No bag, desk, or bedside table is complete without lip balm.
I’m trying my best to only buy products I really need, but I’ve had a stash of lip balms for as long as I can remember and I know I’m not the only one. They’re addictive (and essential!)
Today I’m sharing five of my favourite cruelty-free lip balms. Not only are all these balms not tested on animals but each brand goes beyond that, be it because of their sustainability, natural ingredients, or vegan credentials.
Oh, and all of them will leave you with change leftover from a fiver. Bargain.
Bee Good Vanilla & Honey Lip Balm*, £4.75
Bee Good source sustainable honey, beeswax, and propolis from British bees and they put a percentage of their profits towards protecting bees, too. This balm smells very sweet, like cupcakes (that’ll be the vanilla) and its smoothing effect is long-lasting. It’s all too easy to get carried away squeezing it out of the tube, so I’ve just given in and tend to apply a thick layer at night.
Skin & Tonic Peppermint Lip Balm*, £3.50
Skin & Tonic use 100% natural, organic ingredients and they have a policy of only using seven ingredients per product, which I think is cool — this one contains only four. Refreshing and minty, the Peppermint Lip Balm makes lips feel incredibly soft and it’s a good one to keep in your bag, especially if you don’t have any mints handy.
Fairfield Gardens Raspberry Rose Lip Balm*, £3.89
The girliest balm of the bunch, Raspberry Rose is enriched with homegrown raspberry seed oil and feels nourishing but not greasy. Fairfield Gardens try to use as many British-grown ingredients as possible in order to reduce their carbon footprint and I love that this is something their conscious of.
Fairypants Margarita Lip Balm (v), £3.99
This smells amazing! I get a bit funny about using tinned lip balm in public – who knows where people’s hands have been *shudders* — so I keep Margarita to use at home. The texture is very thick, thanks to shea butter, sweet almond oil, and jojoba wax, so you only need to use a smidge at a time and it’ll last forever. Plus who doesn’t love a decent cocktail? Fairypants have a tonne of other yummy flavours, including Raspberry Sambuca, Peach Bellini, and Pina Colada.
Hurraw! Papaya Pineapple Lip Balm* (v), £4.99
I can imagine this next statement won’t come as a surprise, but Papaya Pineapple is so, so fruity. (The fruit flavour is genuine — natural pineapple + cold-pressed papaya seed oil). But Hurraw!‘s offering isn’t all fun and no function — it moisturises lips and leaves them ready for whatever lip colour you want to put over the top, although a lot of the time I can’t be bothered and just use the balm by itself. Papaya Pineapple contains coconut oil, so it can melt a little in the heat, but otherwise I can’t fault it.
What are your favourite cruelty-free lip balms? Have you tried any of these? Let me know in the comments!
(v) = vegan
Note: Products marked with an asterisk (*) were sent to me for consideration of review. As always, all words and opinions are my own.
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Beth, 25, South East England.
Lover of books, dogs, yoga, travel, gin, and the Oxford comma.
I write about ethical & eco-friendly living, minimalism, and mental health, as I muddle through one step at a time. Enjoy!