Del Brown Approved!

The ingredient-scrutiniser, Del Brown has a passion for natural & organic, chemical free skincare. Researching ingredients and talking with the manufacturers. "Free YOUR skin now!" with skincare free from petrochemicals, sulphates, parabens, phthalates, glycols, PEGs, DEAs, mineral oil, synthetic polymers, synthetic fragrance or colours. All personally researched, tried, tested and Del Brown Approved!


Bee Inspired Natural Lip Balm


Bee Inspired Natural Lip Balm – 5ml £4.50

Some people are literally addicted to lip balms, applying them hourly throughout the day. Does this sound like you?  If so, check the ingredients to see if it contains petroleum. Petroleum based products can cause lips to dry out even faster than usual, hence the need to keep re-applying.

Petroleum is literally petrol, yes the same stuff that powers your car.  Petrol is of course a natural product, but once it has been extracted, refined and processed, it is then used in cheap synthetic cosmetics.  One downside of petroleum is that it creates a barrier effect on the skin, literally suffocating the pores where it is applied.  The jury is still out as to the possible side effects of using petroleum based products, some studies suggesting it is a carcinogenic.  All the while there is a question mark over the ingredient, I shall be avoiding it.


So if you are looking for a simple, fragrance free, quality lip balm, look no further.  This lip balm from Bee Inspired contains just three 100% natural ingredients.  Sweet almond oil, beeswax and vitamin E oil.  That’s it.  No perfumes, no colourings, no preservatives and of course, petroleum free.  Made with bees wax produced from their own bee hives, Bee Inspired create small batch products by hand, using natural ingredients and without cruelty to animals.


Not everyone wants a lip product with a fruity fragrance, so being fragrance free, both men and women feel comfortable using it.  Unlike petroleum based lip balms that just form a barrier on the skin, the natural oils and bees wax in this product penetrate deep into the skin, hydrating dry lips and making them feel soft and comfortable.

This easy to use, fuss free lip balm is a winter essential and fully Del Brown Approved!

Ingredients: prunus amygdalus dulcis, beeswax, tocopherol

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Blueberry and Dark Chocolate Lip Balm from Burt’s Bees

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Burts Bees Revitalising Blueberry & Dark Chocolate Lip Balm – 4.25g (£3.99)

This lip balm was bought as a Christmas present and sat dormant in the bottom of my cupboard ever since.  However, this week, I developed the dreaded MAN FLU, which as my brothers out there will confirm, leaves us looking and feeling like death warmed up!  One side effect of MAN FLU is of course, the delightful ‘peeling lips’.  What better opportunity I thought, to try out, test and review this lip balm from Burts Bees.


I’ll make no apology for describing the smell as unusual.  It is labelled as blueberry and dark chocolate, but I struggled to identify either.  Aside from the fragrance, the lip balm slides on easily and felt as if it was actually being absorbed, rather than creating a wax barrier on top of the skin.  Dry lips are softened and feel smoother.  I also didn’t experience any scuzzy residue around the lips half hour after application, which I have experienced with lesser products.


The biggest ingredient in the tube is Sunflower oil, Coconut oil, bees wax, caster oil and cocoa seed butter.  No artificial colours, flavours or perfumes and most importantly no paraffin or petroleum.

Ingredients: helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, cera akba (beeswax, cire d’abeille), aroma (flavor)*, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, lanolin, theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, vaccinium corymbosum (blueberry) seed oil, theobroma cacao (cocoa) fruit powder, ammonium glycyrrhizate, tocopherol, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, canola oil (huile de colza), glycine soja (soybean) oil, benzyl alcohol, eugenol, geraniol, limonene, linalool *natural flavour

A tin of lip balm from Burts Bees

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Burts Bees Beeswax Lip Balm – 8.5g (£4.99)

If you’re a person who thinks artificial strawberry smelling lip seals are really good, then ignore this recommendation altogether! If you love to smother your lips in Vasaline AKA petrochemicals, heed these next words of advice.. STOP IT!!  Instead, try this little tin of 100% natural goodness from Mr Burt’s Bees.

Pop open the tin, rub a digit around in circles to create a bit of heat, enough to melt the surface layer, then smooth the almost invisible natural oil goodness onto your peeling lips.

Ingredients: cera alba (beeswax, cire d’abeille), cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, mentha piperita (peppermint) oil, lanolin, tocopherol, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, glycine soja (soybean) oil, canola oil (huile de colza), limonene

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