My earliest memory of makeup is buying a little tube of Cherry Chapstick. Girls at school weren't wearing makeup yet, so this was the next best thing. Soon after there was the discovery of Bonne Belle Lip Smackers. I had to collect every..single..flavor. They were so inexpensive that my mother gave in and my stash grew so much that my little friends would always ask if we could play with them when they came by. Gross! Anyway, twenty-something years later, and I am still hoarding lip products. Fortunately, nowadays there are much better formulas then those 99 cent waxy scented sticks..

There are more do's then don'ts when deciding on a really good lip moisturizer. Lips don't have the same oil glands like we have on the rest of our skin, which is why they are really susceptible to dryness.

The only ingredients you want to avoid are alcohols, menthols, camphor, phenol, and anything in the spicy essential oil family (think peppermint, cinnamon, etc) Bottom line: avoid lip plumping products. That sting you feel when you apply is irritating, which leads to inflammation/swelling, and that is why you get the temporary plumped look. Excessive dryness and collagen breakdown just isn't worth the trade off! 

Where To Buy:

Rosebud Salve 

-when something has been around since 1892, there must be something to it. old school packaging and the most comforting scent , this is my go-to.

Lucas Paw Paw 

-the aussies answer to our rosebud salve; uses fermented papaya from brisbane, and this salve can be all-purpose for cuts and bites, not just lips!

Fresh Lip Treatment

-this comes in so many different shades, and has nourishing oils and skin protecting antioxidants. plus color! whats not to love. 

Rodin Lip Balm 

-im a sucker for packaging. and this is not only my favorite shade of pink, but how cute is the ring! also comes in a little compact and is a nice hydrating blend of cold pressed castor and argan oils. 


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