If you don’t already know why you should always use a 100% natural lip balm, read this post first. But if you already know how important it is to use something natural on your lips, what you may not know is which brand to choose when faced with an ever-increasing selection of “natural” lip balms in the cosmetic aisle.
Unfortunately, a lot of these lip balms aren’t quite as natural as they claim. For instance, take a look at the ingredients’ list for Revlon’s Beyond Natural Lip Tint:
Octinoxate (7.5%)Inactive Ingredients: Trioctyldodecyl Citrate, Bis Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate 2, Petrolatum, Triisocetyl Citrate, Paraffin, Ozokerite, Polyethylene, Tocopheryl Acetate, Chamomilla Recutita Flower/Leaf Extract (Matricaria), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Citrullus Vulgaris Fruit Extract (Watermelon), Pyrus Malus Fruit Extract (Apple), Persea Gratissima Fruit Extract (Avocado), Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Mother of Pearl, Quartz, Topaz, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Squalane, Parfum (Fragrance), Benzyl Benzoate, Limonene, Citronellol, Linalool, Alpha Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Alcohol, Citral, Caprylyl Glycol, 1, 2 Hexanediol, May Contain (+/-): Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850:1), Red 33 Lake (CI 17200), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Carmine (CI 75470)
Hmm…doesn’t look beyond natural to me. (Remember, that last ingredient Carmine comes from crushed up beetles!)
On the other hand, a lot of truly natural lip balms that actually do have good ingredients often don’t taste all that great. (Some of them also have a strange consistency or wear off about two minutes after application.)
Fortunately I’ve found a brand of lip balm that earns five stars across the board when it comes to ingredients, flavor, texture and longevity.
These lip balms are some of the best tasting, all-natural lip balms I’ve found. I keep the honey vanilla flavor in my bathroom and the latte and dark chocolate truffle flavors in my purse. All of them are so delicious that I simply can’t get enough of them. I’m constantly re-applying them throughout the day. (And the dark chocolate truffle looks amazing on my lips!) The really good news about this is: When I do happen to lick my lips, I’m only ingesting these six, safe ingredients:
Coffee bean infused coconut oil, beeswax, cocoa butter, roasted hazelnut oil, jojoba oil, wheat germ oil.
Perhaps the best part about these lip balms is, unlike some brands that think an “all-natural” label gives them the right to charge $8 a tube, these cost right around $3.50, which makes them a total steal. They’re definitely worth stocking up. I’m thinking of getting one for each room in my house!