Why Vegan Lip Balm?

These days we have all become far more aware of what we are putting on our skin. And I don’t mean what products we use, but what’s actually inside them. What ingredients we are using, and where they come from. This can only lead to benefit us humans.

And in turn, the more savvy and educated we can all become. Good news right?

So, what happens if you’re vegan, or allergic to one or many animal products? The options for vegan alternatives are way more accessible than in times gone by. I know what you’re thinking “I use cruelty-free lip balms, I’m doing my part”

Although cruelty-free lip balm products are a good step, these can still be categorized as such while containing animal by-products.

Take beeswax for a minute. Beeswax is often one of the main ingredients used in lip balm. Once you start paying attention, you’ll notice.

And when you really start to take a look, you’ll discover just how many lip balms and lip care products are based on beeswax or bee-byproducts. (I like to say bee-byproducts!)

After all, beeswax is occlusive, which makes it a beneficial ingredient in lip balm. It helps keep moisture locked into your skin, however, being a bee-by product means it’s pretty much discounted from the vegan umbrella.


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What Are the Best Alternatives to Beeswax?

So, what are your vegan options then, if you are indeed allergic to beeswax? I suspect this was the situation with my case studies when learning about Egyptian Magic.

The best news is, you definitely have options.

Efficacious alternatives to beeswax include (but are not limited to) – soy, carnauba wax, berry wax, and candelilla wax.

All are plant derivatives and tend to make up the base of vegan lip balms on the market.

So let’s take a look at my list of the best vegan lip balms and best vegan lip balm brands your money can buy.


What To Do To For Healthy Lips

Follow these simple steps to up your lip care game:

  • drink lots of water
  • use an SPF lip balm when outdoors
  • apply lip balm before bed
  • stop licking your lips
  • keep air-conditioner exposure to a minimum
  • eat well
  • use a lip scrub – once in a while
  • remove your makeup before bed
  • use a humidifier at nighttime if extremely dry lips


The 17 Top Vegan Lip Balms

Biossance Squalane and Rose Lip Balm

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Cult Beauty Global

I have to start with my one and only, Biossance.

If you haven’t had the pleasure of using Biossance yet, this is a great product to start with. With a subtle rose taste (from rose wax within) this plant-based squalane lip balm will heal your dry lips.

Augustinus Bader Lip Balm

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Augustinus Bader



Neiman Marcus

How beyond excited am I to share my most pined after skincare brand Augustinus Bader in this list of vegan lip balms?
And if you haven’t had a chance to invest in one of these bad boys, start saving and give yourself a little treat (especially your lips!) because you won’t regret it. Free from all the baddies, this lip balm will plump, nourish, hydrate and rejuvenate your tired, dry lips.

Melixir Vegan Lip Butter

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Style Korean


Melixir is a plant-based, entirely vegan lip balm centered on soothing and replenishing your dry lips. It’s available in 11 different tints as well as a clear option.

This vegan lip butter uses organic shea butter and agave to moisturize, nourish and hydrate your lips.

Sun Bum SPF 30 Lip Balm

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This summer favorite is hard to come by, so when you find it, grab it! The Sun Bum lip balm range is quite extensive, but I couldn’t go past the Coconut to mention here, it’s just beautiful. Filled with Vitamin E and Aloe this lip balm will look after your lips all day.

Palmers Coconut Oil Lip Balm

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With an SPF of 15, this is a great choice of lip balm to help protect your lips as well as nourish them. We all know Palmers from their flagship cruelty-free moisturizer which is called Cocoa Butter Formula, but their lip balm is definitely worth using as well. I also love the fact that they use Fair Trade Certified Organic Coconut Oil and take a stance on ethically sourcing their ingredients.

EOS Vanilla Bean Lip Balm

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Evolution of Smooth (did you know that’s what it stood for?) Well, EOS’s Vanilla Bean Lip Balm is made with sunflower seed oil, coconut oil, and a host of other healing and hydrating ingredients in it’s vegan formula to keep your lips smooth!

Hurraw! Unscented Lip Balm

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Detox Market


Content Beauty

If you’re more sensitive to nut-oils and fragrance, Hurraw may be your new best friend. With only 9 ingredients in it, this candelilla-based lip balm offers healing for not only your lips, but to use on your cuticles and any dry skin, really. Check out the coffee bean offering for something entirely different, too!

Malin and Goetz Mojito Lip Moisturizer

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Maelin + Goetz



Space NK

I first discovered Malin and Goetz many years ago in my in-flight care package on a long-haul flight. And the name has stuck with me all this time. Malin and Goetz’s lip balm offering is a gel formulation that will heal and hydrate your lips via a combination of fatty acids. And who can go past their signature mojito scent? Delicious and vegan to boot!

Bioderma Atoderm Lip Conditioner

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Beautified You



Made with nourishing shea butter and avocado oil, I love this lip balm, and it’s a great option for men, if you’re looking for a matte, no-look lip balm for on-set needs.

Supergoop Play Lip Balm with Acai

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Free People

Violet Grey


Although Supergoop has made their name with their sunscreens lately, you can’t avoid the fact that your lips need sun protection as well. They have a number of lip care products in their range, but their SPF 30+ Lip Balm with Acai is my go-to. It is made with sunflower seed wax, safflower, sesame oils, and shea butter.

Coola Tinted Mineral Lip Balm

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Beautified You


As you probably well know, Coola has become a fan favorite for me in recent years. Their suncare range is the best. And I love their tinted lip balms with SPF too. Nude Beach is made with Acacia flower wax, carnauba wax, shea butter and a plethora of plant-derived goodies to heal, nourish and protect your pout!

Coola Mineral Lip Trio

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I love Coola so much that I had to include them twice! This Lip Trio is the perfect way to get all your looks and protection in one. This features the tones – Coral Reef, Nude Beach, and Summer Crush.

Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tint

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Standing by their 100% Vegan mantra, I have to mention Pacifica here. Made with organic ingredients such as avocado oils and essential fatty acids, this gorgeous subtle tint in Vanilla HIbiscus will keep your lips in shape all day.

Honest Organic Lip Balm

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Honest Beauty


Made with sunflower seed oil and avocado oil, the range of lovely tinted lip balms from Honest are a great budget choice for the vegan-conscious among us. Featured here is the White Nectarine and Summer Melon Lip Balm. Beautiful.

Eco Lips Bee Free Vegan Lip Balm

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Made with organic cocoa butter, candelilla wax, and coconut oil, this vegan lip balm will not only protect and heal your lips but keep them feeling zesty fresh in citrus, superfruit and sweet mint flavors.
It’s also worth enjoying that there is no plastic involved in the packaging of these lip balms either! How great is that?

Weleda Everon Lip Balm

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Skin Store

Adore Beauty


Made with organic cocoa butter, candelilla wax, and coconut oil, this vegan lip balm will not only protect and heal your lips but keep them feeling zesty fresh in citrus, superfruit and sweet mint flavors.

Earth’s Daughter Vegan Lip Balm

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This 100% vegan lip balm is made from organic sunflower oil, candelila wax, and a whole slew of ingredients to soothe and nourish your vegan lips.
Better still it is available in this variety pack of 4 different flavors – peach apricot, strawberry lemonade, pomegranate, and spearmint.


So that’s my take on the best vegan lip balm brands your money can buy right now. Take a look. Most of these lip products are reasonably priced and go a long way.

And if you haven’t already, perhaps it’s time to make the switch now. Your lips may well just thank you!

Let me know in the comments below – what’s your go-to vegan lip balm?



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