What's In It Wednesday: Natural Lip Butters
Today's edition of What's In It Wednesday is going to focus on two "natural lip butters" made by the popular brands Korres and Carol's Daughter. Both are available at Sephora. How natural are these butters? The results may surprise you.
For reference, I am comparing Korres Natural Products Pomegranate Lip Butter, which is 0.21 oz. for $9 to Carol's Daughter Lip Butter, which is 0.4 oz. for $7.
Let's first take a look at Korres Pomegranate Lip Butter.
So what are these ingredients and is this truly a natural product?
POLYBUTENE: This is a chemical polymer. It is relatively harmless for polymers...
TRIMETHYLOLPROPRANE TRIISOSTEARATE: Chemical again. This is a triester of trimethylolpropane and isostearic acid. No studies have been done to assess whether this is safe for skin or not. It can cause skin irritation.
HYDROGENATED POLYDECENE: Another synthetic, lab-created polymer. It can be emollient to the skin...While I'd say a natural products company may want to consider natural butters and oils in this future, this still will moisturize a bit.
HYDROXYSTEARIC ACID: A fatty acid, as well as surfactant. This has been linked in numerous scientific studies to the formation of tumors. Vegetable based stearic acid which be a much better choice.