Pout, pucker, smile, smootch, sip, and shout. Those are just a few of the things we put our lips through every day. No wonder those lips need a little attention now and then. A lot of women are looking for a balm that soothes, nourishes, and locks in the moisture. The only question that remains is which one is the right one for you? How do you choose that perfect product that will work wonders? When there are so many options out there for lip scrubs, balms, batters, tints, and creams, it can be a little overwhelming to find something that gives you a look you’ll love that also meets your moral standards. Nowadays, there are many brands that put out superb products while promoting animal-friendly practices. However, some lip balms boast being cruelty-free, but aren’t vegan, so if it’s important to you to have both, here is a list of the best cruelty-free AND vegan lip balms that you should definitely try in 2021:
1. Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Coconut Oil Lip Balm
There’s that old saying that goes “Keep It Simple, Stupid” (which has a particularly appropriate acronym since we’re speaking of lips: KISS!). Palmer’s Coconut Oil Lip Balm does just that. It keeps it simple. Everyone seems to be going nutty for coconuts these days, and we’re no different. We also like pina coladas, and getting caught in the rain, but that’s a story for another day. Coconut oil is dependably moisturizing, and the scent can trick you into thinking you’re on an island vacation. And, let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to take an island vacation, even if it’s only in your imagination for a few moments while you moisturize. This Coconut Oil Lip balm also has shea butter which is a great natural moisturizer. Since shea butter comes from the kernels of the fruit on the shea tree, you can think of it as food for your skin that fights against discolorations and dryness. Money doesn’t grow on trees, but apparently moisture does! Though this balm may seem a little greasy to some folks, we like the absolutely affordable aspect of this option, and it always gets the job done. Also, since there’s no color involved, it’s okay if it gets smeared a little around the lips’ edges. In fact, the skin around your mouth might thank you, but be careful because coconut oil can clog pores, so in no way are we suggesting you should slather it all over your face. But, yes, your lips will love it. As an added bonus, you can usually find Palmer’s lip balm at any drugstore, or in a jacket pocket from the last time you went snow skiing and needed it to protect you from the sun, wind, and other elements. Palmer’s uses ethically sourced coconut oil, so you can feel good inside and out.
2. Viviane Woodard Hydrating Lip Balm
If you’ve been trying to find a friend for your lips, look no further – this balm is your new best friend! It’s the Rose to your Dorothy, the Laverne to your Shirley, the Rachel to your Monica. This hydrating lip balm will be with you hours after application, still smoothing your smile and making you look and feel your best. The prickly pear extract helps with long-lasting hydration, while vitamins E and C heal and protect the skin with their antioxidant properties. There are no fillers – which is fabulous – and since it’s packed with purely the good stuff, it goes a long, long way. Another great thing about this balm is that it comes in a variety of colors, all with a sleek finish. Go for the Dragon Fruit if you want to wow everyone with a fiery and fierce fuchsia, or try Bliss for a more subtle, ballerina-pink pout. This product comes at a surprisingly appealing price and doesn’t compromise on quality. It’s also wonderful to know that Viviane Woodard products are not only cruelty-free and vegan, but they’re also all made in North America. This Hydrating Lip Balm is the friend that you’ll want to take with you everywhere. It’ll be there for you for the long haul, just like your best friend, the wind beneath your wings, the soulmate for your mouth. Are we taking this analogy too far? Okay then, moving on…
3. Coco Rose Lip Conditioner by Herbivore Botanicals
Like the Viviane Woodard Lip Balm, Herbivore Botanicals are also made here, in Seattle, Washington to be precise. What I appreciate about Herbivore Botanicals is their complete care for the lip. They have small-batch, handcrafted lip scrubs, conditioners, and tints, all made without synthetic ingredients. This Coco Rose Lip Conditioner can stand alone in all its balmy goodness and glory, or you can supplement it with the scrub before, and add the tint after for a little extra color. Of course, if you get the complete set, it’ll set you back a bit more, but there’s no time like the present to give yourself a present. The Lip Conditioner comes in a small glass container, and can be applied with a finger. Since you’ll already have this subtle shade on your fingertips, you can sweep a little of what’s leftover across your cheeks to achieve a natural sun-kissed, warm blush. They use virgin coconut oil to smooth the skin, as well as rose absolute, which is known for its calming properties. So stay calm and smooth some on.
You may be starting to think, hey, I could probably get a hold of some natural ingredients and make my own balm, and you’re right, you could! But before you do, you might want to research what’s involved and see if it’s worth your time. Time is money, but money is also money, so it’s really up to you how you spend it. If you have preferences for your own customized flavor, color, ingredients, or even container, check out this video of how to make your very own lip balm – a Vanilla Spice Vegan lip balm that seems to be as sweet smelling as it is softening and soothing.
If you’re not a DIY type of gal, no worries! There are plenty of other options for you. In fact, there are almost too many options, which is why we’ve made this list of our favorites to help narrow down the field for you.
4. Honest Tinted Lip Balm
All products from The Honest Company are certified as cruelty-free by PETA’s Beauty Without Bunnies, but some do use animal-derived products (which could include ingredients like lanolin, beeswax, or collagen). Their Honest Tinted Lip Balm, however, is cruelty-free and vegan. It’s also reasonably priced and applies smoothly and evenly. It’s a great choice that keeps your lips moisturized without that waxy feeling you get with certain balms or sticks. The fatty acids in the avocado oil that is used in this balm sends that softness straight to your skin, where it can be absorbed immediately. And if truth be told, absorbing avocado is what so many of us love do, whether it comes in the form of oil in our lip balm or overpriced avocado toast on our plate at brunch. It’s even becoming a popular pattern on purses and t-shirts. Needless to say, we need little convincing to try avocado anything. But getting back to the balm, there are several shade options available. They all have a subtle sheer color, though you might find yourself needing multiple layers to make the color pop. It’s a lovely lip balm, honestly. Pun not intended…or was it?
5. Calm Balm by E.L.F.
On the outside, E.L.F.’s Calm Balm shares a similar look with the Honest brand, which is smooth, clean, and white. On the inside, E.L.F. keeps it real simple with a no-tint, no-fuss product. It glides on quickly and keeps the lips nourished with hemp seed and sunflower seed oils. The hemp-derived cannabis sativa seed oil is rich in amino acids which also work to condition the lips and keep them hydrated. Some of us like a little color, and others prefer it neutral, nude or clear. This one is a great choice for applying right before your head hits the pillow because you won’t have to worry about smudges or stains. And one less thing to worry about is one more thing to be thankful for. It’s another easy to find everywhere option. This balm calms the lips and also eases the mind since it’s super affordable.
6. Hurraw Tinted Lip Balm
What list of vegan lip balms would be complete without mentioning Hurraw tinted lip balms? They have a fun, uplifting label with a retro feel that’s reminiscent of those Dr. Pepper Lip Smacker lip balms. But unlike those tubes that may provide us with a flashback to the past, Hurraw’s balms don’t have beeswax or other animal products. Instead, it uses candelilla wax to lock in the moisture, and natural oils like coconut and safflower seed for that soothing and softening effect. The hazelnut tinted lip balm option also includes hazelnut seed oil, and the result is a delicious Nutella-like taste as well as a delightful scent. Having one of these around may make you crave the real stuff, so consider yourself warned – or encouraged – depending on how you feel about that ubiquitous and delectable hazelnut spread. There are also other fun flavors like raspberry or black cherry to put you in your happy place. Fun fact: the raspberry tinted balm gets its color not from raspberries, but from purple carrots, which create a beautiful berry hue. All the ingredients are organic, vegan, and raw (thus the name, Hurraw, which comes from the product makers’ vegan and raw lifestyle). These balms are great for day to day wear. And we will leave you with one last warning, or rather, a public service announcement, about this balm: if you happen to have daughters or nieces who dig through your purse, you may need to go ahead and get a couple extra. Sharing is caring, but you don’t want your mouth to be left high and, worst of all, dry. We can all say hurraw to that!
Whether you’re looking for a balm you can apply with a no-look swipe while heading straight out the door, or something with a little more of a beauty boost and air of elegance, you have great vegan and cruelty-free options. It’s a new year, and a great time to try to form some new habits. When you’re planning your skincare routine for the morning or evening, don’t leave out those lips! They need your love, too. Take advantage of lip scrubs that naturally remove dead skin and prepare the palette to receive more moisture from those nourishing oils and extracts. Once a week for a scrub should do the job, but if you’re feeling like an overachiever, go ahead and do it twice. It’s also critical to drink a lot of liquids. Staying hydrated has so many health and beauty benefits, and it’s a critical part of keeping your lips looking their best. Remember that water is your friend, and licking your lips doesn’t count. In fact, you want to avoid licking your lips as much as possible, and when you’re wearing a balm, you might not feel the need to do it at all. Another thing to think about is your overall diet. Foods that are high in salt might irritate or dry out your lips, so you want to consume those items in moderation. Sometimes citrus can do the same, so you be sure you observe which foods are lip-friendly for you. Do your best to have a balanced diet and get plenty of those good fats and oils (that’s the fun part, right? Can we get another shout out to avocados?).
Every woman wants to put her best face forward, and our lips are literally the path through which we present ourselves to the world. We want to feel confident and beautiful when we open our mouths to speak, and not be concerned about cracked and chapped skin. Luckily, ladies, you got this! And since it involves self-care and some shopping, you can even have a little fun as you find the perfect product for those luscious lips of yours.
So get back to whatever it is you do best. Smack your newly-moistened lips, speak with confidence, and say what’s on your mind! Balms away!
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