Review of (seed) Lip Oils: Say goodbye to lip balm forever!

Thursday, October 16, 2014


I used to LOVE lip balm. Love it. I could never have too many. I used to make lip balm and shared the recipe here with you on the blog. When I heard that (seed) was coming out with lip oils, I was excited -- but to be 100% honest, I did not think that I would stop using lip balm. I had SO many that I adored. Then I tried them.

I write the (seed) blog. I have done so for more than two years. I help out with Facebook and I genuinely love the company, ever since I was introduced to their fabulous hand cream. I adore the owners, Rebecca and Benjamin Gournay, and deeply respect the company and their philopsophy of providing HEALTHY products that are affordable. Plus, they are dog lovers like me and are passionate about being cruelty-free. I have not been shy about this. But, like with ALL of my posts here on this blog, my opinions are my own and if I do not truly like something, I won't recommend it. I am not paid to post reviews either. That out of the way. I just have to tell you about (seed) Lip Oils.

There are two formulas, each retailing for $5. The first, the Therapeutic Lip Oil, is a natural mint aroma. The second, the Smoothing Lip Oil, is vanilla. I will talk about each one separately, as they are both amazing in their own unique ways. I use them at different times of day and for different reasons.

In the morning, I apply Smoothing Lip Oil. This is the most lovely vanilla ever. Actually, they use a proprietary vanilla extract and it is just wonderful. After I get out of the shower and brush my teeth, I apply my Smoothing Lip Oil. I then apply my other skin care products. I let the non-greasy oil absorb while my other skin care sinks in. Then I apply my makeup, finishing with  my lipstick. I truly believe that the ingredients in this product have dramatically improved the texture of my lips. They are no longer rough at all. My lipstick can be applied with ease and I do not have to worry about flaking or uneven texture during the day.

Ingredients: Vitis vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Coconut Oil), Vanilla Planifolia Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E)

At night, I focus more on extra hydration and treatment of my skin concerns. After I wash my makeup off, I use my serums and rich creams. This is also when I apply my Therapeutic Lip Oil. This is also lightweight and non-greasy, but contains pumpkin seed oil, avocado oil and raspberry seed oil for added therapeutic benefits. 


Ingredients: Vitis vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerice (Coconut Oil), Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E)

I also cannot say enough about my son's experience using Therapeutic Lip Oil.My 11 year old bites thhe bottom of his lip when he is anxious. When he does this, it leaves a red ring under his lip. It then gets sore. Nick hates lip balm. He doesn't like the texture and he always complains that it "tugs" his lips. This is not his experience using (seed) Lip Oil. Nick carries his with him almost everywhere. He applies it on his own and says that is "so much easier" to use the rollerball than traditional lip balm.

I have to say that I don't think I'll ever use standard lip balm again! There is NO waxy feel, it doesn't get smooshed with you close the cap, nor does it melt. 

Do yourself a favor and try the lip oils today. Find them at shopseedbodycare.com.

Important to know about (seed) Lip Oils:


  • Vegan
  • Dairy-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free
  • Phthalate-free
  • Fragrance-free
  • Cruelty-free
  • 100% plant-based
  • Made in America

Skin woes? 5 health issues that impact your complexion

Monday, October 13, 2014

We know that lifestyle and environmental factors can impact our skin. Certain health conditions may affect your skin in negative ways. Today, we're taking a look at five health conditions and the effect they may have on skin health. Some of these conditions may surprise you.


1. Hypothyroidism

Millions of Americans have an underactive thyroid, or hypothyroidism. While the hallmark symptoms of mood changes, weight gain and feeling sluggish are well known, noticeable skin changes are another sign of this condition. The epidermis of the skin goes through a renewal process called homeostasis. This process is controlled by the thyroid gland. When you have an underactive thyroid, it affects homeostasis, resulting in changes to the appearance and texture of your skin. A rough, scaly texture and excess dryness are common skin changes associated with an underactive thyroid.

2. Lupus

More than 16,000 new cases of Lupus are reported each year. This autoimmune disease can have a major impact the skin. It is estimated that two thirds of patients with Lupus will develop some form of cutaneous lupus erythematosus, a skin disease resulting in rashes and lesions on the face, neck, arms and legs. Those with this disease are much more susceptible to UV damage, which worsens the skin side effects. Wearing a broad spectrum sunscreen is a must for those with Lupus.

3. Celiac Disease

There are multiple skin side effects associated with Celiac Disease. One of the more common skin conditions related to being allergic to gluten is Dermatitis Herpetiformis (DH). DH affects about one quarter of those with Celiac. Red skin, fluid-filled blisters and chronic itching are all symptoms of DH. Vitiligo, psoriasis, eczema and alopecia (hair loss) all have links to Celiac. Often, once a person is diagnosed with Celiac Disease and begins avoiding gluten, he or she will find that the skin returns to a healthy and balanced state.

4. Diabetes

Too much sugar in the blood ages the skin (See: Sugar: It's not so sweet for the skin). It also has other negative effects. Skin issues can be one of the many warning signs that one has diabetes. Diabetics are also more likely to develop fungal infections such as Candida, ringworm, vaginal yeast infections and jock itch. In fact, Candida is quite common among diabeticsThis fungal infection results in red, itchy rashes which tend to be located in moist parts of the body such as armpits and between the toes.Keeping blood glucose levels under control may prevent these skin issues from developing.

5. Milk allergy

Milk allergies are on the rise and the most common skin side effect is eczema. My own son, Nick, had a severe milk allergy until he was about four years old. The first noticeable sign that clued me into a milk allergy was the fact that he had dryness and itching on his skin after drinking anything with cow's milk. He did have other signs that prompted me to take him right to the doctor, but the first sign was his eczema. Dr. Scott Sicherer, Chief of the Division of Allergy and Immunology at the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute at Mount Sinai in New York says that there may be a direct link between milk allergies and eczema. An allergy and immunology specialist can conduct a test to see if you are allergic to milk if you have concerns.   Many health conditions tend to be "silent" illnesses where there are not any major physical symptoms at the beginning. Visible skin changes are often one of the first signs that there could be a problem. 
Pay attention to your skin -- if it looks unhealthy, there may be an underlying link to your physical health.

Everything you need to know about antioxidants

Sunday, October 12, 2014

One of the questions I am asked most about is antioxidants -- more specifically, how they work in skincare products. Whenever my friends ask me about antioxidants, I say that I consider them to be great skin defenders.
antioxidants and skincare, free radical damage


Think of the term "antioxidant" as a shield against harmful flying objects. In reality, these "flying objects" are free radicals.Free radicals are molecules that cause tissue damage and aging. These could be things such as cigarette smoke, radiation, UV rays, pesticides, various drugs, smog, and other forms of environmental pollution.

Picture these harmful microscopic contaminants swirling around you. Antioxidants will help shield you from harm, essentially. Think of them as superheroes!They are special molecules that can help stop those free radicals -- they are able to neutralize their effects.

Choose antioxidant-rich foods.

According to a study published by The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, blueberries, cranberries, raspberries and blackberries are ideal sources of antioxidants. These are commonly referred to as superfoods. New research suggests that there are actually many other food sources of antioxidants, from kale to chia seeds. 

Other food sources that contain antioxidants:

  • Green tea
  • Black tea
  • Coffee
  • Red wine
  • Pomegranates
  • Dark chocolate

Antioxidants protect at the cellular level.

For your health, antioxidants are believed to help inhibit cell damage and are said to help prevent skin damage from the sun's UV rays, lower the risk of heart disease, help prevent Alzheimer's and more.
Antioxidants are also wonderful when used in skincare products. Earlier in this post, I mentioned those nasty little free radicals. These not only impact your health, but they also impact your skin. UV damage, smoke and other pollutants can wreak havoc on your skin, accelerating the aging process and damaging cells. This damage causes collagen and elastin to break down, making you look older.
When you apply skincare treatments with antioxidants, you are shielding your skin from harm.

Look for these antioxidants in your skincare products:

  • Beta carotene
  • Grape seed extract
  • Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid)
  • Vitamin E (tocopherol)
  • Coenzyme Q-10
  • Copper
  • Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide)
  • Green Tea
Check your labels! Many products are abundant in potent antioxidants to help protect your skin.

Why argan oil?

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Are you using skincare products made with argan oil? If not, you may  be missing out. Less known than coconut oil or jojoba oil, argan is truly a special oil. Argan oil itself contains more antioxidant and cell regenerative properties than olive oil, grape seed oil and avocado oil combined.


When applied to the skin, it absorbs quickly, and without an oily film, leaving behind a silky and satiny feel. It also works beautifully to restore shine and lustre to the hair.
Argan oil is commonly referred to as "liquid" gold -- and with good reason. Not just a filler, argan oil provides the skin with many nutrients and a whole list of benefits.

Argan the protector.

  • Argan oil is rich in phenols, making it a protective oil. It contains 200% more Vitamin E than olive oil. Argan is not just nourishing, it's a potent antioxidant and can effectively fend off free radical damage.

Need moisture? Look no further.

  • Argan oil is highly moisturizing. It is rich in Omega 6 fatty acids to help plump the skin, boost moisture levels and give a supple and healthy appearance. Choose a facial moisturizer with argan oil to ease dryness . You will be happy to discover that argan hydrates the skin without leaving a greasy film like other oils often do.

Slower skin aging? Yes, please!

  • Argan oil may make your skin look younger. Abundant in vitamins to improve skin elasticity, argan also boasts something called Triterpens, which aid in cell restructuring and can slow down the cell aging process. Because of the regenerating properties, your skin will benefit from a facial serum with argan oil.

Could this oil help combat acne?

  • Argan oil may even fight acne, as many believe that it is not only antiseptic, but anti-bacterial as well. It's light and fast-absorbing and will not clog the pores.

Reduce inflammation with argan oil.

  • Argan oil may help fight inflammation. Anecdotal evidence suggests that, when applied topically, argan oil may reduce pain, itching and swelling associated with various skin ailments. 
We've only begun to hear about the many skincare benefits of argan oil. It seems like new research appears every few months promoting more and more benefits. Are you using skincare products yet with argan oil? Have you noticed a difference in the appearance of your skin.
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