Beauty Finds: Dr Paw Paw Original Balm Review

Welcome to another Beauty Finds! This edition is Dr Paw Paw Original Balm Multipurpose Soothing Balm With Natural PawPaw. 

First up some clarification. I got this confused with the Australian version of this balm. I’d heard a lot about Lucas Pawpaw Ointment, an Aussie cult classic and all sense of it’s plastic don’t get it went out of my head seeing it in Urban Outfitters. I wanted to try it! The ingredients are good, clean, natural. I finally get to try a cult classic! Skip a paragraph for the review or read on for my beauty finds requirements. 

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Beauty Finds: NaturaBio Cosmetics Bàlsamo Labial Nutritivo Vanilla Caléndula Bio/Nourishing Bio Vanilla Calendula Lip Balm Review

Welcome to another Beauty Finds! This edition features NaturaBio Cosmetics Bàlsamo Labial Nutritivo Vanilla Caléndula Bio or Nourishing Bio Vanilla Calendula Lip Balm.

Lip balm would be just one of the products I’d take to a deserted island in life time supply. I think lip balm was the first beauty product I started using as a teen. It’s also the one product I’m always searching for the perfect one. Lip balm is also sometimes the cheaper product in a line if you want to try out a new brand without breaking the bank (although from experience those lip balms aren’t good and feel like a waste of money). A good lip balm is hard to find and sometimes the most overlooked in skin care (lipstick can do what lip balm does!). More so if you’re looking for a plastic free, petroleum free lip balm. The more eco friendly the lip balm the less cute packaging it comes in. I prefer tube lip balms over pot lip balms as they’re more hygienic. Tube lips balms however are usually plastic which if you want to reduce plastic consumption this makes it harder to find a good lip balm. Please skip a paragraph for the review otherwise read on about my beauty product requirements.

I have a few requirements when it comes to beauty products: cruelty free, natural, clean, vegan better. I do my best to avoid nasty ingredients such as SLSs, parabens, PEGs, silicones, etc. Petrochemicals are the sneakiest with so many derivatives and aliases. I also avoid palm oil and it’s derivatives as I prefer orangutans. Coconut oil marketed as the good oil I’m also cutting down on as it can be just a damaging crop as palm oil. If I do get products containing palm or coconut oil I try to get organic or sustainably sourced. With make up it’s a little harder so I go for cruelty free brands. I prefer products with less plastic and thankfully more brands are aware consumers don’t want unnecessary plastic (or governments are telling them less plastic). My skin type’s oily sensitive, acne prone and now wrinkles. I know nothing stops those lines, but if I can delay them then….

NaturaBio Cosmetics Bàlsamo Labial Nutritivo Caléndula Bio/Nourishing Bio Calendula Lip Balm

Vanilla scented lips. With repairing Bio calendula. Softens and nourishes the skin of the lips. Get to know the Nourishing Lip Balm Vanilla Calendula NaturaBIO Cosmetics Discover the active ingredients of NaturaBIO Cosmetics Calendula Vanilla Nourishing Lip Balm: Organic calendula: repairing effect. Organic almond oil, organic shea butter and organic cocoa butter: nourish the lips and softens them. Bio beeswax: protects the lips. Fall in love NaturaBIO Cosmetics Vanilla Calendula Nourishing Lip Balm is formulated with the best active ingredients, among which stand out the Bio calendula and the mix of vegetable oils that will give your lips a repairing effect even for the driest or most chapped.

Prunus amygdalus dulcis Oil*, Cera Alba*, C10-18 Tryglycerides,Butyrospermum Parkii Butter*, Candelilla Cera, Jojoba Esters, Helianthusannus (Sunflower) Seed Cera, Tocopherol, Acacia Decurrens Flower Cera,Polyglycerin-3, Theobroma cacao Butter*, Olea europaea Fruit Oil*,Calendula officinalis Extract*, Aroma.*Ingredientes procedentes de agricultura ecológica.

I found NaturaBio Cosmetics Nourishing Bio Vanilla Calendula lip balm in Veritas an ecological chain of supermarkets in Spain. First by the cash desks as a small throw it in your basket enticement (it worked). Now when they get a batch in it sells fast. 

All the packaging aside from the label is cardboard. The label’s plastic. All you get is the lip balm, no external packaging to you the customer. The actual design of the packaging is ingenious. There’s no twisting motion like a lipstick. Just by pulling off the lid the balm pops up with a vacuum motion! Sometimes however towards the end of the lip balm it needs a little push from beneath.

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Beauty Finds: Lip Balms. The One Product I Can’t Live Without

If I was on a deserted island and had to choose a lifetime of beauty supplies, I couldn’t choose from 1 or 3 products. There’d be at least 12 products for sure. Multi purpose moisturiser would be one. At the top of the list would be lip balms. An SPF one and regular one. 

Sadly I can no longer get my favourite lip balm brand Sierra Bees easily in Spain anymore. I used to order online, however with shipping it’s not worth it. Most lip balms I find in Spain have paraffin or another petroleum derived ingredient which I avoid. My preferred SPF lip balm is no longer produced by Tone It Up. For the past year I’ve been trying out different brands and have yet to find one I like. I also want to cut down on plastic where I can so in the next few months I’ll be experimenting making my own lip balms, regular and natural SPF lip balms as I generally wear non spf lip balms inside, spf lip balms inside. I’ll for sure be sharing how they go! 

As always I have a few requirements when it comes to beauty products. Cruelty free, clean ingredients, natural ingredients better, vegan even better. While I am a vegan I eat honey however if any product does contain honey depending on its source I might use it. If it’s organic honey I might be more persuaded as I know the bees have been looked after well. Generally the only honey or beeswax in a product I will use are lip balms. 

I also to my best to avoid nasty ingredients such as SLS’s, parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals etc and their alias and derivatives. Some derivatives depending on how far down the chain they are or generation of petrochemical I might, but I prefer to avoid them. I also do my best to avoid palm oil, its alias and derivatives as I prefer oranguatans and tigers. Again if it’s from a  sustainable plantation I might. Palm oil is also tricky as to how it’s labelled. Coconut oil is just as bad for the environment so I try to go again for sustainable plantations. With cosmetics I go for cruelty free and clean ingredients as with make up can be tricky. My skin types oily, sensitive, acne prone and now those wrinkles! 

Ecolips Berry SPF15

This was my go to SPF lip balm from iherb and YesStyle before shipping got tricky and the price was stupid for one. 

I did like these lip balms being my go to when out. They hydrated great, aren’t too greasy but left a little gloss without white cast being a chemical sunscreern. I also didn’t have to keep reapplying. The scent’s not too over powering and doesn’t go off to some weird smell. Unfortunately they contain Avobenzone and octinxate two SPF chemical filters which can harm coral reefs so I won’t be repurchasing. I’m hoping I can find good SPF lip balms before spring next year (and a zinc oxide sunscreen that doesn’t dry out my skin). I know raspberry oil and carrot oil are natural spf sunscreens but I don’t know if I was to make lip balms with them in if they’d work. 

Alaffia Coconut Pineapple Ethically Traded Lip Balm 

I got this on holiday in the USA and quite liked.  It has a yummy pineapple sweet/candy piña colada scent that doesn’t go yucky, contains just ‘4’ (not listed is what’s in the coconut pineapple flavour) ingredients and kept my lips hydrated but at times not always moisturised for long periods of time if that makes sense. The smell on migraine days was a bit too much but apart from that I liked it. The only con was how quickly I got through it. Would I repurchase? Yes and iherb ships it to Spain!

All Good Original Certified Organic Lip Balm

Another USA find which I really enjoyed using! It did a great job of hydrating and mostiuriding without being too greasy. I used most of the lip balms over the summer which does affect their abilities as they’re naturally warmer and easier to use due to the heat. This one has a peppermint scent which did get slightly medical towards the end. Again on migraine days I didn’t always want to use it. I was however a little sad when I finished the tube up. Would I repurchase? Yes.

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Christmas Weekend Friday Favourites

Happy Christmas!

I’ll keep the chit chat short and sweet this week and get straight into this week’s Weekend Friday Favourite or last week’s as I feel asleep editing last night. A mix of things that have caught my eye or made me smile this week.

Missoma Labradorite Single Wand Ring c240159.jpg

I came across Missoma looking for dragonfly earrings. They didn’t have dragonfly earrings, they did have a few items I liked enough to keep tabs open on on my phone and peek at until Black Friday. I got lucky and enjoyed 20% off 🙂 I really like the some of their unusual designs such as this Continue reading “Christmas Weekend Friday Favourites”