O-BALM-A Inaugural Balm


O-BALM-A Inaugural Balm

O-BALM-A Inaugural Balm

Carry a bit of hope in your pocket!

Barack Obama’s relaxed strength connected distinct groups, bringing hope for change. Blending the essence of robust Kenyan coffee and soothing oil from Hawaiian macadamia nuts, O-Balm-a Mocha Macadamia Lip Balm will smooth out rough spots and heal dry lips. Created to celebrate Obama’s inauguration.

This truly natural balm is made with organic macadamia nut oil, organic cocoa butter, organic coconut oil, organic chocolate chips, beeswax, and organic coffee extract.

All profits from O-Balm-a Mocha Macadamia Lip Balm will go to Feeding America (formerly Second Harvest).

The case cost is $61.92 ($3.44 per tube of balm). It can be purchased at http://herbanlifestyle.com or http://herbanlifestyle.etsy.com.


Capital Region Etsy Team Inaugural Sale

crestFrom January 17th through January 25th, 2009 several members of the Capital Region Etsy Street Team (including me) are having a Sale in honor of the Inauguration of our 44th President.

Search handmade tags and titles on etsy for “etsycrestsale” to find participating shops.

Each shop will offer different discounts. Be sure to read their Shop Announcements for details.

Happy Inauguration!

Packaging Dilemna


Preserve 100% recycled tableware

Preserve's 100% recycled tableware

Over the past couple of months, I have received several requests from my customers for lip balm in tubes. I have avoided using plastic in my packaging, especially plastic that is not recycled or easily recyclable. And, as part of a special project I am working on, I chose to go with the plastic tubes for portability and price and display purposes. Trying not to feel too guilty, I took note that many brands, even socially responsible personal care product brands, use tubes for their lip balm. So, I did some research to try and find a satisfactory plastic tube.


All I could find were lip balm tubes made from HDPE (aka #5 plastic), which is not recycled in many places. I did find that some large personal care product companies offer lip balm tubes made of post-consumer recycled plastic, but I have not been able to find any that I can purchase. It seems they must have their tubes made to order.

As a compromise, I decided I would only offer plastic lip balm tubes if I could find a way to make recycling possible. 

I was very happy to find Preserve’s Gimme 5 program. This company manufactures colorful  tootbrushes and plasticware from 100% postconsumer recycled plastic, and they collect #5 plastic for recycling. They will accept the lip balm tubes if they are clean.

So, I am offering to collect any empty Herban Lifestyle™ lip balm tubes. In exchange, I will send a coupon good for one free trial-sized body balm or massage oil (value $2.50). For more info, contact me at info [at] herbanlifestyle dot com.