How to choose sustainable lip balm
When shopping for lip balm, choose products that are beeswax, coconut oil, shea butter or argan oil based and made with essential oils. Avoid lip balms that are made with camphor, phenol, parabens, BHT, petroleum jelly, and synthetic fragrances. If you’re looking for lip balm with SPF, choose one made with zinc oxide and avoid those with oxybenzone and octinoxate. Our favorite lip balms are certified by EWG (which ensures the product is free from chemicals of concern), Fair Trade (which benefits the people making the product), and PETA or Leaping Bunny (which ensure no animal testing was performed using the product).
The highest scoring lip balm
Your lips have the thinnest skin on your body and lack the tough outer layer that your other skin has. They also don’t have sebaceous oil glands, which secrete a fatty substance called sebum that’s responsible for keeping the rest of our skin hydrated.