Cheap Thrills: Waxelene

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Today’s cheap thrill is brought to you by Polar Vortex-related chapping. Fun stuff! I have been using Waxelene as a lip balm for a couple of months now. I received it as a gift when doing some holiday shopping at a local bath and beauty store. The store owner had just started stocking it and asked me to try it out and report back on it. This was perfect timing as I was going clean with lip products and that meant kicking Blistex Lip Medex (which contains, among other things, a troubling little something called phenol) out of the nightly routine.

Waxelene is made with soybean oil, beeswax, rosemary oil, and vitamin e oil. It is not tacky or greasy like petroleum-based balms. I find it stays put a bit better and it does a nice job of softening my lips overnight. There is barely any scent to it—another plus. I’ve also used it around my nose when it was raw from a nasty cold. Here is what the company says about it:

 It creates the same waterproof barrier that doctors recommend petroleum jelly for but contains no petroleum or hydrogenated oil. Instead we use our patented aeration process that won’t clog pores and makes Waxelene® highly effective for any kind of dry skin. Not only that, it can be used for hundreds of other things just like petroleum jelly.

The squeeze tube has .75 oz of product in it and sells for $4.99. It also available in glass jars in two sizes: 2 oz for $6.99 and 9 oz for $15.9). I am hoping they make a twist-up lip balm kind of tube at some point too because if I didn’t have to use my fingers, I’d be more likely to carry it my my purse to use throughout the day. It’s not enough of an issue to stop me from using it, though I have asked the company whether they plan to do this. I’ll update this if I hear anything.

I’d like to close with a couple of things about the company. In going greener, it’s been a pleasure to learn about small businesses that are taking innovative and responsible approaches to products. Waxelene is Leaping Bunny certified (cruelty-free); uses recycled glass for their jars; utilizes wind-power at their facility; and is made in the U.S.A. So in addition to it working well, there are lots of other good reasons to give them your business.

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