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The Best Eco-Friendly Lip Balm To Nourish Dry Lips

Looking for the best natural and eco-friendly lip balm to nourish your dry lips sustainably? Read on for my top recommendations – from vegan-friendly brands to plastic-free and zero-waste lip balm brands.

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I’m sure we all know someone that has five lip balms on the go at all times – with one in every bag or coat pocket. Personally? I just tend to turn to lip balm in winter when the combination of cold weather and central heating dries out my lips.

Whatever your lib balm preferences, in the UK alone, we collectively spend around £60,000 a year on lip balms and salves alone. The problem is that plastic lip balm tubes are quite complicated to recycle. Unless they are recycled in specialist TerraCycle facilities, then the vast majority of these plastic tubes will end up in landfill.

What’s the Problem With Petroleum Jelly?

Waste aside, many lip balms have quite a problematic ingredient. That being petroleum jelly.

What is the problem with petroleum jelly, exactly? Well, petroleum jelly is, as the name suggests, a product of the oil industry. It’s a byproduct of petroleum, which is a form of crude oil.  This means petroleum jelly isn’t sustainable or renewable and its use encourages further extraction of fossil fuels that contribute to our climate crisis.

It certainly sounds horrific to use petroleum jelly on our lips – or anywhere else on our body for that matter. However, brands use it, because it’s a really cheap ingredient, compared to other natural ingredients. Petroleum jelly is also a popular choice when it comes to lip products because it repels water. This means it’s not easily washed off your lips, so it cheaply and easily creates a long-lasting barrier to the elements.

The Best Eco-Friendly Lip Balm Brands To Sustainably Nourish Dry Lips

Flat lay of lip balms on a wooden mat, surrounded by leaves, with a blue text box that reads guide to the best eco-friendly lip balm to nourish dry lips.

Thankfully there are lots of eco-friendly brands out there that steer clear of petroleum jelly. Instead, they use sustainable and natural ingredients that are just as effective, if not more effective, than their fossil fuel-based equivalents. Don’t know where to start? Here are my top eco-friendly lip balm recommendations, so you can pucker up sustainably!

facetheory Vegan Lip Balm

Person holding Face Theory lip balm in glass jar

facetheory has been a new sustainable skincare discovery for me this year, but let me tell you, I’m hooked! Their vegan lip balm* is free from beeswax, and petroleum for an eco-friendly moisture boost for your lips. With a light coconut taste, it tastes as sweet as it moisturises!

Packed full of raspberry seed extract – made from raspberry seed oil and the succinate of vitamin E – this stimulates the skin renewal process, hydrates cracked or chapped lips and helps to protect against moisture loss.

This luscious balm also contains shea butter extract, which soothes and emolliates dry areas.

As well as being vegan and cruelty-free, this made in the UK eco-friendly lip balm is also free of undesirable nasties. This includes things like parabens, silicones, PEGs, SLS, SLES, and mineral oils. Basically, all the things you don’t want on your lips.

What’s more, it comes in full plastic-free packaging. The glass jar is topped with a fully recyclable metal lid.

Buy direct from facetheory* for £10.99 for 15 ml.


Ethique

Ethique

If you are looking for truly plastic-free and zero-waste lip balm, then Ethique* is definitely one brand to look into. Packaged in a home compostable cardboard tube, when it’s done, simply pop the tube and box into your compost bin. Alternatively, you can bury it in your garden, where it will break down in the soil.

Just because the tube is made of cardboard, doesn’t make it fragile. The tube is surprisingly robust and can handle being tossed around in your bag or pocket.

As well as caring for the planet, Ethique’s eco-friendly lip balms do good for people. Their palm oil-free balms are made with fairly traded sustainable ingredients from Rwanda, Ghana and Samoa. Ethique says this helps to support predominantly women-owned farming cooperatives. Ethique also says that direct trade ensures that local growers receive stable prices and, reliable income.

But do their balms do good for your lips? I tried out the So Cocoa lip balm. It was a nice chunky size – about twice the size of a standard chapstick – and so richly moisturising. It’s packed full of organic, fair-trade cocoa butter – hence the delicious chocolatey smell. Moringa, jojoba and castor and Vitamin E oils are also added for extra moisture.

If the taste of chocolate isn’t your thing, then try out the other varieties. These include an unscented variety, cooling peppermint, or pink grapefruit and vanilla.

A tinted eco-friendly lip balm is also available. I personally haven’t tried it. However, from what I have read it’s not as moisturising as the other eco-varieties. If your lips are particularly dry, then you might want to give the tinted one a miss.

Buy from Feel Unique* for £5.40 for 9 g.


We Love The Planet

We Love The Planet eco-friendly lip balm in a cardboard tube.

We Love the Planet’s range of eco-friendly lip balms* again comes in a compostable cardboard tube. Pop these in your compost bin or soil when you are done, and it will break down, leaving no trace behind.

We Love the Planet’s range of vegetarian-friendly (but not vegan-friendly) balms are made using the highest quality, natural and organic oils and butters. This includes beeswax, coconut oil and vitamins E and C to help nourish, hydrate, soften and protect your lips.

Whilst the balms are free from synthetic substances, such as SLS, this lip balm does contain palm oil. We Love The Planet says that this is sustainably sourced. However, there are doubts if palm oil can ever be sustainably sourced. On the other side of the coin, palm oil alternatives could be worse for the environment. It’s certainly an enigma wrapped up in a conundrum.

Palm oil aside, this soft stick has an easily spreadable consistency. This means it glides onto your lips with ease, without any drag, for easy moisturisation.

Buy from Ethical Superstore* or Big Green Smile* for £13.50 for 12 g.


Fair Squared Fair Trade Lip Balm

jar of fair squared fair trade shea lip balm

Fair Squared’s Shea lip balm* is handmade with Fairtrade ingredients. However, that’s not the only reason that you’ll fall in love with this eco-friendly lip balm. It’s got a whole heap of other positive attributes.

As well as being suitable for both vegans and vegetarians, the balm is free from animal testing. It’s also free from petroleum, palm oil, perfume, parabens, phthalates, triclosan and SLS. In short, Fair Squared have left out all of the bad stuff, and just kept the good stuff in!

The richly moisturising shea butter protects and nourishes dry, chapped lips, whilst being kind to the most sensitive of skin. Simply swipe on to leave your lips soft and supple with a subtle sheen.

This eco-friendly lip balm is also plastic-free. It comes in a recyclable glass jar, with a recyclable metal lid. Alternatively, reuse the jar for making your own balms.

What’s more, Fair Squared have been part of the Fair Trade movement for many years. The brand believes that all people involved in the supply chain – be it the farmers, producers, suppliers or manufacturers – should benefit from their Fair Trade philosophies.  Fair Squared also distributes free condoms to assist in preventative work in the fight against AIDS.

Buy from Ethical Superstore* for £8.50 for 20 g.


MOA The Green Fairy Hand & Lip Balm

Moa the green fairy hand and lip balm

MOA’s The Green Fairy dual-purpose hand and lip balm* is a non-greasy vegan and cruelty-free formula. As well as softening dry cuticles, and hands, its richly moisturising formula works wonders on your lips.

Described as a little tin of salvation, it’s the perfect size to carry in your bag or pocket to apply sparingly to thirsty hands and lips in need of a little extra care and protection.

Packed full of castor oil, shea and cocoa butter, this helps to soothe and condition your skin. Candelilla wax provides a nourishing, protective coating. Meanwhile, the blend of essential oils including, brightening grapefruit and lemon peel and aromatic peppermint, fennel and aniseed ensure this eco-friendly lip balm smells and tastes delicious.

This Soil Association certified organic balm is made in the UK without the use of petrochemicals, such as mineral oil. It’s also free from drying alcohol, palm oil, parabens, SLS, phthalates, fillers or artificial fragrance.

The packaging is completely free from plastic. Once done, simply wash out the tin and place it in your metal recycling. Alternatively, find a way to reuse the pretty fairy-embossed tin.

Buy from Ethical Superstore* or Big Green Smile* for £13.50 for 12 g.


The Beauty Kitchen Natruline

Natruline vegan and petroleum free lip balm from Beauty Kitchen

The Beauty Kitchen’s eco-friendly Natruline lip balm* offers a petroleum-free alternative to Vaseline. Containing only natural ingredients, this vegan-friendly palm-oil free blend is scientifically proven to moisturise and protect lips for up to 8 hours.

The three simple yet effective natural and cruelty-free ingredients – castor seed oil, castor oil and carnauba wax – creates a natural moisture barrier. The Beauty Kitchen says this allows the skin to breathe much better than petroleum jelly, whilst keeping your lips soft, beautiful and healthy, whatever the weather.

Because of the super simple ingredients, this fragrance-free salve is suitable for even the driest and most sensitive of lips.

Buy direct from The Beauty Kitchen*, from Ethical Superstore* or Big Green Smile* for £2.99 for 20 g.


Here’s to super-soft sustainable lips!

Check out my guide to plastic-free makeup for more skincare recommendations.

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The Best Eco-Friendly Shower Gel To Get Squeaky Clean

Green your showering regime, with our guide to the best natural and eco-friendly shower gel. From plastic-free shower gel to refill shower gel and more – here’s how you can get squeaky clean the green way.

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While I’m a fan of using super sustainable bars of soap in the shower, I know that some people are not a fan of soap bars. Even though it has been proven that communal soap bars cannot transmit germs, I know more than a few people who won’t entertain the idea of using a bar of soap in the shower.

If washing yourself with a bar of soap in the shower isn’t your thing then don’t worry, I’m not here to preach or pour shame on you. Instead, let me show you some eco-friendly shower gel options. This includes those in plastic-free packaging, as well as clever refill options so that you can still shower sustainably.

The Best Natural & Eco-Friendly Shower Gel

Natural bathing products, with a blue text box that says the best eco-friendly shower gel to get squeaky clean with.

Here are my top natural and eco-friendly shower gel recommendations:

Beauty Kitchen Vegan Shower Gel

Beauty Kitchen plastic-free organic and vegan shower gel and body wash

Beauty Kitchen’s organic, vegan and plastic-free body* wash ticks a lot of the eco-friendly shower gel boxes.

This B-Corp certified beauty product brand makes its shower gel with all-natural and sustainably sourced ingredients. This includes ingredients such as organic coconut and organic sunflower oils. When it comes to the scent there’s nothing artificial here either – essential oils provide the scent.

Beauty Kitchen’s shower gel is available in a range of scents – from minty fresh to zingy citrus, to a relaxing botanical blend. For sensitive skin, there’s a fragrance-free option too.

Packaged in aluminium bottles, you can reuse this durable packaging yourself at your local refill shop. Beauty Kitchen has thought carefully about the reuse potential of their bottles, so the labels adhere with ultra-low tack adhesive so they can be easily removed.

Alternatively, you can send your bottle back to Beauty Kitchen for free and they will wash and reuse the bottles in their next batch. You can do so by post, or if you have a Holland & Barrett store near you, they can be returned here.

Buy direct from Beauty Kitchen* from £8. You can also get 25% off your first order when you sign up for the Beauty Kitchen mailing list. Other retailers include Big Green Smile*, Planet Organic* and Feel Unique*.


Faith In Nature Refill Body Wash

Faith In Nature offers eco-friendly shower gel that you can refill in zero-waste shops across the country. If you don’t have access to a zero-waste shop near you then you can also buy the 5-litre cartons, to refill your own bottles at home.

Whether you refill at a shop or at home, you can even get a pretty and plastic-free Faith In Nature branded aluminium refill bottle* to help you avoid plastic.

As well as the refill potential, there are lots of reasons to love Faith In Nature’s range of body wash. For a start, it’s made right here in the UK from natural ingredients. This means it contains no parabens or SLS/SLES. Secondly, their entire range is vegetarian and vegan-friendly and free from animal testing. And thirdly, their shower gels are free from artificial colours and fragrances.

With heaps of different fragrance options, there’s something to suit every taste.

Buy Faith In Nature from refill shops across the country. 5L bottles to refill at home can be bought from Ethical Superstore* or Big Green Smile*.


Bower Collective Refillable Body Wash

bower collective refillable shower gel cartons

Bower Collective’s range of own-brand sustainable body washes* are made in the UK using naturally derived, ethically sourced and environmentally responsible ingredients.

Free from ingredients such as SLS and parabens, their eco-friendly shower gel is also vegan and cruelty-free.

Bower Collective’s clever refill and return service help lessen the environmental impact of your shower. Simply decant your pouch into any old shower gel bottle. Once the pouch is empty – you don’t even need to wash it out – simply pop the pouches in the pre-paid returns envelope that comes with your Bower Collective order.

To make the returns process as environmentally friendly as possible, Bower Collective advise collecting around 4 pouches in the returns envelope before sending it back. Once the envelope is ready to send, you just pop it straight into a postbox. Or, if it’s easier for you, you can take it to your nearest Post Office for free return.

Once returned to Bower Collective, it’s then refilled with the same product at their refill centre, ready to be used again. Each pouch can be reused up to 10 times, and at the end of life, it is responsibly recycled with Bower Collective’s specialist partner. 

Buy eco-friendly shower gel directly from Bower Collective*, from £6.99.


Miniml Body Wash

Miniml eco-friendly body wash in a glass bottle

Looking for shower gel in a glass bottle? Miniml’s deliciously scented pink grapefruit and aloe vera shower gel is the one you are looking for.

This richly foaming yet gentle, sulphate free body wash naturally keeps even sensitive skin smooth and moisturised.

As well as being made in the UK, the vegan formulation is cruelty-free. What’s more, it’s free from chlorine bleaches, solvents, lanoline, sulphates, parabens and phosphates.

Refill the glass bottle in refill shops. Or if that isn’t practical for you, you can buy a 5L or even 20L refill carton to refill at home.

Shop Miniml eco-friendly shower gel at Wearth* for £5.50 for 500 ml, or buy a bulk refill carton from £34.95*.


Looking to make your bathing habits even more sustainable? Let me help – I’ve got guides to plastic-free bubble bath, eco-friendly shampoo, and the best shampoo bars.