Do You Know What’s in Your Lip Balm?


We know that it may be convenient (and sometimes cheaper) to buy your lip balm in the checkout line. But do you also check out the ingredients? The ingredients should not be some sort of coded mystery. 

Can you read all of the ingredients? Do you know what they are without an internet search? If not, it might be time for you to find a natural alternative for your lip care.

One other consideration is that unlike other skincare products, you do ingest the ingredients in lip balms. So basically choose a product that you don't mind eating!


Despite the promises of miracle lip repair, many lip balms can actually damage thin lip skin and make dry lips even drier. 

The skin on your lips is extra sensitive and puts up with a lot of wear and tear through eating, drinking, breathing, talking, kissing, etc. 

While it's normal for lips to get chapped, lips require special attention to prevent cracks and inflammation that can lead to infections and painful sores.

Lips want gentle, natural ingredients that condition and soften. Look for natural moisturizing lip balms, that will penetrate and heal the skin—not simply coat the skin’s surface.

The moisturizing oils and butters in our creamy, organic natural lip balms penetrate deep into the skin cells. Each recipe is made using natural ingredients recognized for their soothing, moisturizing, and healing qualities.

So, the next time you are looking for a lip balm,
we have some ingredients you should look for—and a few to avoid.


Ingredients To Look For

  • Organic ingredients
  • Beeswax helps provide a natural barrier to lock in moisture and also attracts moisture from the atmosphere to your lips
  • Natural plant oils and butters that soften, condition, moisturize, protect, and are easily absorbed

 

Ingredients To Avoid

  • Artificial fragrances may cause lip irritation
  • Artificial colors in tinted balms may cause lip irritation
  • Alcohol may cause dryness
  • Camphor may cause dryness and irritation
  • Petrolatum (petroleum jelly) is petroleum-based and comes from crude oil. It sits on top of lips and actually suffocates the skin by preventing oxygen absorption
  • Mineral oil has the same problem as petrolatum—it doesn’t let your lips breathe
  • Parabens and other synthetic preservatives have been shown to cause hormone disruption in animals

Insider Tip: Apply Lip Balm At Night Before Going To Bed

At night many people sleep with their mouths open, causing their lips to dry out. We’ve found that if you apply lip balm before going to sleep you’ll wake up with softer, moisturized lips. Give it a try—especially in the winter. 

 

Which Natural Lip Balm Is Right For You?

Here are some common conditions we were asked about, along with products that may be a good place for you to start.

But remember—just because a product is listed for a specific condition doesn’t mean it is the one for you. Take note of how your skin responds to the different ingredients to find out which are best for your unique skin type. 

Also, your skin's needs will often change with the seasons! Your favorite summer lip balm may not be your favorite winter lip balm.


An alternative to lip-glossNatural Honey Lip Balm or everyday lip balm

My absolute favorite "glossy" lip butter is our Honey Butter Lip Balm. I conducted a small (totally unscientific survey) of friends, family, and customers and discovered that you really need to find your own favorite. The following list includes the top five responses. 


Sun-Damaged or Dry Lips



Worried About Cold Sores?
  • Choose products with tea tree essential oils and lemongrass—studies have shown these may be helpful in treating cold sores.
  • Hempseed Lemongrass Lip Balm

Do You Like Flavors? 

 


Remember that lips want gentle, natural moisturizing ingredients that condition and soften--ingredients that will penetrate and heal the skin—not simply coat the skin’s surface.

The moisturizing oils and butters in our creamy, organic natural lip balms penetrate deep into the skin cells. Each recipe is made using natural ingredients recognized for their soothing, moisturizing, and healing qualities.

 

 

 

What’s Your Favorite Natural Lip Balm? 

What Tips Do You Have That Help Keep Lips From Drying Out?
Let Us Know In The Comments Below.