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Blistex Lip Balm

Review: Rating 1.5
/10

Rated a Highly Toxic Lip Balm Product in
the 2006 Natural Skin Care Product Review

Cancer Proven
Cancer Link
Reproductive Toxins
Safety Violation
Penetration Agent
Untested Chemicals
Harmful Toxins
Animal Tested
Parabens
Petrolatum
Tocopheryl
Misleading


Introduction

Blistex lip balm is a highly toxic skin care product. This product's official name is Blistex Lip Revitalizer. The parent company Blistex Ltd. is a Canadian operation with worldwide distribution through supermarkets and drugstores.


Positives?


There is nothing positive about this product according to the ingredient label. The Blistex lip balm does not meet any natural ingredient parameter.

It is not certified organic and it uses synthetic chemicals that have been tested on animals. The company outsource's animal testers so as not to get their hands dirty.

The fact that it is not certified organic - obviously - means that there is a possibility the product contains G.M.O - genetically modified organisms - and pesticides.


Negatives


The Blistex lip balm is literally a conveniently packaged poison stick for your lips. Many of the ingredients never even tested for safety according to the C.I.R. - Cosmetic Ingredient Review. The chemicals that are certified by the C.I.R have been tested on animals.


Known Cancer causing Agents

Not surprisingly Blistex Lip Revitalizer scores in 9 of 12 toxic parameters. Blistex lip balm contains two carcinogens
- Saccharin and GLYCOLIC ACID - with linkage to skin cancer. NOT the kind of product you want to be using on your lips!


Cancer Linkage


This product also contains three other toxic ingredients -
HYDROGENATED LECITHIN, PETROLATUM, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE- that have been linked to breast cancer and other health concerns.


Penetration Enhancers


Also present are penetration enhancers:
bisabolol, HYDROGENATED LECITHIN. These agents work to infiltrate the lip/skin membrane - i.e. penetration enhancer - and in doing so increase exposures to the carcinogens listed above.


Untested Chemicals


Blistex Lip Balm contains 21 chemicals that have not been assessed for safety in cosmetic formulas by the C.I.R.

These chemicals are:
Saccharin, Silica, Calendula Extract, Castor Oil, Corn Oil, Silica, Squalane, Flavor, Saccharin, Isohexadecane, Latic Acid, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Jojoba Oil, Coconut Oil, Menthyl Anthranilate, Bis-Digly-Ceryl Caprylate/Caprate/Isostearate/Stea, Adipate, Almond Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Sesame Oil, Rhatania Root Extract, Borage Seed Oil, Cocoyl Hydrolyzed Soy Protein.


Parabens


Blistex lip balm also contains parabens, chemicals that have been recently linked to breast cancer in women. This study was reported by the BBC Sunday 11 January 2004.



PETROLATUM


The biggest controversy in the lip balm world is manufacturers using petroleum derivatives in their products. However this is not a new thing, this practice has been going on for decades.

The recent move by the EU to outlaw petroleum in lip balm has added fuel to the debate. From a common sense perspective the risks of putting petroleum on your lips is not rocket science.

Petrolatum, the ingredient used in Blistex lip balm has been linked to breast cancer. In spite of this Blistex does not warn their customers in any of their literature.


Recommendation

My advice is this, DO NOT use this addictive - yes that's right - lip balm under any circumstances. Blistex lip balm is hazardous to your health and lips.

If you use Blistex Lip Revitalizer now I strongly urge you to dump it immediately. Companies like these are particularly devious in how they cloak their toxic products in attractive window dressing. Please do no be fooled by the pretty packaging and celebrity endorsements.

One final thing ...Think long and hard before filling the coffers of a mega corp that KNOWINGLY uses toxic ingredients in their so called lip care product lines.

Take your hard earned money elsewhere and maybe in time Blistex Ltd. in time will learn not to put their customer's health at risk. If you use or continue to use this product you may suffer a myriad of health effects in the long term, according to the F.D.A. toxic grades.


Alternatives

There are legitimate alternatives to toxic products like these. You can make your own lip balm products using natural ingredients.

Or, if you are someone who likes the peace of mind that your natural skin care products are certified organic I would refer you to the top rating Miessence natural lip balm. The Miessence brand contains no synthetic chemicals.


Voice Your Opinion!

If you have an opinion or experience with Blistex lip balm please click on the feedback link. I will include your comments in the NSA Forum.

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In Detail

Natural Ingredient Rating: (+) 0.0
Blistex Lip Revitalizer rated in the Natural Skin Care Product Review.

Certified Organic
Blistex and the parent company Hain Celestial are not certified organic by any third party body.0.0
100% Natural Ingredients
No, Blistex lip balm does not contain all natural ingredients. See ingredient box below.0.0
No Synthetic Chemicals
Negative. This product contains synthetic chemicals. I have cross referenced the ingredient list with the Hazard MSDS database. See ingredient box below.0.0
No Animal Testing
Negative. Some of these chemicals have been tested on animals. This is required by the C.I.R to have certified chemicals.0.0
No Pesticides
Cannot be confirmed as Blistex lip balm is not certified organic.0.0
No G.M.O
Cannot be confirmed as Blistex skin care products are not certified organic.0.0
Cold Formulated
No. Since synthetic chemicals are used they need to be heated in the production process.0.0
Charitable Company
No charitable cause information found on the Blistex website.0.0
Total Score 0.0

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Toxic Ingredient Rating: (-) 3.7
Blistex Lip Revitalizer rated in the Natural Skin Care Product Review.

Cancer: Proven Link
Yes, 2 ingredients have confirmed links to cancer. Saccharin and GLYCOLIC ACID.0.9
Cancer: Possible Link
Yes, Blistex lip balm contains lecithin, WHITE PETROLATUM, tocopheryl acetate.0.7
Reproductive Toxins
None0.0
Safety Violation
None.0.0
Penetration Agents
Yes Blistex lip balm contains 2 ingredients - bisabolol, lecithin. These may increase exposures to carcinogens and other ingredients of concern.0.4
Untested Chemicals
Yes, 21 ingredients - have not been assessed for safety in cosmetics.
Saccharin, Silica, Calendula Extract, Castor Oil, Corn Oil, Silica, Squalane, Flavor, Saccharin, Isohexadecane, Latic Acid, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Jojoba Oil, Coconut Oil, Menthyl Anthranilate, Bis-Digly-Ceryl Caprylate/Caprate/Isostearate/Stea, Adipate, Almond Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Sesame Oil, Rhatania Root Extract, Borage Seed Oil, Cocoyl Hydrolyzed Soy Protein
0.3
Harmful Toxins
Yes, Blistex lip balm contains lecithin, Petrolatum, tocopheryl acetate.0.5
Animal Tested
Yes, the chemicals in Blistex lip balm that have been assessed for safety are animal tested. This is a requirement of the C.I.R.0.3
Parabens
Yes, methylparaben and propylparaben.0.2
Petrolatum
Yes.0.2
Tocopheryl
Yes, contains Tocopheryl Acetate0.2
Misleading Advertising
Yes, Blistex deliberately misleads its customers by claiming their products are natural. This is patently false as you can see from the ingredient listing.0.0
Total Score 3.7

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Directions For Use:
Blistex Lip Revitalizer
Score
Apply evenly to lips as necessary.
Default
Natural
Toxic
Total
5.0
0.0+
3.7 -
1.3

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Ingredients As Listed on Package
Blistex Lip Revitalizer
Active Ingredients: Contains: Dimethicone (1%) Inactive Ingredients: Cyclomethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Petrolatum, Microcrystalline Wax, Isohexadecane, Latic Acid, Silica, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Castor Oil, Jojoba Oil, Coconut Oil, Menthyl Anthranilate, Glyceryl Stearate, Bis-Digly-Ceryl Caprylate/Caprate/Isostearate/Stea, Adipate, HYDROGENATED LECITHIN, Flavor, GLYCOLIC ACID, Squalane, Almond Oil, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, Corn Oil, Retinyl Palmitate, Saccharin, Polybutene, Sorbic Acid, Methylparaben, Sunflower Seed Oil, Calendula Extract, Bisabolol, Sesame Oil, Rhatania Root Extract, Borage Seed Oil, Cocoyl Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Polyamino Sugar Condensate, PETROLATUM

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