Are you reading this and thinking, “Excuse me, an entire post about lip balm?!”
If so, I can understand your incredulity. But if you’re anything like me and most of my friends, you’ve got lip balms and chapsticks a-plenty, hanging out in various pockets, purses, and drawers.
Unfortunately, most commercial brands aren’t vegan, thanks to animal-unfriendly ingredients like beeswax (ew). Others come from companies who test on animals (double ew). Of course, there are some brands dedicated to creating cruelty-free, vegan lip products; my two favorites are Crazy Rumors and Hurraw.
Thanks to an expansive line of flavors, Crazy Rumors‘ balms are the closest you’ll get to the Lip Smackers of your youth. (Any other reformed Bonne Bell collectors/hoarders in the house?!) This coffee lip balm gift set would make a fun gift for the caffeine addict in your life, or you could try the a la mode ice cream lip balm gift set if you’re unwilling to let go of summer.
Hurraw‘s all-raw lip balms go on super smooth, although they don’t last particularly long. I’m currently using the Tinted Black Cherry variety, and I often swipe Steven’s chamomile and vanilla Moon Balm before bed. (Note that you can often find Hurraw for less at local health food stores; even Wegmans carries a few varieties.)
If you’d prefer to support independent makers, you’re in luck. Etsy is chock-full of vegan lip balms and cruelty-free chapsticks to suit your every mood and flavor desire. Whether you’re looking for an inexpensive vegan stocking stuffer or just want to treat yourself, read on!
I have a friend who is a bit of an Epically Epic groupie — and for good reason! Epically Epic rocks a cruelty-free formula with great flavors. Here’s what the founder has to say: “My lip balm formula has luxuriant olive squalane, olive oil, olive butter, and organic virgin coconut oil. It’s glossy, creamy, and 100% vegan.”
Plus, her flavors rival even Crazy Rumors in both creativity and sheer volume (Blueberry Muffin, Cardamom Vanilla, and Peppermint Mocha, to name just a few). Plus, limited-edition flavors are introduced seasonally (yes, there’s a Pumpkin Spiced Latte flavor!). You can also find vegan body lotion, body butter, and soap in equally creative scents.
Looking for unfussy flavors, low prices, and the opportunity to try before you buy? Give this shop a shot. The lip balm flavors are wonderfully simple and oh-so-appealing (think Cinnamon, Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary, and Vanilla). And here’s a unique feature: You can purchase samples if you’re not sure whether you want to commit. (But at just $1.50 a pop, you can probably afford to go for a full-sized tube!) Levres also offers bulk orders at very reasonable prices; you can choose the flavors you want or opt for a surprise.
Although this shop doesn’t offer as extensive a range as the others on this list, here’s what it does have: vegan lip balm with an SPF, thanks to the inclusion of iron oxide. Plus, Brown Root Beer and Copper Rose both have a slight shimmery tint. If sheer is more your speed, try the Cherry Cream with Lemon. Maddieloos also makes all-vegan shampoo, hair treatments, shaving products, and more.
Last year, I ordered a 10-pack of lip balms from Ollie and Max during a sale and included them in my Christmas gift packages to my lady friends. I loved picking out the flavors and ended up keeping a Cappuccino lip balm for myself. It’s still going nearly a year later, and I love the creamy texture and impressive staying power.
If I were to order again, I’d want to try Cupcake, Mango Lassi, and Strawberry Cheesecake. I’m also intrigued by the Tea Time Trio, which features Chai, Earl Grey, and Green Tea. If scents aren’t your thing, check out Au Naturel, an unflavored, unscented version. You can also find vegan deodorant, perfume oil, lotion, soap, and more.
Also known as Bathing in Luxury, this shop offers some more unusual scents, like Chardonnay Grapes, Pink Bubblegum, and Sweet Rose Candy. If you’re sad to be missing out on the bacon-flavored-everything trend that just won’t die (no comment), the Bacon flavor might appeal to you. And don’t be fooled by the inconsistent labeling/product descriptions; all lip balms are in fact vegan.
So — what stands out to you on this list? Any shops I missed?
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