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January 2014

Skin Saboteurs: 5 Sneaky Culprits Causing Breakouts

If you suffer from acne then you’ve probably had those moments where you just want to SCREAM from frustration. Despite your best efforts, those annoying bumps just won’t disappear! If you think you’ve tried everything to no avail, you may be plagued by these 5 common skin saboteurs:

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1. Dirty, Rotten Pillow Cases. Okay, maybe that’s too extreme. Pillow cases are, however, a huge culprit when it comes to acne. Think about it:

Throughout the day your hair absorbs hair product,  sweat and oil.  The moment you lay your precious head on your pillow, you are transferring all of that funky gunk from your hair onto the pillow case. Let’s not forget any left over makeup may get transferred, as well! Let’s say you continue to sleep on this pillow for about one week or so. As your delicate face comes in contact with this bacteria and oil, your pores become clogged and blemishes form. AKA Acne Mechanica.

TRY THIS:  Try washing your pillow cases a few times a week. In fact, you can get a little crazy and change your sheets, too! (Sheets need love, people!). While washing your linens, look for a detergent meant for senstive skin to prevent further irritation. To make life easier, have about 3 or 4 pillow cases on hand for easy changing!

 

2. Unwashed Hair. Much like those dirty, rotten pillow cases, unwashed hair can be detrimental for the face. This recently dawned on me when the lovely woman who does my brows asked how often I washed my hair. She looked startled  stunned mortified when I disclosed my secret hair washing schedule.

At the time, I was only washing my hair about 2 or 3 times per week. If you have  naturally curly hair, you can probably relate. I mean, isn’t shampoo just awful for our delicate locks?! Well, simply put, it isn’t. Depending on the shampoo you use, your natural hair shouldn’t suffer at all with increased usage! Again, this all depends on the shampoo you are using and how are washing your hair!

TRY THIS: I started using an all-natural shampoo bar filled with wonderful oils every other day and noticed improvements within one week. ONE WEEK, people!  Since I increased my shampoo usage, I thought it would only make sense to make other changes:

  • I prevented my hair from touching my cheeks/forehead throughout the day
  • I amped up my deep conditioning routine to 2x week

Since making these changes my skin has been clearer than ever. Some nights I can even skip a spot treatment! Woo!

 

3. Look Ma! No Hands! Does anyone else CRINGE when they see someone touching their face? Touching your face with dirty hands is the ultimate no-no. Just think about how much your hands come in contact with while at work or at the gym.

The moment you lean your face on your hands or wipe sweat from your forehead, you have transferred that happy dirt and oil from your hands onto your face.

TRY THIS: Avoid touching your face at all costs. If you must touch your face, make sure your hands are clean! My advice? If you wouldn’t lick your hand that very moment, then you shouldn’t be touching you face!

 

4. Makeup Brushes. It’s no secret that our makeup brushes can harbor nasty bacteria that can lead to breakouts. I noticed breakouts in the same spot I where I would apply blush. Coincidence? I think not! Our makeup brushes pick up the dirt and oil on our skin after each use. When using the brush, this dirt and oil is transferred back onto the skin, resulting in clogged pores and breakouts.

TRY THIS: Sanitize your makeup brush  after each use. Don’t worry–this is easier than it sounds. Simply spritz the brush with rubbing alcohol. Wipe off any makeup and allow to dry. Once a week, give your brush a deep cleaning with water and a gentle cleanser.

 

5. Cell Phones. It’s safe to say my cell phone has been in contact with the ground more times than my own feet. Okay, slight exaggeration but you get the picture. Throughout the day our phones come in contact with surfaces that are filled with bacteria: the ground, our hands, purses etc. Once you make or receive a phone call, your cell phone, that is now covered in dirt and oil, presses against your face! Eek! The combination of dirt, oil and pressure from your phone is the perfect combination for breakouts.

TRY THIS: Clean your phone once a day. At the end of the day, I carefully use a sanitizing wipe to remove any dirt and bacteria that may have built up during the day. Also, try to avoid pressing your phone against your cheek when talking.

 

By avoiding this skin saboteurs completely, my skin has improved drastically. What is your favorite way to save your skin from the dreaded skin saboteurs??

Peace, Love & Coconuts!
-Zeena

How to be Happier in Life

So you’re walking down the street in your snazzy new outfit, feeling great, when some guy bumps into you, spilling his hot coffee all over your shirt. He is immediately infuriated and yells: “HEY WATCH WHERE YOU’RE WALKING, PAL!”

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(…and scene)

How do you react?

A) You’re immediately enraged               B) You begin to cry      

C) You’re mortified                                    D) You remain calm and walk away

I bet the majority of you (MYSELF INCLUDED!) picked either A,B, or C, but it’s okay! It’s normal to experience certain emotions, but how many of you would actually be mentally tough enough to have done option D. It’s easy to succumb to our innate emotions, but it takes mental conditioning to be able to have power over them.

You see, we as individuals are responsible for our own emotions. Yes. As hard as it is to admit, its true. “So, what you’re saying, Letisha, is if some guy spills coffee on me and then yells in my face, and I get upset, it’s my fault???”

Well…kind of.

What I mean is, it’s understandable that you’d get upset, BUT…YOU and ONLY YOU are the person who decides how you will feel as a result of the situation. Does that mean every time something bad happens, you are just supposed to not feel any emotion and move on? Not at all. The point is to recognize the fact that while you will go through ups a downs brought about by occurrences that stir different emotions, you cannot let them consume you and dictate your day, life, relationships, or attitude.

The point…is to choose a larger, more powerful emotion over it.

Happiness.

About two weeks ago, I reached my breaking point. After being continually faced with negativity from many different areas in my life, I decided to stop being a victim to the negativity I was subjected to, and take control.

It seemed to be a sign from above, but that very same day, I stumbled upon this online challenge called 100 Happy Days. The goal of the challenge is to share a picture via of something that made you happy that day, and do this for 100 days straight. You post the picture on the social media outlet of your choice with the hashtag “100 happy days” and the day you are on (example: #100happydays #day22) and any other hashtags you’d like, of course 😉

Seems very basic, yes, but surprisingly it is quite eye opening. Some things you might learn about yourself:

  • Overall, what consistently makes you happy in your life?
  • What types of things make you happy (people, social experiences, activities, certain foods, etc)?
  • Are you easily angered and are you easily cheered up?
  • Where are you in terms of your “mental toughness”?
  • What doesn’t bring you happiness?
  • Are you more of an optimist or pessimist?

The list could go on…but each person is going to learn something different from their specific challenge.

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Today marks day number 15 for me and I can already say I have learned quite a bit about myself, like the fact that it really doesn’t take much to make me happy, and I find happiness and the smallest things.

Not to mention, after 15 days, I am beginning to feel bigger than my emotions. I am in control — and that is the most liberating feeling.

Is it easy? No. Of course there are challenges. There are some days where I am just not feeling happy, but to fulfill my 100 Happy Days post for the day I am forced to find something that made me happy, no matter how small. And it all starts with that tiny moment of happiness. That tiny moment is you choosing happiness over your sorrow, anger, pain, worry, etc. And even if just for a moment, your focus is on something more positive.

Think happy and you’ll be happy. It takes practice, but you will get there. (don’t worry, you have 100 days to practice! 😉 ). At the end though, you’ll have the mental toughness to let the worlds negativity roll off your shoulders — a skill that is so important for your mental health.

Incase you missed it, check out my post on mental health and why it’s so important! Click here to read it.

Have you heard of this challenge? What would you have done in the coffee scenario described above?? Leave me comments! 🙂

Happy Friday Coconuts!

~ Letisha

Homemade Citrus Cleaner

Have you ever been cleaning with a bunch of smelly chemicals and started gagging and coughing?! I know I’ve definitely had my fair share of coughing fits while disinfecting the bathroom. Eek! After one too many episodes of that and doing more research on the horrible side effects like:

  • Lung Irritation
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Skin rashes
  • Asthma
  • Pulmonary Edema
  • Cancer
  • Reproductive issues in both men & women
  • Organ damage

I decided to no longer purchase toxic cleaners because frankly,  dangerous chemicals seeping into my body from my skin and lungs is the last thing I want.

One of my favorite and multipurpose ways to clean everything is with white vinegar. Seriously! This stuff works on almost anything — counters, stoves, floors, sinks, walls, mirrors, glass, appliances, windows, even on cloth material!

Despite the amazingness of this stuff, the smell is enough stop people from trying or continuing to use it. I’ll admit vinegar does have a very strong odor, but it’s worth it! There aren’t too many natural/organic cleaners out there that are readily available, cheap, and that work well, but since some people might find the smell overwhelming, I created a little formula that acts as an effective cleaner while also toning down that harsh vinegar smell.

DIY Citrus Cleaner

  • 3 cups white vinegar
  • 1 lime (sliced)
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice

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1) Place lime slice in a jar along with lemon juice and vinegar. 2) Cover and store in cool place for 3 days. 3) Strain liquid into spray bottle and voilà! Your new cleaning machine is ready and it smells like tropical lime and tangy lemons!

Happy cleaning!

Check out some of Brown & Coconuts’ other fav cleaning recipes:

Cinnamon Kitchen Cleaner

Peace, Love, & Coconuts

~ Nalani

Meal Planning Made Easy!

So you want to eat heathier, but well, you just haven’t got the time! Or maybe you DO have the time, but you’re just not that into putting so much time and energy into cooking healthier meals. Hey, no need to feel bad about that at all. I am right there with you! The LAST thing on my mind after a long day is cooking.  Have no fear though! There are things you can do to make healthy eating a little easier and less daunting.

Healthy eating

  1. PURGE!
Go through your kitchen and get rid of all the “junk”. Cookies, crackers, chips, ice cream, toss it all! Now I know what your thinking! “That’s a little drastic Letisha, don’t you think??”
No, it’s not. And here’s why — Would you blow cigarette smoke in the face of someone who’s trying to quit smoking? It’s pure sabotage, right? Exactly.
So, if you’re trying to improve your diet, remove anything that is going to tempt you and sabotage your efforts.
  1. GO SHOPPING
So now that you’ve rid your kitchen of all the junk food, it’s time to fill it back up again, but this time, with healthy options. When you are in the grocery store, avoid MOST of the middle aisles if you can. Think about it, where are all of the fresh items? — Along the perimeter of the store. Here’s what you should be shopping for:
Nutrition Chart
Tips: 
  • Only choose FRESH fruit. Avoid canned fruits or ones soaked in syrup
  • Coconut oil gets a bad rap, but is actually quite healthy when consumed in moderation. It has been proven to lower bad cholesterol while increasing good cholesterol, lower abdominal fat and help slow the aging process. It’s also great for your hair and skin. Click here to check out our post on some fantastic beauty uses for coconut oil.

Eating Salad

  1. PLANNING YOUR MEALS
Now that you have your food. Literally all you have to do is for each meal, incorporate 1 item from each category above. That should provide you with 3 meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You’ll likely need between 1 and 3 snacks in addition to your meals depending on your weight, activity level, and fitness goals. For your snacks, you can go for fruit or veggies, or even nuts & seeds as long as you don’t go over you fat requirements for the day.
If you’re someone who needs everything prepackaged and ready to go, then cook your meals and pack up them up everyday or at the start of each week. If you’re like me, and can’t predict what you’ll be in the mood to eat then that is fine too, you have your list/guidelines of  healthy options to choose from, so feel free to mix it up depending on your mood! It’s not as if it’s a choice between a slice of pizza and an apple. You can’t go wrong because all your options are healthy.
Now some of you may have been expecting a ready-made meal plan, all done up for you, but it’s important to remember that no two people are the same. You have to stand on your own two feet and not be afraid to jump right in and make a few mistakes. Test some things out, see what works for you and what doesn’t. This is why I provided a very quick guide of “what to buy” so you have some guidelines, but YOU’RE the one making the decision. I am not going to sit here and tell you to eat 3 servings of meat a day, eat a handful of peanuts for healthy fats, and nibble on carrot sticks for a snack. What about the vegetarian with a peanut allergy who hates carrots??? What the heck are they supposed to do??
Okay, so I’m being a little overly dramatic… (meanwhile there’s one vegetarian out there who’s allergic to peanuts and hates carrots that smiling as they read this!)
Anyway, I hope you see my point. Print out the chart above and head to your grocery store and do some shopping. Have a little fun. Explore new fruits & vegetables. More importantly, don’t force yourself to eat something you absolutely despise just because it’s healthy. I hate spinach. The only way I’ll eat it is if it’s blended up in a smoothie or mixed into an omelet for example, but you can bet your bottom dollar I’m not putting that green mush into my mouth by itself!
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A couple of important things to remember:
  • Fats are essential to the absorption of some vitamins, minerals, & phytonutrients and while some fats can be healthy, it’s important to use them sparingly. This isn’t a free pass to consume excess fat or fatty foods!
  • Keep it simple. I find it’s easier to stick to a healthy diet when you don’t try to get crazy with your meals. Avoid condiments, sugar, and added salt. For salad dressing, opt for your favorite vinegar and a tablespoon or two of an oil mentioned above (sunflower, flaxseed oil are also great). Not to mention, you could always add sliced avocado in place of dressing.
  • The chart above is not a comprehensive list, but merely an excellent starting point. Along your way, you will find yourself adding and subtracting from that list based on your experiences and preferences.
  • If you eat out at a restaurant (and try not to do it often) stick as close to the chart above as you can. No fried foods and make sure your protein is lean.
  • For beverages, steer clear of soda, juice (on occasion is fine), excessive drinking (on occasion is fine), and coffee/tea with sugar and cream. Your predominant beverage choice should be water. Add a squeeze of lemon to spruce it up if you want.
What you’ll begin to notice:
  • Your body will feel more energized
  • You’ll be less sluggish
  • Some of your ailments (acne, etc) will lessen
  • You’ll have regular bowel movements (Note: you should go as many times a day as you eat.)
  • You’ll sleep better
  • You’ll likely lose excess fat, bloating & be more fit (assuming your not over-consuming calories)
  • Your taste buds will adjust and things will taste better!
  • You’ll also become more sensitive to overly sweet or salty foods. (This will help you stick to healthier eating!)
  • The list could go on…
My hope is that the idea of “meal planning” & eating healthier seems less daunting now. What are your thoughts? I love engaging with you guys so leave comments below and lets get the conversation started!
~ Letisha

Why I Stopped Buying Deodorant…For Good!

About 6 months ago, I stopped buying deodorant. Yes, you read that right! Frankly, I was tired of buying deodorants that didn’t do the job. Traditional deodorants, like Dove or Secret, would wear off within hours, leaving my pits smelling oddly metallic-like and full of sweat (TMI?).

Not to mention, most deodorants are full of chemicals that can have harmful effects on the human body. In fact, it is believed by some that the aluminum in antiperspirants may be linked to breast cancer and Alzheimer’s!

If that doesn’t scare you, here are some typical ingredients found in deodorant brands like Secret and Dove:
  • Cyclopentasiloxane: linked to tumor formation and endocrine disruption in animals
  • BHT: may cause cancer, skin, eye, lung irritaion, developmental and organ toxicity
  • Propylene Glycol: may cause cancer, reproductive/developmental problems, damages protein/cellular structure of the skin

Can you believe that these are just a few of the chemicals that make up our most common deodorants?!

Now, don’t get me wrong, I  have not been walking around completely funky for 6 months. Sheesh! If you remember my post from a few months ago, I simply found another way to meet my deodorizing needs: I started making my own! Not only am I saving money but I no longer have to worry about nasty chemicals or semi-natural deodorants that just weren’t doing the trick (you know who you are!).

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With this homemade recipe, I noticed a few exciting tidbits:

  • I remain stink-free for 24+ hours, even on the hottest and sweatiest of days (no secret armpit checks required!)
  • The armpit area of my shirts no longer have that odd smell after washing or ironing (was that just me?)
  • My white shirts no longer have yellow under-arm stains
  • My armpits are no longer dry, flaky or irritated! Woohoo!
  • I can pronounce every ingredient in my deodorant (even though I still struggle to spell DEODORANT most days!)
  • 2 oz of deodorant lasts about 3 months (money-saver, anyone?)
  • The deodorant washes away with just soap and water, no scrubbing necessary

Unlike traditional antiperspirants, this deodorant doesn’t block the underarm ducts that release sweat,  so expect to sweat. Hey, it’s natural, right? 🙂

Click here to read my full recipe and learn how to make your own toxin-free dedorant right in your own kitchen!

 

Have you tried to go toxin-free with your deodorant? We want to hear all about it below!

Peace, Love & Coconuts!

-Zeena

Winter Skin Tips: 8 Fabulous Ways to Save Your Skin

It’s no secret that the winter can wreak havoc on our skin: our hands start splitting, lips become chapped and skin becomes dull and gray. Sound familiar? Go on, raise your hand! If your skin is suffering from the freezing temperatures, no need to worry! With these 8 tips, your skin will soon be thanking you!

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1. Keep coconut oil handy: Before leaving the house each morning, apply a thin layer of coconut oil all over your hands before putting on your gloves. The oil will lock in moisture, keeping your hands supple until you wash them. Be sure to moisturize your hands throughout the day with more oil. Don’t be afraid to carry your coconut oil with you! If you need a reminder, try keeping a bottle of coconut oil by your bedside. Before bed each night, lather up your hands and feet and drift off to a tropical oasis!

2. Stay hydrated: Even though you may not be sweating as much as you did during the summer, staying hydrating in the winter is as equally important! By drinking at least 8-10 glasses of water (64 oz) a day, you can keep your skin soft and supple by keeping your cells hydrated.

3. Moisturize at the right time: While your skin is still damp from the warm bath or shower is the perfect time to lotion up! The lotion or oil locks in the moisture from the water, keeping your skin moisturized for hours. Try to avoid super hot showers which can actually dry out your skin!

4. Try Omega 3: If your skin just can’t get enough moisture, try consuming omega 3. Found in fish, avocado, walnuts,  flax seed and olive oil [just to name a few] omega 3 keeps the skin hydrated from the inside out.

5. Ditch the runny lotion: If your skin drinks gulps lotion, you may have better luck with a cream. Nubian Heritage’s Body Lotion feels like butter-heaven. It soaks right in, leaving your skin moisturized for hours. Plus, it isn’t full of any awful chemicals that will leave your skin more dry!

6. Dress appropriately: Below freezing temperatures with an even colder wind-chill? Be sure to keep your face covered! Protecting your body from the harsh elements helps to prevent the cold, dry air from drying out your skin. Use a scarf to keep your face covered while you are outside.

7. Exfoliate the dry spots: A simple exfoliation with honey and sugar is a great way to get rid of any dead, dry skin while prepping your skin for moisturization. Gently rub the honey and sugar mixture on your dry spots: elbows, hands, heels. After rinsing be sure to apply a layer of coconut oil to lock in moisture.

8. Protect your lips: Apply your favorite chapstick multiple times per day, even if your lips aren’t dry. Rather than waiting for your lips to become chapped, take steps to ensure soft, hydrated lips all winter long. Try keeping your chapstick in your pocket to ensure easy access. To keep my lips moisturized all day long I use Mongo Kiss by Eco Lips and love it!

How are you staying hydrated this winter? Comment below!

-Zeena

How to FINALLY Achieve Your Weight Loss Goals

What was your New Years resolution this year? I’m sure it comes as no surprise that losing weight still one of the top resolutions people make.

new years weight loss resolutionTruth be told, these resolutions don’t ever seem to stick. People try for a few weeks, or maybe even a few months, but then life gets in the way.

We hear it all the time, so many people would like to live a little healthier but it just doesn’t seem feasible in their life.

I challenge you this, WHY? or perhaps WHY NOT?, is the better question..

I feel as though a lot of people believe eating well, exercising regularly, and just living a healthy lifestyle in general is an ever-unreachable treasure on the horizon, we look to it, only to watch it fade further into the distance. They have seen others accomplish it, but no, they’ll never be able to do the same.

Part of the problem is that we come from a time of instant gratification. I want a nice meal, pop it in the microwave, I want to lose weight, take a pill, have surgery, or drink some weird juice for 2 weeks. The technological advances in today’s world mean we don’t have to work as hard, a lot has become instantaneous and the sweat and grit that it takes to accomplish something is fading.

It seems people have forgotten how to work and fail, and work some more, until they eventually succeed. It’s not about getting it perfect the first try. It’s about setting small goals, manageable goals that add up to you big goal.

1) Break your goals up into manageable pieces.

Let’s say you want to lose 50 lbs and well, that seems like a big number right?weight loss

Not if you break it down. Instead of looking at the big number, 50 lbs, make your goal to lose 6 lbs per month. Now that’s not so bad. 6 lbs?? I can do that! Then next month do it again, and the month after that. Now, 3 months later, you’ve lost almost 20 lbs! And I bet that your clothes are fitting looser, and your beginning to tone up and you can notice a difference in the mirror. Let’s assess your outlook on your journey to lose 50 lbs. I bet you’re a little more optimistic now and you’re only 3 months in. It all started with SMALL GOALS! I believe most people fail because they are intimidated by the “BIG number” or the BIG picture! Once you establish and acknowledge the end goal, TAKE YOUR FOCUS OFF OF IT for a little while and focus on the small ones. You can and should, check in with your big goal every once in a while, make sure it’s still there, let ‘em know you’ll be there soon! Don’t lose sight of your ultimate goal by any means, but don’t let the journey to your end goal scare you.

2) Take it slow.

Want to improve your diet? Don’t all of a sudden throw out your entire refrigerator and fill a brand new one with bean sprouts and celery sticks like it’s going to do you any good. That seriously doesn’t sound appealing :-/ and not to motivationmention, you just threw out a perfectly good refrigerator…

If you eat a lot of candy during the day, maybe only eat 1 chocolate bar instead of 3. Replace those 2 with something else that you like. Pick your favorite fruit and eat that instead. If you eat a lot of take out, start by replacing 1 meal with something you bring from home, or something that you buy that is “whole” and by that I mean something unprocessed, not found in a vacuum sealed or airtight plastic bag. With that being said, don’t eat something you hate just because you think it’s the right thing to do, that will never work and you probably wont stick to it for very long.

So what was my approach? Well I sort of went about it by food group. I started by cutting out dairy. I actually did this in part to see if it would clear up my skin during my acne days, but that’s another story. Next, I significantly minimized refined starches and sugars, essentially anything that was not whole wheat/grain. From then on, I made little tweaks along the way, adding this, subtracting that.  I won’t blab on.. (too late :-)) but you get the idea; baby steps and every little bit counts!

3) It’s okay to fail, as long as you keep pushing.

fitness manI love the saying:

“No matter how slow you run, you’re lapping the guy on the couch.”

It is so true and motivational.

Remember: NO ONE SAID FAILING WAS AGAINST THE RULES!! Fail as many times as you need to until you SUCCEED, don’t be so hard on yourself, but still PUSH yourself. I always tell people who are trying to stick to a workout plan, you know when you are just being lazy and when you truly need a day off, pay attention to the difference. Talk to yourself, there are days when I really don’t feel like working out, but I just give myself a mini pep talk and get it done. One workout at a time.

3) Tailor your weight-loss journey to YOU!

My last piece of advice is to do what works for you! What works for someone else may not work for you. Find what you ENJOY and stick to it, but the only way to learn this is through trial and error, don’t quit because you were dissatisfied with something, keep searching and striving until you are satisfied and have found what works!

I would love to hear your thoughts on the matter. Is your new years resolution to lose weight or get fit? COMMENT BELOW! 🙂

~Letisha

3 Must Have Lip Balms for Dry Lips

You know what’s really minor but a major pain? Chapped lips. They can be so uncomfortable: the flaky skin patches, the lip splitting and bleeding. Gruesome, I know. I tend to be very picky about my lip balms. Certain lip balms tend to cause breakouts around my lip line. I wasn’t surprised when I discovered that these typical lip balms are filled with pore-clogging ingredients and chemicals. So, in order to soothe dry lips without any threat of a breakout, I was on the lookout for the best brands that are natural and still do the job. Luckily i found my 3 must have lip balms for dry lips! Read on…

3 Must Have Lip Balms for Dry Lips:

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1. Badger Balm – Cocoa Butter Lip Balm

This nifty stick is larger than traditional lip balm sticks. The cocoa butter based formula glides easily on lips and provides a nice pleasant layer of balm so that lips remain moisturized.

Ingredients: *Organic Extra Virgin Olive, * Organic & Fair Trade Certified TM Cocoa, *Organic Beeswax, *Organic Castor Oil, *Organic Aloe Extract, and CO2 Extracts of *Organic Rosemary), *Organic Rosehip, & *Organic Seabuckthorn.

* = Certified Organic

 

EOS Lip Balm

2. eos – Smooth Sphere Lip Balm

I love the shape of this lip balm, it just fits so neatly in the palm of your hand while applying to lips. It’s such a nifty design! Not to mention, it happens to be a fantastic lip balm, too! It’s available in fun and fruity scents. The application is very smooth and leaves a thin coating of moisturizer on the lips that lasts!

Ingredients: Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Beeswax/Cera Alba (Cire D’abeille)*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Natural Flavor (Aroma), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Stevia Rebaudiana Leaf/Stem Extract*, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Fragaria Vesca (Strawberry) Fruit Extract*, Limonene**, Linalool**.

*Organic.

**Component of Natural Flavor. Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth.

 

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3. Hurraw! Lip Balm

There are a few reasons why I love this balm: it contains organic, vegan and raw ingredients, it’s available in unique flavors, and it’s available in local and major businesses like American Apparel. This balm glides smoothly across the lips. An added bonus?: the company is steadfast on using natural, cold-pressed ingredients to avoid losing the wonderful healing properties of each ingredients.

Vanilla Bean Flavor

Ingredients:  **Vanilla planifolia (vanilla) bean infused *Prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, ***Euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax, **Cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, *Simmondsia chinensis

(jojoba) seed oil, **Theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, *Ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, *Olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, **Vanilla planifolia (vanilla) bean, organic flavors, Tocopherols (sunflower)

*cold pressed / organic **raw & organic ***wildcrafted

 

What’s your favorite natural and organic lip balm? Let us know below or on Facebook!

 

Peace, Love, & Coconuts

-Nalani