Ahh lip balm. I suppose it’s not the sexiest of the makeup family, but I’ll bet it’s one of the most reached for items in anyone’s stash. And as I mentioned in my post about switching to clean beauty, one of the very first things I knew I had to swap out were my lip products, with clean lip balms being #1.
While I wouldn’t call it an obsession (that’s really such a strong word) of mine, I have always had a particular weakness for all lip products in general. They have far and away always been my favorite cosmetic, all the way back to Lip Smackers, Village Lip Lickers, Kissing Potion and my first frosty Wet ‘n Wild lipstick (my fellow children of the ’80’s are feeling me here, right?!).
Having dry skin much of the year, my lips are easy to chap, and I’m sadly prone to cold sores if I don’t stay on top of things (one bad sunburn on the lips as a teenager = lifetime of keeping cold sores away!). Needless to say, I’m constantly applying. I’ve got lip balms stashed in my purse, car, various places around the house, my beach bag…I always have a lip balm in reach!
When looking for the perfect lip balm, I need it to:
- Be clean (obvs)
- Preferably have peppermint essential oil in the ingredients – I learned long ago that peppermint was hugely effective at keeping cold sore outbreaks away, so my first order of business was to find a replacement for my previously beloved Jack Black Intense Therapy mint lip balm.
- Have some serious staying power – meaning I need it thick. So many lovely lip balms out there are more like an oil or lightweight gel, and that just won’t cut it. I need old school, Chapstick-style, not-coming-off-until-I-wipe-it-off power.
Below you’ll find my current top picks for clean beauty lip balms, including best daytime, night treatment, multi-purpose, tinted and best all-round clean lip balm. A few don’t hit all 3 of my criteria, but they’re all fantastic for different reasons, and you’ll see why they all make the ‘It List’.