Hey, hey! So, recently I just bought this new (to me) lip butter from Nivea. I bought the Coconut scented one on sale for $3 NZD, $2 less than usual. I decided today that I would research the ingredients and whether it being so cheap means the ingredients are sub-par too. My hopes are that I have found an amazing product for an amazing price. I love this lip balm and hope it will do well! I know that Nivea products all seem to be pretty good, and people like them. This is going to make it really interesting to see if the ingredients pull through for me or if they are a big fat flop.
I’m going to go through the ingredients from largest to smallest proportions contained in the product.
Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax): This is a “hydrocarbon wax” that is derived from petroleum. It’s a “bulking agent” stabilising the product as well as refining texture. “Hydrocarbon” is how the molecules are bonded together. This ingredient has a low hazard score. Click the link above to see more about this ingredient on the EWG’s Cosmetics Database.
Paraffinum Liquidum: This is a mineral oil that has been incredibly refined from petroleum. It mositurises and hydrates skin. When researching this particular ingredient, I discovered that it actually has some pretty serious potential side effects. It can affect the immune system and could potentially be harmful to the body. This ingredient has a moderate hazard score. Make sure to check out the EWG’s Cosmetics Database above.
Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate: This tongue-twister is basically used to be moisturising, soothing and softening for skin. It appears to be fairly safe, especially compared to the ingredient above, and it has a low hazard score! Check it out on EWG’s Cosmetics Database above.
Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter: This was the first ingredient that I actually recognised; Shea Butter, sourced from the Butyrospermum Parkii tree in Africa. The effects it has include nourishing, hydrating and soothing the skin. To read about it check out the link above for the EWG’s Cosmetics Database, this also has a low hazard score
Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil: This is sweet almond oil, it will moisturise and fragrance the skin without feeling overly heavy. This product boasts a low hazard score, making it safe for cosmetic use. Read up about it in the link above from EWG’s Cosmetics Database.
Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil: Castor Seed oil is another moisturising ingredient. This has a fairly low hazard score, the issue that it has is that it can be an irritant on the skin. I am sensitive and haven’t had issues with it, but it may affect you. Read up more on the EWG link above.
Aqua: Water, we all know how awfully toxic this is! Haha just kidding, water is fab fam.
Glycerin: This ingredient isn’t the best for vegans and vegetarians out there as it can be made from both animals and from vegetables. It is usually a byproduct of making soap with animal fat. This ingredient is everywhere; in toothpaste, mouthwash, Brake Fluid, chewing gum, medicine and so on. I highlighted brake fluid because do I really want to use something used in brake fluid on my mouth? It has a fairly good hazard score but hmm, no. Check it out using the link above.
Glyceryl Glucoside: This one was actually really hard to find good information on. Its hazard score is low, it is a moisturiser. I found information on this on the incospharm website here, and of course the EWG database above.
BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene): This is a preservative used in both cosmetic care products and in food. It has a moderate hazard score which is kind of scary; I don’t want to put anything even slightly hazardous on my skin at all! Research has shown that it can cause allergy issues and it also has TOXICITY issues. Thus meaning that when you use this ingredient you could potentially be hurting your body! Read up about this on the EWG database above.
Aroma: Just the scent of the product. I don’t know what made the scent which makes me weary, especially seeing as this can affect sensitivity. I found a little information on this through Paula’s Choice Skincare above.
CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide): This is an “inorganic compound” that is used to colour products, to be a sunscreen, make things more opaque and to absorb UV light. This has a low to moderate toxicity score. It does have research showing that it could possibly be a carcinogen when inhaled or in aerosol form. This is another hard pass from me. I’d rather not play with this ingredient and risk the potential outcomes. Check it out on EWG above.
Okay, so I totally did not think that I would highlight the ingredient issues that I did. You would perhaps think that such a big company would have thought more about the potential impact of their products ingredients. This lip balm has been a huge disappointment to me, now I know the ingredients. Unfortunately, I will be throwing this lip balm straight into the trash as I don’t want to subject my skin to anything harmful. It’s a real shame.
What do you think? Any better lip balm ideas?
PS I’m not going to tell you where to buy this lip balm because don’t.