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July 20th, 2016


A decoding of what’s inside the 100% natural famous lip balm sphere.

“Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.” This quote—translated from Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin’s Physiologie du Goût, published way back in the 1800s—still resonates today. In fact, that we-are-what-we-eat mantra has us all blending smoothies, lining up for pressed juices, and massaging our kale salads. It has also made us take a closer look at what we put on our mouth. Considering we basically ingest the stuff, shouldn’t your lip balm be as good for you as that chia seed pudding you just ordered?

eos Certified Organic Lip Balm Smooth Spheres are 95% organic and 100% natural. They are also packed with Internet-famous ingredients (we’re looking at you, coconut oil) that are rich in antioxidants and vitamins, and that happen to do a killer job at moisturizing lips. In fact, eos wants you know more about the good-for-you ingredients inside its lip balms, so six are broken down here, dictionary style. Why the Merriam-Webster treatment? Because reading cosmetic packaging has become a lot like decoding nutrition labels at the grocery store—it requires learning an entirely new vocabulary. Consider this your cheat sheet.

noun co·cos nu·ci·fer·a oil

In the world of moisturizers, coconut oil is king. This antioxidant- and vitamin-packed hydrating tonic is beloved for its anti-aging properties (it brightens skin and lightens dark spots), as well as its ability to do everything from soothe sunburns to whiten teeth.

Just about all of the glowy-skinned and glossy-haired health-conscious women we know swear by it. Victoria’s Secret Angels and Gwyneth Paltrow sing its praises and slather it everywhere, from their face to their feet.

To make its Certified Organic Lip Balm Smooth Spheres, eos buys a boatload of coconut oil, aka enough to fill the two large water tanks at the Toronto CN Tower.

Origin and Etymology
This beauty elixir is squeezed from the meat of mature coconuts.

Example in a sentence
Why isn’t there a coconut emoji?!

noun o·le·a eur·o·pae·a fruit oil

A pillar of the Mediterranean diet, olive oil is magic on dry skin thanks to its fatty acids, including linoleic acid which helps seal in moisture, but still allows skin to breathe.

Your vinaigrette’s MVP has an impressive roster of antioxidants, plus vitamins A and E, that work together to neutralize skin-sabotaging free radicals from party crashers like pollution and UV rays.

The amount of olive oil eos buys is equivalent to 8 hockey rinks. Score!

Example in a sentence
This grain bowl is key, but it could use a drizzle of olive oil and some sea salt.

Origin and etymology
The fruit of the olea europaea tree, whole olives are pressed to extract their golden oil.

noun bees·wax

A humectant, beeswax attracts moisture helping to keep skin hydrated for longer. It also creates a protective barrier—kind of like Beyonce’s Bey Hive protects Queen B—making it a force in lip balm.

The power of beeswax isn’t a modern discovery. It was highly prized and used as a currency in ancient times, and its cred as a smoothing salve started as early as 79 AD, when Romans made a broth with it to soften skin.

eos is the largest user of organic beeswax in the world, which works out to about 2.5 times the amount of maple syrup that Nova Scotia produces annually.

Example in a sentence
Mind your own beeswax.

Origin and etymology
Honeybees secrete a wax from their glands that hardens to create a protective lining around the honeycomb. #nature

noun bu·ty·ros·per·mum par·kii but·ter

If you live in a cold climate, shea butter is a serious beauty ally. For lips and hands, it’s especially key because it delivers a heavy helping of moisture to dry skin, and it absorbs quickly.

Shea butter’s bio is impressive. Along with moisturizing fatty acids, it’s loaded with antioxidants, as well as vitamins A, D, and E. It’s also extra gentle, which means sensitive skin types—and even babies—can use it.

eos uses raw materials from six continents across the globe, including Africa, where its shea butter is sourced.

Example in a sentence
If you live in Canada, buying a hand cream with shea butter is like a rite of passage.

Origin and etymology
This rich salve is brought to you by the African shea tree nut.

noun to·co·pher·ol

Vitamin E is a humble skincare star. Its antioxidant superpowers act like a firewall against free radical damage, and help calm inflamed skin. When paired with Vitamin C, it can also help target photo damage, which is caused by sun exposure.

Its hydrating properties and ability to lock in water can help soften the appearance of crow’s feet and the elevens that can pop up between the brows.

Just like the multi-talented Vitamin E, eos lip balms can do more than just moisturize lips. Some beauty hacks we love: try using it as a cuticle softener, brow gel, or even applying it to hair to smooth split ends.

Example in a sentence
Are you taking a Vitamin E supplement?

Origin and etymology
TBT: Vitamin E was discovered in 1922.

noun simm·ond·si·a chin·en·sis seed oil

Like a little sister who copies her older sibling, jojoba oil is an effective moisturizer because its chemistry mimics our body’s natural oils. It’s also excellent at balancing them, which means oily skin types can use it in a moisturizer, and not fear a slick T zone.

The plant-based waxy oil performs what it does in its native environment: create a protective wall against the harsh elements. This comes in handy in a lip balm, when the skin barrier needs to call in back up. Like, say during a polar vortex.

eos buys enough organic raw materials a year to equal the daily beer consumption of 8.6 million Canadians. Cheers to that.

Example in a sentence
It’s not jojoba, it’s hohoba.

Origin and etymology
It’s derived from the seeds of a shrub that grows in southwestern U.S. and Mexico.

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