This giveaway is now closed! Congratulations to Andie and Katie who were selected by random number generator!
Five years ago, vegan lip balm was hard to come by. I remember ordering it by mail from an American online store and by the time you factored in shipping and other costs it was $8-9 a tube. Ludicrous.
So I was thrilled to learn about Bare English & Co. Lip Balm, a new Toronto-based company, from my friend Andrea Tomkins. I ordered a three-pack right away after hearing her positive review, and was delighted when two sets arrived in the mail for the price of one, encouraging me to share with a friend.
They lived up to their promise. The initial three flavours were Mint Chocolate, Pomegranate Berry and Vanilla Coconut; the flavours were luscious and the lip balm felt amazing on my lips. I’ve bought several more since, and I made an official product recommendation to terra20 (where I work) to bring them into our stores (we did!)
The latest flavours are Cucumber Melon, Vanilla Almond, Pink Grapefruit and Cherry Berry.
I wanted to find out more about the origins of this rising Canadian company, and share one of my favourite products with you all (giveaway below!) so I connected with Frank, the company’s co-founder.
Frank: There are many factors that led to the creation of Bare English & Co. Tea Infused Lip Balm. I would say the main impetus was the lack of comparable products on the market. I wanted to create a brand of organic vegan products that didn’t scream “organic.” There are no flowers or trees on our packaging; instead there’s a cool rock-and-roll feel to it! While being unique, we boast all the benefits associated with being an organic vegan product.
Pamela: So many lip balms are not vegan, and rely on beeswax. Is there a particular reason that you decided to make your line vegan?
Frank: We wanted to give vegans the option of having cool products that work well and suit their lifestyle. We wanted to create a product, and a company, that we could be proud of that reflects everything that veganism represents: good health, clean living, love towards all creatures.
Additionally, we believe that using candelilla wax in our balms actually produces a better end result compared to beeswax. It is a harder wax, which means we have a higher oil to wax ratio. Jojoba oil, almond oil, coconut oil – that’s the stuff doing the moisturizing so the more of it the better!
Pamela: What is the story behind the name “BareEnglish”?
Frank: Bare seemed to be a perfect fit for our products. We use clean, fair-trade, gmo free, organic ingredients and pack it all in a see-through tube. We don’t add any chemical additives or preservatives so our balms really are “bare”.
Before we discuss how we came up with “English” we need to explain why we infused the balms with tea. There were two main reasons; my partner is absolutely tea obsessed and when we were in the beginning stages, one of us came up with the brilliant and crazy idea to infuse our products with tea. It took some time in development but we figured out how to infuse the oil with all the healthy butt-kicking antioxidant benefits of tea. From there, it seemed like a no-brainer to put a British spin on the branding. I mean, when you think tea, you think Britain.
Pamela: Who dreams up the flavours?
Frank: It’s a collaborative effort of all employees with even some input from from our fans! We love getting flavour suggestions and are always experimenting with new combinations. Finally when we come up with something that everyone just cant live without – thats when we take it to market.
Frank: Currently our most popular is Grapefruit. People can’t seem to get enough of it – and as a result – we are manufacturing grapefruit around the clock! It’s the perfect flavour for spring/summer. Made with white tea, it is super refreshing with a touch of sweetness and still packs all the nutrition that comes in all our balms.
Pamela: What’s next for your company?
Frank: Our balms have been really well received and we have started to get quite the following. Both our vendors and our fans are asking for tea infused vegan organic products so we are currently in the process of developing a few more such as hand cream and body lotion.
So here’s what’s up for grabs: Two (2) entire sets of Bare English Lip Balm! Two winners will each receive one tube of each of the seven flavours.
To enter the giveaway, please respond with a comment that answers one of the following:
- If you’ve tried Bare English Lip Balm, what’s your favourite flavour, and why?
- If you haven’t, which flavour are you most interested to try?
Winners will be chosen randomly by number draw.
Details: Giveaway is open to Canadian residents, excluding Quebec. Two random winners will win a Bare English Lip Balm set, valued at $35 each, to be mailed to the winner directly from Bare English. Giveaway closes on Saturday, July 12 at 11:59 PM EST. One entry per person. The Mindful Mavens are not responsible for the delivery of the prize and cannot be held accountable for any discrepancies.
Additional Disclosure: The author received promotional consideration such as samples, related to a product mentioned in this post. The author works for a retailer where this brand is sold.