I’ve given up a lot of addictions over the last couple of years, such as sugar, pasta and soda, which was pretty difficult. I thought that I’d broken all of my addictions until I realized that I can’t do anything without lip balm within reach. Sometimes I will even carry it when I go for my 45 minute walks. If I leave the house without a tube of balm and can’t return to get one, I will stop and buy one. I also layer it on like I’m frosting a cake. It’s serious. I know, it sounds ridiculous but I’m not the only one.
I also never put much thought into what was in my lip balm. My favorite one was made by Kiehl’s which projects a wholesome image with their declaration that they use “naturally derived ingredients“. Unfortunately the main ingredient in their Lip Balm #1 is petrolatum. Petrolatum is basically a processed by product from crude oil. It is also very flammable. I don’t know about you but I don’t want to ingest a flammable, petroleum-based compound.
So, I decided to try to kick my lip balm addiction. I know there are more natural lip balms available but I wanted to see how my lips would react without balm as I’ve been using it constantly for 15 years. As it turns out, they reacted badly.
After about 8 hours with no balm my lower lip cracked and bled when I smiled. It was so dry and flaky it looked like I had parmesan cheese shavings on my mouth. All while out to dinner with friends.
My bottom lip definitely had a worse reaction which made me cognizant of the fact that I touch my bottom lip a lot, and even bite it sometimes, which dries it out. My top lip was actually okay so if I can kick those habits I may be able to go balmless.
Since I didn’t want bleeding, cracked lips I decided to start using Shea Touch Lip Balm but to make a conscious effort to not put it on constantly. I do slide back in to my old ways here and there but I am getting better. I don’t take a tube with my when I go for my walks and I don’t have to layer balm on like I used to. I don’t know if this is a habit I’ll ever fully kick but I now know that it doesn’t have to control me.
Do you have a lip balm addiction? Or a favorite natural balm?
Update: I found all natural lip balm that works! I quickly slid back to using the Shea Touch lip balm regularly since I was still addicted to the slippery feeling lips have when they are all balmed up. I was placing an order from Tropical Traditions and noticed they had lip balm that only contains coconut oil, beeswax and palm oil so I ordered a tube.
The Tropical Traditions lip balm doesn’t make my lips slippery like most lip moisturizers do. So, I don’t notice when it’s been a while since I applied it, which means I apply it less. I’m still working on breaking the actual habit of reaching for balm regularly, even when I don’t need it. But, finding this product is a big step towards breaking my lip balm addiction!