With winter coming up, we're going to hear that awful word "chapped" a lot. But, hey, maybe not. I just discovered Elemental Herbology's Wind & Cold Therapy ($40), carried at Space NK, one of my favorite beauty shops in NYC. Elemental Herbology is an all natural brand, with all their products 100 percent free of mineral oils, synthetic fragrances and colors, sulphates and parabens. So it's exactly what you want to put on your lips, hands and cuticles.
Elemental Herbology Wind & Cold Therapy is pretty amazing as it's one of those kill-two-birds-with-one-stone products. I normally don't like products that suggest using for both your face and body but with this, you can use for parched hands and lips. It's safe for both! It's also chockfull of botanical extracts you want to put on your skin. When you skim the ingredients, you'll not that it's one of those ointments you will put on your lips and actually like that inevitable taste with the slip of the tongue. And actually, I should point out, that when you look at the list of ingredients, all the weird-sounding, emollient-ish ones (glycerin, geraniol) are derived from 100 percent natural sources.
I'm also going to point out there's a few gross-ish stuff here, like linalool
and geraniol, even if they are the last on the list. For instance, geraniol (even though it comes from citronella oil and is an antioxidant) is found in bug sprays. But I like to consider glasses half-full. I see it as a bonus: no mosquitos will come near my lips. I do have to say the good outweighs the bad. Like the pumpkin cells, which help naturally exfoliate dead skin and reduce inflammation. And all the natural, sweet hydrating oils. There's also chamomile and lavender that help nourish and soothe and vitamin E for that protection you need (better than a stick of petroleum, right?). The award for best ingredient name goes to Narcissus Poeticus Flower Wax, by the way.
When I used it, my lips and hands were soft. In fact, the ingredients suggest to apply onto hands overnight if they are parched. I have to admit, in the morning, they turned out pretty hydrated. I'm not talking miracle therapy here folks, but it does work!
Glycerin, hydrogenated vegetable (coconut and palm) oil, aqua, vegetable (soybean) oil, argania spinosa kernel oil, rhus succadanea fruit wax, polysorbate 80, macadamia ternifolia seed oil, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), rosa canina fruit oil, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, canola oil, hydrolyzed keratin, mauritia flexuosa fruit oil, calendula officials flower oil, cucurbita pepo (pumpkin) extract, narcissus poeticus flower wax, pyrus malus, chlorella vulgaris/lupinus albus protein ferment, pectin, panthenol, tocopherol, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, anthemis nobilis flower oil, disodium EDTA, ethylhexylglycerin, phenoxyethanol, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, citric acid, geraniol, limonene, linalool.