The Best Natural & Organic Lip Balms of 2021
WRITTEN BY: DIANE ELIZABETH K. | PUBLISHED: 05/29/2017 | LAST UPDATED: 12/05/2020
Lip treatments should be an essential part of any skin care routine. The skin on our lips is vastly more delicate than the skin on our face. Our lips have a very thin outer layer, cannot produce melanin (can’t protect against the sun), and have virtually no oil glands to produce moisture. Without proper hydration and care, our lips can easily become dry, chapped, cracked, and irritated (commonly experienced in the winter months).
What Are the Benefits of Using an Organic Lip Balm?
A great organic lip balm can be a fantastic routine treatment to keep your lips moist, soft, and safe from sun damage. Organic ones offer the same (if not greater) effectiveness at healing dry lips as their synthetic counterparts without any of the potentially toxic ingredients like parabens, petroleum, alcohol (will dry out lips), propylene glycol, and other potentially cancer-causing agents. Remember, whatever goes on your lips will inevitably end up in your mouth and absorbed through the skin. If you wouldn’t eat it, why put in on your skin? By using reputable organic products, you ensure that you only ingest the highest quality natural and organic vegetable oils, fruit extracts, honey, and herbs.
What to Look for in an Organic Lip Balm
Organic lip balms are crafted with blend of hard waxes, oils that are solid at room temperature, oils that are liquid at room temperature, and extras like essential oils, honey, teas, and vitamins. Hard waxes help to lock in moisture and common hard waxes used in organic lip balms are beeswax and candelilla wax (a vegan alternative). Solid room temperature oils, like coconut oil and shea, give their distinctive “creamy” texture; whereas, liquid oils penetrate the skin for deeper anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and anti-aging benefits. Extras like honey, essential oils, and herbs add flavor and work to treat specific lip conditions. These natural ingredients are incredibly effective at healing even the most severe dry, chapped, inflamed lips. Some of the most common oils used in organic lip balms are coconut oil, argan oil, avocado oil, sunflower/safflower oil, rosehip oil, jojoba oil, and calendula oil. Calendula oil is particularly great for very dry lips because it softens skin and helps to stimulate the growth of new skin cells.
Whether you are looking for an intense lip treatment for dry, chapped, winter-battled lips or a simple moisturizing (and perhaps tasty) everyday lip balm, this has you covered. We scoured the web in an effort to create the ultimate glossary (pun intended) of amazing organic lip balms from reputable brands. The result? This list of the top delicious certified organic, SPF, tinted, vegan, flavored, and unflavored organic lip balms. Each product below contains a high quantity of (preferably certified) organic ingredients that are effective at treating and protecting the lips. These balms contain no parabens, nothing artificial, and no genetically modified ingredients.
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Crafted by an actual former ER Doctor (founder of Osmia, Sarah Villafranco), this "Lip Doctor" is literally just what the doctor ordered. All puns aside, this stuff WORKS. It is so rich, creamy, and really keeps your lips protected and moisturized. Made with 87% certified organic ingredients including argan, olive, and avocado oils. If all other balms have failed you in the past, then make an appointment with the Lip Doctor---I don't think it will let you down.
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A heavy duty lip balm! Out of all of the other organic lip balms we've tested, no other balm contained hyaluronic acid except this Moisture Lock Balm from True Botanicals. This balm is vegan (uses candelilla wax), feels super silky, goes on sheer, and made with a truly unique blend of hyaluronic acid and antioxidants. Hyaluronic acid can hold up to 1,000x it's weight in water (no wonder this balm is called moisture lock) and antioxidants work to plump and firm the delicate lip area.
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Featured in our Winter Holiday 2019 Ox Boxes, these babies are definitely amongst the top 5 organic lip balms that we've tried. Not only are they USDA Certified Organic, they also feature feature irresistible flavors such as Elderberry & Manuka Honey, Rose Oil, Peppermint Eucalyptus, and Lemon Thyme. Let me tell ya, nothing feels better to slather on your lips than that Elderberry & Manuka Honey balm. Not only does it smell great, it's got everything you would want for the cold season.
Once you try this luxury organic lip balm from Henne Organics, you'll understand why Henne is the reigning champion of luxury lip care. This balm glides on like silk. It's incredibly moisturizing without being greasy, slick, or heavy. Also, It provides protection for a good bit of time (we didn't feel the need to constantly reapply) and works great as an overnight lip balm. The cherry on top is the beautiful black tube packaging it comes in. A real treat!
While we're on the topic of Henne Organics, you have to check out this lip treatment if you want super soft lips all year round. Let me start by saying that this is NOT a lip balm--this is an intense lip treatment made from a blend of potent plant oils and extracts. It's purpose is to boost collagen production for fuller, smoother, younger looking lips. You use it as a base-layer under other lip products by applying 2-3 layers and allowing it to absorb.
These cute little organic lip balms come in a few really fun flavors such as Mint Mojito, Orange Mint, and Lysine + Herbs. The Lysine & Herbs is one of my favorites because it's packed with cold-busting ingredients like echinacea, bee propolis, tea tree oil, elder flower, and peppermint oil. If you suffer from cold-sores, this is a great natural remedy compared to drugstore options. The cherry flavored lip balm is also a yummy non-tinted option that's made with healing ingredients.
Remember those old school flavored lip balms (Dr. Pepper anyone?). Well, these are like those, but totally organic and all natural. These balms offer a beautiful hint of tint and a tasty (yet subtle) pop of flavor (also available in unflavored versions). This is the kind of balm you'll apply over and over again--not because you'll need to, but because you'll want to! They are silky smooth with lovely scents. Some of our favorite flavors are Black Cherry, Coconut, Grapefruit, Echium Rasperry (a darker tint), Earl Grey, and their basic Unflavored balm.
When I began testing this lip balm, I happened to be suffering from a really bad case of dry lips. Prior to using this balm, I had tried scrubs, lip serums, and other lip balms to no avail. I didn't expect this balm to fair much better, but there was something about the consistency that just worked better than all the other options. I could feel it absorbing deep beneath the dry skin and cracks and it did not need to be reapplied over and over again. Within a few days, my lips were soft again! Highly recommended as a lip treatment when all else fails.
Another organic lip balm that easily makes it's way into our Top 5 for the year. First, the packaging that this little balm comes in is so adorable and sturdy (you're not going to have issues with leaking). Secondly, the ingredients used are much more interesting and rare than what you will find in a typical lip balm. For example, it's packed with antioxidants like rosehip seed oil, buriti fruit oil, and sea buckthorn berry---ingredients that you expect in a high-end organic facial serum. The only "flavor" this has is the subtle hint of cocoa and cocoa butter.
Another super simple lip balm at a great price. This organic lip balm is made with just castor bean oil, beeswax, sunflower oil, coconut oil, and vitamin E--that's it. Frankly, those ingredients are truly the base of all great organic lip balms. People with sensitive lips, easily irritated lips, or those who just simply prefer an unscented balm will love this product. If you're the kind of person who is always sharing or giving away your lip balms to family and friends, then stock up on the good stuff with this six pack!
For this article, we tested hundreds of lip balms. What sets Pangea apart from the rest are their unique flavors (Pyrenees Lavender & Cardamom being my favorite) and their use of tamanu oil. Tamanu oil is a powerful skin healing oil and I can think of no better place for it than in a lip balm. Perfect for dry, chapped, cracked, or otherwise depleted lips in need of serious restoration. It's also got all of the other ingredients you know and love in a balm like shea, beeswax, aloe, and jojoba oil.
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This is a big ole stick of solid organic lip balm. If you are looking for a dependable stick of balm to carry around in your purse or keep handy for when you need a little extra moisture, then this is your item. It's not going to cure severely cracked lips, but it's perfect for general everyday use. It's slick, moisturizing, subtly citrus scented, big (easy application), and packed with almost entirely organic ingredients like honey, chamomile, jojoba, shea butter, beeswax, coconut oil, and olive oil. An affordable organic lip balm option given the large size.
Finding an affordable and effective vegan lip balm can sometimes bee a challenge (get it?). This bee free vegan organic lip balms from Eco Lips should help to change that. In fact, Eco Lips is the only USDA Certified Organic vegan lip balm that made our list! Like many other vegan lip balms, this one uses candelilla wax instead of beeswax. It's super pure, super moisturizing, and available in delicious flavors such as superfruit, sweet mint, and lemon-lime.
This little pot of organic lip balm is very rich: just a tiny swipe off the top provides a good thick layer of protection. It's made with a blend of soothing ingredients (such as calendula, camellia, and sunflower oil) and ingredients designed to lock in moisture (beeswax). Comes in two flavors: peppermint & cinnamon.The Lip Whip is the kind of balm that you can apply in the morning and have it last until the afternoon (even in dry climates). It also works great as an overnight lip treatment.
The SPF 15 version of Hurraw's organic lip balm. Although this balm is made with zinc oxide for sun protection, you can avoid having "white lips" by simply only applying 1-2 layers. The more you layer this balm, the more the white tint appears. Other than that, it's a silky smooth balm that glides on effortlessly with a lovely vanilla/tropical scent. Perfect for beach days, hikes, or whenever you lips need a little protection from the sun.
Rose Mira makes five different flavors of organic lip balms: Pink Grapefruit, Banana, Lemon, Mint, and Citrus. Out of all of those flavors, little did I know that Banana would actually end up being my favorite. I don't even like bananas, but this balm has got this subtle, yet super yummy natural banana scent and flavor that I love. That's because this lip balm is made with real banana extract (along with a hint of lemon and coconut). It's super creamy, moisturizing, and sticks around on your lips for a good bit of time.
This is not your average organic lip balm. Crafted from a blend of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich USDA Certified Organic ingredients like lemon balm, calendula, and helichrysum flower, this big stick of balm only needs a few swipes for lasting protection. I love that it's naturally lightly flavored with organic fig and plum apricot extract. The scent/flavor is so subtle and sophisticated. Even though this is a luxury lip balm, it comes in a good sized tube for longer use. Be careful who you share this lip balm with, because they just might not give it back!
This is an over-sized .3 oz tube of pure moisturizing organic lip goodness. This baby swipes on like a dream and protects your lips without feeling heavy. It's not sticky, greasy, or too heavily coconut scented. Instead of beeswax, DedCool uses vegan candelilla wax. Other star ingredients include aloe vera gel, borage oil, macadamia nut oil, and sesame oil. Additionally, it's made from a base of classic lip balm ingredients like coconut oil and shea butter.
We featured this sun friendly organic lip balms in our Summer 2018 Ox Boxes because they provide SPF 15 protection without a white finish. Made with zinc oxide for mineral SPF, so it can cause a white tint if heavily applied. The trick is to lightly apply these balms with just 1 or 2 swipes (more layers create a white tint from the zinc oxide). Besides SPF protection, this balm goes on slick, feels moisturizing, and is packed with great ingredients for dry lips such as calendula, beeswax, comfrey, plantain, and olive oil.
A lovely 100% organic lip treatment made with some really beautiful ingredients like marshmallow, yarrow, comfrey, self heal herb, calendula, and french lavender. It is an expertly crafted lip treatment that just begs to be worn every night. It has a beautiful natural lavender scent, a soothing feeling as soon as it is applied, and leaves your lips feeling noticeably soft. Can be worn as a daily lip balm or used as a regular lip treatment AM or PM.
This organic lip balm is packed with organic honey, which is a fantastic ingredient for lip health. Not only does honey draw in moisture from the air to help keep lips hydrated longer, it is also a powerful healing agent for those suffering from chapped lips. Flavored with bourbon vanilla, this lip balm has one unforgettable flavor (makes a great gift for a guy!). Smooth, non-greasy, and effective---this balm has everything you need.
The tinted version of Kari Gran's Lip Whip organic lip balm. As with the original Lip Whip, these little pots are very rich, made with great ingredients (like calendula + camellia), and available in a wide variety of tints and opaqueness. You can go sheer and translucent or vibrant with full coverage. Just choose the formula and color that works best for you.
A set of three SPF 8 organic lip balms featuring aloe juice, plant based candelilla wax, coconut oil, and sunflower oil. This set comes with one clear balm and two tinted balms called Joyful and Playful. The clear SPF lip balm only leaves a mild white tint whereas the two lightly pigmented balms hide any traces of zinc oxide residue. It's also a good price for a variety pack--which lets you mix and match colors to see which one will work best for you.
This super "juicy" organic lip moisturizer is a balm and gloss in one. While this USDA certified organic gel-like lip treatment does leave a glossy sheen, it's not sticky or greasy looking in the slightest. Instead, it just leaves this pretty gloss that can be worn over lipstick or other lip products. You can even combine this lip moisturizer with Juice's SPF 8 lip balm for a double dose of protection.
The biggest downside of this RMS Beauty Organic Lip & Skin Balm is that there isn't enough of it. It's a small little pot of a beautifully simple lip balm. It's actually surprisingly nice given that it's made with simple ingredients like coconut oil, beeswax, shea butter, cocoa butter, argan oil, jojoba, sunflower, and bee propolis. Can be used all over and it's not sticky or messy to apply. This lip balm comes in two versions: simply cocoa butter and simply vanilla. Both are great, but vanilla is more fun!
While this USDA Certified Organic Lip Balm comes in a variety of scents (including vanilla, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, and mint), we have to recommend the Bulgarian Rose Oil Organic Lip Balm made with the brand's signature $400/oz organic Bulgarian rose essential oil. If you want a ton of anti-aging power in your lip balm (something to help firm and plump your lips), then look no further than rose oil. Aside from rose oil, these balms are also made with almond oil, beeswax, shea butter, and macadamia nut oil.
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The tinted version of Henne Organics Luxury Organic Lip Balm. Available in four different shades: Azalea, Bare, Coral, and Intrigue (with Intrigue being one of our favorites). The colors go on sheer, but you can easily layer more color on for a vibrant look. As always with Henne, the packaging is amazing, the ingredients are 89% organic and all natural, and the product glides on smooth as butter. Rich, silky, moisturizing, and in gorgeous shades--the perfect combination.
An affordable USDA Certified Organic set of lip balms featuring some really memorable flavors such as Asian Pear, Acai Berry, Grapefruit Pomegranate, and Green Tea. I'm really glad that they offer these multi-packs because I would have a hard time choosing a favorite flavor. These are lightly sweetened with stevia and you can definitely tell that they are flavored. Other than the addicting taste, these beauties actually keep you lips soft for hours. A surprisingly good Amazon find at a great price.
Nothing gets simpler than S.W. Basics' organic lip balms made with just cocoa butter, coconut oil, beeswax, and essentials oils corresponding to 3 different flavors: peppermint,citrus, and cinnamon. This four pack comes with 3 flavors and one unflavored variety, but they can also be purchased individually if you have a favorite. Just because these balms are simply crafted doesn't mean that they aren't effective. They are made with just the right ingredients to keep lips protected and soft.
If you are anything like me, then you know the pain of losing a fancy lip balm. In fact, I've lost more lip balms than I can count in my lifetime. That's why I love to keep a stockpile of organic lip balms around so that I always have one nearby (or a replacement when I inevitably lose one). These sets form Dr. Bronner's are perfect for just that. They are affordable, certified organic, and made with really simple ingredients that get the job done.
Let me start by saying that we have only tested the No.0 Netto all natural lip balm from Olio E Osso. While the brand does make tinted lip balms, they use some ingredients we don't approve of in those balms (such as red lake dye). With that said, we love their all natural No. 0 lip balm! It's made with simple ingredients like shea nut oil, olive oil, beeswax, and eucalyptus leaf oil. It's so soothing and refreshing on dry lips. Best of all, it comes in a large .35 oz tube for easy application and long-lasting use.
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