Natural Lip Balm vs Traditional Lip Balms

beeswax vs paraffin in lip balm

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If you want healthy, luscious lips that don’t crack nor peel, you need to use a lip balm daily because our lips do not have oil glands. That being said, an organic or natural lip balm that you can safely use every day is a must. What are safe natural lip balm ingredients and what should we avoid?

Our lips are very sensitive to elements compared to the rest of our bodies. Simple things like the heat and cold and even the wind can affect our lips. 

If you suffer from chapped or dry lips frequently, the best thing lip treatment is to use a natural lip balm. While synthetic ones might cost less, you can never go wrong with an organic lip balm. They contain ingredients that will not harm your health. Instead of an ingredient like parabens, you get natural, organic ingredients like organic coconut oil, candelilla wax, beeswax, and seed oil. 

There might be many products in the market that would market themselves as certified organic, but make sure to look at the ingredients list to ensure that it really is natural. To help you, here are some of the best and worst ingredients in a lip balm. 

We have compiled some very important information about lip balms in this article. You will find a list of our favorite nourishing lip balms for chapped lips. Be sure to read through the end of the post for tips on how you can make your very own lip balm at home using ingredients like oil shea butter and oil beeswax, among others. 

What is the best natural lip balm? 

What is natural lip balm and what makes it different from others? When it comes to lip balms most people usually think of Chapstick. But there are so many other lip balms on the market, many of them made using organic and natural ingredients. 

The Ingredients of Lip Balms – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Why is it important to go for natural lip balms? Chapstick, while cheap and popular, may actually contain ingredients that could prove to be harmful. Think about it. You are putting these products directly to your mouth. Imagine what risk you are putting yourself in. There are products that contain ingredients like parabens, which is a type of preservative added to many cosmetic products. 

The Good


If you want certified organic lip balms, look for those that contain ingredients like shea butter/cocoa butter, beeswax, and vitamin E. The best natural lip balm will also use organics to dye and add fragrance to their lip balm. You can choose a clean smell or a sweet smell depending on the oils or extract used. 

Beeswax, in particular, is an organic wax that keeps moisture in while still allowing the skin to breathe. This is way better than paraffin, petroleum, or mineral oil.

Coconut Oil

coconut oil as organic lip moisturizer

Coconut oil has been gaining popularity over the past years due to its many benefits. Lip balms with coconut oil are good for your lips because aside from keeping it soft and moist, it has anitmicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.

Cocoa Butter

Cocoa butter is another great source of natural antioxidants and rich in Vitamins A and E. It is likewise a lip moisturizer that protects against extreme temperatures and hot weather that can cause your lips to dry.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is an antioxidant, so it combats the free radicals found all around us. It also helps protect against UV rays. Cocoa butter is one source of Vit E.


CBD Oil is another organic substance as it is derived from hemp. It provides nourishment for the lips as it has vitamins antioxidants, A, C, and E and omega 3 and 6. Thus it keeps your skin healthy and plump. Contrary to the myth, it does not get you high as long as a product has less than 0.3% THC.

Shea Butter

Shea Butter comes from the seeds of the fruit of the Shea (Karite) tree. It is a skin superfood as it is naturally rich in antioxidants, vitamins A, E and F and also offers UV protection (SPF ~6).

The Bad

chapstick ingredients
Chapstick ingredients (click to enlarge)


Parrafin is an occlusive wax and thus, while it locks moisture in, it also prevents the skin from breathing. It also locks in the synthetic ingredients of a traditional lip balm – dyes, fragrance, etc.

Salicylic Acid

While salicylic acid is effective when it comes to fighting acne, the same cannot be said for hydrating your lips. In fact, if your lip balm contains salicylic acid, phenol, or menthol, it will actually make your lips drier! 

Salicylic acid can act as an exfoliant for your lips. Now, while this may be helpful in taking out the dead cells on your lips, this may also lead to your lips becoming irritated. Your lips may become inflamed and dry as a result. This exactly the opposite of what you want to achieve so if you don;t want chapped lips, steer clear of a lip balm with this ingredient. 

Synthetic Dyes

Synthetic dyes are produced from petrolatum and while these are approved by the FDA, being synthetic dyes, they can also be a cause of irritation and skin sensitivity.


Traditional lip balms that contain fragrance can be potentially toxic. There is no way to say what chemicals are there, because federal law protects manufacturers of fragrance are protected from revealing the chemicals under “trade secrets.”

The Ugly


Many non organic lip balms make use of petroleum or petroleum jelly as one of its ingredients. It is also used by many as a first aid for burns. What makes petroleum jelly a dangerous ingredient is that it can contain polyaromatics and MOHA (Mineral OIl Aromatic Hydrocarbons). These two may be carcinogenic, increasing the risk of cancer. 

Also, petroleum does not actually add moisture to your lips. It does retain moisture so you can use it if your lips are not yet dry or chapped. 


Lanolin’s function is to make sure your dry and chapped lips retain water. Aside from being a lip balm component, lanolin is also a popular component in SPF lotions. 

Lanolin, however, has been found to cause irritation, so if this starts to happen, then it is the likely culprit.


Parabens is found in many beauty products, from shampoos, sunscreen, and skin cleansers. But despite its popularity in cosmetic products, it can actually be dangerous. It is absorbed in our bodies and can lead to side effects such as allergic reactions and increased problems in mothers and children. It seems that it can increase the risk of breast cancer and also cause some developmental problems with babies. 

There is also a possibility that it can cause early puberty for girls. That is because the chemical composition of parabens is comparably similar to estrogen. This makes them an endocrine disruptor. 

These harmful ingredients can be absorbed by your skin but you might want to avoid them as they can cause some adverse effects such as mimicking estrogen which could possibly lead to reproductive issues and even breast cancer. 

How can I moisturize my lips naturally? 

If you’re wondering if you can still have smooth lips even without the use of a lip balm, then the answer is yes. Hydrated lips can be achieved without the use of products. There are also simple ingredients in your pantry that you can actually use to achieve healthy lips. Let’s take a look at some useful tips you can do.

Stay hydrated

Getting enough hydration is very important, not just for your lips but for your overall health as well. It sounds pretty simple right? But many people neglect to drink enough water especially when they are too busy with work or other activities. 

As your body stays hydrated, so will your lips be too. Drink at least eight glasses a day, even more during hot days and also during the dry winter months. There are also other ways to get hydration, such as in eating foods like watermelon and cucumber, which is filled with water.

Vitamin E capsules

Vitamin E is usually associated with smooth skin. They are taken as a supplement, but others actually use them as a serum to apply over their face. Usually mixed with coconut oil, they are placed on the face for overnight beauty treatment. For your lips, you can just cut open a capsule and apply it on your lips.

Lip Scrub made with honey and sugar

natural lip scrub

Here is a simple scrub you can make that would help to exfoliate your lips. You will need half a teaspoon of each and use it to exfoliate your lips. You can do this once or twice a week, especially if your lips are extra dry. 

ZenRooted CBD Lip Balm and Essential Oil Lip Balm

natural CBD lip balm
Zenrooted’ organic lip balms (click to enlarge)

Here at ZenRooted, we are passionate about health and holistic treatment. Our desire to stop the use of harmful and synthetic chemicals led to the creation of our lip balm line. Our products do not just contain the natural ingredients mentioned above, but further enriched with 100 % natural essential oil and  CBD to make this lip balm stand out from the rest. That way, you do not only moisturize and protect, you also nourish your lips.

Having natural ingredients that you can safely put on your lips is very important as this is part of daily lip care. Our lips have no oil glands so it needs moisturizing, protection, and nourishment daily.

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