On the recommendation of a friend, I came across a company called Dagny & Lane: Ionic Mineral Skincare. Co-founder Stacy Ganea was kind enough to send over a couple of samples, one of them being a strawberry all-natural ionic mineral lip balm.

Now, I’m not terribly picky when it comes to lip balms, but I do have two requirements: the ingredients have to be safe and nourishing, and the product itself has to moisturize. Sounds simple enough, especially the latter – but I’m always surprised by how ineffective chap sticks and balms are in terms of moisturizing.

Like everyone else in the world (or so it seems), I’ve relied on Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm to heal my chapped pout. However, I noticed that smearing Burt’s Bees onto my lips is akin to slapping a band-aid on a cut that is in dire need of stitches: it stops the problem for a few minutes, but it’s certainly not a long term solution. I believe the reason that Burt’s Bees isn’t a great moisturizer is because the first ingredient in it is beeswax, which acts as an effective barrier against further chapping and can certainly seal in any moisture that already exists. However, as emollient as beeswax may be, it is not the best moisturizer, in my opinion.

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The first two ingredients in Dagny & Lane’s lip balm are sweet almond oil and coconut oil, both of which are nourishing, moisturizing and easily absorbed by skin. After a few other emollient oils and butters, copper, zinc and magnesium pop up on the list of ingredients. According to Ms. Ganea, these comprise some of the ionic minerals that Dagny & Lane refer to in the title of their company. Ms. Ganea went on to explain that an ionic mineral is “broken down to an atom so it is absorbed through the skin.” Zinc is known to be antibacterial and has been linked to wound healing. Ms. Ganea also pointed out magnesium’s skin hydrating properties and copper’s anti aging ability.

The last ingredient listed is sweetener, which is natural and derived from licorice.

I’m definitely a fan of Dagny & Lane’s balm; the price is right ($4.50) and though I’d prefer a larger size (the balms only come in 0.7 oz tubes), I like the variety of flavors offered. In addition to strawberry, the company offers buttercream, coconut lemongrass, blueberry tart and orange cream.

Ingredients: Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Beeswax, Persea gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Copper, Zinc, Magnesium, Natural Flavor Oil, & Sweetener