Natural Living

By Irene Fogarty

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With all the collagen plumping injections and procedures that are out there today, it amazes me how much we neglect to protect our lips. We all want Angelina’s pouter but shouldn’t we also want to protect what we have from harmful UV rays and chemicals found in cosmetics?

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Enough lip. I have the answer. And I’ve tried most of the lip products: the cutesy jars, the tubes, the creatively flavored roll-on lip balms, and nothing works better than Eco Lips. As their tagline rightly claims “The best lip balm for the world.” And since they’re made in the USA by Eco Lips, people who care about the health of your lips and our environment, they get my vote as the best lip-loving, earth-friendly formula.

Don’t panic, It’s organic.
They’re 95% organic, to be exact, with SPF (15 or 30), no animal by-products and a choice of flavors. Just look at the ingredients: jojoba oil, organic beeswax, Vitamin E, C, A, Organic Marigold (Calendula). Here are a couple I highly recommend. And at prices that range from $1.99 to $3.59, you’ve got to admit they’re the best value for keeping your pout softer and sexier.

Eco Lips Special Ingredients
Organically grown ingredients have greater levels of nutrients and anti-oxidants.
More nutrients = increased absorbency rates and healthier lips.
Petroleum Free, Cruelty free, Paraben Free
Eco Lips Classic line with SPF is made with over 70% nutrient rich organic ingredients that soothe and protect.
Organic Eco Lips Premium lip balm is over 95% certified organic.
Aloe Vera: Superb healing emollient oil
Certified Organic Beeswax: Protects and seals in moisture
Certified Organic Jojoba Oil: Bean oil extremely rich in nutrients
Certified Organic Soybean Oil: Humectant (attracts and retains moisture)
Certified Organic Calendula: Anti-inflamatory, promotes new skin cell growth
Sun Protection: SPF 15 or 30
Eco Lips Medicinal cold sore treatment is 97.75% certified organic!
Eco Lips is guaranteed to work better than any other lip balm.

SPF 30 Sport Eco Leash
Designed for extreme outdoorsy types, Eco Lips Sport will protect your lips under the harshest conditions. From the beach to the mountains, this product will keep the sun out, and the moisture in. SPF 30 provides 30 times your skins’ natural ability to protect itself from the suns UV rays.

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SPF 15 Mint Lip Balm
This one is a combination of organic spearmint and peppermint essential oils, so you get the true feeling of healing as it softens and moisturizes. SPF 15 provides 15 times your skins natural ability to protect itself from the suns UV rays.

SPF 15 Berry Lip Balm
Hmmm? Berry flavor. And with SPF 15 your lips will be protected from the sun.

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Organic Eco Lips Hemp
I LOVE this one. Not just because of the hemp ingredients but because it’s infused with organic herbs, vitamins and the finest organic hemp seed oil. Eco Lips Hemp is so nourishing. And since hempseed oil is a very thin oil that absorbs easily into the skin, it delivers Omega 6 and Omega 3 essential fatty acids in near-perfect proportions, including gamma linoleic acid (GLA), a very rare nutrient also found in mother’s milk. Eco Lips Hemp is a lip healer and protector. And it smells great. Ingredients include: Organic jojoba oil, organic beeswax, organic hemp oil, organic calendula, natural vanilla flavor, Vitamin E, rosemary extract.

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The Eco Lips Story: a love affair that became a business
There’s something so tender and organic about Eco Lips evolution, that I have to recap on how it all began. It all started when Andrea Danielson began brewing small batches of natural lip balm in her kitchen for her friends and family in the early 90’s. Carefully handcrafting the balm and packaging it in small amber glass jars to preserve the freshness of the pure ingredients, Andrea didn’t realize that by giving a sample of her natural lip creation to Steve Shriver, her life would be changed forever.

Steve and Andrea immediately fell in love with the lip balm and each other, and it wasn’t long before Steve, a lifetime entrepreneur, quickly spent Andrea’s life savings on ingredients and packaging for the couple’s first product, Hemp Lip Buzz!

A few years later, Steve and Andrea built a private label natural body care company that became a leader in the Natural Products industry. Much of the growth of their business was due to their top sales rep and entrepreneur, Jim King. Working out of his California office, Jim founded and grew a successful and environmentally friendly promotional products company called Access Eco.

Lip Vision
Jim had a vision of creating a lip balm brand like no other. He became obsessed with lip balm! He carefully examined every lip care brand on the market, buying them, one by one, until he had acquired over 200 different samples. From petroleum-based lip care to natural brands, he packed all of these samples and flew to Iowa to meet with Steve about his dream.

After hours and hours mulling over their dream lip balm, Steve and Jim decided to create a brand image and an organic formula that would take market share from petroleum-based lip balm brands. (Ole Ole Ole!). By quickly bringing the product to market, they began raising awareness of the importance of pesticide-free organic products.

Today, Eco Lips organic lip balm is made in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. With the mission of satisfying the needs of every customer, Eco Lips has been first to market with several innovative organic lip care products and packages.

Now kiss corporate America goodbye!
With several environmental initiatives in place, a focused marketing and sales strategy, award winning packaging, and a relaxed, yet productive work environment, Eco Lips is making lips more lovely, one pout at a time.

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The Force is with Organics?
Before I organic you out, I found this on the Eco Lips site. More proof of what a cool company they are. “These are dark times, dear Cuke”? This Grocery Store Wars is a hilarious yet informative veggie movie made by the Organic Trade Association to tell the real tale of the “empire of pollution and pesticides” that are taking over our supermarkets today: www.storewars.org/flash/index.html

Pay lip service to Eco Lips.
For all their organic efforts and for all their pure passion to create a product so organic, so effective and so inexpensive, I congratulate all the Eco Lips people. You’re an inspiration for all those organic start-ups nationwide and worldwide. I’m sure Angelina would be proud of you!

Go to www.ecolips.com or call 1-866-ECO-LIPS.

Originally published July 2005
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