What goes into each tube of Eclair Lips?
The formula consists of natural ingredients like cocoa butter, beeswax, coconut oil, sweet almond oil, vitamin E and delicious natural flavors!
Whaaa? That’s not what the label says! What’s the deal?
Ooh! Good eye! You’re right, and here’s why: in Canada, we’re required to name ingredients on our label using very specific scientific or latin names that often don’t look much like the words we’re used to calling them by. So when you see tocopherol, cera alba or aroma, we’re talking about vitamin E, beeswax and natural flavors.
Here is the full ingredient list you’ll find on the labels: theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, cera alba (beeswax, cire d’abeille), cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, prunus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, caprylic/capric/stearic glycerides, aroma (flavor), tocopherol
So what do these ingredients do?
cocoa butter is a miracle ingredient. You know why? It’s one of the main ingredients in chocolate. And chocolate is one of the wonderful miracles I enjoy in this life. And it’s awesome for even more reasons too! In my balm, it’s responsible to creating a wonderful protective layer that can help moisturize your lips even in the harshest climates. (Ahem, Canadian winters – you know I’m talkin’ ’bout you!) It’s also how I get that yummy chocolate smell.
one of the key elements in creating that perfect consistency on your lips that stays put, keeps your lip balm solid so it doesn’t turn into a pile of guck at room temperature and it smells nice, too!
another amazing ingredient that moisturizes and softens and can stand up to the weather when it’s being a jerk. And yes, it smells as amazing as it sounds – warm and tropical and delicious!
Sweet Almond Oil
it moisturizes, it softens and it’s amazing in my lip balm! It’s a great consistency that wonderfully complements the rest of the ingredients in the formula.
this one might sound perplexing, but it’s actually a butter that’s made of sustainable palm and coconut oil, and it helps give your lip balm that luxurious feel.
my flavours are specifically formulated to be used in lip balm, are cruelty and paraben-free and many of them are also natural, organic and food grade. But here is the funny thing – although they are called flavours, they don’t have much taste at all. So although your tube might smell like a White Chocolate Truffle, it won’t taste like one, of much of anything else, on your lips, but it will smell amazing under your nose!
not only is this great for your skin and helping protect against environmental damage, it helps boost the shelf life of our lip balm.
Are there any preservatives in Eclair Lips?
One thing you’ll notice is that Eclair Lips is preservative free – woot! By sticking to a formula of strictly oils, waxes and butters that don’t require preservation, and giving them an extra little shelf-life boost with Vitamin E, we can keep things simple and natural.
What is the shelf life of a tube of Eclair Lips?
Depending on where it’s stored, your tube will keep for 12 to 24 months. It will last longer in a drawer in an air conditioned office than it does in the glove compartment of a hot car. If it starts to smell a little off, like a bottle of oil that’s been sitting in the pantry a bit too long, it’s time to toss it.
Why only 12-24 months? I’ve had other lip balms that have lasted for years!
Yup, I’ve had lip balms that have lasted that long too, and those that do usually have some extra ingredients to extend the shelf life. One of the things about using natural ingredients is that they will behave like natural ingredients. So if you had an open bottle of almond or coconut oil you used that one time you tried a new recipe hanging around your kitchen for a long time, it would eventually go rancid, start to smell off and have a strange sticky consistency. And it works the same way for the lip balm.
The lip balm will last longest if it’s kept in a cool dry place. Sooo, if you’ve bought a few tubes hoping you would stock up for a while, pop the unopened tubes into the fridge or freezer and pull them out when you’re ready to use them.
My tube has tiny crystals forming. How come?
This is actually the cocoa butter in the formula – when it’s slightly melted and then hardens again, like the way it does in your pocket, it will naturally start to crystallize, just like chocolate might do in the same conditions. It’s perfectly normal and natural, and your lip balm should still glide on to your lips smoothly.
Wow! These smell good enough to eat! Could I, you know, make a little snack out of one of them?
I know, I know, they smell really good. But please don’t eat your lip balm. It’s not meant to be eaten. It’s meant for your lips. That’s why I called the company Eclair Lips. And although I’ve never bitten into one, I don’t imagine that they would be particularly satisfying. You remember the horror, disappointment and sadness you felt the first time you bit into a piece of unsweetened chocolate? Yeah, I imagine it would kinda like that. But waxier. Seriously, don’t eat them. If you need a chocolate fix, I can help you over here.
Ok, so I found a loophole around the no eating thing and licked my lips, and the balm isn’t sweet! How come?
It all comes back down to this whole thing about not eating your lip balm. Since it’s not meant to be eaten, I don’t sweeten it. And besides, even if I did, it would just encourage you to lick your lips, and that my friend, will make them dry and chapped, which is pretty counter-productive. So just follow my advice: sniff, apply and enjoy.