The industry standard for lip moisturizing in the past has been petroleum jelly, a by-product of the oil harvesting process. From Wikipedia: “The raw material for petroleum jelly was discovered in 1859 in Titusville, Pennsylvania, United States, on some of the country's first oil rigs.” Putting a by-product of oil on my lips is not my idea of healthy. And, from what I know about human skin – synthetic oils such as petroleum jelly and mineral oil are not absorbed by the skin. Instead, they lay on top of the skin like plastic wrap, blocking humidity in the air from entering and instead voiding the skin of needed moisture. It also seals in any bacteria that may be on the skin. You might think your lips are constantly chapped, and that you have to apply lip balm constantly because they’re always so dry. But have you checked the ingredients?
How green is your lip balm? Read the label. Are there chemical names you can’t pronounce? Ingredients you don’t recognize? Do you really want to eat those substances? You won’t find that in a natural lip balm, like Crazy Rumors. Adorable couple Edie & Brian set out to create a lip balm that wouldn’t be harmful to ingest – and they were successful! Not only are their lip balms packaged adorable; they’re vegan, cruelty-free and all-natural. Leaping Bunny certified, cruelty-free products are important to me, and I am always excited to share them with you. They sent me four delicious flavors (Candy Corn, Star Anise, Orange Clove and Bee My Honey) awhile ago to try and review, and I've been hooked ever since. I loved the velvety texture, long moisturizing time and flavor combinations. The Candy Corn was my absolute favorite, but I enjoyed using them all and rotate frequently which one I pull out of my purse or pocket to use. They don’t just smell good; they taste good too. With natural ingredients like Pure Essential Oils, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Shea Butter – the flavors are mild but noticeable and not like taking a bite out of artificially fragrance perfumed sticks. As a dog walker, the sun, wind and cold create havoc on my lips. I try to use products that protect but often times they taste awful. Not these! They're almost like a little sweet kiss.
Very reasonably priced at just $3.49 each on their website, these lip balms would make a fabulous little gift. I imagine them tied into the bow on a holiday present, teacher gifts, dog walker thank you gifts, or a “just because I love you” for a close friend. I spoke to Edie herself, and she is sweet, friendly and very accommodating! Crazy Rumors is a genuinely honest company that is sincerely interested in providing a green lip balm that is healthy for humans and doesn’t hurt our animal friends. Keep up with them on Facebook, Twitter, and sign up for their newsletter for special offers and promotions. In the Philadelphia area, enter your zip code to find a store that carries Crazy Rumors near you or order online at Amazon.com for this adorable coffee flavored variety pack.