A few of our favorites.
When I went vegan fifteen years ago, the quest for a good vegan lip balm occupied quite a bit of my time. I’d either find no vegan lip balm at all, lip balm that tasted like crap and melted in the tube, or lip balm labeled “Vegan!”… with “beeswax” as the first ingredient. (Note to cosmetics companies: yes, bees are animals.) But today we live in happier times—a quick survey of the SuperVegan blogger team revealed more beloved vegan lip balms than I knew existed.
Cat Clyne: I use Ecolips—in my experience, it doesn’t cake or dry lips. I can’t live without it; it’s even more important to me than creamer for my coffee. I have the lemon/lime-y one that works wonders.
Cathy Resler: I love Lollibomb Beauty, a local vegan, SLS- and paraben-free cosmetics company that makes the first vegan chapstick I’ve tried that actually works and doesn’t dry out my lips. I keep a Lollibomb chapstick in my backpack and in all my purses.
I also like Desert Essence Lip Tints when I want a subtle color with lots of glossy shine. The flavors include coconut, raspberry, grape, and vanilla chai and make for lots of lip licking so I always need to reapply throughout the day. I’m also fond of Kuumba Made Lip Shimmers; they moisturize and add a lovely tint that provides a hint of color but not too much.
Deborah Diamant: I go into a slight panic when I can’t find a tube of Merry Hempsters Peppermint Vegan Hemp Balm in my bag. Yes, it seems to last forever, but sometimes you do need to reapply! I can feel it working, and it doesn’t have an offensive taste like the Mandarian Orange balms that I’ve been known to purchase in an emergency. Every now and then, someone who doesn’t know how awesome the Merry Hempsters vegan lip balm line is will make fun of me for using a “hemp” product. Yeah, I saw Phish in high school more than once. I also saw Minor Threat as a kid. (Okay, that last one is a lie.) But the Merry Hempsters have yet to make a hippie out of me.
Jason Das: My favorite these days is Sprout Wellness. The cinnamon and peppermint are a little tingly, but never sting. All the flavors smell good, but as they’re cocoa-butter based, it helps if you don’t mind a chocolatey undertone. It goes on smoothly and lasts well. It doesn’t separate or crumble in the tube like some other brands. It’s locally made and organic. The graphic design is hardly attractive, but it’s so bare bones it doesn’t bother me.
My second-favorite is Peacekeeper EcoSensual. The name makes me cringe, but the packaging design is clean and modern rather than hippy-dippy. The stuff smells good and keeps its consistency well.
Jenna McDavid: Karma Gloss is my vegan lip gloss of choice. As someone who otherwise wears no makeup, I find Karma Gloss to be subtle but just enough to add a little sparkle to my day. Bonus: it’s not super-sticky, so I never end up with bugs or leaves stuck to my face after riding my bike all over the city.
Laura Leslie: I’m addicted to Crazy Rumors—they have the most wonderful tea, coffee, soda, candy, and ice cream flavors. I particularly love Amaretto, Mocha, and Earl Grey, but my absolute favorite is Orange Creamsicle. They’re also the first vegan lip balm I’ve found that feels like it’s moisturizing my lips really well and doesn’t have any kind of odd aftertaste. I keep a different flavor in pretty much every location where I could possibly need lip balm.
Roseann Marulli: My vote goes to Merry Hempsters Spearmint Vegan Hemp Balm. Once upon a time they had only one vegan option, which always perplexed me. But now there are a handful of flavors, and Spearmint is my favorite. It smells exactly like a really good gum: slightly strong and pretty sweet. I always want to eat it!
Readers, did we miss anything fabulous? What’s your favorite vegan lip balm?
(Yeah, we know lip balm isn’t food, but since all these things are flavored like fruit, drinks, or candy, we figure it’s close enough for MoFo.)