The Product That Should Be Hydrating Your Chapped Lips Could Be Poisoning You

Chapstick is the product you do not want to be filled with chemicals. The original formula of chapsticks did not contain chemicals. In the early 1880s, Dr C.D. Fleet, a renowned physician, created the first lip balm, in Lynchburg, Virginia. At that time, it looked like small, wick-less candlesticks wrapped tight in aluminium foil. Dr Fleet was not satisfied with the sales of his products and decided to sell the recipe for $5 to John Morton.


John Morton and his wife started making chapsticks in their kitchen. Their chapsticks were pink, and the couple used brass tubes as molds. In 1963, they sold their successful business to H. Robbins Company.


In 1971, this company added flavors to lip balms. In 1981, they added SPF 15 sunblock, and in 1985 the final product contained petroleum. That is the chapstick we use today.


Does your lip moisturizer contain toxic chemicals?


Chapstick “Original” flavor


Active ingredient: White petrolatum 45%


Inactive  ingredients: 


Arachidyl propionate, camphor, carnauba wax, cetyl alcohol, fragrance, isopropyl lanolate, isopropyl myristate, lanolin, light mineral oil, methylparaben, octyldodecanol, oleyl alcohol, paraffin, phenyl trimethicone, propylparaben, red 6 lakes, titanium dioxide, white wax, yellow 5 lake


Petroleum is a liquid composure of geological substances from beneath the earth’s surface. Gasoline, diesel oil, and kerosene are the common products of this liquid. Of course, it is first refined. According to recent studies published on the ChemTox website, petroleum ingredients have toxic effects:


“Petroleum-based chemicals are being found to cause significant attritional effects to the nervous system and immune system after prolonged exposure. Illnesses identified in the medical research include adult and child cancers, numerous neurological disorders, immune system weakening, autoimmune disorders [and more].”


Carnauba wax is a product made from the leaves of the Brazilian Carnauba palm. When applied topically, titanium dioxide-carnauba wax dries the skin and causes acne, rashes, contact dermatitis, allergic reaction, skin irritation, and inflammation of hair follicles. It is unclear how this ingredient heals chapped lips.


Isopropyl myristate is an ester of isopropanol and myristic is commonly used in the treatment of head lice. How does it work? It dissolves the wax of the exoskeleton of head lice and eventually kills the lice by dehydrating them. When added to products like Chapstick, this chemical goes deeply into the skin and clogs pored. This cuts down the supply of oxygen into the skin layers and results in dead skin.


Mineral oil is obtained from petroleum, after a process of distillation.


Paraffin is obtained from crude petroleum.


Propylparaben is not health-friendly, because parabens mimic the effect of estrogen, the female hormone. Early exposure to estrogen is linked to the development of breast cancer, as confirmed by numerous studies.


British researchers found parabens in the tissue samples they tested. The samples were taken from 20 women who had developed cancerous breast tumors. Every sample had traces of parabens.


Parabens are dangerous for men, too. According to a recent study, parabens affect the production of testosterone.


Red 6 lake is a common petroleum-based product. It is the fourth petroleum-based ingredient in Chapsticks. It makes children hyperactive and increases the incidence of brain tumours in lab rats. This ingredient is also associated with other abnormal cell development.


Yellow #6 causes cancer, hyperactivity, allergic reactions, diarrhea, vomiting, nettle rash, migraines, and swelling of the skin area where it was applied.


Have you read the warning on their lip balm label? It says, “Keep out of reach of children. If swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.” Why on Earth would anyone apply this in their mouth?


Make your natural lip balm




  • ¼ cup coconut oil or sweet almond


  • ¼ cup mango or cocoa butter


  • ¾ cup beeswax


  • 2 drops essential oil (peppermint, lavender, wild orange, ginger, clove, cinnamon or rosemary)


  • 1 tsp. cocoa powder (flavor) or herb powder (colour)


Preparation natural lip balm


Put the oil and butter in a heatproof measuring cup. Place the cup in a pan filled with gently simmering water so it can melt. Add in the beeswax. Stir using a stainless steel spoon. Keep in mind that the cup will be too hot to touch with bare hands.


Let the mixture cool at room temperature, and you will notice how it has started to thicken. Add in 2 drops of essential oil of your choice. Add herb powders to boost the colour of your lip balm. You can buy these powders on Amazon. Add in the cocoa powder if you want your lip balm to taste like chocolate (it is not like you are going to eat it, but it sure smells nice). Stir well, and make sure there are no lumps. Transfer the resulting mixture into clean balm tubes or tins. You can use any container that fits your requirements. You can also reuse old lip balm tubes.

Author: Abhista

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