Healthy Handbag Essentials

…3 items that you should always have in your handbag.

My lips have been killing me lately!! I don’t usually get really badly chapped lips, even in winter, because I’m always putting lipstick on and reapplying it throughout the day. But for some reason this winter is different. I have been going through chapstick like water! I even bought a new tube of Burt’s Bee’s chapstick today and I don’t know if it’s going to help…but I do know it STUNG! Wasn’t expecting that. My poor lips. They need help!

So I was searching for chapped lip remedies online and ran across a video from the Dr. Oz show titled Healthy Handbag Essentials. It was all about the 3 items that you should always have in your handbag….including a “miracle lip healer”! SCORE!

According to Constance White, Style & Beauty Expert, the following 3 handbag items are easy and simple and can eliminate a lot of the junk we schlep around everyday.

#1 Green Tea Bags for Chapped Lips.

I keep at least 3 lip products in  my purse…lipstick, lip gloss and lip balm…but I know some people who have a separate bag inside their handbag that’s FULL of just lip stuff.  White says we can replace all our chapped lip products with a Green Tea Bag!  You just dip the tea bag in warm water, put it on your lips, and it helps severely dry or chapped lips. Apparently the polyphenols in the Green Tea Bag soothe inflamed tissue and help to heal your chapped lips.  Just rest the Green Tea Bag on your lips, suck on it and enjoy a cup of tea afterward!

#2 Mini Toothbrushes

I think everyone carries AT LEAST ONE breath product their purse. I personally always have at least one little round container of IceBreakers mints.(Wintergreen!) Some carry mouthwash, mints, gum, etc.  White suggests replacing all of it with Disposable Mini Toothbrushes, which cost around $5 for a pack of four and take up much less room in your handbag.  Each Mini Toothbrush has a little bead of toothpaste embedded into it and a toothpick on the other end so that you can freshen your breath and whiten your teeth any time and any where!

#3 Cocoa Butter Cream

I am guilty of this one too. Lotions! I have at least two bottles of lotion from hotel stays in my purse right now. Who knows what’s even IN those bottles! Oy!  White recommends keeping a small container of Cocoa Butter Cream in your purse instead and said it’s been used for centuries to moisturize skin. The cocoa extract helps to form a barrier between your skin and the environment. BONUS: Dab a little of the Cocoa Butter on your hair to tame frizzy hair and flyaways!

That’s it. That’s all you need! Just 3 things.  :-)

Well, I personally would need at least a few more things. So here are MY additions:

Jillee’s Healthy Handbag Essentials:

* A bottle of essential oil blend (either Serenity or Balance by doTerra)

* Acetaminophen of some kind.  ONLY thing that helps my headaches.

* A small bag of almonds. Perfect pick-me-up when you are hungry and/or tired. I don’t leave home without them!

OK…THAT’S all you need.  Well, OK…that’s all *I* need.  I would love to hear what YOUR Healthy Handbag Essentials are!!

A healthy, happy handbag is today’s…..


MORE Chapped Lip Remedies I found in my search for relief:

Run your toothbrush under some warm water, until the bristles soften. Then, ever-so-gently, brush your lips with the brush to remove any dead, dry or flaky chapped skin. Liberally apply a heavy moisture (petroleum jelly is kind of a great one, even though it sounds gross), and keep some with you to re-apply throughout the day. Be sure to drink plenty of water, and keep try to keep the lizard-like lip-licking to a minimum.

Cranberry Honey Lip Gloss! Mmmm…..sounds delicious!

1 Tablespoon sweet almond oil
10 fresh cranberries
1 teaspoon honey
1 drop vitamin E oil

Mix all the ingredients together in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for two minutes or until the mixture just begins to boil. (Bowl may also be heated in a pan of water on a stovetop). Stir well and gently crush the berries. Cool mixture for five minutes and then strain through a fine sieve to remove all the fruit pieces. Stir again and set aside to cool completely. When cool, transfer into a small portable plastic container or tin. Apply to lips and remember to DRINK PLENTY OF WATER!

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  1. KK says

    I started a shopping list while reading this. I will definitely get some of those toothbrushes and cocoa butter cream. BTW, have you all tried Cozi? It's a free family organizer. If I need to remember to buy something, it goes on my shopping list there, then I pull it up on my phone when I get to the store and check things off as I go.

  2. Anonymous says

    @Angel – can you please tell me what Goodies are? I live in Australia and get ferocious migraines too – you'll be my Angel if it helps :) xxx

    • Laurie says

      I’ve used “Goodies Headache Powders” for really BAD headaches. Part of the reason it works so well, it’s in powder form so it goes to work quickly & has a little bit of caffeine in it as well. I’ve been able to find it in the local drugstores but if not, ask the Pharmacist to pls. order some. Be sure to have a large glass of water ready to wash the Goodies Headache Powder down & it helps get the taste out of your mouth. I try to take the powder at the first sign of a headache & it works better/faster than an Rx the Dr. had given me.
      Best wishes! Laurie

  3. Karen Irizarry says

    Flushable wipes, for when I have to go and I'm not at home. Berts Bees: no doubt that you tried the minty one. It hurts!!! I use the Bert's Bees that has pomegranate oil, that stuff is awesome!! Tide to go pen, I always get something down the front of me, always!! My students love that I have one too. Bandaids. Nail clippers. Kleenex. I do have those colgate toothbrush thingys, love them. Those are my 'must haves'.