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With the icy winter winds once again ravaging our lips, a variety of green products can bring eternal spring. Most conventional lip products are petroleum based, and any essential oils are derived from plants grown with chemicals. The petroleum molecules create a slick over the lips, but, according to critics, are too large to penetrate the skin, and therefore cannot promote true healing. Essencia's Jojoba Lip Therapy ($9.50), on the other hand, is an all-natural plant-based repair kit for suffering lips. The key ingredient is melissa oil, which has been used in Europe for centuries for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Melissa oil, combined with essential oil of manuka (a relative of the tea tree), make Essencia Jojoba Lip Therapy ideal for tackling cold sores as well.

Eco Lips organic lip balm ($1.79 to $2.49) is also petroleum free and uses 70 percent certified organic ingredients, such as beeswax, calendula, jojoba oil and peppermint oil. Organic ingredients have a higher nutrient content, which means extra love for your sensitive kisser. SPF 15 and 30 formulas offer further defense against the elements. And, for those of you who can't keep track of your lip balm, Eco Lips offers the Eco Clip to attach to your bag or belt loop. To encourage recycling, Eco Lips offers a free Eco Lip product for every five empty containers returned to the company.

We kiss our lip balm every day, and so why not celebrate this relationship with (affectionately named) Pookie lip products? Pookie offers a range of lip balms ($6 to $9), including the flagship "Apookalips" and tinted "ColorBalms," all made with natural ingredients, including vitamin-rich almond oil and UV-shielding shea butter. "Pookie Lips Sport" is aromatherapy and lip balm all in one; lime, lemon, avocado, almond and apricot oils make the scent as healing to the spirit as the balm is to the lips. Pookie's packaging is 100 percent recyclable, and the company will specially wrap and customize its products to use as party favors. CONTACT: Eco Lips, (866)326-5477, www.ecolips.com; Essencia, (318)7971075, www.essenciaonline.com; Pookie, (866)476-6543, www.pookiestore.com.
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Title Annotation:Tools for green living: resources for eco-awareness and action; eco-friendly lip balms
Author:Vogel, Jennifer
Publication:E
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 1, 2005
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