I’m making more of our Cocoa/Lime Hemp Lip Balms today. When we first created them and passed them out to friends I remember that they were surprised that there were so few ingredients, that they were 100% natural, and Vegan-friendly. So, what exactly is in our lip balms?
- Organic Coconut Oil: Coconut Oil is high in natural antioxidants, which protects skin from damaging free-radicals. It also helps keep skin firm and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Coconut Oil can help heal and repair the skin and make the skin smoother and more evenly textured by removing the outer layer of dead skin cells.
- Organic Cocoa Butter: Hothouse uses certified organic cocoa butter that is expeller pressed and unrefined. It is a solid fat derived from the roasted seeds of certified organically grown African Theobroma Cacao tree. It has a chocolate aroma and an ability to moisturize the skin and provide a breathable barrier against the elements. Cocoa butter also has antioxidant properties due to tocopherols as well as certain polyphenols that suppress free radicals and soothe skin irritation. The benefit and value of cocoa butter has been known for thousands of years.
- Hemp Seed Butter: The industrial Hemp plant, Cannabis Sativa, should not be confused with the marijuana plant Cannabis Indica, a distant cousin. The appearance, planting patterns and uses of the two plants are quite different. Cannabis Sativa belongs to the hops family. Benefits include: high in oleic acid (57%), high in omega-3, omega-6 and 1.7% gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, and extremely beneficial for mature or dry skin.
- Candelilla Wax: A natural plant wax derived from the leaves of the Candelilla shrub.
- Natural Vitamin E: The Vitamin E we use is a natural certified GMO (Genetically Mutated Organism) free oil obtained by vacuum distillation of vegetable fats (Certified GMO free wheat, corn, soy or canola sources). Considered an antioxidant superstar, Vitamin E functions in the body and on the skin to protect cells against free-radical damage and preventing skin damage. It can increase SPF, improves the surface of the skin, promotes wound healing, and has moisturizing and anti-aging effects. Vitamin E is an umbrella term for a group of compounds called tocopherols and tocotrienols.
- Lime Essential Oil: Obtained from the peel of the lime fruit, this citrus essential oil is stimulating and uplifting. It has astringent, toning and refreshing properties.