What’s In Your Lip Balm Might Shock You

What’s In Your Lip Balm Might Shock You

Lip balm is a staple in the purses and pockets of many people. After all, there is nothing as irritating as dry, cracked lips that are begging for moisture. What’s in your lip balm, however, can be even more irritating than the dryness itself.

Why use lip balm

Lip balm has many functions. It can:

  • Lock in moisture
  • Protect from sun damage
  • Heal damage and chapping
  • Prevent dryness
  • Keep your lips kissable

Let’s face it, that last point is all that we’re really looking for in a good lip balm. In order to keep the lips in pucker-perfect condition, there are several chemical additives commonly found in lip balm that should be avoided. Some of these ingredients can actually draw the moisture away from the lips, creating a desert-like dryness that no lip should ever feel. Other ingredients, however, can create problems that are much more concerning.

Stay away from the fearsome five

Many of the lip balms on the market, including the so-called big name balms, contain one or more of these five ingredients that should be avoided whenever possible:

  • Paraben (methylparaben, butylparaben). This can interfere with hormonal function in both men and women. It can increase toxicity, causing a risk of breast cancer and lowering male reproductive function.
  • Synthetic Colors (Blue 1, Yellow 5 & 6, Green 3, Red 33). Artificially created colors can cause skin irritation and sensitivity. These color pigments come from coal tar and contain heavy metal salts and potential carcinogens.
  • BHT. This is a possible carcinogen that can cause problems in the endocrine system. It’s been associated with developmental toxicity.
  • Chemical Sunscreen (Oxybenzone, etc.) Chemical sunscreens can get into your bloodstream from the thin skin of your lips and wreak havoc on your hormonal system.
  • Petroleum oil. Petroleum must be highly refined using toxic chemicals. Though the chemicals are supposed to be removed at the end of processing, any traces that remain can get into your body.

The bottom line on lips is stick with all natural lip balms like cocoa, peppermint, and tangerine that contain pure and natural ingredients like coconut oil, mint leaf oil, and beeswax to provide everything your lips need to stay protected, hydrated, and super-soft.

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71 thoughts on “What’s In Your Lip Balm Might Shock You”

  • betsy ferguson
    by betsy ferguson

    without a science degree and a lab., we are at the mercy of those who do - we are wrong to put ourselves there xx

    • cynthia Beauclair
      by cynthia Beauclair

      I had no idea

  • Sarah L
    by Sarah L

    That's why I make my own lip balms. Easy to do and I know what's in it.

  • Sara Pliscofsky
    by Sara Pliscofsky

    Thank you for this, I love learning other uses

  • Lynn Tereba
    by Lynn Tereba

    After reading that I definetly want to go the natural way.

  • susan smoaks
    by susan smoaks

    this is shocking and i am going to be careful to buy organic from now on

  • Tracy Anderson
    by Tracy Anderson

    Thank you for the information

  • Alice S
    by Alice S

    I cannot believe how many chemicals are in the lip balm I am using now.

  • Sarah Roberts
    by Sarah Roberts

    So much good information l had no idea about most of this!.

  • Jeanette Leighton
    by Jeanette Leighton

    I've used lip balms in the past that have made my lips really sore

  • Christina Gould
    by Christina Gould

    Wow, I had no idea. I'm going to take a closer look at my lip balm. Thanks for posting!

  • Marisa
    by Marisa

    Great info

  • Cheryl Roper
    by Cheryl Roper

    Wowwwww ... I didn’t know that...😮

  • Jennifer Gulley
    by Jennifer Gulley

    Very informative! Thanks for the tips.

  • Trisha McKee
    by Trisha McKee

    OH thank you for this. It is time to educate ourselves and each other. I will be shopping for a natural lip balm with ingredients that will not harm me.

  • Mary
    by Mary

    Would love to try this

  • Philip Lawrence
    by Philip Lawrence

    Good to know since the last thing I need to do is to irritate my lips more when they are chapped.

  • Cliff Plummer
    by Cliff Plummer

    I never knew! It'll be organic for the whole family now!

  • Melissa
    by Melissa

    i try to only use it when i really need it.

  • Linda Everson
    by Linda Everson

    Thanks for the information.

  • Shakeia Rieux
    by Shakeia Rieux

    I rarely use lip balm but still, it’s good to know these things. Thank you for sharing this!

  • Melody B
    by Melody B

    Very informative! Thanks for the tips.

  • Frances Carty
    by Frances Carty

    Very interesting, Good to know about lip balm

  • Ayana Pendergrass
    by Ayana Pendergrass

    Wow this is scary. Who knew there were so many harmful ingredients in lip balm. Thank you for the informative post!

  • Lorna J
    by Lorna J

    Thank You for the information, really interesting :)

  • Katie Suarez
    by Katie Suarez

    I really appreciate all the helpful information,Thank you.

  • Donna Clifford
    by Donna Clifford

    I never knew.

  • James Stringham
    by James Stringham

    Who ever thought using a petroleum product on your body was a good thing?

  • Ciayrra Parrish
    by Ciayrra Parrish

    I've been using natural glosses more often.

  • Brandy Hicks
    by Brandy Hicks

    Wow smh I've learned something new. I use lip balm a lot because my skin peels when the season changes. I'm going to make sure I let my mom know about this.

  • Kaitlyn Hogan
    by Kaitlyn Hogan

    I use coconut oil

  • Susan A Liebert
    by Susan A Liebert

    I really did not know all the bad stuff that can be found in lip balms!

  • kathleen eheler
    by kathleen eheler

    Wow I didn't know that all

  • Jessica
    by Jessica

    Myself, and others I know, have experienced exacerbated dryness after using these products, so it's great to get definitive proof.

  • Linda Cross
    by Linda Cross

    I have NEVER been able to use lipstick, gloss , balm, any kind of lip treatment make my lower lip split

  • Kathy Brown
    by Kathy Brown

    Fantastic information and I need this lip balm

  • Lindsey daleski
    by Lindsey daleski

    Thanks for the information

  • onthelonelyshore
    by onthelonelyshore

    Only using organic now!

  • Devona Fryer
    by Devona Fryer

    Thanks for the article. I want to go as natural as I can.

  • Irena Matković
    by Irena Matković

    Organic is the best

  • Danny G
    by Danny G

    great information.

  • Darlene Owen
    by Darlene Owen

    I love lip balm, I use it every day and at night I put on vaseline to keep my lips moist

  • Tricia J
    by Tricia J

    I had no idea that some of our lip balms are bad for our lips. Some lip balms seem like hard wax and some are oily and then there are the color additives which can be bad for our lips too. It sure makes think twice before you give away your hard earned money.

  • rochelle haynes
    by rochelle haynes

    I use lip balm everyday

  • MD Kennedy
    by MD Kennedy

    I'd love to agree with you, but there is no scientific evidence supporting any of your claims, especially in the doses any of these things are found in lip balms. Regardless, there is no harm in choosing to use a lip balm made without these ingredients.

  • Lorna Webster
    by Lorna Webster

    Good thing it's so easy to make your own!!!

  • Jody Comparelli
    by Jody Comparelli

    I absolutely had no idea all I was doing wrong, thank you so much for the info!

  • Marie C
    by Marie C

    This is really making me wanting to go all natural with everything - not just lip balms. I used to use a lot on menthol lip balms and I found out recently that those aren't so good for the skin on the lips.

  • Emily B.
    by Emily B.

    So glad to see a list of what to avoid!

  • julie nelson
    by julie nelson


  • Jennifer
    by Jennifer

    We basically eat our lip balm! Yikes

  • Richard Hicks
    by Richard Hicks

    Good article. I need to get rid of some of mine

  • Andrea Chandler
    by Andrea Chandler

    That's crazy. Didn't know that.

  • julie r
    by julie r

    wow didnt know they were so bad thanks for the info

  • Ani F Isaac
    by Ani F Isaac

    Thanks for the education - will never look at lip gloss in the same way again!

  • Vickie Gallo
    by Vickie Gallo

    Wow! Good to know!

  • Janet OBrien
    by Janet OBrien

    Thanks for the tips and information

  • Kelly VanAuken
    by Kelly VanAuken

    Organic is the way to go.

  • Julie Nelson
    by Julie Nelson

    Good Info

  • Carol Cole
    by Carol Cole

    Thank you for the education

  • Nadine L
    by Nadine L

    Whoa! I never would have guessed!

  • Deb E
    by Deb E

    I'm really picky about my lip balm. I threw out all my old lip stick and only use natural balms now. Who wants to eat all those chemicals!?

  • Dolores Miranda
    by Dolores Miranda

    I never thought about whats in my liitle lip balm! Thanks for this!

  • Heather Hebron
    by Heather Hebron

    This is nice information

  • Christel Elliott
    by Christel Elliott

    This is crazy. I need to make sure what I use doesn’t contain any of this.

  • Carla W.
    by Carla W.

    I truly had no idea.

  • Kathy Lane
    by Kathy Lane

    Oh my goodness! I didn't know this and I use lip balm all the time.

  • Deb E
    by Deb E

    It's hard to find lip balm without chemicals, unless you special order it like on your site.

  • Aubrey Scott Daniels
    by Aubrey Scott Daniels

    Thanks for letting us know

  • David McCormick
    by David McCormick

    We try to stick to more natural products!

  • Zahra
    by Zahra

    Thank you for your blog post.Really thank you! Awesome.

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