Our very first products, before we were even a real company, were lip balms. We’ve always loved experimenting with different butters, oils, flavors, and waxes. We were determined to make lip balms with the best slip, moisture, taste, and longevity. For us, that meant using beeswax.
We love beeswax because it’s:
–Easy to get responsibly sourced
–Allows skin to breathe
–Does not clog pores
–Can be organic and free of added chemicals
–Harvesting does not hurt the bees
At the same time, we love and respect our vegan buyers. While we’re partial to animal products (and insist on humane, sustainable, cruelty-free sourcing), we understand that others have chosen a different path. For them, we offer lip balms and other products that use candelilla, carnauba, or plant-based cera bellina waxes instead of beeswax.
We’re serious about research and experimentation here at Blam! And Scared Soapless. So we wanted to know all we could about vegan waxes before introducing them to our line—which we did—with our Lime in the Coconut and Coconut Pineapple lip balms. In our tests, we found that the cocoa butter didn’t get along with the vegan waxes in our Cherry Cordial lip balms, so those are always made with beeswax.
Blam! is considering phasing out vegan waxes. We want to know your opinions. Vegan waxes have become an issue for us, because we aren’t sure they’re really best for nature on balance.
Vegan waxes are, as we know, made from plant-based sources. Caranuba wax is made from palm plants. Palm is already a tricky issue since much of it is not sustainably sourced. It’s strongly suggested that palm oil harvesting has been catastrophic to our rainforests, and that lip balm might not be a smart trade for breathable air.
Candelilla wax is made from a shrub that only grows in very hot climate. In addition to needing a LOT of them to make even a few grams of wax, the conditions under which they are harvested involve underpaid workers and shady business practices.
Cera bellina waxes should be made from plant-based sources, but are also available as highly refined beeswax. It can be difficult to know what you’re getting.
Soy wax is also a thing. We hated using it. We hated how it feels on skin.
We want to be good to the Earth.
We want our customers to be happy.
We want to respect people, animals, and the planet.
We need your help and opinions on this issue.
Right now our thinking is to phase out vegan waxes in our regular line. We would still offer them wholesale, and for events like custom wedding, shower, birthday, bat mizvah, or other holiday favors or gifts.
If we did this, all the lip balms in the Blam! line would revert to beeswax versions once we sell through our current inventory. We don’t think you’ll notice any difference in quality or feel, but you might feel a little better about your carbon footprint. We definitely want to know what you think!
New flavors are coming this Spring/Summer!!!