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Lip balm; I'm obsessed with it. I can't go more than an hour without reapplying it. I love it! I use tonnes of it. In fact before I was vegan, I used to make my own because I used so much. But over the last 6 years I've tried to reformulate it without the beeswax and I still don't have it as I want it. But one day I'll get it right and maybe I'll start selling it. But for now, here's a round up of some of the vegan lip balm options available to us in the shops and online.
Superdrug Little Blue (or Pink) Tin - £0.99 from Superdrug (V)
I can't actually find these on the website at the moment, although they are showing the little green tin (which has aloe in). I put these first as they are the most basic of all the lip balms I'm showing. They are basically a pot of petroleum jelly. And if you're vegan, you probably don't support animal testing companies, which means vaseline is out, so here's a good alternative. Cheap as chips, super basic. The blue is plain, the pink I think has strawberry flavour. I'm not a fan of petroleum based lip balms because I think they feel really greasy. But for 99p, can't complain.
Balmi Lip Balm - £4.99 from Boots (I actually found mine in a large Tesco) (CV)
The packaging is what made me buy this lip balm and the fact that there's quite a few flavours; but it's the packaging that actually has made me not want to buy any more. I have two, strawberry (pictured) and mint. And I like the balm although it is petroleum based, so as above it's a bit greasy. But the packaging is pretty crap; at £4.99 for an average lipbalm, it's not really good enough. After a few days, it just kind of breaks and doesn't close properly - no good for a handbag!
Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Lip Balm - £1.89 from Boots (AV)
Feb 2017: Removed as i found out they use bovine fat in all their products - BARF! Also, I'm no longer sure of their cruelty free status. So have removed from my cf list too!
I bought this when I was buying makeup in M&S (their Autograph range really is quite vegan friendly!!) and when I saw there was no beeswax etc, thought I'd give it a try. There's a few different flavours, I went for Cherry Blossom. It smells nice, I don't love it though. It's petroleum based and it's quite thin so really doesn't last long or really do much for dry lips. Pretty tin though!
My favourite of these is the spearmint but I couldn't find it. I normally stock up on these at vegfest! I love them. The texture is great, I like the smell and the coconut one below has SPF in. They are very moisturizing and last well.
If you read my food blog, this won as my favourite lipbalm in my beauty faves post last month, but I'm going back on that, as you'll read in a minute. But not to take anything away from this balm, because I really really LOVE it. Great texture, no petroleum and tonnes and tonnes of flavours (my favourite is the licorice flavour). Doesn't last as long as my favourite below but still a great lip balm for stopping the chapped lip situation. Only con is that they're not that easy to get hold off, they have to be ordered online.
Crazy Rumours Lip Balm - £3.50 from Holland & Barrett (V)
This one wins as my favourite! The texture is perfect, they last a long time, they are moisturising, they're affordable, they come in tonnes of awesome flavours AND you can now buy them in Holland & Barrett. As most towns now have an H&B this is great news as they're much easier to find than they used to be. I was pretty restrained in the buy one get one half price sale last week and only bought 2. Raspberry Sorbet is my favourite but they have a tonne of great flavours if the smell of skittles is not your bag!
Have I missed your favourite vegan lip balm off? Let me know so I can try it out!
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