Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Review it Wednesday -- and it's something safe for EVERY body!
When I heard Earth Mama Angel Baby was coming out with lip balms, I jumped on it!
"Send me some to review!" I pleaded. Well, I didn't exactly plead, because I didn't have to. But I was prepared to, if necessary.
No more Angel Baby Bottom Balm on my lips anymore, I thought. Hurray!
So, let me tell you -- I was not disappointed. Of course, the sweet mamas at EMAB could have sent me one to try. That would have been satisfactory. But no, they sent me all three delectable flavors. Well, they sent me all three flavors ... two of which I find delectable. The third one is questionable, only because I haven't tried it. After all, it's coconut and I hate coconut. So I'm saving that one for someone who likes it. Fair enough? Besides, I felt I could do a fair review by just sampling two of the flavors -- Lavender Meringue (light as a cloud with a hint of vanilla) and Mint Herbal (classic and beloved ... for kissable lips), with the latter being my favorite. The Coconut Smoothy, described as vanilla tinged and silky, just doesn't appeal to me.
There is lots to love about these lip balms, first of which is the fact that they live up to the EMAB policy of zero toxins. Sweet.
The mint is stimulating and the lavender is calming. Both do their job to soften my lips and take away the winter burn I was experiencing the day the package arrived in the mail. I guess that's the part that matters most to a lot of you -- Does the product deliver on its promise? Yes, in this case, it does.
Here's the technical stuff you need to know (directly from the website):
Every Earth Mama Herbal Lip Balm is 100% Natural, vegan, smooth and yummy, and safe for EVERY body, even pregnant mamas!
NO Artificial Flavoring
NO Artificial Colors
NO Artificial Preservatives
NO Toxins, ever!
Can you say the same thing about the lip balms you use? Or is it something you've never thought of before? Hmmm. Let's see. Putting stuff directly on our lips without thinking about the ingredients (and possible toxins). Not really bright of us, is it? And notice -- I said "us," because it's not something I've really looked into before. Sure, I've been using Burt's Bees and Aveda's lip balms and just assuming they're safe, but I never really looked into it ... until now.
Here's what I found out (from EWG's Skin Deep Safe Cosmetic Database):
Aveda Lip Saver (2005 formula) rates a 5 out of 10 for toxins. Let me say that again: Aveda Lip Saver (2005 formula) rates a 5 out of 10 for toxins. Ouch. Get that crap off my lips now!
I don't know about you, but it really disturbs me that I can't even trust Aveda to provide safe products. Isn't that why I pay so much for them? Granted, that is the 2005 formula. Unfortunately, I can't find data on the current formula. But just knowing there were that many toxins in their products back then, doesn't give me a lot of confidence in their products now.
That's how the Aveda Lip Saver rates. But what about Burt's Bees?
Okay, that's a bit better. But still, the Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm still rates a 2 out of 10.
How does the Earth Mama Herbal Lip Balm stack up? Oh yeah, zero toxins. Let me repeat that: zero toxins. I could keep using my Aveda Lip Saver (5), my Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm (2) or my brand new Earth Mama Herbal Lip Balm (0). I wonder what I'll choose? What would your choice be?
Well, here are the lists of ingredients for all 3 lip balms:
Mint Herbal Lip Balm: Olea Europaea (organic olive) seed oil, Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (organic shea) butter, Mentha viridis (organic spearmint) leaf oil, Mentha pipperita (organic peppermint) leaf oil, Calendula officinalis (organic calendula) flower extract
Coconut Smooth Lip Balm: Cocos nucifera (organic coconut) Oil, Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Cocos nucifera (organic coconut) flavor, Vanilla planifolia (organic vanilla) flavor, Calendula officinalis (organic calendula) flower extract
Lavender Meringue Lip Balm: Olea Europaea (organic olive) seed oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Butyrospermum Parkii (organic shea) butter, Vanilla planifolia (organic vanilla) Flavor, Lavandula officinalis (organic lavender) flower oil, Calendula officinalis (organic calendula) flower extract
Would you like to try some out for free? Well, maybe you can, because the super sweet mamas at EMAB are going to send a set of all 3 flavors to 1 lucky GG community member (U.S. resident only)! Don't you just love giveaways?!
Here's what you need to do in order to win:
Either 'follow' GG here on the blog or 'like' GG on Facebook and 'like' Earth Mama Angel Baby on Facebook or sign up for their email newsletter, You Herb it Here.
You have to let me know (either here or on FB) that you 'liked' EMAB or subscribed to their newsletter, or I won't know that you did. Keep in mind that you're not just getting involved with EMAB so you can win something. You're doing it because they are one of the most awesome companies around ... a company that cares about you, your family and your unborn children. You certainly can't say that about most other companies, no matter how cute their packaging or advertising campaigns may be!
With a special apology to our Canadian community members, the contest is open to U.S. residents only. As always, the winner will be chosen via Random.org. Contest closes at midnight (EST) on Monday, January 30th. The winner will be announced here on the blog and must respond by emailing me within 5 days of the announcement.
Reviewing it for you with extra soft, extra kissable lips,
(think I'll go find my hubby for another opinion) ;-)
And just so you know ... EMAB did send me the lip balms for free. They wanted my opinion and I posted it here. It's my honest-to-goodness opinion.