I’m a constant user of lip balm regardless of season, but this past fall had me looking out for a better option than what I’d previously been using. Over the past year I’ve tried a good variety of brands, but most heavily leaned on Burt’s Bees and Maybelline Baby Lips. I tend to go for cheaper options because I haven’t found that more expensive products like those from Jane Iredale or Fresh work better, frankly. I prefer a lighter weight balm that has some slip to it and a light but flattering sheen, but of course it also needs to offer some moisture for my perpetually dehydrated lips.
Well, I’ve found a new favorite. It’s cheap, colorless, flavorless and comes in a very basic-looking package, but it’s also very moisturizing, soft, and flattering. It kind of came out of nowhere, because instead of finding it at a Sephora or Target I actually grabbed it on a whim at Seattle’s downtown waterfront fish market, Pike Place Market.
I had gone down to the market to pick up some honey and ended up buying a jar from the Sunny Honey Company, a producer of raw and unfiltered honey based in Everson, Washington. They had a jar of handmade lip balms in a jar on the table selling for $3, so I thought that’d be fun to try. I didn’t have particularly high hopes for it, but I enjoy trying little things like this from the market vendors.
When I first started using it, the qualities I instantly appreciated about it were the soft texture and the lack of any real scent. It smells lightly of oil, but not in a heavy or suffocating way. The label says that there’s peppermint in it, but I honestly can’t detect it. It may just help cancel out some of the oily or waxy smells … just a theory.
Over time, this has become by far my most used lip balm. It’s very effective, and I’m really impressed. I keep it in my main makeup drawer and use it throughout the day, making sure to apply before I leave the apartment and before I go to bed. I still like to use a Maybelline Baby Lips or L’Oreal Colour Riche Balm on the go sometimes because of the hint of color and added shine, but these are clearly not as good for my lips in the longer term.
The thing I’d like to point out about about this balm is that it’s really very simple in terms of ingredients. There are 8 of them, all of which are easy to understand and accessible to purchase. I almost feel like I’m praising an idea rather than a specific product, because you could mix up a balm with these ingredients in your kitchen if you wanted to. I’m a little lazy for this, though, and I’m more than happy to spend $3 on a handmade and pre-made twist-up tube.
If you don’t live in the Seattle or Bellingham area where Sunny Honey products are sold in person, you can also purchase from their website. Though, I’d certainly urge you to check out what’s available to you locally. Or, get creative in the kitchen! But if you are curious to try this particular balm, I’d also suggest throwing a jar of Sunny Honey’s raspberry blossom honey in your cart while you’re at it. The 16 oz. jar is on sale for the holidays.
I guess I’ve gotten the feeling that maybe the cosmetics companies are playing with us by making us think that the perfect lip balm is a complex and expensive thing. Or, maybe Sunny Honey just got the perfect balance of these 8 ingredients figured out. Either way, I’m really happy with this purchase that I made on a whim.
In this photo, I have the balm on my lips. My lips are naturally pretty red and I don’t have any lip color on, and I just wanted to show you what the sheen looks like. It’s very flattering, never gunky or thick as some lip balms cam be, and hides any dry patches I may have. You may recognize this photo, it’s from my review of Guerlain’s Lingerie de Peau foundation and you can read about the rest of the makeup I’m wearing in that original post.
You can visit Sunny Honey’s web store here, and they also keep a sweet beekeeper’s blog on their site. They specialize in berry blossom honey, but also offer fireweed honey in the late summer (I’m partial to fireweed, myself). All of their honey is raw and unfiltered. I see in their store that they make a body balm, too, which I don’t remember seeing at the market … there’s something else to go on my list of things to try!
Do you have any natural products that you prefer over mainstream ones? I’d love to hear about them!