This formula is created from Sun Si-miao’s and Wang Tao’s favorite Chinese herbs for soothing, smoothing, and moisturizing the lips. The Chinese herbs in this formula have been used to promote lip health and beauty for over 1,000 years.
Sesame oil is the most commonly used oil in making Chinese medicinal skin creams and ointments. It nourishes and moistens the skin. Grapeseed oil is currently the rage in skin care products. However, it has been used for more than a thousand years in Chinese skin moisturizing and softening ointments. Grapeseed oil contains procyanidolic oligomers (PCOs), also called pycogenols and vitamin P, which are powerful antioxidants that scavenge free radicals. In addition, the PCOs in grapeseed oil increase intracellulur levels of Vitamin C, decrease capillary fragility by stabilizing collagen, help protect collagen structure from destructive forces, and maintain elastin. Beeswax is likewise a traditional Chinese herbal medicinal which not only adds body to the ointment but also “engenders flesh,” meaning that it promotes the growth of new skin and tissue. Tao Ren moistens dryness at the same time as it quickens the blood and transforms stasis. Dang Gui nourishes and moves the blood which then irrigates and moistens the skin. Ding Xiang, Tan Xiang, Gan Song Xiang, and Bai Zhi all fragrantly move the qi in the exterior. This is based on the idea that, if the qi moves, the blood moves. In particular, although Bai Zhi is classified as an acrid, warm exterior-resolving medicinal, based on empirical experience, it has been used as a main cosmetic and beautification medicinal for the skin for almost 2000 years. Likewise, although Gan Song Xiang is not a commonly used Chinese medicinal, it shows up again and again in Chinese lip balm formulas dating from the Tang dynasty. Shea butter is made from the seeds of the Karite tree in Africa. Modern research has shown that shea butter is a particularly good skin moisturizer which accelerates blood flow uperficially, combats skin thinning, promotes healing of injured skin, and improves skin suppleness. Castor oil both moistens the skin and quickens the blood. Coconut oil moistens and emolliates the skin. Vitamin E’s effects as an antioxidant which helps scavenge free radicals are well-known.
Does not contain mineral oil. No animal testing.
Blue Poppy Topicals Each Blue Poppy external formula starts with clinically proven results from the Chinese medical literature and is modified to meet the needs of modern Western patients. Every batch is carefully handcrafted using quality herbal ingredients to make the finest Chinese herbal ointments available today.
Direction of Use To protect the skin, apply to the lips several times per day in dry and/or cold climates or as needed for dry, chapped, split, or cracked lips.
Ingredients Sesame oil Ding Xiang (Flos Caryophylli) Grapeseed oil Tan Xiang (Lignum Santali Albi) Shea butter Bai Zhi (Radix Angelicae Dahuricae) Beeswax Dang Gui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis) Castor oil Tao Ren (Semen Persicae) Coconut oil Gan Song Xiang (Rhizoma Nardostachydis) Vitamin E Fragrance