I’ve always been a little obsessive about lip balm. I recall absolutely going smackers over Lip Smackers (‘member that commercial?), and my first buzz from tingly Burt’s Bees. But despite being a long time devotee, lately my compulsion has deviated from the dozens of other formulas I’ve collected, eschewing all else except this duo from Eco-friendly Crazy Rumors. My number one lip balms of the moment are refreshing Crazy Rumors My Stache Sweet Mint Lip Balm and yummy Crazy Rumors Leaping Bunny Plum Apricot Lip Balm. Each fifteen ounce tube is all-natural, cruelty free, and vegan. Ingredients like organic EVOO, macadamia seed oil, jojoba oil, and vitamin E, will leave your pout pretty, but the charities that these chapsticks contribute to will also make your heart feel good.
Crazy Rumors My Stache Sweet Mint Lip Balm with “mustachurizing” Shea butter is fresh and features fun ‘stache “disguises” on the labels. The design is a nod to mustache pioneer and iconic Queen front man Freddie Mercury, and a portion of its sales are donated to a foundation established by his band mates and former manager, the Mercury Phoenix Trust. The Trust works with over three hundred global charities, focusing on much-needed HIV/AIDS education and awareness. Tragically, according to their site, over 60 million people have been infected and 25 million have died worldwide. But you may not know, for example, that there are over 16.6 million AIDS orphans as a consequence of the epidemic. Freddie’s fans have raised more than 15 million dollars in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the name of the musician’s legacy of love and humanitarianism.
Lush Crazy Rumors Leaping Bunny Plum Apricot Lip Balm utilizes natural Stevia to taste sweet and fruity without being syrupy and gives you bunny-soft lips. (Disclaimer: I do not know if bunnies actually give velvety kisses. ) That darling familiar little rabbit that graces all cruelty-free products is the insignia of the Leaping Bunny Program, and the sales of Crazy Rumor’s Plum Apricot balm hop on over to lend a hand in their noble work fighting animal testing. The Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics’ (CCIC) Leaping Bunny Program administers a cruelty-free standard and the internationally recognized Leaping Bunny Logo for companies producing cosmetic, personal care, and household products. The program provides the best assurance that no new animal testing is used in any phase of product development by the company, its laboratories, or suppliers.
What’s your favorite product that boosts both your beauty and your karma? —Casandra Armour