I get chapped lips when the weather’s cold which is annoying, painful and NOT luscious. That’s why I carry lip balm with me in the winter. In my lip balm search this year, I discovered that my blogger buddy, Michelle, started a company, Olivia, that makes vegan, all-natural, petrol-free lip balms.
I was impressed with this because it’s hard running a business (I know, I’ve tried and failed!). I’m also excited about Michelle’s company because I trust that everything she makes is of the highest quality and cruelty free. Right now she’s just selling lip balms, but she’s developing a host of other body care products that will be available soon.
Check her stuff out now, because she’s giving 10% off to my readers until February 28, 2014 (use code honkifyourevegan). Just in time for Valentine’s Day!
I asked Michelle what prompted her to start Olivia and here’s what she has to say:
It All Started with Balms
It all started with balms. There is a lovely company that makes all-natural, organic balms. They have balms for the hands, nails, and body. They have aromatherapy balms for headaches, stress, muscle aches, and insomnia. The problem is that they’re not vegan.
When I couldn’t find any vegan, all-natural, petrol-free alternatives, I decided to start making my own. I discovered the silkiness and emollient properties of olive wax, the richness of cocoa butter, and the luxuriousness of jojoba oil. I began playing with plant extracts and floral waters. I fell in love with these (and other) ingredients and then with aromatherapy. This quickly led to making lip balms, body butters, lotions, serums, conditioners, and eventually, soaps.
At the moment I can only sell lip balms, because in the UK there are quite a few laws governing the sale of cosmetics and each recipe has to be assessed by a cosmetic chemist, and in some instances, the product itself has to be tested. This is all pretty time-consuming and requires considerable financial investment, so I need to be absolutely sure of my recipe before I submit it for assessing. I try to look on the bright side as all this red tape helps prevent the sale of inferior-quality products. I hope to have more products available by mid-march.
I’m currently working, literally during every free moment, on developing and perfecting new recipes. I’m studying aromatherapy, working on a skin care course, and plan to begin an aromatherapy course next year which will result in a clinical practitioner’s diploma. I also hope in the future to donate a certain percentage of my profits to an animal sanctuary in Ireland.
About Olivia Lip Balms
I use only 5 main ingredients in my lip balms:
Vitamin E oil
These ingredients are fair trade, organic and unrefined (where possible). I use only the best quality, fair trade, organic essential oils.
Image of woman courtesy of Voguepk.com.