burts bees replenishing lip balm

overall rating: 9/10
full product name: burts bees replenishing lip balm with pomegranate oil

i wasn't in love with burt's bees beeswax lip balm (it dried my lips out! and i'm not a huge fan of the minty, cooling effect) but because i really respect them for not testing on animals i try to use more of their products and this time i was not disappointed. it goes on smooth and thin (but you don't need a heavy layer) which makes it feel invisible on your lips. although it is tinted it goes on clear as far as i can see (but it does say it should give a hint of color, but i haven't noticed it).

it has a really refreshing pomegranate smell, not overly-sweet or sour it just smells like pomegranate. its also good to know that it doesn't have any sulfates, parabens or petrochemicals.
the ingredients are all natural but natural does not necessary mean environmentally friendly. to grow the plants they need land which may come from decreasing the size of a forest or taking over what was a natural habitat and ecosystem. an example is palm oil which is the main ingredient in many soaps. take a minute to read this piece from lush (the complete article is available by clicking on the link)
Palm oil plantations now cover vast swathes of land in Indonesia and Malaysia. Most of these plantations are in areas which were once covered in lush tropical rainforests. This conversion of forests to monoculture palm plantations has resulted in the loss of some of the most important ecosystems on the planet. Fires are deliberately lit to clear and prepare the land causing massive quantities of carbon to be released into the atmosphere, adding to the already serious global problem of climate change.

i must add that although natural products are not as ideal as companies try to make them look, they are still better them chemical products made in laboratories.

Ingredients: helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, cera alba (beeswax, cire d'abeille), cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, lanolin, aroma (flavor), punica granatum (pomegranate) oil, tocopherol, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, glycine soja (soybean) oil, canola oil (huile de colza), carmine, benzyl salicylate, cinnamal, citral, eugenol, geraniol, hydroxycitronellal, limonene, linalool

so all in all i really liked this lip balm, it what it promised (hydrate and smoothen my lips) and i recommend it!
its too bad it doesn't have any spf ):

lastly something totally unrelated and irrelevant to lip balm or eco-friendly stuff...

this is just too weird. my two favorite actors who both stared my favorite film

look like freaking twins. god i miss you heath ): in five days it will be 29th month anniversary of his death. may he be resting in peace. so grateful we still have joseph gordon levitt! (if you do not know who joe is you need to see rent 500 days of summer!)

foods that are less healthy than you may think

granola bars

although made out of oats and nuts, most store bought granola bars don't contain enough nutritional value to make up for their amount of calories, fat and sugar. with usually 120 calories a bar and 2 bars a pack a snack of granola bars is roughly 240 calories! that's as much as a chocolate bar! compare the nutrition value charts and you wont find much of a difference, not much more fiber, vitamins or minerals. however if your usual snack is a chocolate bar, these are still a step up. always check the label!

dried fruit

raisin do contain some iron and bits of other nutrition but most of what made it healthy when it was a fruit is long gone by the time the factories and through with them. after, its mainly sugar and mainly useless nutrition wise. that's why dried grapes are called raisins, they ain't grapes no more =(

peanut butter

I have no idea why pb&j sandwiches are thought to make up a healthy lunch. smooth between white bread and you have a fairly nutrition-less lunch. your average supermarket peanut butter has 100 calories a tablespoon with 8 grams of fat and 2-3 grams of protein, what's more is that lower-fat peanut butters usually have icing sugar in them, to make them taste better. the little protein that is in it does not outweigh the bad qualities in it.

jam is just sugar and preservatives with a fruit flavor. check the label and you wont find any nutrition. (2% iron does not make up for the 17 grams of sugar!)

fruit juice

fruit juice would be fairly healthy if there wasn't so much sugar in it, there's more sugar in one of those lunch-pack-size juice boxes then in a chocolate candy bar. there's also a high level of preservatives to keep the juice from going bad, after all, how long would an real orange last in your home? oh and even fruit juices labeled "no sugar added" or "100% juice" have added sugar in the form of fructose.

diet pop

ever wonder how they make it so sweet without any sugar content? back in 7th grade, my teacher decided to do a little experiment, put a old penny inside a cup of diet coke and see what happened to it a couple days later. guess what? that rusty penny came out sparkling clean and bright. diet pop is even worse then regular pop, it bloats you up and messes with your blood sugar levels causing you to crave sugar more. it will not help you lose weight!

white bread and enriched white bread

all the nutrition in the grains are destroyed in the refining process that it takes to make the bread white, companies then "enrich it" by adding vitamins and such in the form of chemicals but your body can't process these chemicals very well making white bread just a pack of bad carbs.

i've been trying to focus on school lately. the past few years i've been sidetracking but i'm finally getting my priorities straight. i'm not sure if becoming a director is what i really want all i know for certain is i want a job that pays a lot :) maybe a lawyer ($80-$500 an hour!!), which has been a highly recommenced career path for me(must be my combo of bossy + stubborn + persistentness) being a good girl makes me feel safe, i don't want to worry anymore i don't want to hope or think or rely on luck, i want know, i want to make my own luck and i want my future to be made of my decisions. hope everyone's having a great week! one month to go 'til summer vacation (:

If we would see the color of our future,
we must look for it in our present;
if we would gaze on the star of our destiny,
we must look for it in our hearts.
Canon Farrar