Ahh, Sunday. I meant to clean today (and I did, a little bit), but I mostly sat around the house drinking coffee instead. Sometimes my laziness gets the best of me.
No product reviews today, just story time.
I’ve heard mixed reviews about using coconut oil on the face. Most sources say it can be pore-clogging, especially for those who are already acne-prone or have oily skin. A couple years ago, I tried using coconut oil on my face (it smells SO GOOD mixed with honey), but only for a week or so until a few readers and No More Dirty Looks peeps told me to be careful. I got freaked out and stopped before anything bad happened (thanks, guys!). About 6 months ago, I was a bit puzzled as to why my breakouts were only happening around my lips. I finally came to the realization that over half of my lip balm collection contained coconut oil! Derp. I decided to abstain from my coconut-oil-containing lip balms for a while to see if things would improve. I went through my collection (over 15 tubes, FYI), set aside all the ones with coconut oil, and vowed not to use them until I could verify that coconut oil was my main problem.
Turns out my suspicions were spot-on! I still have occasional breakouts around my lips, but far fewer now that I’ve learned this important lesson. The sad part about all this? All my favorite lip balms have coconut oil. Here’s a list of what I’ve had to give up:
- S.W. Basics of Brooklyn in cinnamon (my absolute #1 fave lip balm of all time) and peppermint (a close second). Thankfully, I hadn’t yet opened my next cinnamon, so I can give that one to a friend.
- Meow Meow Tweet in grapefruit clove. My most recently purchased lip balm, of course!
- Burt’s Bees in original, grapefruit, pomegranate, and Pink Blossom tinted balm.
- Juice Beauty lip balm trio with SPF, harumph.
Total removed from my collection: 10
Bummer, right? Yes (sigh), but I’ll be OK. There are plenty of other lip balms out there. I’ve got some good ones in my collection so far! Here’s what I’m using now:
- Pangea Organics in fennel grapefruit (maybe an older formulation because I can’t find the link anywhere), which is my go-to I keep at my desk at work.
- Madre Bees (now known as Sierra Bees) in honey. It was a freebie from iHerb and I usually use it at night before bed.
- Herbivore Botanicals in rose.
- Lily Farm Fresh, which is unscented. I absolutely love the formula, but I wish it was scented.
- Alaffia in tangerine clove. I went out and bought this one after realizing I didn’t have very much lip balm without coconut oil. I needed more variety and it was a weak moment for me. Don’t judge.
- Dr. Bronner’s in peppermint. Also purchased to help my variety “problem.” I carry this one in my purse and it’s my new fave.
- Coola, which actually does have coconut oil in it, but also has SPF 30. I need something to protect me from the sun, and I’m sure to use it sparingly and never at night.
So, that’s my story. Surely a helpful discovery, but it sucks to have to give up all those awesome lip balms. Anyone have suggestions as to what to do with them? It seems like a waste to throw them away. I suppose I can use them on dry knuckles, or my cuticles. In addition to suggestions, I’m also looking for recommendations. What’s your favorite coconut-oil-free lip balm? Hit me up!