The Best Natural Lip Balms
Many of us have gotten on the bandwagon when it comes to natural skincare, haircare, and makeup. But one small, yet crucial, product sometimes slips through the cracks. Switching to a natural lip balm, the product that so many of us apply multiple times per day, is important, too—especially when you consider the fact that so many of us inadvertently ingest it. And if you're going to switch the majority of the products in your routine to natural ones, you definitely don't want to be licking chemicals in your lip balm. Petroleum, mineral oil, and other artificial colors and fragrances are many of the main ingredients in conventional lip balms, and many of these have been tied to cancer, among other potential harmful health problems. When you think about it, if you plan to switch to natural products at all, lip balm should be among the very first.
Luckily, lip balm is a pretty easy product to make natural ;since there are so many moisturizing ingredients—from coconut oil and shea butter to cocoa butter, jojoba oil, beeswax, and olive oil—that fall into the natural category. Another benefit to using organic and natural lip balms? Many can be multipurpose, so whether you have dry elbows or hands, you can use your lip balm to add moisture to any spot on your body in a pinch. There are also a plethora of natural lip balms to suit just about everyone's needs: you'll find everything from your basic, inexpensive moisturizing stick to natural balms that volumize and contain anti-aging antioxidants.
Of course, there are also natural balms that are tinted to give you just a hint of healthy color. Here, we've rounded up some of our favorites on the market right now.
We love that this one is filled with a variety of antioxidants to make your lips super healthy, and also contains peptides to make them look more pillow-y. On top of all that, we've noticed it goes on really well under lipstick, as it doesn't compromise the integrity of pigmented lipstick shades.
Drunk Elephant "Lippe" Balm, $18,
We're kind of obsessed with this "all-over" stick, as it contains matcha, that healthy green tea drink you might've heard of because of its potent antioxidant benefits. It also contains organic coconut oil and organic beeswax to moisturize everything from dry lips to cracked hands—and it can even help prevent undereye circles.
Cocokind "Mymatcha" All-Over Moisture Stick, $7.18,
Dr. Bronner's is our go-to for organic personal-care and cleaning products. There are a few different scents, from lemon lime to cherry blossom and peppermint, and each contains moisturizing organic jojoba, avocado, and hemp oils.
Dr. Bronner's Organic Lip Balm, $2.69,
We love traveling with this because it's a no-frills, yet effective product you can use everywhere. It contains organic coconut oil, which supports your skin's natural healing process, and comes in two scents: vanilla, which contains organic vanilla from Madagascar, and cocoa, which contains organic cocoa butter.
RMS Beauty Lip & Skin Balm, $25,
Your lips need sun protection, too—and it's best if it doesn't contain a potentially harmful chemical sunblock. This lip balm, which comes in three shades (one of which is untinted), contains zinc oxide, a physical block that protects skin from the sun.
W3LL People "Nudist" Lip Butter, $18,
With organic coconut oil Moroccan rose, this lip conditioner makes your lips soft and supple. And it smells amazing.
Herbivore Botanicals "Coco Rose" Lip Conditioner, $22,
Olio E Osso
The packaging is what caught our attention at first, but then the product itself did not disappoint. There are a variety of tints—red, berry, pink, gold—that can be easily blended into your cheeks and lips for a pretty monochromatic look.
Olio E Osso Natural Lip & Cheek Balm, $28,