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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.

Don’t forget to check out the Ox Box if you’d like our experts to pick the best organic lip balms for your skin. The Ox Box is a seasonal subscription box filled with the best organic skin care products hand-picked just for you!

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*Osmia Organics – Lip Doctor Organic Lip Balm ($12)

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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*True Botanicals – Moisture Lock Lip Balm ($28)

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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*Henne Organics – Luxury Organic Lip Balm V2

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!

*Hurraw – Flavored & Unflavored Organic Lip Balms

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.

*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.

*Christina Moss Naturals – Organic Unflavored Lip Balm Set

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!

*All Good – SPF 15 Organic Lip Balm

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.

*Kari Gran – Organic Tinted Lip Whip Balm

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.

*Juice Beauty – Organic SPF 8 Lip Balm 3 Pack ($10)

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.

*RMS Beauty – Lip & Skin Balm ($25)

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!

*Henne Organics – Organic Luxury Lip Tint ($21)

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.

*S.W. Basics – Organic Lip Balm Set ($15)

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.

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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