Natural Product Review: Yes to Carrots Color Balm

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It always seems that I have more than enough lip balms around, and while all of the ones we receive at the office do an excellent job of keeping my lips soft, sometimes I want something beyond moisture. Sometimes, I want a little color. For those times, I reach for Yes to Carrots Color Balm.

Yes to Carrots’ line of tinted lip balms are made with all the good, moisturizing ingredients you want from a natural lip balm–beeswax; cocoa seed butter; and sunflower, olive, castor and jojoba oils–with just a hint of color that gives your lips a subtle sheen. Although the Environmental Working Group hasn’t reviewed the product on its Skin Deep cosmetics database, a quick search of the ingredients listed doesn’t raise any red flags. And like other products from the Yes To brands, the Color Balms are made without parabens, phthalates or SLS and not tested on animals.

Yes to Carrots Color Balm comes in three varieties: Peachy Keen (a light peach), Rosy Bloom (a medium pink) and Soft Plum (a richer, deeper red). Although the balms have a matte feeling common to lipsticks, their color isn’t as strong. I generally reach for the Soft Plum, as its color shows up strongest, and pair it with an oilier-based lip balm to create a lip gloss-like feeling that tones down the matte texture.

If you’re looking for serious, lasting color, this isn’t the product for you. But if you’re not a fan of lipsticks and want a moisturizing, tinted lip balm that will give you just the slightest hint of color for everyday use, give Yes to Carrots Color Balms a try. They’re $6 for a standard-size tube and can be found at a variety of locations in the U.S.

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