Earlier this week, the writers at No More Dirty Looks reviewed five “clean” balms… all of which contained beeswax. Vegans of the world, I submit these five lip balms for your consideration:
Lush None of Your Beeswax – On my first (and only) trip to Aspen, I paid my first (and only) visit to Lush. This creamy, lemony lip balm was the one thing in Lush (or in Aspen, for that matter) I could afford. Throwing down $6.95 for a 10-gram tin sounds expensive, but it’s more than twice the product you’d get in a standard tube— and vegan lip balm is seldom cheap. Cost aside, the one I bought was so gritty that I demoted it to “cuticle balm.” 10 grams of disappointment.
Merry Hempsters Vegan Lip Balms– A light, smooth, widely available lip balm in a variety of pleasant flavors. But boy howdy, do I hate that logo. Be aware Merry Hempsters also sells beeswax balms, so double-check the label before you buy. Sold in 4g tubes, $2.99.
Everyday Minerals High Tea Traders – If there’s anything I like less than the Merry Hempsters logo, it might be this label’s headband-sporting pseudo-hippie riding an elephant. Does this make me a snob? At any rate, it’s a good balm— slightly creamy but still light, with a sweet, non-cloying fragrance. Since Everyday Minerals isn’t offering this now, there’s little point in discussing it. Moving on!
Hurraw! Balm – $3.79 for 4.3 grams. Outstanding flavor selection (Almond! Licorice! Root beer!), cute packaging and pocket-friendly oval tubes. These are lightweight balms, not the thick, buttery kind. Great for warm weather or lips that aren’t chapped, but I needed something thicker mid-winter. The Black Cherry balm is tinted; I sometimes wear it as blush.
Before I ever considered veganism, my favorite lip balm was that ubiquitous Burt’s Bees, its thick, minty goodness housed in a familiar yellow tube. Once my flirtation with veganism began, I worried I’d never find a vegan lip balm that satisfying, that I’d never slather my mouth with a rich, balmy balm again.
Readers, I feared in vain. Lo!
Soothing Touch – Vegan balms with that thick, comforting texture I’d missed. They feel so good. The vegan options are Lemon Cardamom, Vanilla Chai, and Vegan Unscented. I can personally vouch for Lemon Cardamom and Vanilla Chai, both of which are excellent. I bought mine in Oregon, about $3.80 for a chubby 7-gram tube of 70% organic wonder. Check your hippie mart or co-op.
Currently, the Soothing Touch Lemon Cardamom is my favorite lip balm… but I’m saving all my empty tubes for future DIY endeavors.
Do you have a favorite vegan lip balm? Tried any total flops? Do tell!