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May 1, 2014

Plastic-Free Vegan Lip Balm from Juniperseed Mercantile

 

Tiffany Norton of Juniperseed Mercantile tried different kinds of packaging for her delicious lip balms until she found the right one.  She sent me one to try in its brand new cardboard tube, and I love it.

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Here’s what Tiffany has to say:

Now packaged without plastic and made without beeswax!! I am super excited to share my new paper tube lip balms! They are more than three times the size of a typical little plastic tube, so they will last you quite a long time. And since there is no plastic involved in the packaging (even the label is made of recycled paper), you can recycle or compost the tube after use, and feel good about reducing your plastic impact on the earth. This is absolutely, without a doubt, the greenest way to purchase lip balm. We will even ship your package without plastic tape!  

I make and sell breakfast burritos sometimes at school. I just make them the way I like them. Turns out, everyone else likes them just like I do. I’m always surprised, but people tell me all the time my breakfast burritos are the best they’ve ever had. Same thing with my lip balm. You might think lip balm is just lip balm. Who really knows the difference between brands? But I have been told over and over again, this lip balm is the best my customers have ever tried. I didn’t really set out to make the world’s best lip balm. I just tweaked my recipe again and again until it came out just the way I like it. Turns our everyone else likes it just that way too!

This vanilla tangerine vegan lip balm is creamy and yummy.  The ingredients are:  coconut oil, hemp seed oil, avocado oil, sunflower oil, candelila wax, cocoa butter, vitamin E, tangerine essential oil, vanilla, and stevia.

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Not only are the lip balms packaged in cardboard tubes, but Tiffany doesn’t use any plastic shipping materials either.

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Enter the Drawing

The drawing is over. The winner is Laura. Congratulations!

Tiffany will give away one tube of plastic-free vegan lip balm to a random U.S. resident entrant.  To enter:

1)  Visit the Juniperseed Mercantile site and look around.

2) Come back to this blog and leave a comment with your name, a way to contact you, and one thing you learned from the Juniperseed website.

I’ll choose a winner in two weeks, so there’s plenty of time to let your friends know about this giveaway!

Get a Discount

Use Discount Code PLASTICFREE15 for 15% off all US and Canadian orders placed through the website.  Every order over $50 gets free shipping.  (Coupon expires July 1.)

International (besides Canada) orders can be ordered and shipped via the Etsy Shop.



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53 comments
zestkam
zestkam

shirayael4@gmail.com   -->  I learned that it can be extremely rewarding when companies put out the effort to provide healthy, environmentally friendly products at a reasonable price to consumers.  That's how consumerism SHOULD be :)  I especially admire the fact that they do not use any plastic in their shipping.  I would love to try a Juniperseed Mercantile product!  

Sheryl
Sheryl

I like that she is helping a young boy pay his own way to camp by selling his photographs on her site.

CherylPenn
CherylPenn

Small grind on sugar makes a good exfoliant! No wonder the face wash I use now feels like chunks of concrete AND I'm not really sure what those chunks really are - gosh, could they be plastic? It's much more reassuring to know that Juniperseed's face cleansers are using a small grind of sugar as the exfoliant. I also liked that the shea butters are offered in glass bottles as opposed to nothing but plastic.

I also learned that shea butter production for beauty/health products is mostly a women owned industry.  Interesting fact.



Allisoun
Allisoun

Those bamboo cloths look amazing! Definitely saving up!

Radicalturtle
Radicalturtle

I learned that there are free samples with every order! that's pretty cool. 

jaclynfett
jaclynfett

Sniffle Stick looks really nice, it's stinks having a sore nose after being sick.  Would really like to try this product!

Paul
Paul

One thing I was uncertain about from the website was whether or not the ingredients in the vegan lip balms were organic?  I sent Juniperseed a message to find out.  (Psst, these tubes look identical to the Avasol sunblock cardboard tubes!)  

LEC
LEC

You had me at decadent! I especially love the casing used for the lip balm. I was always curious what happens to the millions and millions of chapstick tubes after disposal. My other fave category is Alternatives to Disposables! We all need to use the eco alternatives to products that are not healthy for the planet.

Trish Donley
Trish Donley

What a wonderful, eco-friendly business! It was fun to explore the site. I learned that commercial "chest rubs" have lots of yucky ingredients! Love the Soothe Your Sniffer Gift Set--complete with a get-well card! Also love the Mother and Baby Mega Gift Set--waiting for someone to give that to! So nice to see vegan-friendly items, especially lip balms, which so often contain beeswax. I've been using hankies for years, and have been looking for some replacements, and here they are! Love the minimalist packaging, too. Looking forward to not throwing away any more plastic lip balm tubes! Plan to place an order soon!

Erin Kurnik
Erin Kurnik

inspiredearth@yahoo.com  The facial care products look delicious!  Plus, I love how they are packaged in a glass bottle with metal cap.


Carissa
Carissa

Wow! What amazing products! And unpaper towels--those look amazing!

JamieStone
JamieStone

I love the reusable cotton rounds!  So much fun stuff to look at on the site!  I can be reached at jamieann96 at hotmail.  Thank you!

Camille
Camille

Love that the packaging for this is biodegradable and I love that she offers so many vegan products!

chicknlil
chicknlil

didn't know there was cleaning spray for a baby's bottom!  My mom always used a warm wash rag that was color coded to be washed with the diapers. 

Lip balm seems really appealing.  I work outside and use a lot of balm.

Lisel
Lisel

Love that the packaging for lip balm is compostable!! The styling of the packaging is both old world looking and modern at the same time.

Amanda J
Amanda J

I'd never heard of this company before! I appreciate their eco-mindedness and vegan options. I also like that they send free samples with every order. :)

Susan
Susan

I learned that there are alternatives to swiffer cloths, which have become expensive, and worse yet, are treated with Febreeze, which is a disaster!

I was just about to go out and buy lip balm because the tube on mine stopped working and it is almost gone. So it is good timing for me to try a different brand.

Danene P
Danene P

This looks like a great little shop. I learned about the beneficial uses of calendula and chamomile for your skin. 


Carol H
Carol H

I learned there are a lot of people who care what they use on their skin and not fall for big companies promises.

Sarah S
Sarah S

I learned that I still balk at non-disposable tissues and that I need to keep my mind open on that front.

TammyHopenHamilton
TammyHopenHamilton

I purchase from these ladies often!  Love, Love, there lotions and cream as well as unpaper towels.  Best bonus ever, they send a free sample with every order!

Mary HImmer
Mary HImmer

I like Juniper Seed's use of un-paper towels and how their products are organic.  I had no idea organic baby burp cloths even existed.  Now I hope someone I know has a baby.

Monja
Monja

What a great site! I learned once again that you absolutelly don't need plastic in your life!! And I love the fact that there is more and more places where we can shop ecofriendly products to live toxinfree and  without polluting our homes and our world. 

eascello
eascello

Love that they value using ecologically responsible materials!!

DanielleRichardet
DanielleRichardet

Ummm... honestly, I learned that I want to order too many things.  :P

Seriously, though the foot care items sound divine (my feet are in desperate need of a pedicure after our camping trip!)... and the foot soak and whipped shea mousse both come in glass!! (clap clap clap!)


:) Danielle 

Midge
Midge

Little Love and Big Daddy-O are both lip balm junkies so it'll be great not to toss more plastic junk into the recycle bin. Many thanks for making such a big difference a little bit at a time. 

And now I see a few things at Juniperseed Mercantile I want hanging about the house, especially those Flannel UnPaper Towels for drying dishes. Unbleached, organic 100% cotton!

wildonewithin[at]gmail[dot]com

Smiles!

Laura
Laura

Wow, I want everything on that site now... I already use apple cider vinegar as a conditioner, but I'm excited by the info on the product page of the herbal-infused ACV that eventually I may be able to use it without any shampoo bar or baking soda at all. Also, I'm excited to try her herbal ACV because I bet the smell is much nicer! 

I can be reached at hughlaura at gmail 

KathyG
KathyG

This is a very timely post, as I'm almost out of lip balm and need to stock up..  I had NO IDEA it could be packaged in cardboard, and would love to see how it works.

bertouc
bertouc

"Down To Earth Decadence" I love it!

barbfink
barbfink

Thanks for the giveaway and showing this great company.  I use lip balms all time time, but just recently became concerned about the ingredients and the packaging.  I will certainly make the switch to these.

utsiesharma
utsiesharma

the vanilla papaya scrub looks (and i bet it smells) awesome! i can be reached at utsiesharma at gmail dot com.  thanks!

LisaGee
LisaGee

I love this website!  I learned that there are many, many products there that I want to try.  Also, I didn't know that you couldn't use alcohol-based products to clean yoga mats.  Thanks for sharing. 

You can reach me thru Facebook

Mairki
Mairki

Juniperseed Mercantile looks like a great place to shop for responsibly made and packaged products. I'm thrilled to see they have skin care and cleaning products available at reasonable prices. Thanks for sharing about them! --Kirsten, username at gmail

Michelle
Michelle

What a great site!  I love the look of those dinner napkins!

I can be reached at tunyosmond at yahoo dot ca

Thanks for this giveaway :)

DianeWilliamson
DianeWilliamson

I learned that they don't sell toothbrushes. (I really want that lip balm!)

I can be contacted on facebook.


Diane Williamson
Diane Williamson

Wow! The plastic-free fight is so rewarding--to see these changes!

Lizzie
Lizzie

I just tried to purchase lip balm through the Juniper Mercantile site (I never win giveaways so I figured, might as well!), and the discount code doesn't work. Could it not be coded in yet?

stephanie
stephanie

I didn't know you could fleece bamboo fabric.  The lip balm looks wonderful! Also the papaya vanilla scrub.  Bookmarked!  Wonder if she'll package in a glass jar if requested.  I notice some things come with that option, but not all.  Either way, once I run through my current chunk of cocoa butter, I'll give some of her stuff a try!  My email is "stephaniehamar" at gmail.

erinehmas
erinehmas

Juniperseed Mercantile has a home run. I see on their site that if you order $50 of goods, shipping is free. I may order lots of lip balm to give away as gifts. Please contact me via DM on twitter - I follow you. Thank you always! Eriko Kojima @erinehmas

SarahRae55
SarahRae55

I like that there is a whole section on "alternatives to disposables." The lip balm flavors sound yummy! Sarah Lecus: sarahlecus (at) gmail (dot) com

pigbook1
pigbook1

I am interested in some of the face scrubs, but especially those lip balms. None of the ingredients are on my known "i hate that" list. I am a HUGE fan of lip balm and have a million tubes all over my house/car/office. I'm also kind of picky so I am always as bit shy about trying new brands

Indra
Indra

Love this...and will try the lip balm. I looked on their site to see if they have regional retailers. Does not look like it. Love learning about Juniperseed Mercantile and all that they offer!

Sunny of Stone Dragon
Sunny of Stone Dragon

I do believe I will be ordering a few of the Juniperseed Mercantile products!  I love some of the ideas & products I found on the website, and I've bookmarked it for a return to it!

BethTerry
BethTerry moderator

@Sarah S  Thanks for being honest.  I have been using cut up rags to blow my nose and I love them.  A lot softer than paper tissue.  :-)

juniperseedmercantile
juniperseedmercantile

No regional retailers yet! We are a mother-daughter small time shop. Hope to expand soon though! :-)

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