Do you really need a lip balm? Millions of people use them, but often dry lips are caused by factors that you can solve yourself. Drink more water, eat hydrating foods (like fruit) and use good sun protection advice. Licking your lips, cold weather and spicy food can also all cause dry lips. Avoid essential oils for pregnancy/nursing, and keep away from pets/children due to chocolate smells etc).
This organic vegan lip butter is free from beeswax, and sold in a zero waste tin. Rich and creamy, it contains organic cocoa butter, shea butter (not for latex allergies) and coconut oil. Made with skin-loving and nourishing ingredients to leave lips soft, the lip balms are in slide tins. Choose from the following
- Original (unflavoured)
- Citrus Burst
- Minty Fresh
- Chocolate Vanilla
- Chocolate Peppermint
Not everyone needs lip balm, and don’t overuse them, or your lips will get too used to them. Most conventional lip balms are made with beeswax (not suitable for vegans) or vaseline petroleum jelly (that’s like drinking petrol!)
- If using lip balm with sun protection, most natural ones are made with zinc oxide. This must never be used on pets (say on noses) nor let them lick your face/lips after use, as it’s very toxic to them.
- Dermatologist Clay J Cockerell MD says if dry lips are not caused by a medical condition, the condition is nearly always caused by windy weather. Lips have thin skin, so when exposed to the cold, can be easily damaged.
- Dermatologist Melissa Piliang MD says to get out of the habit of licking your lips, as saliva will makes them dryer. Don’t scrub loose flaked skin with a toothbrush, and avoid lip balms with camphor, menthol or eucalyptus if your lips are sensitive.
- Most lip balms are made with petroleum jelly, which means any ingested is akin to you drinking petrol (gas). So look for plant-based (no beeswax) versions with vegetable oils
- Avoid essential oils for pregnancy/nursing). Also keep sweet-smelling lip balms (like chocolate) away from pets and children, who may think they are food.
All these lips are made from plant-based biodegradable ingredients, and packed in zero waste packaging like tins or glass jars, rather than plastic tubes.
This eco lip balm is vegan-friendly and sold in a metal tin. Made in Hertfordshire, the company donates a portion of sales to Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital. Soothe and soften chapped lips with this coconut oil lip balm that is beautifully presented in zero waste packaging. Choose from 2 scents: Sweet orange or Cool spearmint.
This coconut & vitamin E lip balm is sold in a zero waste tin, free from beewaxes. Made with a combination of vegan wax, coconut, natural oils and shea butter, it contains watermelon seed and sweet almond oil, and has a slightly exfoliating effect, on application. Also contains essential oils.
The texture may change depending on temperature, due to the coconut oil. You can also apply this on dry skin patches or on nail cuticles. Store in a cool dry place away from sunlight. Do not use around the eyes, mucous membrances or on broken skin. If irritation occurs, discontinue use. Avoid direct eye contact and do a patch test before use. Choose from:
- Lavender Chamomile
- Bergamot Mint
- Rose Geranium
This rose geranium & mandarin lip balm is made from vegan ingredients (no beeswax) and sold in a glass jar with metal lid. Ideal to hydrate and nourish lips, it’s made with organic jojoba and castor oils. Formulated by a qualified aromatherapy, it’s made in Sussex. A tree is planted for each pot sold. Also available in an uplifting tangerine and peppermint scent.
The Ilex Wood Lemon Balm & Peppermint Lip Balm is a plastic-free herbal lip balm, made from infused oil to treat and deter cold sores. Lemon balm contains high anti-viral properties to keep sores at bay. Paired with refreshing and tingly scent of peppermint, the oils are blended with moisture-intensive shea butter and coconut oil, to keep your lips soft and prevent chapping and blistering. Some people who have suffered from 5 to 6 cold sore outbreaks a year have found that applying this little balm regularly, helps to keep them at bay.
Fun Facts About Your Lips
- Before lip balm was invented, one ‘frugal housewife’ suggested using ear wax! Ugh!
- The first lip balm was invented by doctor Charles Brown Fleet, but a resident bought the formula, and turned it into ‘chapstick’.
- Just like fingerprints, your lips are unique.
- While the skin on your face is around 16 layers thick, the skin on your lips is only around 3 layers. That’s why they are pink, because unlike facial skin, your blood is showing through.
- As we get older, our lips get thinner. Unless of course you end up plumping them up with Botox (don’t do this: each fresh batch is tested on mice, and it’s a poison that will stop your face making expressions).
- Because your lips have no sweat glands, you can never get a spot or pimple on them.
- Nifty Cup is a great invention that costs just $1. It enables babies with cleft lip in developing countries, to lap breast milk, so they don’t have to take formula. It has saved many lives.
Never kiss a baby if you have a cold sore, as it can cause neonatal herpes, which is very dangerous. Also don’t share towels, cutlery, lipstick etc.
A tingling burning mark on your lip may be a cold sore. It often causes a fluid-filled blister. Most are harmless and clear up on their own in around 10 days. But they are contagious, so don’t go kissing anyone Salty and acid foods will make it worse.