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Winter is fast approaching and if you are anything like me your lips are probably already feeling the cold! It's that time of year you make extra sure to have a lip balm handy to stop your lips becoming dry and cracked. Who wants to worry about their lips feeling and looking flaky? I have several natural lip balm brands I use and love. To help you find your perfect natural lip balm match I have just finished putting together this exhaustive guide to 14 different lip balm brands. On top of that, we look into the toxins to avoid when looking at other lip balm brands.

 

Toxins in Mainstream Lip Balms


 

Unfortunately, most mainstream lip balms contain many different toxic ingredients you may wish to avoid. The biggest offenders are:

Petroleum Based Ingredients

Most mainstream lip balm brands will often use a petroleum based wax or petroleum based mineral oil. These petrochemicals have noted concerns over organ system toxicity can cause irritation and allergic reactions. Other petrochemicals have also been linked to cancer. We feel a lot better avoiding petrochemicals because of this in favour of brands that only use natural wax alternatives such as beeswax and plant based waxes.

Synthetic Chemical UVA/UVB Filters

Effective sun protection requires reducing exposure to UVA and UVB rays. The two most common methods to do this are through chemical filters and physical filters. Lip balms that offer SPF use either these chemical filters or physical filters.

Chemical filters are highly toxic and are known to cause biochemical and cellular level changes along with hormone disruption and other toxicity concerns. Some are of greater concern than others but in order to provide broad spectrum protection they are mixed together, providing highly toxic chemical concoctions.

Luckily you can avoid using chemical filters by going with a physical filter. Zinc Oxide works wonders acting as a barrier between your skin, blocking and reflecting UV rays, as appose to chemical filters which absorb the UV rays. It is the best alternative to products using chemical filters. Natural lip balms that offer SPF protection will use Zinc Oxide as a physical filter and stay well away from chemical filters. The only downside is some products that contain it may leave your skin looking a little bit white - but thats just added amusement right?

Cosmetic Colourants

Cosmetic colourants are mineral based pigments commonly used to give colour to skincare and beauty products. They are listed using a colour indexing system and assigned a CI (colour index) code. They are usually listed by this code (ie. CI 12345) or their name and code together. Occasionally they are only listed by their name making them not as obvious to identify if you are not sure what you are looking for. Keep an eye out for a lot of metals (such as iron oxides) or colours followed by a number (Yellow 2, Violet 5). Not all cosmetic colorants are bad but the vast majority have moderate to high toxicity concerns, largely for organ system toxicity – it varies depending on the colorant.

Fragrance/Parfum

Fragrance/Parfum is listed in the ingredients of many skin care products. It is a blanket term used to cover various different fragrance ingredients many of which are synthetic. These ingredients have significant toxicity concerns. It is common for these synthetic fragrances to be severe allergens and respiratory toxins but they can also have greater toxicity implications on the whole body. The worst part is you can’t easily determine which toxins you have been exposed to due to the incomplete labelling.

'Flavour’

Similar to watching out for ‘Fragrance/Parfum’ always be wary when an ingredient label reads ‘flavour’ or uses other blanket terms. Unfortunately this kind of incomplete labelling is commonly used to hide nasty synthetic or otherwise worrying flavour ingredients.

 

Various Alcohols

Alcohol is a broad category that often makes people wary of using a product. There are good typed and bad types of alcohol. However, the good types of alcohol are fatty alcohols that may sometimes be present in natural skin care products because of their nourishing properties.

Bad alcohols include denatured alcohol which has had toxins added to make it unfit for consumption. When this alcohol is added to skincare products we absorb the toxins right into our skin! We recommend only using products that use fatty alcohols or organic alcohols. Non-fatty organic alcohols may be drying to the skin but will be free from denaturants.

To find out more about the difference between different alcohols, other toxicity concerns and what to look out for check out our blog on types of alcohol in skincare here.

 

Parabens

Parabens and other synthetic preservatives have long been flagged for toxicity concerns. Unfortunately, they are also very widely used to extend the shelf life of products. The biggest toxicity concern with parabens is that they are known hormone disruptors. Hormone disruption can significantly impact your health as it interferes with natural hormone balances and processes within your body.

 

Brand Reviews


 

Each brand has its own unique features. Here we help lay it all out so you can determine what best suits your own personal needs.

There is a lot to digest below so here are a few suggestions for where to skip to!

 

 ♥ Vegan: Hurraw, Noosa Basics, Good&Clean, Meow Meow Tweet, Weleda (tinted only), Benecos.

A lot of natural lip balms use beeswax or a mix of beeswax and plant based waxes. There are a few vegan friendly exceptions however that use plant based waxes and other vegan friendly ingredients.

  

♥ Certified organic: Eco Lips, Fix Organic, Suvana.

Many brands source their ingredients from organic suppliers who are certified but don’t get the certification for their finished product. Here are the ones that have gone through that certification process.

  

♥ Tinted: Luk Beautifood, Weleda, Hurraw, Burts Bees.

Weleda and Hurraw both have really good options to give you a subtle splash of colour. Hurraw even pulls this off without using cosmetic colourants. Luk Beautifood has a high price point but also offers a few good shades. Burt’s Bees lip shimmers are another option that is popular. We personally don’t like the lanolin smell they all have, the colours aren’t brilliant and the packaging feels cheap.

 

♥ Most affordable: BenecosHurraw, Necessity, Noosa Basics, Eco Lips, Meow Meow Tweet.

You won’t have to break the bank with these brands.

  

♥ Australian company: Necessity, Good&Clean, Soda&Co, Suvana, Fix Organic, Miskin, Luk Beautifood.

Supporting these brands means supporting Australian families and communities.

 

♥ Best variety: Hurraw.

When it comes to variety, we say hurrah for Hurraw! They got you covered.

 

 

♦Hurraw

Hurraw lip balm range

Riatta Blog- 14 natural lip balm brands reviewed Hurraw

 

Brand Story: Hurraw is a popular US brand obsessed with making quality, premium natural lip balms.

 

Suitability: Perfect affordable everyday lip balms with a wide variety to cover a wide range of tastes and needs. Proudly vegan friendly.

 

Ingredients review: All natural and safe!

Oils (wide range of natural cold pressed oils), wax (candelilla wax), essential oils and plant extracts, vitamin E, Zinc Oxide

 

Performance review: With their amazing range of lip balms and addictive flavours, Hurraw has something for everyone. The oval design of the tubes is clever, fitting neatly in your hand and shaped to your lips for amoother, easier application. Holding a round tube after just feels wrong somehow. Applies smoothly and leaves your lips feeling protected and nourished - if slightly waxy if you are not use to it.

 

 

♦Meow Meow Tweet

MMT Vegan Lip Balms (Unscented, Tangerine Lime, Rosemary Eucalyptus)

 

 

Brand Story: Meow Meow Tweet is a US company that focuses on making small batch all natural vegan skin care products.

 

Suitability: Great affordable everyday lip balms that are vegan friendly.

 

Ingredients review: All natural and safe!

Oil (olive fruit oil, coconut oil), wax (candelilla wax), plant extracts and essential oils (cocoa seed butter, rosemary leaf extract, essential oils (not present in the unscented version)).

 

Performance review: Meow Meow Tweet lip balms apply nice smoothly from a standard twist up tube. Tangerine lime and rosemary eucalyptus both have fresh and appealing flavours. The unscented lip balm is a good option for those who do not like scented products.

 

♦Luk Beautifood 

Luk Lip Nourish (8 Shades available) | 3g $24.95

Luk Lip Nourish Tasting Plate (For all 8 shades) | $7.50

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Brand story: Luk Beautifood was founded by Australian mum and entrepreneur Cindy Luken. Her love for health, healthy eating and cooking is what inspired the creation of her Luk lip nourish line. They are proudly Australian owned and made.

 

Suitability: As a lip balm/lip stick hybrid Luk Lip Nourishes are suited for all occasions from formal evenings to casual. They have a higher price point than other lip balms, which is understandable considering they are also a lip stick, making them suited for those who enjoy wearing lipstick and don’t mind indulging for a high quality 2-in-1 product. Also an option for those looking to support Australian Made. Not suitable for vegans.

 

Ingredients review: Luk lip nourishes are all natural. They use plant and animal based waxes including candelilla wax, carnauba wax and beeswax as well as using avocado, sesame and castor oil to make up the bulk of the lip balm/lip stick. *Jojoba alcohol is a good fatty alcohol present that helps nourish lips. Cocoa butter and Vitamin E are also included for their nourishing properties. Vitamin E also acts as a natural preservative. The different flavours come from various essential oils and plant extracts.

To get the colours they have, they do contain some natural mineral cosmetic colourants. As we said above, not all cosmetic colourants are highly toxic but most still have some low toxicity concerns. The cosmetic colourants used in Luk Beautifood are the relatively safer ones, none rate higher than a 1-3 ‘depending on usage’ in the EWG database. The greatest concern is when they are used in aerosolized (airborne) products and inhaled. Most natural lip sticks will contain similar cosmetic colourants to be able to offer diverse and effective colours from their lip sticks. We believe they are used in a way which is safe and are personally comfortable with. If you prefer to avoid cosmetic colourants all together then you may want to avoid Luk and other natural lip sticks. But don’t worry the rest of our lip balms are free from them!

 

Performance review: Luk Beautifood lip nourishes come in eight different flavours including chai shimmer, mandarin spice, nude cinnamon, pink juniper, rose lime, tangerine pomegranate, tea rose, and vanilla chocolate. The first thing you will notice when applying is that they are very soft and apply easily. This does mean you should be careful not to wind it up too much and apply gently as you may accidently misshape or break the rest of the stick.

The colours are also subtler than you may expect. Pink juniper (light pink), vanilla chocolate (brown) and tangerine pomegranate (reddish pink) are the stronger colours if that is what you are after. They are well suited for those who like to have a fully made up makeup look. The others blend in well giving a soft colour and leave a shimmer on your lips that works well for the office or other day to day events. We love the nude cinnamon for an everyday office lipstick.

As a lip balm, I found my lips felt noticeably nourished even after the colour has faded. They are not strongly scented or flavoured which I know some prefer. There is just a slight waxy/oil smell and taste with slight highlights of other smells and flavours (chocolate/citrus/spice). They do have a slightly sticky feel and are not terribly long lasting.

 

♦Burt’s Bees

Burt’s Bees Lip Balm (Honey, Peppermint, Pomegranate, Pink Grapefruit, Ultra Conditioning) | 4.25g $6.95 

Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmers (Caramel, Fig, Cherry, Watermelon, Rhubarb) | 2.6g $9.96

Burts Bees Pomegranate Lip Balm 4.25g

Brand story: Burt’s Bees is named after the honey farm that started it all. Their personal care range was first inspired by wanting to do something with the beeswax created as a by-product from Burt’s honey farm. They started with candles and soaps in the 80’s and first introduced their beeswax lip balm in the 90’s. From humble beginnings, Burt’s Bees has continued to grow although Burt himself has now passed and his business partner sold off the business in the 2007 to Clorox. While the ingredients are still all natural there are those who now doubt their commitment to keeping the products as ethical and natural as they started or who boycott Burt’s Bees due to disagreements with Cloroxs other business practices and products or as they prefer to support smaller business.

 

Suitability: Burt’s Lip balms and shimmers are suited for a wide range of needs and tastes. Their lip balm comes in several flavours and is perfect for giving your lips some extra love come autumn and winter or whenever they are feeling cracked and dry. The lip shimmers give your lips a bit of extra nourishment and colour all year round. Not suited for vegans.

 

Ingredients review: They are all natural. Their lip balms are largely made of (surprise, surprise) beeswax with various oils (coconut, sunflower soybean, canola, castor seed) added in. Vitamin E is added for extra nourishment while also acting as a natural preservative. Flavours and scents come from essential oils and plant extracts (peppermint oil, pomegranate oil, honey, rosemary leaf extract). The ultra-conditioning lip balm also has kokum butter and other essential oils for extra nourishment.

There were a few ingredients listed that would raise an eyebrow if they were synthetically made. Thankfully they have not been and are non-toxic. They are listed as they are naturally occurring components of the essential oils.

The lip shimmers are a slightly different story. They use many of the same ingredients including beeswax, candelilla wax and various other oils and plant extracts to provide a nourishing lip balm. Where they differ is that to provide a dash of colour they also contain cosmetic colourants. These are natural minerals and not necessarily cause for alarm as we discussed above although some have moderate to high toxicity concerns. Considering which cosmetic colourants are being used and the context of the usage we consider Burt’s Bees lip shimmers to be safe and only have a low toxicity concern.

Burts Bees Peony Lip Shimmer 2.6g

Performance review: Burt’s Bees Lip Balms apply easily and smoothly and are absorb well into your lips leaving them feel nourished and loved! They come in a standard round little twist up lip balm tube which can be twisted up and down. They have lovely natural flavours and smells which I really love. Honey, pomegranate, peppermint and pink grapefruit are all really nice, pink grapefruit is my favourite. The ultra-conditioning one is also nice but more of a plain flavour with a slightly buttery taste and smell from the kokum butter. A lot of people tell me they use this one overnight as well when their lips are particularly bad to help repair them.

 

On the other hand, we have not been as impressed with the lip shimmers. They have a strong peppermint and lanolin smell. I am personally not a fan of the lanolin smell. They come in a longer skinnier tube which in itself isn’t bad but you can’t twist them back down which is annoying. They also feel thicker and like they sit on your lips rather than absorb in and nourish them and while you expect some stickiness when dealing with beeswax they feel stickier than the lip balms.

 

♦Weleda

Weleda Everon Lip Balm | 4.8g $8.95

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Brand story: From its beginnings in Europe in the 1920’s Weleda has grown to have a wide international presence. They are well known for their extensive natural beauty, skin and personal care range that is underpinned by strong values pertaining to organic farming, ethical sourcing, fair trade and sustainability.

 

Suitability: Perfect for women who want a smooth, effective lip balm that has a luxurious feminine scent. Works well for use during the day and overnight. Not suitable for Vegans.

 

 

Ingredients review: I smiled looking at these ingredients for the sheer simplicity of them! Weleda’s Lip balm contains only jojoba oil, beeswax, shea butter, candelilla wax, rose wax, carnauba wax, vanilla extract and rose extract. All natural, non-toxic and worry free!

 

Performance review: Weledas Everon lip balm is super smooth and surprisingly non-sticky for a beeswax lip balm and absorbs into my lips well. The rose and vanilla smell is an absolutely beautiful sweet heavenly floral smell. It come

 

s in a standard twist up twist down tube for easy application.

 

Weleda Tinted Lip Balms (Berry Red, Rose, Nude) | 10ml $15.95

 

Weleda has also just released 3 tinted lip balms which we were very excited to try out!

 

Suitability: For those who want a nourishing splash of colour on their lips during the day no matter the occasion. Suited for casual, office and evening settings. Vegan friendly.

 

Ingredients review:  Castor Seed Oil, Olive Fruit Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Sunflower Seed Wax, Castor Oil, Shea Butter - Lovely natural ingredients that make up the base of the product.

Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate - sounds scary, right? No need for concern here however. It is simply a skin conditioning agent derived from plant oils such as coconut oil and castor oil. There have been no health concerns linked to it.

Mica (Cl 77019), lron Oxides (Cl 77491), Titanium Dioxide (Cl 77891) - We really don’t like seeing cosmetic colourants in products but it is how they can provide that splash of colour you love. Like with Luk Beautifood and Burts Bees above we determined, considering which cosmetic colourants and how they are used, they are relatively safe for use. If you rather not touch cosmetic colourants this is obviously not the product for you

Fragrance (Parfum), Citronellol, Benzyl Alcohol, Geraniol, Eugenol, Farnesol – These ingredients are natural components of essential oils. They are not synthetic so there is not a cause for concern apart from normal cautions when using essential oils (possible irritation for sensitive skin).

 

Performance review: Smooth and silky with a small squeeze tube to apply to your lips. When I was testing them each of the colours had a noticeable difference. The nude blended into my lips and looked more like a glossy shimmer and lightened my natural colour. The rose was a nice light pink but is probably not a colour I would personally wear a lot of. Berry Red was the one I found I liked the most on myself and was the favourite for the three of us who tested them out together. Remember, different colours may suit different lip shades.

 

Lily, who has sensitive skin/lips, found that Weledas tinted lip balms were the only tinted lip balm (aside from Hurraws tinted lip balms) that didn’t dry out her lips.

 

♦Good&Clean

Good&Clean Lip Balm | 15g $9.95

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Brand story: Good&Clean is a Queensland based Australian brand focused on providing safe and clean personal care products while also supporting conservation efforts and minimising their eco-footprint. 10% of every sale goes to conservation efforts and they have taken many other eco-friendly initiatives with their business practices.

 

Suitability: Suitable for vegans. Australian made and owned. A clear nourishing lip balm suited for lips that need some extra love.

 

Ingredients review: All natural and simple ingredients including oils, wax, essential oils and plant extracts. Shea Butter, Almond Oil, Coconut Oil, Candelilla Wax, Castor Seed Oil, Grapefruit Seed Oil.

 

Performance review: Good&Cleans lip balm comes in a small metal tin and has a lovely light citrus smell from the grapefruit peel oil. It has a smooth texture and is nourishing. Because it comes in a tin you need to use your finger to apply it however. In colder weather, it can go hard but softens easily against the heat of your finger.

 

 

♦SODA&CO

Lip Balm | 10g $8.95

Brand story: Victorian based Australian brand supplying all natural personal care products.

 

Suitability: Not suitable for vegans. Australian made and owned. Clear nourishing lip balms suited for those who love strong flavours.

 

Ingredients review: All nautural ingredients: Wax (beeswax), plant based oils and plant extracts (varies between flavours), essential oils (varies between flavours), (highly nourishing and acts as a natural preservative).

 

Performance review: Soda&Co offer four strong flavours that pack a punch; mint burst, pink lemonade (lovely grapefruit scent), orange splash and cocoa. They come in a metal tin, the same as Good&Clean, so you need to apply with your finger. They have a smooth texture, are not sticky and feels light on your lips for a beeswax based lip balm. In colder weather, it can go hard but softens easily against the heat of your finger.

 

 

♦Fix Organic

Paw Paw and Manuka Honey Balm | 30g $6.99

 

Brand story: New South Wales based Australian brand committed to being all natural, certified organic and sustainable.

 

Suitability: Not suitable for vegans. Ideal for those after Australian made and certified organic. For those in need of a heavy-duty nourishing balm.

 

Ingredients review:  All natural ingredients.

 Wax: beeswax (base and nourishment)

Oil: castor seed oil, jojoba oil, carrot seed oil (base and nourishment)

Plant extracts: papaya fruit extract, cocoa seed butter (highly nourishing – full of vitamins!)

Honey: highly nourishing and antibacterial

Glycerine: Natural component of many lipids found in both plants and animals. It is used as a natural skin protectant, for skin conditioning and viscosity decreasing.

 

Performance review: Comes in a tube you can squeeze out onto your finger which is larger than most lip balms. It is multipurpose and can be used to soothe and heal bites, scratches and other skin irritations. It is highly nourishing but feels a little bit heavy on the lips and has a slightly sticky feel.

 

♦Suvana

Paw Paw and Honey Balm | 25g $9.96

Paw Paw and Honey Lip Balm | 7g $5.95

Suvana Lip Balm

 

Brand story: Another great Australian brand dedicated to bringing you products without the nasties. Suvana was created to bring an alternative to petroleum wax based lip balms.

 

Suitability: Not suitable for vegans. Suitable for those who want certified organic. Ideal for those after Australian made and who need a toxin free heavy-duty nourishing balm.

 

Ingredients review: All natural ingredients.

Wax: (Beeswax, Candelilla Wax) (base and nourishment)

Oil: Castor Seed Oil, Coconut oil, Jojoba Oil, Vanilla Bean Oil, Carrot Oil, (base and nourishment)

Plant Extracts: Cocoa Butter, Paw Paw extract, Stevia Extract (nourishment and flavour)

Honey: (nourishment, flavour and antibacterial)

Vitamin E: (highly nourishing and acts as a natural preservative)

 

Performance review: Suvanas balms provide highly effective nourishment. They come in both a larger tube and smaller lip balm tube sizes for easy application and portability. The lip balm tubes you squeeze the desired amount out and swipe it on. It does little bit heavy on the lips and is slightly sticky.

 

 

♦Miskin

 

Brand story: Miskin is a Queensland based Australian company. They provide natural hand crafted products with the aim of promoting a more mindful and holistic approach to health and beauty.

 

Suitability: Suited for those who want to buy Australian. Not suitable for vegans. Perfect for chocolate lovers. For those who want to keep their lips nourished and smooth.

 

Ingredients review:All natural ingredients.

Oil: Coconut Oil, Avocado Oil, Castor Oil, Calendula flower infused in sunflower oil (base and nourishment)

Wax: Beeswax (base and nourishment)

Plant extracts: Vanilla Extract, Cacao Butter, Raw Cacao (nourishment and flavour)

Raw Honey (nourishing and antibacterial)

Vitamin E (highly nourishing and acts as a natural preservative)

Soy Lecithin (skin conditioning, antioxidant and helps smoothen product)

 

Performance review: Miskins chocolate lip balm has a nice chocolate (with what I feel is a hint of coconut) smell. It comes as a paste in a jar so you need to apply with your finger. I feel the texture is kind of grainy and a little bit waxy and sticky. It is nourishing however and leaves my lips feeling smooth once rubbed in. In colder weather, it can go hard but softens easily against the heat of your finger.

 

♦Andalou Naturals

Andalou Naturals Argan and Mint Lip Remedy | 12ml $9.96

 

Brand story: A US brand founded in 1989. Their focus is on providing consumers with a choice for more natural, organic and cruelty free products.

 

Suitability: Not suited for vegans. A good standard nourishing lip balm.

 

Ingredients review:All natural ingredients.

Oil: Argan Oil, Castor Oil, Tamanu Oil, Jojoba Oil, Coconut Oil, Lavender Oil, Peppermint Oil (base, nourishment and flavour – Argan oil also deeply moisturising)

Wax: Beeswax, Carnauba Wax (base and nourishment)

Plant extracts: Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Aloe Vera Juice, Rooibos Extract (nourishment and flavour)

Vitamin E (highly nourishing and acts as a natural preservative)

Fruit Stem Cells (Malus Domestica, Solar Vitis) and BioActive 8 Berry Complex (used in a lot of Andalous products the fruit stem cells are claimed to speed cellular renewal, repair and replenish lips – no toxicity concerns).

Ubiquinone (CoQ10) (is a coenzyme used for skin conditioning and anti-inflammatory properties – no toxicity concerns).

Resveratrol (is part of a group antioxidants known as polyphenols and is used as a skin protectant and for its antioxidant properties – no toxicity concerns).

 

Performance review: Andalous lip remedy has a smooth feel and a minty smell. It comes in a tube you can squeeze a small amount onto the tip and easily swipe on. You do have to squeeze a little bit because it is slightly thick. Leaves lips feeling smooth and nourished.

 

♦Noosa Basics

Lip balm (Cherry, Mint, Vanilla, Cocoa) | 4.3g $7.95

 

Brand story: Noosa Basics is a small Australian family run business based in Noosa, Queensland. They aim to provide simple natural products that will support overall health.

 

Suitability: Suited for vegans and those who want to support small Australian business. A basic lip balm suited for everyday use.

 

Ingredients review: A very simple list of all natural ingredients!

Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, Castor Oil, Candelilla Wax and Organic Flavours (Real fruit infused in olive oil).

 

Performance review: I personally don’t think they smell all that amazing but others who have tried them like the smell and taste more. They are also a bit heavy and waxy. To start with they have a rough texture but once it heats up against your skin they apply smoothly. Effectively provides protection and nourishment for your lips. They have 4 different flavours (cherry, mint, vanilla and cocoa) and come in a standard twist up twist down tube for easy application.

 

♦Eco Lips

 

Eco lips has a lot of different lip balm alternatives. We don’t stock them but we did try out their blood orange flavour from the mongo kiss range. The following review is for that product.

 

Brand Story: They are a family business from the US who have spent since the early 90’s researching and perfecting ethical, natural and organic lip balm formulas.

 

Suitability: Certified organic. Not suitable for Vegans. A good all round affordably priced lip balm for the family.

 

Ingredient review:All natural ingredients:

Oil: Sunflower Seed Oil, Blood Orange Essential Oil, Mongongo Kernel Oil. (base, flavour and nourishment)

Wax: Beeswax (base and nourishment)

Plant Extracts: Cocoa Seed Butter, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Calendula Flower Extract, Stevia Leaf Extract (flavour and nourishment)

Vitamin E (highly nourishing and acts as a natural preservative)

The hero ingredient is the mongongo oil (often referred to as mongo oil). It is incredibly rich in nutrients (such as vitamins and minerals), acts as a natural humectant to retain moisture and contains fatty acids which are essential for protecting and repairing lips.

 

Performance review: We found the blood orange mongo kiss balm was very soft and smooth for a beeswax based lip balm. The blood orange provides a pleasant citrus scent. They are also reasonably affordable. The biggest issue we have with the balm is the packaging. The twist up twist down tube is quite large. When applying we feel it is easy to get it all around your mouth rather than just on your lips and is not as nice to hold. Otherwise, it is a solid nourishing natural lip balm.

 

♦Necessity

 Lemon-Mandarin-Orange 5g $5.95

Brand story: Necessity Natural Skin Care is the trading name for a trust that supports Glenvale Adventist Health, Wellness and Lifestyle Centre and the Darling Downs Christian School with its emphasis on health and its programs to help those with learning disabilities. They are an Australian brand based from Toowoomba, Queensland. They have a strong emphasis on Christian values. Necessity began in 2008 with the efforts of naturopath Peter Bamford with support from many others.

 

Suitability: Not suitable for vegans. Australian company for those who want to support Australian businesses. Affordable basic everyday lip balm.

 

Ingredient review: All natural ingredients.

Beeswax and oils (palm, coconut, sunflower, jojoba, rosehip) make up the base and provide nourishment.

Mandarin/lemon/orange essential oil are added depending on flavour.

Shea Butter and Vitamin E are both highly nourishing with vitamin E also working as a natural preservative.

Vegetable glycerin is a natural humectant, helping preserve moisture.

Note: Citrus essential oils may irritate sensitive skin, we recommend doing a patch test on your wrist before using.

 

Performance review: Necessity’s lip balms have a lovely citrus smell. I even think it has a hint of honey from the beeswax that hasn’t been obvious in other beeswax lip balms. It is smooth and nourishing, if a little sticky. They come in mandarin, lemon and orange flavours. The packaging is a standard twist up twist down lip balm tube.

 

♦ Benecos 

Benecos Lip Balm (classic, raspberry, orange, mint) | 4.8g $4.99

 

Brand Story: Benecos is a well established German brand with a lot to offer. Their goal is to make natural cosmetics fun, modern and affordable.

 

Suitability: Suitable for vegans, those on a budget and those who want a solid natural lip balm. They offer a plain/unscented (classic) optoin and several different flavoured natural lip balms (raspberry, orange and mint).

 

Ingredients Review:

Oils: Olive fruit oil, castor seed oil, jojoba seed oil, sunflower seed oil
Wax: Berry wax (rhus verniciflua peelecera), carnauba wax, candelilla wax,
Plant Extracts: shea butter, cocoa seed butter
Vitamin E: Tocopherol
Cetyl alcohol: a nourishing fatty alcohol

All these ingredinets are not just safe but incredibly kind and nourishing for your lips!

Extra ingredients by flavour

Classic - Sea buckthorn fruit oil
Raspberry - Parfum, raspberry seed oil, citral, geraniol, limonene, linalool, citronellol
Orange - Orange oil, limonene, linalool, citral
Mint - Field mint leaf oil, peppermint leaf extract, limonene

Various oils for nourishment and flavour, all safe, some may be irritating to highly sensitive lips. Citral, geraniol, limonene, linalool, citronellol are common components of the oils used and safe. The only red flag here is parfum listed as an ingredient in the raspberry lip balm with no further specification.

 

Performance Review: My first impression of benecos was how lovely the raspberry lip balm smelt (havent tried all the other flavours). Applying it was smooth and easy with the tube easily opened and twisted up. I did feel it was a bit heavy and waxy for what I usually prefer but it seemed to settle well on my lips providing nourishment and a soft layer of protection.

 

Remember to take care of your skin this winter. Drink plenty of water, moisturise and of course find a kick ass lip balm to give your lips some love! If you find the one right for you make sure to let us know your favourite.

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