Whether you like a bold red lip, a slick of shiny gloss or you just work your natural look, the condition of your lips really does matter. Lipsticks will sit better on healthy, moisturised lips – not to mention you’ll feel better without a dry, cracked pout. We’ve put together a list of 22 of the best cruelty free vegan lip balms so you can care for your lips without any animal products. Whether you suffer from dry, cracked, or chapped lips, there’s something here for you. None of these products are tested on animals, so you can rest easy and give your lips some love!
Everything at Lush is 100% cruelty free, although not everything is vegan since they do use honey and beeswax in some formulas. Luckily, they also make several vegan friendly lip balms and scrubs to care for your lips naturally. We love the aptly named ‘None of your Beeswax’ which, honestly, smells like you could eat it. The lemon curd scent is fresh and cheerful, alongside vanilla and mandarin. It contains coconut oil and shea butter as well as murumura and cupuaçu butters for extra moisturising power. Also, shout out to the delicious ‘Key Lime Pie’ lip balm – yum!
2. Crazy Rumors
Crazy Rumors is an American company that makes 100% natural lip balms in a whole range of gorgeous flavours. And you’re in luck because they’re now available on our side of the pond too – hooray! There’s a huge variety to choose from, 22 different fragrances in fact. The packaging is super cute too, we’re just in love with these adorable pocket-sized wonders. Our top pick is ‘Spiced Chai’ with sweet vanilla and cardamom, tasty cinnamon and spicy ginger. Contains jojoba oil and shea butter for extra softness.
3. Seren London
This is a fabulous budget find from the London-based cruelty-free brand. At this price you can afford to have one in your bag, one in your bathroom, one in your coat pocket…basically anywhere! It contains organic Moroccan argan oil which is renowned for holding moisture in the skin. It will gently care for your lips with vitamin E and essential fatty acids. This lips balm replenishes, soothes and restores elasticity for happy lips all year round.
4. Dr PawPaw
PawPaw is a nutrient-rich fruit packed with antioxidants and minerals, as well as vitamins C and B. It has skin repair powers, and is also anti-inflammatory and moisturising. This natural brand pairs the superfruit with Aloe Barbadensis leaf juice. This desert plant absorbs and restores moisture. The original clear balm will work wonders on your lips, and can even be used for all sorts of other things too! Try it as a moisturiser, after sun soother, nappy cream or even as a hair conditioning treatment.
If you like a bit of colour and shine with your lip treatment, look no further than ethical brand PHB Ethical Beauty. Their Lip Glaze is a treat for dry lips, with shea butter and organic raspberry oil, which contains an antioxidant to keeps lips looking youthful by preventing collagen destruction. It also features cooling peppermint to boosts circulation and give a slight plumping effect. There are six lovely shades to choose from – we love the cheerful ‘Cranberry’ or the subtle ‘Peach’.
We love Fairypants, and not just because of the awesome name! This small UK company is 100% vegan and cruelty free, with loads of lovely natural plant ingredients. The lip balms are available in a range of yummy sounding flavours in a cute metal tin, sturdy enough for even the deepest handbag. The balms contain sweet almond oil, shea butter, jojoba wax alongside flavour oils. Try the luscious ‘Sticky Toffee Pudding’ – and try to resist nibbling it!
7. Barry M
Ok, so this is a scrub not a balm; but we’re pretty sure you’ll thank us anyway. This budget friendly little pot of goodness from cruelty-free brand Barry M will leave your lips feeling soft and cared for. It contains added vitamin E and olive oil antioxidants to help prevent and reverse skin damage as well as softening and hydrating avocado and jojoba oils. Simply rub over clean lips and then rinse. Available in cooling peppermint or, our favourite, fruity mango.
The Body Shop isn’t 100% vegan but their vegan range is expanding all the time. Their lip juicers are fun and fruity, but will also care for your pout with gentle shea butter, marula oil and organic olive oil. The smoothie-inspired fragrances are mouth-watering, and the packaging is bright and attractive. There are five different colourful and fruity balms to choose from. Our top pick is the juicy ‘Coconut, Passionfruit & Carrot’.
If you like your lip balm to come in loads of different fragrances depending on your mood, then you will love Hurraw’s range of vegan, cruelty free balms. They’re smooth and moisturising, without being sticky or grainy. There’s no beeswax here, just natural, organic, cold pressed oils. There are 25 different balms to pick from, in a rainbow of cute colourful tubes. We want one of each, but if we had to pick, we’d plump for the buzz of ‘Coffee Bean’.
You might be familiar with Palmer’s from their cocoa butter formula but we love their coconut oil lip balm for truly soft lips. We all know coconut oil is a wonder product and it makes for a fabulous lip balm. This one contains ethically and sustainably sourced coconut oil and Tahitian monoï oil, and will protect your lips all day long from drying, chapping or cracking. It’s creamy, easy to apply, budget friendly and it smells great.
This is another great budget-friendly vegan option from the high street. Superdrug don’t test any of their own brand products on animals, though they do use animal products in some of their items. They are always clearly labelled, however. This is a saviour for dry or cracked lips, with antioxidant vitamin E to shield against environmental damage and shea butter to moisturise. It will leave your lips feeling soft and cared for, without emptying your wallet.
Waitrose is another UK brand that has committed to ensuring all its own brand personal care and household products are not tested on animals, and it has been certified by Cruelty Free International with the Leaping Bunny symbol. Great news for your budget essentials, like this kind and gentle lip balm. Contains cotton milk, shea butter and almond for nourished and moisturised lips, lasting for up to 12 hours. It’s paraben free and suitable for sensitive skin too.
13. The Ilex Wood
Ilex Wood is a small UK brand specialising in natural, vegan and cruelty-free beauty products. They make hand crafted herbal beauty balms and natural remedies. We love the cute little tins with their pretty labels, and our favourite is the ‘Lemon Balm and Peppermint Lip Balm’. It is made with lemon balm infused oil to treat and deter cold sores, leaving you with soft and healthy lips. They also steer clear of palm oil and don’t use any plastic in their packaging.
14. Fruu Colour Balm
We’re in love with this range of vegan, cruelty-free lip balms! There’s no carmine, lanolin or beeswax to be found. Instead you can enjoy soothing aloe and hydrating coconut oil, as well as watermelon and banana extracts for a fruity finish. It’s so soft and buttery that it is super easy to apply. It leaves a matt finish and has a vibrant tint to add a pop of colour to your day. There are eight colours to choose from. Our top pick is the lip-smacking ‘Cherry Up’.
Blushberry make handmade beauty products in small batches in Scotland, using natural and cruelty-free ingredients. Their vegan lip butters come in adorable rectangular tins with cute labels. But the key selling point is their huge choice of delicious fragrances including some cocktail inspired balms! They contain cocoa butter, shea butter and coconut oil to care for your lips and leave them feeling soft and kissable. Our favourite has to be the ‘Gin & Tonic’ flavour (cheers!)
16. Le Labo
Le Labo is a cruelty-free brand from New York. Although they have recently been bought by Estee Lauder, their products aren’t available in the Chinese market, so they are not tested on animals. Their lip balm is unscented, non-sticky and non-glossy, and is also petrolatum-free. The plant-based formula contains nourishing shea butter, hydrating olive oil and gentle jojoba seed. The balm is paraben, phthalate-free and artificial colourant-free, for a natural and kind product.
Weleda are a cruelty-free, natural beauty brand; however, they are not 100% vegan. All their vegan products are clearly signposted on their website, and include three shades of a creamy, tinted balm. It is dermatologically tested and suitable for very dry lips. It’s smooth and slightly glossy, with a nice hit of colour thanks to the tinted formula. Natural essential oils work to keep your lips soft and hydrated. We love the ‘Berry Red’ colour.
Evolve Organic Beauty products are handmade in small batches in Hertfordshire, England. They use natural oils, butters and extracts to create beauty products that are vegan, cruelty free and eco-friendly. Their ‘Lip Treat’ is made with organic shea and cacao butter. The formula works to nourish and replenish dry and chapped lips. Orange essential oil promotes the production of collagen and increases the blood flow to the skin for healthier looking lips, and it also smells delicious.
19. Beauty Kitchen
We love Beauty Kitchen, who create natural, sustainable and cruelty-free beauty products in the UK. Sadly, not all their products are vegan but they do have a wide range of vegan-friendly goodies. For a handbag-ready tough tin, they have ‘Natruline Vegan Lip Treatment’ which is petroleum free and super moisturising. They also sell ‘Free From Wonder Balm’ for lips and other dry bits, which contains shea butter and essential oils and is fragrance-free for sensitive skin.
20. B. by Superdrug
All B. products are vegan and cruelty free (thanks Superdrug) and we think their ‘Lip Corrector’ is amazing. Yes, it’s technically a scrub and not a balm; but we don’t think you’ll mind once you’ve tried it. It gently exfoliates your lips to remove dry skin and dead cells, leaving them feeling soft and cared for. It’s great to use before applying your favourite lip colour for easy application and a smooth finish, without any pesky dry patches getting in the way.
You can count on Benecos for natural and affordable cruelty-free beauty products. Their natural lip balm is 100% vegan and will make your lips feel soothed and supple. The formula uses quality oils from controlled organic farming. It is available in a classic, unfragranced option, as well as three tangy fragrances with essential oils. We love ‘Mint’ for a wake-up call and hit of refreshment, or ‘Orange’ for a fun and fruity scent.
Pacifica is another Totally Vegan Buzz favourite – they are 100% cruelty-free and vegan across the whole brand, plus they make a whole load of gorgeous products. Their lip balms come in 11 fragrances, plus one nude SPF 30 option and a lovely lemon sugar lip scrub. The balms are highly moisturizing with coconut, almond and jojoba oils. Our top pick is ‘Pineapple Splash’ which comes in the cutest packaging and smells divine, and we also love the tasty ‘Hawaiian Banana’.
Do you have a wonder lip product that you want to shout about? Let us know in the comments!
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