EOS Lip Balm Facing Blistering Criticism But Who Is At Fault?

Britney Spears using EOS Summer Fruit lip balm. Image: EOS

I was shocked to see the news reports about EOS lip balm causing blisters and rashes. I love the stuff, it was an impulse buy last Christmas while shopping for others and I’ve always found it to be a great product. The egg shape is cute and attention getting and the vibrant colors are cheerful. Otherwise known as Evolution of Smooth, the brand has an extremely high customer rating and a plethora of celebrity brand ambassadors. The EOS site has an entire section “EOS BUZZ-CELEBRITY FANS” where celebrities like Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus post selfies with the pod in hand, helping to elevate the popular pod to cult status.

EOS Summer Fruit lip balm.

All the excitement is about the “Summer Fruit” version which seems to be causing blisters, rashes, and extreme dryness in some people. Rachel Cronin says it caused her to develop a rash all over her mouth within hours of applying it. She kept reapplying it not thinking that a product that was made from natural ingredients and touted to keep lips smooth and soft would be the cause of her dry coarse lips. Within 24-hours, she had a severe rash and blistering all over her mouth that took 10 days to go away.

Rachel Cronin and her EOS rash.

Cronin isn’t the only person experiencing adverse reactions to the product. Celebrity vulture attorney Mark Geragos is behind a class action suit claiming a “substantial number of consumers” have experienced allergic reactions to the product that include loss of pigment, bleeding, and cracking with symptoms lasting anywhere from days to months, and some claim to have permanent scars. The suit is asking for damages and corrective advertising.

There seems to be some confusion and skepticism about what is causing these reactions because the EOS lip balm is 99 percent natural, gluten-free, and organic. It is approved by the FDA and according to the company’s tweet about the matter, goes through rigorous testing and exceeds the industries quality and safety standards.


Dr. Marie Jhin told Huffington Post that people can be allergic to natural products and the most likely culprit is Vitamin E, listed as tocopherol in the EOS lip balm.  Jhin suggests avoided products that contain Vitamin E, beeswax, perfumes, and fragrance, and use products like petroleum or Aquaphor.

My ‘collection’ of products: Burt’s Bees lip balm, Aquaphor healing ointment, Neutrogena lip moisturizer, and Blistex medicated lip balm.

Clearly, that isn’t my mindset and that’s why this lawsuit irritates me. I have a lot of allergies and I have suffered severe reactions, including but not limited to rashes and blisters that covered my body and it never occurred to me to sue anybody, I simply stopped using the product. If I eat lasagna I itch, get congested, tired, and experience stomach cramping; that doesn’t mean there is something wrong with the lasagna, it means there is something wrong with me. It never occurred to me to sue Pepperidge Farms because eating their raspberry strudel gave me the runs.

Every mishap isn’t the fault of someone or something else. Sometimes it’s on you. I really like this product, and Geragos always goes on a publicity witch hunt when he sees dollar signs because he thinks that enough bad publicity will make his latest ‘mark’ cave in and pay up. The problem with being a victim for profit is that the majority suffers and the minority cleans up. The company is forced to change a product that was fine to begin with and their reputation is tarnished simply because there are people in our society that prefer to adopt a ‘victim mentality’ instead of using common sense and taking responsibility for their own maladies. If your lips don’t like EOS or any other product,  stop using it. Use your powers for good. It’s as simple as that.



What Is The Best Mascara For Contact Lens Wearers?

Le Volume de Chanel Mascara
Choosing a mascara that won’t irritate or dry out your eyes is a must for contact lens wearers.

There are many advantages to wearing contact lenses. Contacts are liberating because they improve peripheral vision, you are not constantly aware of them because of their weight, and you don’t have to own several pairs of glasses or sunglasses if you want to your eyewear to compliment your wardrobe. Eye makeup choices may need to change as well because you won’t need to apply as much eye makeup in order to bring out your eyes. It is a good idea to discuss what mascara is best for contact lens wearers with your friends and optometrist.

The American Optometric Association (AOA) advises contact lens wearers to stay away from lash extending and waterproof mascaras. Lash extending mascaras contain fibers that can flake off into the eyes, causing pain, irritation, and destruction to your makeup job.

Mascara Application
Insert soft contact lenses before applying makeup.

Waterproof mascaras and eyeliners are not recommended either because they repel moisture, something your eyes need for comfort and to keep contacts in the eyes. Dry eyes get irritated, and rubbing them can dislodge the contact.

The AOA also suggests that soft contacts be inserted prior to applying makeup. The only exception would be with hard contact wearers. Look for sensitive or hypoallergenic mascara that is ophthalmologist tested.

If makeup gets into your eye, gently rub the lens to remove it, suggests OPTI-FREE, a supplier of contact lens products. Other suggestions from OPTI-FREE include:

  • Wash and dry hands before inserting and removing lenses.

  • Take contacts out before removing mascara.

  • Stay away from oil based makeup removers.

  • Avoid false eyelashes because the adhesive can cause damage to the lenses.

  • Avoid wearing contacts if your eyes are irritated, red, swollen, or infected.

So what is the best mascara for contact lens wearers? Mascaras that are smudge-free, hypoallergenic, and resists flaking like L’Oreal Voluminous Full-Definition Mascara. It is kind to sensitive eyes, recommended by ophthalmologist, and resists smudging and flaking.

Neutrogena Makeup Remover
My personal favorites: Maybelline Lash Stiletto in Very Black and Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover

Personally, I use a mascara primer before applying mascara because it prevents the mascara from flaking off and discourages clumping. This is great if you can’t give up your lengthening mascaras which usually contain fibers like my favorite mascara, Maybelline Lash Stiletto Ultimate Length Mascara in Very Black. It defines my long, curly eyelashes and allows me to build on length without clumping, even without a primer. It has a strengthening conditioner and comes off easily with an oil-free makeup remover. I use Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover which removes mascara beautifully, even waterproof mascara. I have tried more expensive mascaras, and they don’t work nearly as well as this one does for me.

It may take some time to adjust to a new mascara but there are so many options that you’re sure to find more than one that enhances your eyes while keeping them comfortable and healthy.