Review: Lip Balms

I have chronically dry, chapped lips. Not just in the winter – basically all year round! And so, lip balm is one of those things I always have on hand; it’s something I absent-mindedly buy so that I can always find them in any random pocket.

However, after realizing what’s in them (apparently, terrible things – I used cherry-flavored Chapstick and something from Banana Boat), I decided that it’s probably best to switch to something with no toxic ingredients in them. Especially since I habitually lick my lips so I’m probably ingesting 90% of whatever I apply on my lips.

I tested these three brands out with a couple of days break between them.

P.S. There are a million and one natural lip balms available out there, if you do a simple Etsy search. I received these samples for free in exchange for an unbiased review – though I must say I picked them because they looked good to me and already had awesome reviews! 


Etsy store

Lenus HandcraftedLenus Handcrafted Healing Hemp Lip Balm

Healing Hemp lip balm, $4

This turned out to be my favorite because it seems to work immediately! My lips go from chapped to moist/supple after one generous application. I love this because it doesn’t make my lips too shiny, is not greasy at all, and the scent is barely detectable.

It definitely lives up to the ‘Healing’ claim; my lips are noticeably less chapped and sore after a couple of days. There are a whole bunch of healing and nourishing ingredients in this one like hemp, rosemary extract, cucumber, avocado, olive and they seem to be working their magic!

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Cocoa Lip Balm

This is just a personal preference but I’m not a huge fan of the scent of cocoa butter! So this definitely biased my opinion about this particular lip balm, though I think it really worked just as well. It feels a little richer and more moist than the Hemp one (though it seems to be out of stock in the Etsy store at the moment) – so if you want something that feels more protective, this might be the one you’ll prefer.

Laura has all kinds of intriguing things in her store so be sure to check them out!

Cattail Apothecary

Etsy store

Cattail Apothecary Plantain Lip Repair Balm

Plantain Lip Repair Balm, $5

I’ve got to say, I was really intrigued by the notion of having plantain in a lip balm. According to the description listed in the store, plantain is “antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic, hemostatic; “nature’s band-aid”, an effective remedy for bites, stings, cuts, and scrapes, and used to soothe and cool the pain, itching, or burning symptoms of poison ivy, nettles, or sunburn.”

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I really love the mild scent of lime & sage, and this is a great lightweight lip balm that adds a tiny bit of a shine. It also comes in a set as a Lip Care kit and I love it! I felt that it worked well, though it requires a few more applications if you have seriously chapped lips. The feeling of moisture lingers and my lips feel well protected. The scrub is just as amazing and helpful if you have chronically peeling lips. Be generous with the lip balm after scrubbing, that’s when all the good stuff gets absorbed.

Also, definitely check out the rest of apothecary – Becki has everything from vegan lip balms to face masks to headache relief oils.

Honeybee Gardens

Official website

Honeybee Gardens

Strawberry Champagne lip balm, $2.99

This lip balm definitely makes your lips feel moist right away, so this will definitely be for you if you like having the feeling of a layer of protective moisture on your lips. It glides on really smoothly and lasts pretty long – I’d say 2 – 3 hours without a reapplication.

I feel that it is a tiny bit greasy though, but that’s only because I am super conscious of textures of products on my skin, so you may want to take note of that if you have a similar sensitivity. If you are a fan of strawberry scented things, then this will also be for you. The scent is not cloying or kiddy, so I didn’t find it distracting at all.

This brand has everything from natural cosmetics to body care, and can be found in many health food stores. They have a handy store locator that can help you search for their products.

(Now, I just have to stop picking at my lips!) I hope you enjoy trying out these lip care products – are there any in particular that you enjoy using right now? Let me know in the comments!

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