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Jess' Bee Natural Lip Balm & Shea Butter Lotion

Jess' Be Natural Lip Balm and Lotion

I recently received some complimentary samples from Jess' Bee Natural, and started on my mission to test them out. I received 3 flavors of Natural Lip Balm and a sample of Shea Butter Lotion. I was excited to give them a try because: 1) I'm always on the look out for the best moisturizing lip balm and 2) my hands were super dry this winter - the skin was actually flaking right off!

I've been using Jess' Bee Natural Lip Balm and Shea Butter Lotion for just over 6 weeks now and am happily impressed. I'm also impressed that all of the ingredients used in Jess' Bee Natural products are pure and natural, chosen for their healing and moisturizing properties; they are produced in small batches and are hand poured to ensure their quality; and all of their 18 products scored in range from 0-1 in the Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database.

Shea Butter Lotion

I started my testing by exfoliating my hands with some turbinado sugar and water to remove the dead skin, and while my hands were still moist with water, I applied the Shea Butter Lotion. Because the lotion is more of a salve or balm consistency, I found that applying the lotion to moist hands after washing really helps it absorb into my hands much better. The first few days I needed to apply the lotion after every hand washing – then after about a week the dry, peeling, flaking skin on my hands appeared healed and moist. Now I just apply twice a day, and my hands are soft - no flaky dry skin.

Natural Lip Balm

I had just run out of my current lip balm, so I was happy to get started on the three flavors of Jess' Bee Natural Lip Balm - Tangerine, Peppermint and Unscented. All three use the same simple, natural base of ingredients - sweet almond oil, beeswax, soybean oil, shea butter and vitamin E - which goes on smooth and softens fairly well. I use the unscented every night right before bed and it keeps my lips from drying out before morning. The tangerine offers a sweet, fresh scent that adds a little brightness to a winter day, but I think my favorite is the Peppermint. The Peppermint has a slight tingle when applied and a clean, cool scent which reminds me of minty toothpaste - I know this sounds weird but I really like it!

My Conclusions

Shea Butter Lotion - rating: * * * *

Although the Shea Butter Lotion isn't the typical creamy moisturizer that we have all been trained to expect, I really love the results I got from using it. The formula only includes sweet almond oil, raw shea butter, vitamin E - no water - which results in a balm-like lotion that creates a moisture barrier on the skin. On the same note, my only negative would be that when applied to dry hands it seems to sort of sit on the surface of your skin leaving a greasy layer. But its easy enough to just wet your hands right before applying, in order for it to work great. I would highly recommend this as a dry skin treatment. I rate the Shea butter lotion 4 out of 5 because it doesn't apply well to dry skin.

Natural Lip Balm - rating: * * * *

The Natural Lip Balm is a perfectly effective daily lip moisturizer. It applies easily and keeps lips hydrated for a worthy amount of time. I use lip balm many times a day, so I'm happy that it contains a short and simple list of safe ingredients. I rate the lip balm a 4 out of 5 stars because although it works well, I have used other lip balms that I like just as well.

Safe Cosmetics

Jess' Bee Natural is a signer of the Compact for Safe Cosmetics and are up-to-date on all requirements of a Full Member Status. This means that all of their products are free of the over 1,100 toxic ingredients banned from personal care products by the EU; they disclose all ingredients on product labels and on their website; they engage in at least one Campaign activity annually; and they comply with ingredient prohibitions and restrictions recommended or mandated by national health agencies overseeing cosmetics safety, including the U.S., Canada, the E.U. and Japan, as well as additional ingredient prohibitions and restrictions endorsed by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.

Organic skin care, perfume and handcrafted jewelry

Organic Apoteke & TSI-LA

I thought it might be useful to post periodically, introducing the newest additions to ecomodish's listings of natural and green companies. Some companies that we add are well-known, but we also make it a priority to promote small independent businesses - many of which are ecomodish readers just like you - who have contacted us to introduce themselves.

This week's new additions are listed below. Please take a minute to check out them out and if you're familiar their products, leave a review and tell others about them!

Organic Apoteke offers 100% natural skin care products made from organically-sourced vitamins and herbal nutrients that help prevent and reverse the signs of premature aging.

Tsi~La offers natural and organic fragrances made from the world's finest essential oils and plant botanicals. Their fragrances are free of phthalates, parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, and other harmful ingredients commonly found in traditional perfumery.

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Handmade Natural Soaps

Pacifica Handmade Natural Soaps

Pacifica Handmade Natural Soaps are available in a variety of uniquely intoxicating scents, like Tuscan Blood Orange, Mexican Cocoa or Bali Lime Papaya, that turn your shower into a sensuous retreat. Their proprietary vegetable-glycerin base, herbs and signature essential and natural oils make these soaps rich-lathering, long lasting and moisturizing. They contain no parabens, sulfates, animal ingredients or artificial colors and are bio-degradable.

The soaps last a really long time and they look pretty with flecks of flowers and herbs scattered throughout. My favorite scents are Tuscan Blood Orange, Tahitian Gardenia and Hawaiian Ruby Guava. Next on my list to try is Brazilian Mango Grapefruit!

Mineral Makeup free from synthetics, preservatives and irritants

Afterglow Mineral Makeup

All mineral cosmetics are not created equal. The majority of mineral makeup is still heavily loaded with synthetic preservatives, dyes and fillers which may be harmful to your skin and health - so be mindful when adding them to your cosmetic bag.

Here are some safe natural options for mineral makeup:

  • Everyday Minerals offers high-quality natural makeup that is 100% vegan, sustainable, and cruelty free. All of their makeup is created with real botanicals and pure minerals and is handmade in Austin and wrapped in eco-friendly and recyclable packaging.
  • Afterglow Mineral Cosmetics are free of synthetic dyes, petro-chemicals, paraben preservatives and irritants like bismuth oxychloride; and are made from the most safe and natural minerals, pigments and certified organic botanicals.
  • Jane Iredale offers mineral foundation free from synthetic chemicals and is vegan, gluten-free and cruelty-free.