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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

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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.



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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Ethical Foundation Wear – What You Need To Know – AD

This post on ethical foundation wear is paid-for content in association with Heist.

The right underwear can make a huge difference to how we look in our clothes, and how we feel about ourselves. Yet many of us overlook the transformational impacts that the right foundation wear can bring. Here’s why you should consider what you wear under your clothes, as much as your clothes themselves.

What Is Foundation Wear?

Firstly, did you know that our undergarments are often referred to as foundation wear? Foundation wear is simply the base layer of every outfit that you wear. These garments support and streamline your body, and can include items such as tights, knickers, bras and shapewear. In short, we wear foundation wear every day whether you refer to it as foundation wear or not!

Why Is The Right Foundation Wear Important?

Person wearing Heist underwear in eco lace
Heist’s Eco Lace Bralette and Knickers

Your underwear is the very first part of your outfit that you put on. The right underwear for your clothing choices sets a solid foundation for your outfit, by complimenting your shape, whilst providing you with comfort and support throughout the day.

Whilst your underwear shouldn’t be visible under your clothing – unless you intentionally want it to be – the right underwear should make you feel great about your body.

What About Ethical Foundation Wear

Person wearing Heist's ethical foundation wear
Heist’s Eco Lace Body Suit

Your foundation wear can be ethical. Heist, a company with a strong sustainability focus, for example, sells a range of wide range of styles of more inclusive-sized foundation wear, with sizes ranging between size 6 and size 22. 

Their Eco Lace collection, in particular, uses recycled and recyclable materials to make their beautiful foundation wear. This range encompasses beautiful lace bodysuits, as well as knickers, and bralettes, all made from recycled polyamide.

Wearability has not been compromised.  Far from being rough or itchy, their Eco Lace collection has been engineered to be lightweight, smooth and silky-soft to touch and feel incredible against your skin.

Meanwhile, their tights are also made from recycled materials, such as recycled polyamide and recycled elastane. This soft recycled yarn is kind to your skin, and better for the planet than tights made from virgin plastics.

Heist has also adopted a ‘make on demand’ stock replenishment approach.  This means they only make what you want when you want it – helping to reduce waste.

What’s more, all components of Heist’s packaging are recyclable. They only use FSC certified paper, made using materials from well-managed forests and/or recycled sources.  Where any plastic components are used, these are made from 100% recycled materials.

Your underwear can truly look good and do good.

What About Shape Wear?

heist ethical foundation wear
Heist’s Shapewear Collection

Shapewear has come a long way from its old-fashioned and uncomfortable counterparts. Heist, for example, has created intelligent shapewear that both looks and feels good.

Not convinced that shapewear can be intelligent? Well, Heist has equipped their ethical foundation wear with expertly positioned HeroPanels™. These are clever bonded, laser-perforated shaping panels that work to give high-performance compression without compromising on comfort.

This means that when you wear Heist’s shapewear, you’ll notice that even though you can feel strong, even compression, you don’t feel an elastic band-style squeeze. Instead, the garment feels like a second skin.

This is because Heist’s HeroPanel™ technology cleverly mimics your fascia – the connective tissue that stabilises your muscles. So by strategically placing HeroPanels™ in specific anatomical areas, Heist can make shapewear that slims and sculpts you exactly where you want it, without squeezing you unnecessarily for the results you’re after.

The more you wear the HeroPanels™, the more they relax in response to the shape, movement and temperature of your body. As a result, you end up with shapewear that is moulded to your body. This is why you feel less constricted than if you were to wear traditional shapewear.

Does It Make You Sweaty?

You’re probably thinking that adding panels to undergarments will make them thicker. And thickness equals warmth and sweatiness.

We talked about intelligent shapewear. That intelligence doesn’t just extend to how the foundation wear shapes you, but also to how it regulates your temperature. If you were to turn Heist’s ethical foundation wear inside out and take a closer look at the HeroPanels™, you’ll be able to make out tiny dots. Those dots are some of the 20,000 laser perforations designed to let your body breathe whilst wearing the shapewear.

Heist really does mean it when they say its shapewear is intelligent!

Whilst these particular foundation wear products are not able to be made out of recycled materials yet, Heist does ensure that they are produced ethically.  Heist says they pay a fair living wage to their employees and contributors. Meanwhile, in their supply chain, Heist only partners with factories and warehouses that guarantee a safe and supportive working environment. These factories and warehouses must evidence their commitment to this with Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) certification and Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (SEDEX) registration.

So whether you are looking for shapewear or just standard underwear, the next time you need new foundation wear, consider pieces that will make you look and feel amazing. We put so much thought into how our clothes look on the outside but remember, the right underwear can make an even bigger difference to how we look and feel.

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