Lip balms = LIFE! Who’s with me!? I rarely leave my house without one not to mention I have them stashed in my car, bag, bathroom, kids backpacks…So I’m pretty much always within an arms reach of conditioned lips. Needless to say, there’s nothing I’m obsessed with more than organic lip balms.
And all the people said YESSSS! Why? Well the skin on our lips is actually composed differently than the skin on the rest of our body in two ways. First, the stratum corneum (the most outer layer of skin), is thinner on our lips. And second, our lips have a lack of melanin (which gives lips a red hue). The lack of melanin and the thinner skin makes lips more susceptible to sunspots and skin cancer. Also our lips have no sweat glands, no hair follicles and no sebaceous glands. And this is why we get chapped lips! (source).
Enter lip balms. So in my book there are two types of lip balms. Balms made with nourishing organic oils and butters OR balms made from synthetics like petroleum, preservatives like parabens and health-compromising ingredients like chemical fragrances. The choice is ours!
So while we are on the subject….let me just come out and say it, I’m kinda obsessed with Maya Chia’s Waterless Wonder Balm. It can be used to treat a myriad of body parts and issues. Hands, cuticles, feet, elbows…you can even use it as a heavy hitting face balm. The texture is creamy, silky, smooth and rich. And it’s healing, soothing and protective. And the ingredients? To die for.
Ingredients: Shea Butter, Supercritical Chia Oil, organic Apricot Kernel Oil, organic Sunflower Oil, Beeswax, Non-GMO Vitamin E, 2% essential oils or botanical extracts.
Maya Chia holds the US patent on supercirtical chia seed extraction which is the cleanest extraction method on the block. This ensures we are getting all the benefits chia has to offer in its most natural state and you will only find it here with Maya Chia. More on supercitical extraction here.
Chia seed oil is a superfood for your skin. It’s stacked with saturated fatty acids which keeps skin cell membranes healthy and fights against free radical damage. Check out this 2010 study on the efficacy of topical n-3 fatty acid products containing just 4% chia oil on patients suffering from severe cases of dry, problematic, itchy skin. It “improved skin hydration, skin barrier function and reduced trans-epidermal water loss” in just two weeks – which sounds like the perfect recipe for a lip balm to me! (Scroll down to see the results).
I love the Waterless Wonder Balm for day but it’s especially great as a night lip treatment too. I wake up with lips feeling so smooth and soft. Like, I just can’t get enough. And of course it’s formulated without the use of parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, PEGs and SLSs.
The Waterless Wonder Balm makes for a spendy lip balm but I’ve had mine for over a year and I still have some left – it’s super concentrated and a little goes a long way. Put this on your Mother’s Day wish list ladies!
But first, in the name of all things lip balms, here are some other clean options I use and love too:
Hurrah Lip Balm – An all organic lip balm that comes in several flavors like lemon, mint, grapefruit…also available with SPF too. Goes on smooth, is super nourishing and smells amazing! $3.79
Moroccan Magic – This all-organic lip balm is divine! Comes in several trending flavors like rose, peppermint eucalyptus, lemon thyme and coconut almond. Available at CVS, Wegmans, Bed Bath & Beyond + Whole Foods. Certified organic. $3.99
KHUS + KHUS THE MINT – If you love mint like I do, look no further than THE MINT. I could rave all day about this gem. Comes in a generous GLASS pot which could easily last 6 months to a year. It’s so big! But mostly I can’t get over the ingredient deck: organic peppermint, Co2 organic rosehip, organic argan oil, marula oil, organic babassu seed oil, beeswax and vitamin E. You can also special order this vegan too! Sits really light and thin on the lips. $38 Code: THISORGANICGIRL25 will save you 25%! Shop!
28 LITSEA Melted Balm – Yes, yes and YES! This balm is so beautiful and it’s made in my home state of Massachusetts! (Which by the way, no one can pronounce in the south – it always comes out sounding like some foul phrase – it’s actually pretty hillar because everyone says it with a strait face and I’m like; you just swore – haha!) Conditioning, not too heavy/not too light, smells minty and pretty. $12
Meow Meow Tweet’s Vegan Lip Balm – A multi-purpose chubby stick that can do no wrong. Think chapped cheeks, noses, lips, cracked hands and more. Comes in an eco-friendly paper tube. Coconut Cacao anyone!? Sold! $14 Code: OrganicGirl20 will save you 20%! Shop!
RMS Lip and Skin Balm – Any makeup line that Giselle Bündchen uses is good enough for me too. She literally has the founder of RMS travel with her for shoots and work. It’s that clean and it’s that good. This is another multipurpose balm. It comes in one of two flavors/scents: a really light smelling vanilla or a light cocoa. This not only conditions but works to heal, hydrate and protect too. Comes in glass. An all around A+. $25 Shop!
Vapour Organic Lip Conditioner – If Vapour does anything, they do organic. This fatty certified organic lip balm is not only super chic but it soothes and protects too. Love this matte conditioner for day wear; not too greasy! $20 – Get their fragrance while you are at it! Shop!
OSMIA Lip Doctor – OSMIA can literally do no wrong and the same applies to their lip doctah! This formula is all business. It’s castor oil free (which some people are allergic to) and essential oil free – perfect for those with sensitivities. Formulated with a base of olive oil, the lip doctor leaves no lips behind! Nourishing, healing + calming. Do yourself a fave and buy two.
Naked Peppermint Lip Whip – If you haven’t entered into the land of Kari Gran Lip Whips yet…GUUURRRL you are missing out! Creamy, conditioning and minty with the perfect amount of gloss. Packaged in a glass pot, I never leave home without one. They have tinted ones too. Super cute! $20
True Botanicals Lip Balm – Currently pulled for reformulation but always on my list. I’m excited for it to make it’s vegan debut someday soon hopefully! Code: LISATRUE20 will save first timers on $40+ orders at True Botanicals! Shop!
ZOE Organics Everything Balm – This multipurpose balm is a mother’s dream come true. Use it on your lips, your kid’s faces, hands, heels, nipples…it literally does it all. And it’s certified organic to boot! Love that it comes in a stick. Available at Nordstrom! $11.95 Shop!
What’s your fave lip balm?