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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.

112 comments
the bare necessities
the bare necessities

every time I try to buy lip balm it's the plastic packaging that makes me put it back on the shelf.

finally finally a cardboard tube! and the flavors look fantastic (there is Turkish Delight as well!!).

thank you for sharing this!

tbn

the bare necessities
the bare necessities

every time I try to buy lip balm it's the plastic packaging that makes me put it back on the shelf.

finally finally a cardboard tube! and the flavors look fantastic (there is Turkish Delight as well!!).

thank you for sharing this!

tbn

Jb
Jb

I can hardly wait to have some time to really read through some of your posts. I've tried a couple of times to rid my life of plastic and have failed pretty miserably. I clicked on your website through a facebook post and the first thing that popped up was this post about Juniper lip balm. That almost blew me away as some kind of sign because the name of my business is Juniper!!! How crazy is that???!!!

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!  

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!

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Sheryl
Sheryl

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

thecompostdiaries
thecompostdiaries

I love the Juniperseed Mercantile site.  So many great products.  Would love to try them all.  I knew that paper facial tissues are made from wood pulp.  I never thought about them scratching the skin.  I think the Soothe Your Sniffer gift set would be great for my little guy.  He always has a box of tissues by his bead.  

thecompostdiaries
thecompostdiaries

I love the Juniperseed Mercantile site.  So many great products.  Would love to try them all.  I knew that paper facial tissues are made from wood pulp.  I never thought about them scratching the skin.  I think the Soothe Your Sniffer gift set would be great for my little guy.  He always has a box of tissues by his bead.

Marina Garland
Marina Garland

Herb-infused apple cider vinegar rinse can work for people with long, dry, tangly hair?! I'm so glad I visited Tiffany's website. What beautiful, thoughtful products, I am so heartened. 

Marina Garland
Marina Garland

Herb-infused apple cider vinegar rinse can work for people with long, dry, tangly hair?! I'm so glad I visited Tiffany's website. What beautiful, thoughtful products, I am so heartened.

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.



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. 

Radicalturtle
Radicalturtle

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

Eve Stavros
Eve Stavros

Some fabulous products there! So great to see so many alternatives which are healthy, eco, and yummy sounding. 

I did not know that shea butter is so important in Africa, both as a skin-care product,, and for the women:  "In Africa, Shea Butter is considered the number one most important product to keep in your personal apothecary, for everything that ails the skin. Shea butter production is mostly a women’s industry, so purchasing it supports small businesses in an important way. "

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Eve Stavros
Eve Stavros

Some fabulous products there! So great to see so many alternatives which are healthy, eco, and yummy sounding. 

I did not know that shea butter is so important in Africa, both as a skin-care product,, and for the women:  "In Africa, Shea Butter is considered the number one most important product to keep in your personal apothecary, for everything that ails the skin. Shea butter production is mostly a women’s industry, so purchasing it supports small businesses in an important way. "

Jamie Smith
Jamie Smith

So exciting! Been looking for plastic free lip balm that was also vegan. Going through this site, I see a lot of great stuff but I am especially drawn to their Alternatives to Disposables category. What a great idea! I like the idea of an eco-friendly alternatives to the disposable Swiffer pads. Will definitely look into getting those.

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Jamie Smith
Jamie Smith

So exciting! Been looking for plastic free lip balm that was also vegan. Going through this site, I see a lot of great stuff but I am especially drawn to their Alternatives to Disposables category. What a great idea! I like the idea of an eco-friendly alternatives to the disposable Swiffer pads. Will definitely look into getting those.

(Jamie Smith - jamiemsmith2012@hotmail.com)

jaclynfett
jaclynfett

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

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.

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.


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!

BethTerry
BethTerry

@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.  :-)

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!

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.

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.

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What I Learned From The Site: I learned that some are sweetened with Stevia AND that there are unscented options, which would b nice when I want moisture and not necessarily a flavor.

mhburchard
mhburchard

Name: Madeline

Contact: madeline@earthteam.net

What I Learned From The Site: I learned that some are sweetened with Stevia AND that there are unscented options, which would b nice when I want moisture and not necessarily a flavor.

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.

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.  :-)