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
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.
Find Biossance Squalane and Rose Lip Balm here.
Melixir Vegan Lip Butter
Melixir is a plant-based, entirely vegan lip balm that is 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.
Find Melixir Vegan Lip Butter here.
Sun Bum SPF 30 Lip Balm
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.
Find Sun Bum SPF 30 Lip Balm here.
Palmers Coconut Oil Lip Balm
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 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.
Find Palmer’s Coconut Oil Lip Balm here.
EOS Vanilla Bean Lip Balm
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!
Find EOS Vanilla Bean Lip Balm here.
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!
FInd Hurraw! Unscented Lip Balm here.
Malin and Goetz Mojito Lip Moisturizer
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 in 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?
Find Malin and Goetz Mojito Lip Moisturizer here.
Bioderma Atoderm Lip Conditioner
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.
Find Bioderma Atoderm Lip Stick here.
Supergoop Play Lip Balm with Acai
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 the benefits of sunflower seed wax, safflower, sesame oils, and shea butter.
Find Supergoop Play Lip Balm with Acai here.
Coola Tinted Mineral Lip Balm
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!
Find Coola Tinted Mineral Lip Balm in Nude Beach here.
Coola Mineral Lip Trio
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.
Find Coola Mineral Lip Trio here.
Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tint
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.
Find Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tint here.
Bite Beauty Agave Lip Balm
I discovered Bite Beauty in 2020 amidst all that shall remain unnamed about 2020. And what I find stands out about Bite Beauty’s Agave lip balm, is it has an incredible texture – I suspect from the agave nectar – that really stays. It just stays all day. It also contains mango butters and a handful of natural ingredients. I love this balm – in fact, it may be time for a new one. Or two!
Find Bite Beauty Agave Lip Balm here.
Honest Organic Lip Balm
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.
Find Honest Beauty Organic Lip Balm here.
Eco Lips Bee Free Vegan Lip Balm
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 sweet mint.
Find Eco Lips Bee Free Vegan Lip Balm here.
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?
American Association of Dermatology
Leslie Bauman MD- what are occlusives?
Masterclass – Bobbi Brown
Featured Image by Cesar La Rosa