Today I’m continuing with my reviews of some of the products that came in my awesome PR package from Canadian company Lowen’s Natural Skincare (Parts 1, 2, and 3 are here). Today’s reviews are of the Lip Balms [info in italics taken from the Lowen’s Natural Skincare website]
The story behind all of Lowen’s Lip Balms can be found in a failed experiment. In the early days when I was trying to create a natural, incredible effective and locally sourced diaper balm for our daughter Lowen, I accidentally came up with the lip balm formula. You see, after a boat load of experimentation and failed formulations, I finally thought I had created an amazing diaper balm! Not so…when my wife applied it to her hand and placed it under the tap, it didn’t do a great job repelling the water. It actually “took on” water, which isn’t desirable when you are trying to protect baby’s bottom from dirty diaper nastiness.
Anyhow, I felt pretty defeated and my better half recognized this. Later that same night after finishing up a late feeding with Lowen, my wife’s lips were really bothering her. Being half-asleep and not wanting to search in the dark for “lip chap,” she decided to repurpose my failed formula, that happened to be sitting by the change table, as a lip balm. In the morning, I learned that, by accident, I had created “the most amazing lip balms she’s tried!”
Lowen’s currently has 17 lip balm flavours on the website, and I received 6 of them: Be Local (made with local honey), Classic Lime Margarita (lime and tequila), Creamsicle (orange and vanilla), Funky Cold Camelina (their first unflavoured lip balm made with local camelina oil), Lime in da Coconut (lime and coconut oil) and It’s Mint Tea, Honey (mint & honey).
So far I’ve tried out Funky Cold Camelina, Creamsicle and It’s Mint Tea, Honey – all are incredibly creamy and hydrating and not at all waxy.
Funky Cold Camelina:
Funky Cold Camelina Lip Balm (formerly known as Cool Camelina) was our first unflavored lip balm made with the goodness of Three Farmer’s Camelina Oil. For those of you that are not in the know, Camelina is an “ancient”grain (AKA – Gold of Pleasure) that used to be used as an oilseed in Europe in the oldtimey days. […] What is great about camelina oil is that it is very stable to high (and low, as in freezing) temperatures and is abundant in unsaturated fatty acids (see essential fatty acids). So, it’s great for your lips and the rest of your skin, which is why we use it in so many of our products!
I’ve never heard of camelina before – it is an interesting ingredient. Although this is supposed to be an unflavoured lip balm, it does have a hint of flavour.
Ingredients: Beeswax, Cetyl Alcohol, Menthol, Camelina Sativa Seed Oil, Rosemary Oil, Safflower Oleosomes, Vegetable Glycerin, Vegetable Hyaluronic Acid, Certified Organic Fair Trade Shea Butter.
Similar to the other Lowen’s products that I’ve already reviewed, the ingredient list is short and easy to understand – no weird or hard to identify ingredients.
Let’s a a closer look at Creamsicle:
Inspired one of our favorite summertime treats. While they now come in a variety of flavours, there really is only one real flavour and that’s the orange creamsicle. To achieve this unique taste, like everything we do…we do is differently. This time we’ve combined blood orange essential oil with a little vanilla essential oil to impart the “ice cream” effect.
This one smells dreamy. And in my opinion, better than a creamsicle!
Ingredients: Beeswax, Cetyl Alcohol, Menthol, Certified Organic Cold pressed Non-GMO Canola Oil, Rosemary Oil, Safflower Oleosomes, Vegetable Glycerin, Vegetable Hyaluronic Acid, Certified Organic, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Citrus sinensis (Blood Orange) Essential Oil, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract.
The ingredient list is a little different than Funky Cold Camelina, but again, no mystery ingredients.
It’s Mint Tea, Honey is not listed on the website as I believe that it is a lip balm flavour that was made for exclusively for the Fairmont Palliser Hotel.
This one is sweet minty goodness. Oh my!
Ingredients: Beeswax, Canola Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Carthamus Tinctorus (Safflower) Oleosomes, Honey, Butyrospermum Parki (Shea) Butter, Menthol, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Mentha Piperita Extract, Hyaluronic Acid
I haven’t tried out the rest because I don’t want them all open at the same time, but I am sure that they are all going to be awesome as their ingredient lists are fairly similar. The only one that I might not like is Lime in Da Coconut depending on if it has an obvious coconut scent or not (if you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you will be familiar with my aversion to coconut scents).
I’m a happy lip balm addict!
Thanks for reading
Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, these came in a PR package, however my love of natural skincare and opinions are entirely my own!