I am eager to get behind as many natural Australian brands as I can. So when I was given the full range of Clean & Pure Lip Balms to try that feature Olive Oil, I jumped at the chance. My favourite Clean & Pure Lip Balm is the Manuka Honey variant. This got me interested in Manuka Honey and Manuka Honey benefits.
Lip Balms and Unicorn Toast
I am pretty obsessed with lip balm. I mentioned in my last post Lip Prep for the Perfect Lipstick Base: Sugar Lip Scrub that I have far too many to count. I feel like I can never have enough though, because I love that I can reach into any jacket, coat or bag and find the perfect lip balm. I am not alone in my lip balm obsession, when Lip Smacker announced that a fan could submit their dream lip balm flavour including the hashtag #LStastemaker and become the #1 Tastemaker, there were a number of suggestions. My favourite flavour suggested so far is unicorn flavour - and the lip balm would look like one of those marshmallow swirl lollies. Like the unicorn toast that has been on Instagram lately!!
Natural Lip Balm; Clean & Pure
Now this is a really cool idea, however as far as I know Lip Smacker lip balm is not natural. I had a whole tin full when I was young, but now my tastes are more refined. I also try to stick to natural lip balm. I found the Clean & Pure Instagram account when I was searching through lip balm and natural hashtags. I checked out their account and saw they did a Manuka Honey lip balm. So I followed their account and started a dialogue, hence the offer to try their product. (In the interest of full transparency - I was gifted six Clean & Pure Lip Balms).
Why Use Natural Products?
I try to use as many natural products around the house as I can. I have Thankyou products in the kitchen and bathrooms, as well as a natural bathroom cleaner called Organic Choice. I often use just vinegar and organic dish liquid to mop the floors with. My personal care is more advanced in the natural department than my cosmetics. I use natural deodorant, natural shampoo, natural conditioner, natural hand cream, natural body scrub, natural toothpaste and I just bought a recycled wood toothbrush! Why am I trying to use all these natural products? Up to 60% of what we put on our skin ends up being absorbed in the body and when the products we use are made from harmful artificial ingredients these place an unnecessary burden on the body's detoxification processes and on the entire immune system, including the skin.
I have mentioned before though, that my face is very different. I use free from products for sensitive skin on my face and lots of serums and glycolic for exfoliation!!
Clean & Pure Lip Balm Review
All Clean & Pure Lip Balms are formulated with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Manuka Beeswax, Vitamin E Oil and other quality Australian ingredients. I was intrigued after I read the ingredients on each of my gifted lip balms since I had never used any personal care products that include olive oil. I sometimes used to make my own hair mask when I was younger with olive oil and raw egg. The Clean & Pure Lip Balm range includes Cocoa Butter Lip Balm, Manuka Honey Lip Balm, PawPaw Lip Balm, Peppermint Lip Balm, Tinted Rose Lip Balm and Vanilla Lip Balm. When you use each of them you can really smell the main ingredients (Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Manuka Beeswax and Vitamin E Oil) however this is not unpleasant. The Extra Virgin Olive Oil means that the lip balms are all long-lasting - they moisturise for a good time. My favourites are the Peppermint, Vanilla and Manuka Honey - however the stand out for me is definitely the manuka honey. The Peppermint is fresh and I feel like it would be perfect to use in the morning or after a big night out. The Vanilla is subtle and this would be perfect to use during a long lunch or dinner. You wouldn't want anything to overpower your meal. As I mentioned, the Manuka Honey was my favourite, and as such I went and did some research on the benefits of Manuka Honey. I bought some Manuka Honey from Priceline and read the label. Manuka Honey has well proven anti-bacterial properties which can assist in wound healing as well as nutritional and immune stimulatory properties. Now that is what we all want right?!
Using Manuka Honey & Manuka Honey Benefits
Manuka Honey is made by bees that feed on the flowers of the manuka bush, also known as the tea tree, in New Zealand. In Australia, the tree used to make manuka honey is called the jellybush. The honey is distinctively flavoured, darker and richer than other honey. Here are the nitty gritty Manuka Honey facts
• Manuka honey has an antibacterial component that sets it apart from other honeys. This activity is stable and doesn't lose its potency when exposed to dilution, heat or light.
• Manuka honey has been found to be effective against a range of bacteria including Helicobacter pylori (which causes most stomach ulcers); Escherichia coli (the most common cause of infected wounds) and Streptococcus pyogenes (which causes sore throats).
• Manuka honey is antimicrobial and antiviral. It is also an antioxidant that can help to increase vitality and immunity.
• Trials have indicated that manuka honey can heal wounds and skin ulcers that haven't responded to standard treatments.
You can apply Manuka honey topically to the skin as a balm for skin infections, bites and cuts. Eat a spoonful orally to help soothe the throat and digestive tract. You can also eat Manuka Honey like any other honey product to maintain general health.