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Lip Balm - Lip Balm Addiction

Updated on February 21, 2015

Are you addicted to lip balm?

If you’re addicted to lip balms, then this article is for you. Did you know that Americans spend over two hundred million dollars a year on lip moisturizing products? That’s a lot of money spent on lips! It’s no secret that the lip balm business is a big business.

What most people don’t know, is that the major ingredient in most commercial lip balms is petroleum. This ingredient is the very thing that causes your lips to dry out even more. From a business mind this makes perfect sense. If the customer has to keep reapplying the product, then they have to keep purchasing the product as well. Such a vicious cycle!

Petroleum is a mineral jelly found in most store bought lip balms that actually cause’s the very symptoms that it is promoted to alleviate. It interferes with the body’s ability to moisturize naturally. Petroleum does not absorb into the skin nor does it hydrate the skin like natural ingredients such as Shea butter. It’s hard to believe that lip balm addictions exist, but they do. Check yourself, or observe those around you at home or in the office, and you will be surprised how many are addicted.

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Natural Solutions to Break The Lip Balm Addiction

The good news is there are natural solutions to break this addiction. Having a lip balm handy as the winter months are approaching is very important. This is why lip balms with all natural ingredients are highly recommended. Natural lip balms are much more than just tasty; they actually heal the lips without the addiction. The best ways to find natural lip balms would be from a local crafter who makes them, or to search the internet. Just be sure that the ingredients say petroleum free.

Unlike the skin on the rest of the body, lips have no sebaceous glands or lipids, two things that helps retain moisture. Ingredients found in natural lips balms such as Shea butter, beeswax, wheat germ, coconut, and jojoba help keep the moisture from escaping by slightly regaining the skins natural elasticity. If you are in search of a lip balm for therapeutic purposes and want to avoid “the addictions”, it is very important to choose lip balms that contain these natural ingredients and are free from petrol.

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    • rpalulis profile image

      rpalulis 7 years ago from NY

      I find it amazing how many people are addicted to lip balms, which is why researching this topic was so interesting to me, and the more I found out the more it makes sense to me. Glad you found the info on this hub just as interesting and true as I did, thanks for commenting.

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      Dr irum 7 years ago

      Its excellent information , i also addicted but now i agree with you ,its truth so we should go for natural one .

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      Paula 7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      I love lip balms and glosses, and always have since I was a kid! I love having the extra spf when outdoors to protect from harmful rays. Thanks for sharing.

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      rpalulis 7 years ago from NY

      Thanks Katie

      Glad to hear you have received your order.

      Merry Christmas

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      I got my product yesterday, WOW fast with no added pricey delivery changes. I LOVE THE PRODUCTS! I will be buying many more! Merry Christmas to you and yours Love, Peace and JOY!

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      Great, I can wait and best to you at the big markets. Love the products. :)

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      rpalulis 7 years ago from NY

      Pamela99, Thanks for stopping by, glad you have found this article interesting. As far as Burt Bees, I just was made aware that the product may contain lead, something you may want to look for when checking it out.

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      rpalulis 7 years ago from NY

      Katiem2 Thank you so much for visiting our on-line store, your stocking stuffers are on the way. So glad you enjoyed the article and am sure you will enjoy the lip balms as well.

      As far as sea sponge soap bars, we have lots of them, but have been asked to reserve a bunch for two big markets we will be attending, after that I will be adding them to website. If your wanting them sooner than later just email me with what scents and sponge you want and I can ship them out to you and bill you through Paypal. Otherwise it will probably be another 2 weeks until I get them on the website, hopefully sooner.

      Thanks again!

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      Oh and yes I did get the fact on petroleum as being the reason I feel dry quickly needing more lip balm and feeling more and more addicted. All the while the product was creating the need for more, what a marketing ploy, glad to have your all natural products void of petroleum.

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      P.S. please let me know when the sea sponges are back in stock. :)

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      Funny thing my sister and I were just discussing our lip balm addiction over the holidays. I am VERY addicted to lip balm. I use burts bees and my daughter keeps lecturing me to stop as it is said to have lead in it. I will def be trying your product. I love lip balm, its an addiction I will NEVER give up, kiss kiss my lip balm addiction goodbye, NEVER. I love lip balm :)

      I've been to your online store, I love the super healing lip balm with shea butter and the spearmint, mints are my favorite, they tend to plump up your lips and wake up your mind, plus kissable lips... I love your products, lip balms are the best. Gotta run and share this plus head back to your store to buy stocking stuffers, lip balms are the best stocking stuffers. Love and Peace to you my fave all natural product guru. :)

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      rpalulis, I use lip balm all the time in cold weather or I have chapped lips. I have been using Burt's Bees for a while now and I think that might be natural but I am going to check it out. Interesting article.

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      rpalulis 7 years ago from NY

      Wow thanks Darlene for sharing. One of the biggest challenges with natural products is shelf life. As long I know when the product was made I would rather have to replace more frequently than gamble with harsh preservatives. Thanks again for your kind complement and rating and sharing.

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      Darlene Sabella 7 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      I made and sold lip Balm, it was all organic and I used olive oil, sold it to hundreds of stores. Little did I know the oil will spoil over time. That was very bad news for me. I remember when I was addicted to lip balm, now I use a humidifier in my room in the winter and this seems to have solved the problems. Excellent hub, I rate way up, this is important product information. Love darski Oh I also emailed this to my daughter and all my natural friends. plus twitted it....


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