The following is a guest post by Lynette Geris, who is the creator of Paleodorant and the Cave Necessities line of personal care products. She’s also the founder of the Health by Habits Project where she works to bring health education and awareness to Chicago.
Before I had come across Magalie’s Natural Vanilla Lip Balm I was using these EOS Lip Balm Spheres. They were a fun little product with several different flavors to choose from.
I’ve seen people with these odd-shaped lip balms prior to knowing what they actually were. What looked interesting and a bit strange at the time soon turned into a popular trend with these little balls of balm guest appearing in MTV music videos, etc.
Having little knowledge about the newest products on the shelves (usually filled with harmful ingredients), I found myself reading this label one day… natural, organic, paraben and petrolatum free… hmm, this is actually good! I decided to give it a try.
I have to admit this ball-shaped lip balm is pretty fun to use, and with time (varies with method of application), the balm starts molding to your lips!
Pros of EOS Lip Balm
Not only is it natural and fun to use, but it works well. The consistency is perfect and allows for smooth application; what a coincidence that EOS stands for Evolution of Smooth.
So exactly how smooth are my lips after use? So smooth!
My experience thus far has been long-lasting moisture, smooth, un-chapped, not to mention delicious-smelling lips…because we all know how beneficial that can be. :)
Cons of EOS Lip Balm
The only negative thing I can think of is the bulky container. Although fun, I can see it being good for purses but not so much for a smaller wristlet, clutch or simply your pocket.
I can see it now: “What’s that ball in your pocket?” :)
A look at the Ingredients
Advertised as “95% organic, 100% natural, paraben and petrolatum free,” I am very impressed with the ingredient list at a quick glance.
Why you should care that it’s Petrolatum-free:
Petrolatum, a byproduct of petroleum, coats the skin to offer a temporary sense of hydration; however, it creates a water-repellant barrier sealing in dirt and limiting not only the skin’s ability to breathe, but also its ability to absorb any other moisture. Metaphorically, your skin is suffocating under this ingredient.
For more reasons why ingredients like parabens should be avoided, see my Red Flag List on the Paleo Personal Care page.
There are a total of 13 ingredients in this lip balm, mostly consisting of natural oils and fruit extracts. Delicious.
Right off the bat, I can see no ingredients from my Red Flag List. This is a good sign!
Now, let’s dive even deeper into the details of each ingredient in the EOS Organic Lip Balm Spheres.
Ingredients (in chronological order):
**Component of Natural Flavor
Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*
Beeswax (Cire D’abeille)*
Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*
Simmondsia Chenensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*
Natural Flavor (Aroma)
Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)
Stevia Leaf Extract*
Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*
Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract*
Fragaria Vesca (Strawberry) Fruit Extract*
Prunus Persica (Peach) Fruit Extract*
Cultivated from the olive tree; not only a Paleo-friendly health food, but has amazing skin benefits. (source)
Natural wax produced in the bee hive of honey bees; commonly used in production of cosmetics. A German study found beeswax superior to similar barrier creams. Natural, non-toxic, and safe to use. (source)
Natural oil extracted from the meat of matured coconuts; provides deep moisture and helps strengthen skin tissue. (source)
Natural liquid produced in the seed of the Jojoba plant; has many skin benefitting properties. (source)
Shea butter is the fat extracted from the nut of the African Shea Tree; it’s completely natural, edible, has anti-inflammatory, healing, and moisturizing properties. (source
Natural sweetener made from the leaves of the plant species Stevia rebaudiana. (source)
Organic chemical compound with vitamin E activity found in a variety of foods; Natural, non-toxic, and safe. (source)
Naturally occurring, as it’s an extract from the seeds of the sunflower; acts as a skin-conditioning agent and moisturizer. (source)
Extract of the fruit of the blueberry; acts as a skin-protecting and skin-soothing agent. Natural, non-toxic, and safe to use. (source)
Extract of the fruit of the strawberry; acts as an astringent and skin-conditioning agent. Natural, non-toxic, and safe to use. (source)
Extract of the fruit of the peach; acts as a skin-conditioner and moisturizing agent. Natural, non-toxic, and safe to use. (source)
Primary constituents of essential oils of plants and flowers; deodorizing agent; terpene; moderate hazard and can cause skin/eye irritation. The two stars next to the word symbolize “Component of Natural Flavor”. Although it is not clear the source of natural flavor used, through my research, in the form that it’s in this lip balm, on top of it being the very last ingredient (least prominent), I personally conclude that it is not harmful. The same way a natural essential oil can cause skin/eye irritations depending on the oil and the use – especially ones that are not recommended to be applied directly to the skin and need a carrier oil to help dilute the concentrated ingredient – in this same way, this ingredient has the potential to be harmful (but not in this case). (source)
The EOS Organic Lip Balm Spheres are a great natural alternative to common commercial lip products. This lip balm is free of all the harmful chemicals I always look to avoid. I love this lip balm so much, I ended up purchasing EVERY flavor! My favorite flavor is the Summer Fruit.
My lips feel super moist and nourished when using this balm, and I will definitely be a repeat customer!
Are you interested in more Paleo friendly skin care product reviews? Have a recommendation of something you’d like us to check out? Let us know!
Paleo Skin Care: EOS Organic Lip Balm Spheres
Product: EOS Lip Balm
Product Rating: 5 out of 5
Paleo Rating: 5 out of 5
Personal Care Product Rating Scale
Product Rating: On a scale of 1-5 (5 being the best product I’ve ever tried), how good and effective is the product – no matter how natural it is or not.
Paleo Rating: On a scale of 1-5 (5 being all natural and non-toxic), how paleo is it? A 5 will be given to products that have 100% safe ingredients, no artificial coloring, flavoring, or preservatives, as well as no corn or soy derivatives.