Moisturises and protects. Handmade using certified organic Jojoba, Virgin Coconut and Calendula oils.
All about Lipbalm 01
If you have dry or chapped lips. If you are about to spend time outside in a very hot climate, a very cold climate, a very windy climate or a very wet climate. If you are about to stay inside in an air conditioned or a centrally heated building. If you like the taste of lipbalm. If you like the sensation of applying balm to your lips. If there is an R in the month. If… really, there are almost no circumstances in which the application of the Wild & Precious Lipbalm 01 will not soothe, calm and bring pleasure to your lips.
How to use Lipbalm 01
Take the top off the Lipbalm 01 tube and put it somewhere safe. Pucker your lips. Apply the balm. Smack your lips lightly together. Find the top and put it back on the tube. Congratulate yourself on completing another successful mission.
Of special note
The beeswax acts as a fantastic natural barrier to heat, cold, wind and rain. It also helps to lock in the moisture provided by the three, cold pressed, organic oils and the cocoa butter. These four ingredients enrich and nourish your lips and keep them healthy.
Our not-very-secret formula
|Official Name||Plain English Name||%|
|Theobroma Cacao||Cocoa Butter||25%|
|Simmondsia Chinensis||Jojoba Oil||20%|
|Cocos Nucifera||Coconut Oil||20%|
|Calendula officinalis flower oil||Calendula (Marigold) Oil||15%|
About the ingredients
Cocoa butter has long been used as a natural moisturiser and barrier and this is borne out by plenty of scientific research that clearly shows it has a positive effect on skin structure in terms of tone and elasticity. It is also prized because it doesn’t irritate the skin.
Jojoba Oil acts as an emollient, making skin feel softer and smoother. It forms an effective barrier preventing water loss, while enhancing the restorative properties of the skin. Its moisturising effect is thought to be due to its penetration into the upper layers of the stratum corneum thus increasing skin hydration. Indigenous Americans used Jojoba Oil to help heal wounds. It is an anti-inflammatory. It is the closest natural product to wax esters in human sebum.
Virgin Coconut Oil
There are recipes for the use of coconut oil that date back a staggering 4000 years. It has been shown in studies to have a moisturising and emollient effect, coating the skin and thus slowing down transepidermal water loss and increasing hydration within the stratum corneum and top layers of the dermis. It also has an antimicrobial effect on the skin. While by no means an alternative to sunscreen, it has been shown to block approximately 20% of UV light.
Beeswax has many beneficial qualities but we use it in our lipbalm because it has been proven to retain moisture in the skin and lips due to its resistance to water vapour loss.
Traditionally, Calendula (or Marigold) flowers were applied directly to the skin because they were considered to be antifungal, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and an aid to healing of wounds. More recently, research has supported these beliefs and it is known that Calendula Oil is both antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory. It also significantly improves the hydration and firmness of skin.
How we make our Lipbalm 01
Making Lipbalm 01 is a tricky business that requires accurate timing and a steady hand. First, we have to heat the beeswax and also the butter before gently stirring in the other ingredients. Then we have to pour it into the little tubes before it sets. When we get it wrong – as occasionally happens – we sometimes indulge in a few ancient, artisanal swear words.
Wild & Precious Lipbalm 01 is extremely safe to use. All the ingredients are edible, so if you consume a small quantity there shouldn’t be an adverse reaction. We would not advise putting it into your eyes, but if a little bit finds its way in (perhaps while applying the balm during a night voyage in a small boat on a rough sea or whilst actually skiing) again it should not cause any problems (if it does, then bathe the affected area in cold water). Remember, unless you are on extremely intimate terms with someone it is inadvisable to share the same lip balm.