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The Best Natural Lip Balm: Benefits & Things To Avoid

Unsure which lip balm to choose? Read our guide on the best natural lip balm, what to avoid and what to look out for.

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The Best Natural Lip Balm

The small but mighty, pocket-friendly tube of lip-revitalising magic. Often a staple item of bags and coat pockets, the humble lip balm can easily remedy the discomfort of chapped lips. However, not all lip balm is created equal - some actually contain less-than-friendly ingredients that may in fact worsen dryness. But we appreciate that nobody has time to check each product for harmful ingredients whenever you need a new lip balm. So what exactly should you look for in the best natural lip balm? Whilst it’s always best to thoroughly scan the ingredients list when choosing a new product, we appreciate how time consuming this can be - so, we’ve put together a list of 4 natural ingredients to look out for when choosing the best natural lip balm.

What is natural lip balm?

One of the benefits of using the best natural lip balm is, of course, having less harmful ingredients to look out for. Aside from that, they:

  • Are typically better for the planet due to not being derived from unsustainable sources or animal products;
  • Present a far lesser risk hosting any potentially toxic contaminants;
  • Typically packed with plant extracts that are naturally rich in antioxidants and fatty omega acids.

Many popular lip balms contain ingredients such as petroleum jelly, which may in fact cause dryness and further irritate the lips. Whereas, the best lip balm for chapped lips may include olive oil, which is particularly good because it’s suitable for almost all skin types, and most people tend not to have an allergic reaction to its use. Organic beeswax is another great ingredient thanks to packing natural fatty acids which play a vital role in maintaining normal skin appearance. Plus, its waxy texture effectively prevents recurring bouts of dryness.

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Ingredients to look for in the best natural lip balm

Below, we’ll talk in more detail on some of the best ingredients in our lip balm and why they’re beneficial.

1. Portulaca:

Extracted from an antioxidant-rich plant, Portulaca packs a whole host of compounds which defend against harmful environmental no-no’s. It’s also great at soothing irritated skin, healing wounds, and balancing the outer layer of skin’s moisture content. This lesser known ingredient is an ideal addition if you’re looking for the best natural lip balm for dry lips.

 

2. Coconut oil:

Known for its potential antimicrobial properties due to high concentrations of fatty acids. The exclusive fat content also creates a barrier, which helps to prevent cracked lips from becoming infected whilst also locking in moisture. Plus, the 100% fat content provides firmness. In particular, one of these fatty acids, Lauric acid, is known to have nourishing properties that are absorbed by the skin, which is why some of the best natural lip balm for chapped lips will include this ingredient.

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3. Olive Oil

Like portulaca, olive oil is brimming with antioxidants, which prevent premature ageing whilst also defending against environmental toxins. You wouldn’t be shocked to find this in the best natural lip balm for dry lips, thanks to its regenerative properties that repair damaged skin tissues and improve skin tone whilst also forming a protective layer. 

 

4. Jojoba Oil

Produced by the Simmondsia chinensis plant found in Central America, this oil is rich in vitamins E and B as well as other nourishing minerals. Often found in the best natural lip balm for dry lips due to sharing chemical similarity with the body’s natural oil -  so it’s great at absorbing, and then retaining, large volumes of moisture. This one’s a great addition to any natural lip care routine.

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Why we get chapped lips: The Best lip balm for chapped lips

For some, chapped lips are almost unavoidable. Typically, they’re caused by cold weather, excessive licking, and excess exposure to the sun’s UV rays. When creating a natural lip care routine, and when looking for the best natural lip balm for chapped lips, look instead for lip balms that contain barrier-forming, moisture-locking ingredients such as jojoba oil, olive oil, or coconut oil.

Aside from lip balm itself, remember to stay hydrated, use a humidifier at home if possible, and avoid cold weather conditions or cover your mouth with a mask or scarf if you do need to head out. Apply lip balm a few times throughout the day and before heading to bed, and more frequently on bright summer days - and you should begin to see an improvement.

Now that you know how to find the best lip balm for chapped lips, continue reading to discover which common lip balm ingredients are best avoided.

2 common lip balm ingredients to avoid

1. Petroleum jelly: 

Don’t be fooled by its thick, oily texture, as petroleum jelly creates such a thick barrier that it prevents moisture from escaping or entering, since it doesn’t have any hydrating properties. Since lip skin is thinner than the rest of the body, it’s more susceptible to harmful environmental factors, and these are locked in by petroleum jelly. Plus, it’s not eco friendly since it’s derived from fossil fuel, and although this ingredient is heavily refined it can still contain harmful substances that are toxic when ingested.

 

2. Parabens

Despite being used as a preservative in a large majority of skincare products, they have been shown to mimic the effect of oestrogen. They have also been shown to cause allergies and sensitivities over time due to increased immune response in response to contact with the skin. All of Florena’s skincare products are paraben free.

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Whilst there’s a whole host of unkind ingredients to look out for, one way to minimise the risk of accidentally using them is simply to choose a natural lip balm. As with trying any new products, we recommend doing your own research beforehand. This can be as simple as checking online to see if a product’s ingredients are compatible with your skin type. Of course, if you experience any nasty symptoms from using new skincare products, or if your dry lips persist, don’t hesitate to contact your doctor right away.

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Florena’s Natural Lip Balm

Our Intense Hydration Lip Butter is derived from 100% natural origin, using a vegan formula. Unlike other natural lip balms, our Lip Butter contains fermented portulaca and fermented olive oil.

 

Fermented portulaca is known for having antioxidant properties, whilst fermented olive oil contains at least 50 times the essential free fatty acid content compared to non-fermented olive oil. These higher concentrations of free fatty acids, including Omega 6 and Omega 9, along with other precious nutrients, help to maintain the skin’s smooth and soft appearance. 

 

What’s more, our Lip Butter is COSMOS NATURAL certified by Ecocert Greenlife according to COSMOS standard, so you can guarantee that it’ll be kind to your skin. What are you waiting for? Add this balm to your natural lip care routine now.