What to Look for in Your Lip Balms

Sure, it’s convenient to buy your lip balm in the checkout line, but you probably don’t check out the ingredients, do you? Try it next time—we bet you’ll put it back on the shelf. The truth is, lips want to love gentle, naturally based ingredients that condition and soften, not harsh, controversial ingredients that aren’t that good for them. But there are so many ingredients out there, how do you know which ones to look for and which ones to avoid? Don’t worry—we’ll tell you:

Ingredients Your Lips Love

  • Shea Butter/Cocoa Butter
    These gentle, soft butters provide excellent hydration

  • Beeswax
    Beeswax helps lock moisture from the naturally based butters and oils, plus it attracts moisture from the atmosphere to your lips

  • Sweet Almond Oil/Macadamia Oil
    These oils soften, soothe, and help condition lips

  • Jojoba Oil
    Jojoba oil is easily absorbed by your lips and is full of vitamins A, D, and E

  • Tocopherol (Vitamin E)
    Vitamin E is a powerful hydrator and antioxidant that helps keep skin looking supple and smooth; it’s also a natural preservative

Ingredients Lips SHould Avoid

  • Lanolin
    Lanolin is an oil derived from sheep’s wool that can be toxic to some people when ingested

  • Petroleum/Petrolatum
    These are derived from crude oil, a nonrenewable resource. They also keep your lips from breathing, which can make them drier over time—this pretty much defeats the point, right?

  • Mineral Oil
    Mineral oil has the same problem as petroleum and petrolatum—it doesn’t let your lips breathe

  • Phenol
    This ingredient is a good preservative, but it’s known to cause skin irritation, so opt for natural preservatives, like vitamin E, instead

So now you’re in the know, but constantly checking labels can be annoying. We like to skip reading all those tiny labels and jump right to the good stuff with our lip balms. They’ve got all the good ingredients you’re looking for, and they come in amazingly fruity flavors that you can switch up depending on your mood:

We know having a go-to lip balm is essential—it’s hard to leave the house without it. (The checklist goes: phone, keys, wallet, lip balm, right?) So why not love your lips naturally with great ingredients like shea butter, beeswax, and jojoba oil? If you visit perfectlyposh.com, you can see all of our lip products and treat yours to all of our delicious, buttery balms!

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