Designed from the start as a set, the sum of our Honey & Olive Oil Lip Collection really is greater than its parts. At the heart of this collection is our ultra-moisturizing lip serum that employs 3 different mechanisms to soothe, smooth, and hydrate even the most stubborn splits. As a companion, our sunflower wax-fortified lip balm is designed to have a high-gloss, non-sticky finish with a low level of absorption, to fully seal moisturized lips with a physical barrier. Our hydrating scrub finishes out the collection with gentle exfoliation to give you the smoothest possible finish.
For best results, use our scrub once or twice a week, the serum daily, and the lip balm whenever you need a little more protective oomph.
Apply a tiny amount of Lip Scrub to wet lips using a very gentle circular motion until sugar has fully dissolved. Wipe away any excess product with a damp cloth.
Apply lip serum in a thick, continuous coating morning & night, allowing treatment to fully absorb (~10 minutes) before touching lips or applying any other products. Follow with a light coat of lip balm for maximum protection.
What Is a Lip Serum?
Among quality products, a lip serum is not a lip balm as is not intended to function or be used in the same way. A lip balm is very thick and normally has a very high wax content because it is intended to sit on top of the skin to form a barrier between delicate lip skin and the environment. This is very useful for preventing moisture loss to harsh conditions, or wind or cold damage, but is useless in healing or rehydrating already dry and damaged skin. In contrast, a lip serum is intended to fully penetrate the skin, softening, hydrating, smoothing and even promoting healing in already damaged skin. It should therefore be used as a base layer under lip balm, lipstick or lip gloss. Such extra care is often necessary because lip skin lacks sebaceous glands, meaning it has no way of creating its own sebum – the natural oils and waxes produced by most of your skin to soften, hydrate and protect it from the environment.
What's in the Jar
Olive Oil is emollient and occlusive, meaning it softens and moisturizes within skin and forms a barrier on top of skin preventing moisture loss and protecting the skin from the surrounding environment. It is rich in squalene, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and rich in Vitamins A, D, E and K
Honey is incredibly moisturizing and promotes wound healing. It has emollient, humectant and occlusive properties, meaning it smooths and softens, draws water into the skin, and forms a barrier on top of the skin that prevents moisture from leaving and environmental damage out.
Sugar has a very low melting point compared to salt, making it a much gentler and less abrasive option than salt or non-dissolving physical exfoliants. We find it far less likely to scratch skin, especially when finely ground as in our formulations. Sugar is also moisturizing, serving as a natural humectant that draws water into the skin, and is classified as skin conditioning and soothing.
Sunflower Seed Wax gives formulations a high gloss, a non-sticky finish, and a low level of absorption into skin as compared to beeswax. This results in a balm that goes on smooth and dry, and stays there without melting or absorbing.
Beeswax has a softer, more pliable texture and greater penetrative ability than other natural waxes. Beeswax is also strongly occlusive, meaning it creates a protective barrier on top of skin, and fills in microfissures and spaces between cells for a smoother finish.
Shea Butter is one of the few strongly occlusive ingredients that is non-comedogenic. This means it is highly protective, greatly reducing trans-epidermal water loss, without giving a slick, heavy feel. It is also an emollient, meaning it softens and hydrates skin.
Jojoba Oil is chemically so similar to sebum (skin’s natural oil) that the body responds to it as though it were sebum. This allows jojoba oil to penetrate quickly, easily and deeply into skin, pulling its humectant, (selectively) antibacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties with it.
Castor Oil is rich in fatty acids that soften and hydrate skin from within and promote healthy tissue growth. It also has humectant properties that help to draw water deep into the skin, and is both anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial which can help to calm sensitive skin.
Why Apply to Moist Lips?
Because lip skin is among the most porous and delicate on your body, it is highly susceptible to moisture gain and loss. So susceptible, in fact, that you will almost definitely notice that your lips are smoother and plumper after wetting them with water, which will then almost immediately begin to leach back out once absorbed. If you want to maximize the amount of hydration in your lips, you will get the best results by starting will fully hydrated lips, a few minutes after they have been wet. This is true regardless of the type or brand of product used.
Don’t Forget to Moisturize
Even though our lip scrub is highly moisturizing on its own, the entire point of exfoliation is to remove the top dead layers of skin, revealing the fresh, new softer skin underneath. This new skin is extremely fragile and delicate and needs to have the protection afforded by the removed skin replaced to avoid irritation and premature weathering. It is therefore critical that you apply some occlusive agent to any freshly exfoliated skin. (An occlusive agent is a category of moisturizer that creates a physical barrier on top of the skin. Vaseline, olive oil, beeswax, shea butter, etc. are all different types of heavier occlusive agent that serve this purpose).
Full Ingredient List
Lip Serum: Honey, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Beeswax, Sorbitan Olivate [derived from olive], Lecithin, Cinnamomum zeylanicum [cinnamon essential oil], Fragrance
Lip Balm: Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Ricinus communis (Castor) oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Honey, Water (Aqua), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Sorbitan Olivate [derived from olive], Helianthus Annuus (sunflower) seed wax, Fragrance, Lecithin.
Lip Scrub: Honey, Sucrose (Sugar), Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Ricinus communis (Castor) oil, Sorbitan Olivate [derived from olive], Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (sunflower) seed wax, Fragrance