Here in Maine, it's our privilege to have welcomed a significant population of Somali refugees in recent decades. They are our neighbors, our friends, and a vital part of our loving community. During a visit to our fine state, a certain presidential hopeful not only attacked our friends, but used them in his ongoing campaign against our country's founding tradition of showing hospitality and humanity to all those in need of asylum.
As you might imagine, Mainers didn't take very kindly to an attack on our neighbors. Rallies were held, collections were taken up, and we fought hard to reassure our friends and their children that they and ALL refugees are very welcome equals among us. To do our part, naturally, we made lip balm. Ahlan's flavored with peppermint and green tea and named the Arabic word for 'welcome'. All proceeds from Ahlan lip balm go directly to NuDay Syria, an amazing organization run by our friend Nadia Alawa, who works tirelessly to make sure that Syrian families and orphans have everything (and we mean everything, from crayons to crutches) they need to feel human in border camps before they're granted refugee status. Both as a business and as a family, we donate funds, clothing, toys, and soap to NuDay as often as we can, and love knowing that every scrap we give goes directly onto a container ship and into hands in need.
This balm is designed to melt into your lips, not into your jeans! Which is good, because I keep mine in my butt pocket. That would be embarrassing... It's got lots of yumminess in it: natural beeswax (you'll smell a little extra honey), unrefined cocoa butter (you'll smell a little cocoa too), unrefined shea butter, jojoba, sweet almond, and grape seed oils, vitamin E, and flavor oil. It's carefully formulated to give you the perfect balance of protection and softness, so you won't end up feeling greasy or waxy. My mom says, "Ooo, creeamy" every time she uses hers, if that's any indication. She has a little flair for the dramatic.
It comes in an oval plastic twist-up tube, which holds .15oz/4g and is individually shrink wrapped.