamin E; healing antioxidant.
– Coconut Oil; rejuvenating moisture for all skin types.
– Olive Oil; enriches the skin and gives a natural shine.
– Castor Oil; emollient that stimulates the productions of collagen and elastin.
Bare English & Co. Tea Infused Lip Balms contain no animal products. (NONE. Yesssssss!)
Good lip balms are hard to come by, but these … Everything I could possibly want. The texture is SPOT ON; not too waxy, not too wet. Moisture that lasts for hours, even after talking to customers all day at work. And yes, it really has been a hero for my lips in this cold weather.
The texture of these balms can best be explained in juicy adjectives, such as smooth and kissable. They do not leave that obnoxious film of sticky gooeyness to your lips (this is thanks to the candelilla wax which substitutes the beeswax). If anything its more of a silky, almost liquid (not runny) texture. Even my boyfriend wears it because he can stand the feel of it on his lips, and trust me he has refused kisses of mine after wearing certain other lip balms. This being said, I would even consider this to be a unisex product.
Deliciously sweet, but a very heavy dessert-like flavor. I want to eat it… Calories from lip balms don’t count, right?
My personal favorite! Not too sweet, not too sour. Seems like a real fruit flavor, not the plastic/fake berry flavorings.
In all honesty, I love a good mint chocolate flavoring (brings me back to my girl guide cookie days). I absolutely enjoyed the flavor. Bonus: My boyfriend always makes the comment that my lips taste good after he greets me with a kiss. This flavor gets a BeauteOptic check mark of approval.
*Looks like the lip balms were a hit with both of us beauty critics! Make sure you check out their website at www.bareenglish.com, to check where you can find some for yourself.