I am a lip balm addict.
I don't go for more than a few hours without reapplying. That's an issue - I know. Don't tell me I need to drink more water or cut it out for a few days so I don't need it as much.
It won't work, and I'm not quitting. I don't smoke, but apparently I have some oral fixation need that is met with the application of lip balm. Totally harmless...right?
I don't tend to watch or take Dr. Oz's recommendations too much to heart. (I would die of panic attacks just trying to employ a week's worth of his tips.)
One comment that hit home was when he said that women with breast cancer had twice the levels of hydrocarbons in their systems - which can be attributed to petroleum-based products - like standard lip balm.
I don't normally succumb to scare tactics after one mention, but between the exorbitant amount of lip balm I use - paired with my eerie premonition of breast issues in my future - I immediately pushed away from petroleum based lip balm (read: Chapstick).
While other beauty products also use petroleum jelly, I'm not putting it on my lips and inadvertently consuming it with my food like I do lip balm.
Enter Burt's Bees.
Much more accessible than just a couple of years ago, Burt's Bees lip balm is beeswax-based, and contains no petroleum jelly.
I tried it with hesitation at first - I had been a die-hard Chapstick user for as long as I can remember.
I was surprised and delighted with the change! My favorite is the replenishing lip balm with pomegranate oil.
I'm proud to say that I'm a convert -- and I'm not looking back!