30 Natural Lip Balms: With So Many To Choose From, Why Use Chemicals?Morgan Shanahan
The sun is setting on summer, and the misery of chapped lip season is fast approaching. As I’ve gotten more and more strict about what my family and I are putting in our bodies, it’s occurred to me that I need to reevaluate the things we’re putting on our bodies as well. I’ve been a fan of natural lip balm for as long as I can remember (what teen of the ’90s didn’t carry around a tin of Burt’s Bees?), but I’ve certainly done my fair share of straying. With everyone from drugstores to designers to doctors to DIY kit-makers offering options for organic and eco-friendly solutions to cracked and dry lips, I can’t help but wonder if I wouldn’t eat the chemicals in common lip balm, why would I put them on my lips? Below, find a list of 30 natural lip balms, in a wide range of prices, that are free from all the icky stuff you don’t need to keep your lips kissable.
Ready? Let’s Go! 1 of 31
I've kept this list free of all the bad stuff, reading ingredients and whittling them down to this group of 30. Let me know if I missed any you're a fan of.
Dr. Collins Natural Lip Balm 2 of 31
"Bringing Smiles to Lifeâ„¢ Vanilla Natural Lip Balm, SPF 15 Dr. Collins Lip Balm is the perfect way to soothe and protect your lips using the finest ingredients found in nature."
Available HERE, $1.99
Baxter of California 3 of 31
Natural Lip Balm Mojito Flavor - Vitamin Enriched Formula Natural moisturizers and vitamins soothe dry skin and keep lips soft and hydrated.
Available HERE, $8.00
Cowshed Lippy Cow 4 of 31
"Pucker up with Cowshed Lip Cow Natural Lip Balm, a nourishing balm to soothe cracks keeping your lips kissably soft and supple. This indispensable lip balm is naturally protective and provides essential moisture.Cowshed Lippy Cow Natural Lip Balm soothes the lips leaving them soft and supple. With essential oils of linden blossom to protect and nourish rose geranium to help rejuvenate and ylang ylang to stimulate circulation.This product contains no parabens no petrochemicals and is free from sulphates artificial fragrances and colours. It is suitable for vegetarians and has not been tested on animals."
Available HERE, $7.81
Ecotints 5 of 31
"Eco Tints by Eco Lips moisturize your lips and provide a sheer tint in your choice of six shades. Perfect for that switch from work to evening, or any time you need to freshen up your look. Organic plant oils, beeswax, and aloe vera harmonize with natural earth minerals to provide a beautiful shimmering glow."
Available HERE, $4.49
Burt’s Bees 6 of 31
"95.29% Natural. This natural lip balm moisturizes lips with ingredients like ultra-emollient lanolin, coconut oil and sunflower oil, and seals in hydration with beeswax. You can use it on healthy lips for a little peppermint tingle. Take your pick of an old-fashioned yellow tin or a recycled plastic tube."
Available HERE, $5.49 for two tubes
Dr. Dan’s Natural Lip Balm 7 of 31
"Dr. Dan's Natural Lip Balm keeps lips soft and moisturized to prevent chapping and dryness. Vitamin E nourishes and protects against free-radical damage for smoother, crease-free lips. Beeswax helps lip retain moisture to soothe dry, flaky or cracked skin."
Available HERE, $3.62 per tube
Kiss My Face 8 of 31
Craving some flavor? Kiss my face has a whole variety of natural lip balm flavors to hearken back to your lip-smackin' tween years. "Certified Organic Ingredients do what comes naturally. Naturally smooth, soothe and protect chapped lips with organic ingredients. It works quickly to return your lips to a happy state with SPF 15 and tasty strawberry flavor!"
Available HERE, $3.49
eos Smooth Lip Balm Sphere 9 of 31
"A Natural Reason To Smile To Keep Your Lips Looking And Feeling Healthy, We Created This 95% Organic, 100% Natural Lip Balm That's Petrolatum And Paraben Free, Just Like You. Packed With Antioxidant-Rich Vitamin E, Soothing Shea Butter And Jojoba Oil, Eos&Trade; Keeps Lips Moist, Soft And Sensationally Smooth. Long Lasting Moisture Shea Butter &Amp; Vitamin E Smoothes On Clear 95% Organic 100% Natural Usda Organic New Smooth Sphere Precisely Glides On To Lips. Not Tested On Animals."
Available HERE for $3.99.
Eminence Lip Balm 10 of 31
"Eminence Citrus Lip Balm nourishes and conditions, creating smooth, healthy lips. Formulated with vitamin-rich sunflower seed and peppermint oils, it offers essential antioxidant benefits to hydrate and protect while shea butter replenishes moisture, promoting a soft, supple look and feel."
SW Basics 11 of 31
"SW Basics Lip Balm soothes and softens dry, chapped lips. Formulated with organic beeswax, coconut oil and cocoa butter, it conditions and replenishes moisture for a smooth, supple look and feel without the sticky, waxy residue left behind by traditional lip balms. Citrus features a fresh, citrus scent."
Available HERE, $4.00
Out of Africa 12 of 31
"Our Shea Butter Lip Balm Will Melt On Your Lips. 30 Percent Of This Formula Is Unrefined Shea Butter - The Highest Amount In The Market, Most Others Have 1 Or 2 Percent Our Luxurious Lip Balm Does More Than Taste Good, It Provides Natural Healing With Healthy Fatty Acids And Antioxidant Vitamins A, E And F."
Available at Walgreens, $5.49
Dr. Bronner’s 13 of 31
"Lip balm by Dr Bronner - Organic jojoba, avocado and hemp oils. - Free from petrochemically modified ingredients. - Extra moisturising. "
Available HERE, $4.56
Pure Awesome. 14 of 31
"This 100% natural DIY Lip Balm Making kit makes 10 high quality homemade lip balms! These lip balms are truly a treat for the lips and with 2 different bottles of pure essential oil, kids can get creative adding natural scents such as grapefruit and Orange! Shea butter, Safflower oil and Beeswax form the moisturizing and nutrient rich base to these lip balms. This set is a wonderful birthday party or crafting idea and the kit box can be repurposed as a shadowbox, another creative craft and virtually no waste! Teach your kids the importance of knowing what goes into the products they use. Ready in just 30 minutes; this natural eco-friendly lip balm recipe can't be beat!" How bad do I want this for my daughter and I?
Available HERE, $22.99 for the set
Anthony For Men 15 of 31
For the boys looking for softer lips: "Advanced Formula Lip Balm SPF 25 (Mint and White Tea) from Anthony Logistics for Men!; Leaves a soft matte finish while hydrating and healing dry, chapped lips."
Available HERE, $10.00
Clark’s Botanicals 16 of 31
"Clark's Botanicals' Ultra Rich Lip Balm uses the ideal natural moisturizers like shea butter, aloe leaf extract, jojoba and sweet almond oil to create intense long-lasting hydration for parched lips. Also features marine collagen microspheres that act like miniature water reservoirs with Vanilla, Planifolia and Jasmine extracts to add a delectable flavor that will have you re-applying - even when you don't need to. Packaged in an easy slant tip tube, apply as often as necessary over bare lips."
Available HERE, $19.00
Jack Black’s 17 of 31
Jack Black Natural Mint & Shea Butter Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25.
Available HERE, $7.00
Burt’s Bee’s Tinted 18 of 31
Burt's Bees offers a variety of tinted lines to keep your lips soft and stained.
Available HERE, $6.00
Mox 19 of 31
"Super moisturizing, eco-friendly lip butter. Apply liberally to lips as needed. Makes your lips feel supple in seconds. Made with 100% natural ingredients, Mox Botanicals lip butters incorporate the benefits of shea and avocado butter with jojoba and meadowfoam seed oil to create a truly luxurious experience. This lip balm contains no parabens, sulfates, chemical preservatives, synthetic fragrances or dyes. Packaged in 100% recyclable MIRON glass."
Available HERE, $16.00
True 20 of 31
"Behold a botanically-infused spin on a beauty basic...essential lip balm SPF 15. You will be instantly addicted to its power of hydration and uniquely appealing orange mint flavor."
Available HERE, $10.00
LipNix 21 of 31
A natural lip balm that curbs your urge to smoke? That's the claim according to Joey New York. "LipNIX Lip Balm that help you stop smoking. Contains a proprietary blend of lemon, Geranium and Helichrysum fragrances. When applied to the lips, the fresh aroma has proven to safely help curb your urge to smoke."
Available HERE, $7.20
Menaji for Men 22 of 31
Another one for the boys: "An enriched natural lip balm with SPF 15 protects, soothes and nourishes lips all day long. This once-a-day formula with vitamin E, sunflower oil, macadamia oil and jojoba oil is easy to use and great for outdoor activities."
Available HERE, $7.50
Lucy B 23 of 31
"Lucy B s Peach sorbet tinted lip balm is a pinky-peach colour made with natural shea butter & vitamin e, infused with natural Australian flower essences, scented with fresh peach flavour"
Available HERE, $18.00
Herbacin 24 of 31
"Natural Care. The Power of Camomile. Free of preservatives & chemical anti-oxidants. Produced with plant-based ingredients & natural bees wax"
Available HERE, $2.99
Budhi Teencare 25 of 31
"Budhiâ„¢ is Your Foundation for Healthier Skin Our lip balm is a light, soothing and moisturizing balm for lips."
Available HERE, $7.50
Kerstin Florian 26 of 31
"Kerstin Florian Lip Balm SPF 15 delivers rich nutrients to your lips while softening and protecting them from environmental damage. Castor and orange oil condition and soothe chapping and dryness. Peppermint oil awakens and revitalizes for a healthy blush while wild-harvested beeswax helps your lips retain moisture."
Available HERE, $15.00
Yu-Be 27 of 31
"Yu-Be's Lip Therapy is an all-natural lip balm. The ingredients are based on the original 50 year old Japanese Yu-Be formula and includes Vitamin E and camphor.This product is highly effective for moisturizing, healing and soothing dry chapped lips."
Available HERE, $5.00
Aveda Lip Saver 28 of 31
"Nurture your lips with a soothing, moisturizing, botanical balm containing nature's antioxidants and natural waxes that help seal in moisture."
Available HERE, $8.50
Dr. Hauschka 29 of 31
Recovering Carmex addict? This is the balm for you: "The Dr. Hauschka Lip Balm provides intensive soothing care for dry chapped lips. This rich balm promotes skin renewal as it moisturizes and softens. The Lip Balm provides a translucent shine and helps visibly reduce fine lines around the mouth.By using natural botanical ingredients this lip balm does not encourage dependency. Calendula and St. John's Wort extracts encourage renewal while silk and anthyllis fortify delicate lip tissue. Jojoba and wheat germ oils moisturize and protect the skin on and around your lip."
Available HERE, $16.95
The Honest Company 30 of 31
"A trio of organic lip balms is perfect for the whole family. Lavender Mint soothes and refreshes; Sweet Orange Vanilla warms and sweetens; and Purely Simple brings extra-gentle relief. Organic oils moisturize the lips from within, rather than sealing them off like petroleum-based balms. The Honest Company, founded by Jessica Alba, is committed to offering products free of health-compromising chemicals and compounds. "
Available HERE for $9.95 for the trio.
Pangea Organics 31 of 31
"Pangea Organics Lip Balm Pyrenees Lavender with Cardamom is the Certified Organic Lip Balm, features a base of deep-moisturizing organic oils that offers tremendous rejuvenating capabilities. "
Available HERE, $16.00
Petrolatum, petroleum jelly and mineral oil — Technically, petroleum is a natural product because it comes from the Earth, but most experts agree that the petroleum (which can also be refined to car engines) is toxic to the human body. Petroleum is also a non-renewable resource and increasing demands for it can, as the oil spill that occurred in the summer of 2010 showed, indirectly lead to environmental damage. The bottom line: if you’re trying to use less gas to help the planet, stop buying petroleum in the form of lip balm!
Parabens — You may see these chemical preservatives listed as Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben, or, Parahydroxybenzoate. There is some evidence that parabens are linked to breast cancer. It is considered an “Unclassifiable Carcinogen” by some health agencies and may cause skin irritations.
Oxybenzone — this chemical, which is found in most sunscreens, was really reported to be linked to allergies, hormone disruption, cell damage, and low birth weight. The majority of sunscreens sold in the United States are shown to contain oxybenzone.
Here’s to healthy lip smackin’ fun! Do you have a favorite?
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