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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 lip balms 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 lip balms, 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 lip balms 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 big book of bomb balms has got 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 balm 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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*Henne Organics – Organic Lip Treatment Serum

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.

*Amala – Luxury Organic Lip Salve ($28)

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.

*Laurel Skin – French Lavender Organic Lip Treatment ($24)

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.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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This Article Was Written By…

Diane Elizabeth K., Founder at SkinCareOx.com

Diane Elizabeth founded Skin Care Ox in 2016 after her personal struggle to find truly clean, natural, and organic products. Leveraging her background in biomedical engineering, scientific research + analytics, and entrepreneurship, she created Skin Care Ox to be an easy-to-use resource to find real clean beauty options. Since then, her articles have been read by over 3 Million people and have helped millions choose cleaner alternatives. She currently lives in Colorado with her husband and growing family.

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100% NATURAL

100% NATURAL

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100% ORGANIC

100% ORGANIC

The product has been formulated with 100% organically sourced and/or certified organic ingredients.

GMO FREE

GMO FREE

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GLUTEN FREE

GLUTEN FREE

All of the ingredients contained in the product are free from gluten, wheat, and ingredients which are commonly contaminated with gluten.

VEGAN

VEGAN

The product is made without animal products or byproducts such as beeswax, honey, milk, eggs, etc.

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