How is Seed Lip Oil different from other lip oils?
Lip oils are becoming more and more popular these days. While they seem to becoming more abundant, it is important to note that just because something is called a lip oil doesn't make them all the same. Quite the contrary! We've been comparing ingredients to see how they compare in many different prices. What we discovered may surprise you.
First up, the brand Evolution of Smooth, which many of us know as EOS. They have a new product in their range called Crystal Lip Balm, which looks like it is being marketed as a wax fee lip care product. This would make it comparable in terms of classification in our product niche, so I wanted to check out the ingredients.
For reference today, we are looking at the EOS Hibiscus Peach Crystal Lip Balm. Here are the ingredients, as found on their website:
Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Polyamide-3, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Decyl Isostearate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Oil, Polyamide-8, Isostearyl Isostearate, Octyldodecanol, Flavor (Aroma), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Prunus Persica (Peach) Fruit Extract
This product contains Polyamide-3 and Polyamide-8, which are both partial petrochemicals. While not mineral oil or petrolatum, these are both partially derived from vegetable sources and partially derived from petroleum. While this does, indeed, make them "cleaner" and more sustainable, they are still petrochemicals. (source)
There is also artificial fragrance in this product. When you look at the ingredients list, you will see "Flavor (Aroma)" listed. That is artificial fragrance, which we have talked about here on the Seed blog before.
There are natural, plant-based oils and this is a vegan formula. That said, you will see that in addition to the various synthetics, that the very last two items on the ingredients deck are Hibiscus and Peach. That means that the "Hibiscus Peach" in the title could be viewed as misleading since it contains such a miniscule percentage of those ingredients. A more accurate name, I suppose, would be Castor Oil and Polyamide 3 Lip Balm, but that might not be as catchy.
We've talked about being the real deal and having transparency here at Seed. If we are selling a natural lip oil, it needs to be what we call it. Our lip oils are 100% plant based oils. The only thing we add into those lip oils are 100% natural essential oils. We know you want the real deal and you want to get the best ingredients that will do what we say they will do.
A Tale of Two Mint Lip Oils
It's not just affordably priced brands coming out with lip oils now. Clarins recently launched lip oils and I thought we might take a look at the Clarins Instant Light Comfort Lip Oil in Mint to see how a $26 lip oil compares to ours in terms of ingredients. I found the ingredients to the Clarins product on the Ulta website.
Here are the ingredients in Clarins Instant Light Comfort Lip Oil (Mint) - Polyglyceryl-2 Isostearate/Dimer Dilinoleate Copolymer, Dilinoleic Acid/Propanediol Copolymer, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Corylus Avellana (Hazel) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Parfum/Fragrance, Vanillin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Lithospermum Erythrorhizon Root Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Diisostearyl Malate, CI 42090/Blue 1 Lake, Bixa Orellana Seed Oil, Tocopherol
Here is what we use in our Therapeutic Mint Lip Oil - Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Oil), Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice Bran) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Coconut Oil), Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E)
So, how do they compare? Let's break it down.
The Clarins lip oil begins with multiple synthetic polymers. Yes, you will find natural oils in the formula, but you will also find artificial fragrance, synthetic colors, and ammonium salt. Do you know what you, surprisingly, will not find in Clarins mint lip oil? Mint. There is no form of mint on the ingredients list for this product. Any mint that you detect will be from artificial fragrance.
At Seed, our mint lip oil contains 100% pure peppermint oil -- real mint in our 100% plant based lip oil. Ours also contains only the best nature has to offer in terms of oils to pamper your lips, from grape seed to jojoba to shea to pumpkin seed and more. Nothing more, nothing less.
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