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.
I personally love this Vanilla Lip Balm and have used it until the container was bone dry. The ingredients list is exactly what I would expect of a paleo personal product and it’s exciting to know people in the Chicagoland area have a place to go for quality skin care products thanks to Magalie.
I recently visited Magalie Naturals, a french-inspired natural cosmetic boutique right in the heart of Bucktown (Chicago, IL), to explore some natural products. I had an opportunity to speak with Magalie, the owner, who is a very knowledgeable, professional, beautiful french woman; I met her previously at a lotion-making class a few months ago, but this time I was interested in her new product line.
In admiration of her french accent, I listened to her express such enthusiasm toward one of her most popular products – Vanilla Restructuring Lip Balm. Not only did it sound delicious, but I was certain it was all natural coming from her! Yes, please!
I made the purchase instantly since I couldn’t wait to try it, and I’m so glad I did. I was already applying the lip balm as I continued to look around. “Ooooooooo” was my initial reaction!
The boutique itself was super awesome. At Magalie Naturals you can learn how to make your own natural products [i.e. hair conditioner, scrub, face cream] by attending a class – and classes are BYOB too!
You can purchase products from Magalie’s cosmetic line in store and now online as well, and you can even purchase separate ingredients to experiment in the convenience of your own home! Let’s just say this shop is like heaven for someone like me. But, let me tell you about this lip balm; I can’t get over it!
I attended one of the classes and produced Simple Day Cream. I must say it was a pretty cool experience! I, myself, have never used the methods I learned that day when making my own products. I felt like a scientist observing an incredible science experiment right before my eyes. The best part was taking home my very own handmade product!
Pros of Lip Balm
Other than being all natural (YAY!), this balm has awesome moisturizing properties, a nice thick balmy texture, easily absorbs, and leaves my lips feeling super soft with a nice lasting shine. Yum!
Cons of Lip Balm
There aren’t really any cons; however, the vanilla scent – although completely natural – is a little overpowering for me.
(Please note this is only based on my own personal preference and my sensitivity to certain smells.)
A look at the Ingredients
Picking up this product, I immediately [and happily] recognized all of the 6 ingredients; it is very comforting to see all contents I’m familiar with – none from my Red Flag List
i.e. parabens, sulfates, artificial fragrance/coloring. To know what specific ingredients are on my Red Flag List see the banner and/or go to the Paleo Personal Care page to read more.
Ingredients (in chronological order)
Vitamin E Butter
Shea butter is the fat extracted from the nut of the African Shea Tree (Vitellaria paradoxa); it’s completely natural, edible, has anti-inflammatory properties, healing properties, and moisturizing properties (Source)
Coconut butter is naturally occurring coconut fat; it’s high in antioxidants, has anti-aging properties, moisturizing and sun-protecting properties (Source)
Beeswax is produced naturally in bee hives; although large amounts of wax shouldn’t be ingested, topically this ingredient is deemed safe (Source)
Vitamin E Butter actually has 3 ingredients: Coconut Oil, Palm Kernel Oil, and Tocopherol (Vitamin E) – all naturally occuring and safe; it’s rich in vitamin E, has healing properties, and has the ability to reduce appearance of scars (Source)
Vanilla extract is an herbal extract made from vanilla beans, ethyl alcohol, and water (all extracts are made this way); completely natural and safe (Source)
I love each and every one of these ingredients, and I definitely feel 100% comfortable applying these onto my skin!
This balm is definitely effective as a lip moisturizer. I have tried other natural lip balms before, and most are never as good as the commercial ones; whether too oily, unusual texture, or just containing toxic ingredients in general. I was surprised to find this lip balm quite comparable – while also being all natural, safe, and super effective!
All in all, it’s safe to say this Lip Balm is da Bomb!
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Paleo Skin Care: Vanilla Restructuring Lip Balm
Product: Vanilla Restructuring Lip Balm, by Magalie Naturals
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.