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Lip Balm Ingredients – Is Your Lip Balm Toxic? Check Your Labels.

October 22 /2014

Burt's BeesChapstick ChapIce Beauty by Earth
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We can't keep our lips sealed any longer. There are so many lip balms on the market today and so many of them contain toxic ingredients—including ones that lead you to believe they're natural. Commonly found ingredients include petroleum/petroleum byproducts, aluminum/aluminum byproducts, parabens, toxic dyes and soy. While many brands appear to be safe, all too often do they contain a selection of these toxins. I don't know about you, but we certainly don't want a product like that anywhere near our lips. In this blog post, we discuss the lip balm ingredients to avoid and introduce an all-natural alternative. 

Looking for Toxins or Irritants in Well-Known Lip Balm Brands

Burt's Bees

Burt's Bees Ingredients (Original): 

cera alba (beeswax, cire d'abeille), cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, mentha piperita (peppermint) oil, lanolin, tocopherolrosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, glycine soja (soybean) oil, canola oil (huile de colza), limonene.



Chapstick Ingredients (Classic Original): 

Padimate O, White petrolatum 44%, arachidyl propionate, camphor, carnauba wax, cetyl alcohol, D&C red no. 6 barium lake, FD&C yellow no. 5 aluminum lake, fragrance, isopropyl lanolate, isopropyl myristate, lanolin, light mineral oil, methylparaben, octyldodecanol, oleyl alcohol, paraffin, phenyl trimethicone, propylparaben, titanium dioxide, white wax



Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Lip Moisture:

Active: Octinoxate 7.5%...Purpose: Sunscreen, Oxybenzone 4%...Purpose: Sunscreen. Inactive: Castor (Ricinus Communis) Seed Oil, Corn (Zea Mays) Oil, Ozokerite, Petrolatum, Beeswax, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Paraffin, Stearyl Alcohol, Carnauba (Copernicia Cerifera) Wax, BHT.



ChapIce (Original):

Petrolatum, Mineral Oil, Ozokerite, Microcrystalline Wax, Trimethicone, Ethylhexyl Dimethyl PABA, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Isopropyl Myristate, Cetyl Alcohol, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Flavor NA, Camphor, Red 6 Lake, Methylparaben


Lip Balm IngredientsMaybeline Baby Lips: 

Active Ingredients: Octinoxate (7.5%). Octisalate (3%). Inactive Ingredients: Polybutene, Octyldodecanol, Isopropyl Myristate, Petrolatum, Polyethylene, Ozokerite, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Diisostearyl Malate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, VP/Hexadecane Copolymer, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Flavor, Alumina


Jack Black Intense Therapy

Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25: 

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Octinoxate 7.5%, Avobenzone 3.0%, Petrolatum 40.2%. OTHER INGREDIENTS: Avocado Oil, Beeswax, Butylparaben, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Cocoa Butter, Cyclohexasiloxane, Cyclomethicone, Flavor, Hydroxy Polyester, Isobutylparaben, Isopropylparaben, Lanolin, Microcrystalline Wax, Ozokerite Wax, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Shea Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate


Rosebud Salve

Smith's Rosebud Salve: 

We could not find anywhere that they actually disclose their full ingredients, however we did find this: "Cotton Seed Oil and Aromol, with essential oils blended in a special petrolatum base"

What Are These Ingredients?

Good question!  First of all, to call petrolatum a "special base" for lip balm is quite the misnomer.  There is really nothing special about petrolatum or petroleum when it comes to putting them into skin or lip care products.  Would you rub petroleum on your lips and even lick your lips knowing that is what is on there? This is one of the most common toxic ingredients in lip care products. 

 In a 2011 study,

"There is strong evidence that mineral oil hydrocarbons are the greatest contaminant of the human body, amounting to approximately 1 g per person."

Apart from this, the other common toxic ingredients are parabens, including: methylparaben, butylparaben, isobutylparaben, isopropylparaben.

Toxic Ingredients to Avoid:

  • Parabens (Of any kind)
  • Petrolatum or Petroleum
  • Chemical Fragrance or Flavor (Commonly listed as Fragrance or Parfum)
  • Chemical Dyes (Commonly listed with a # next to them)
  • Mineral Oil

Toxic Ingredients to Avoid in an SPF Lip Balms:

  • Octinoxate
  • Oxybenzone
  • Avobenzone
  • Cinnamate

*SPF lip balms active ingredients should contain only Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide.  These are mineral and physical sunscreen ingredients.

In contrast, Beauty by Earth offers a number of great non-toxic, non-GMO, soy-free, petroleum and paraben-free lip balms in Peppermint, Superfruit, Honey Vanilla, and Unflavored

Beauty by Earth Superfruits Lip Balm Pack

Here are Beauty by Earth's Lip Balm Ingredients: 

Beeswax, Sunflower Seed Oil, Coconut Oil, Castor Seed Oil, Lanolin, Vitamin E (non-GMO), Natural Flavor, Aloe Vera, Shea Butter and Cocoa Seed Butter. That's it!

Various boxes of lip balm

Toxins in lip balm aren't needed to achieve smooth lips. So, stick with simple, pronounceable, recognizable ingredients derived from the Earth.

Inspire Beauty, Naturally!



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