The best zero waste lip balms are good for those who use them, although some don’t need to. But many people like to protect very dry lips, or to protect in harsh weather (in the mountains or skiing). Lips have no oil glands, so repair them inside-out: drink water, eat fresh food & eat fats from nuts & seeds.
Avoid essential oils for pregnancy/nursing, and rosemary oil for high blood pressure. Due to concern on koalas being harmed for some harvests, avoid eucalyptus oil for now (and rosewood oil from an endangered tree). Avoid shea butter for latex allergies. Keep sweet lip balms (like chocolate) away from pets (also avoid lip balms made with pet-toxic xylitol, in case they lick your face).
Blushberry Botanicals Lip Balm (Scotland) is made in small batches. Choose from original, citrus burst, minty fresh.
Bramble & Blossom Lip Balm (Hertfordshire) is sold in a tin, made with organic coconut oil. Choose from unscented, sweet orange or iced mint. Sales help Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital.
Scence Lip Balm (Cornwall) is sold in cardboard tubes. Choose from bitter orange, black pepper or peppermint.
Conscious House London’s Tinted Lip Balm is made from plant-based biodegradable ingredients, and sold in a zero waste glass jar, with metal lid. The colour comes from bright cranberry powder which is blended with jojoba oil, apricot kernel oil and cacao seed butter, for a light but nourishing gloss. To use, just apply a tiny amount to lips, and gently massage in.
This lip balm to help hedgehogs is ideal to soften chapped or cracked lips. Packed in a zero waste metal tin, it’s brimming with moisturising organic coconut oil, to leave lips soft and smooth (no beeswax, so vegan-friendly). It’s sold in 3 flavours: sweet orange, iced mint or unscented (ideal for pregnancy/nursing). How does this lip balm help hedgehogs? Because a portion of profits from each sale go to Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital!
About the Maker
Bramble & Blossom (Hertfordshire) is a small beauty company that creates natural products to help the planet and wildlife. The founder is a qualified ‘aromatherapy nerd’ on the benefits of essential oils. So she shares her wisdom through items offered, using ethical ingredients and mindful packaging.
This Sunflower & Sesame Lip Balm is made with plant-based biodegradable ingredients and sold in a zero waste tin. Very moisturising, it is instantly absorbed to soothe dry lips. It contains shea butter and essential oils. Avoid essential oils for pregnancy/nursing and avoid shea butter for latex allergies. This is non-sticky to add a healthy sheen.
About the Maker
Clean U is a natural beauty brand in Stoke on Trent, in the Midlands. Founded by two friends, their sustainable products are inspired by age-old traditional recipes from India. This company makes soapnuts (if you use them, never put used ones in your compost bin, as the natural insectide kills ladybirds and other garden friends).