Best Vegan Lip Balm & Chapstick Brands (Top 5 picks)
Keeping your lips luscious and healthy is easy once you’ve got the perfect vegan lip balm in hand.
However, finding a chapstick that is cruelty-free, contains natural plant-based ingredients, and is affordable, can easily turn into what feels like a full-time job.
The six products listed below will give you an introduction to the wondrous world of vegan lip care, and the many benefits to using plant-based lip products.
These are some of my favorite lip balms, not only because they all contain seriously awesome vegan ingredients, but also because these products bring a little fun back to my beauty regimen and smell delicious!
List of Vegan Lip Balm Brands
For those of you who are impatient like me, I put together a quick list of vegan lip balm brands that I recommend. I also go into much greater detail on each product if you scroll down the page, or you can use the quick navigation table of contents that I've listed above, for your convenience.
Best Gluten-Free Vegan Lip Balm
These gluten-free and vegan chapsticks are the purrfect solution for any sensitive souls wishing to avoid wheat-derived ingredients.
This dynamic duo of PAWPERMINT™ and FELIME™ brings flavor and fun back to your beauty regimen. A simple touch of PAWPERMINT™ to your temples will help soothe nasty headaches, and just a sniff of FELIME™ will energize and lift your mood!
Made with organic sunflower oil, these cruelty-free chapsticks are high in Vitamins A, D, and E to keep your lips silky smooth.
Coconut oil combines with olive oil to soften and restore chapped lips. These feline-inspired lip balms are flavored with pure essential oils and are free of gluten, GMOs, and artificial ingredients.
Crazy Cat Lady (CCL) is committed to maintaining a friendly relationship with the environment.
As proud signers of the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, they never test on animals or source ingredients from suppliers that do so.
They are also proud members of PETAs Caring Consumer Project and approved cruelty-free!
This team uses biodegradable, unrefined, and organic earth-friendly ingredients that come from sustainable environments. And of course, as the name implies, Crazy Cat Lady is passionate about supporting animal rescues with donations and assistance.
CCL is one of my favorite brands because of its mission to reverse the stigma surrounding “crazy cat ladies” and promoting healthy and safe living circumstances for all beings!
- Gluten Free
- Leaping Bunny Certified Cruelty-Free
- Members of PETAs Caring Consumer Project
- Free of artificial ingredients & synthetic flavors
- Non-Toxic & Non-GMO
- Made in the USA
- Adorable branding and eco-friendly packaging
- Works well for people with allergies and gluten sensitivities
- Fun and refreshing flavors!
- There’s not much to dislike about this one, but some users have reported not liking the FELIME™ flavor as much as PAWPERMINT™
Best Tinted Vegan Lip Balm
Liven up your lips with Hurraw! Balm’s delicate and delicious cherry tint!
This vegan balm is packed with lip-perfecting ingredients straight from mother nature.
Sweet almond, coconut, and jojoba oils restore chapped lips by locking in moisture and reducing irritation.
Jojoba’s anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties combine with sweet almond’s mild and hypoallergenic compounds to heal and repair damage from harsh weather and wind exposure.
Coconut oil repairs tissue and damaged cells, leaving your lips looking youthful and fabulous. Cocoa seed butter lightly nourishes and softens cracked lips without leaving a waxy or heavy residue.
From the east side orchards of Montana’s Flathead Lake, ripe black cherries are hand-picked to make this smooth and satisfying cruelty-free chapstick.
The tart, yummy flavor, and deep red sheer tint are long-lasting and made with 100% natural ingredients.
In fact, Hurraw! means serious business when it comes to not only their product’s raw, organic, and vegan ingredients, but they are especially conscious of how and from where those ingredients are sourced.
The company takes pride in supporting fair trade farmers and organic suppliers in the USA and around the world. Their super smooth, non-sticky, not too glossy, and never grainy, chapstick is perfect for vegans in search for a natural lip-care solution!
- Leaping Bunny Certified
- Made in the USA
- Non GMO Certified
- Made with fairtrade, organic and raw ingredients
- Flawless organic, raw, and vegan ingredients!
- Delicate and deep cherry tint
- Smooth texture on application
- Delicious, real cherry scent
- Slim shape of tube
- May dry out sensitive lips
- Users with especially dry lips may not feel like it deeply moisturizes
- Some users have reported that the tint of this balm is weaker than advertised
Best Vegan Lip Balm for Long-Lasting Moisture
This hemp seed oil-based balm keep lips soft for hours! Forget licking your lips all day; this product is full of restorative ingredients that will regenerate and rejuvenate even the most chapped lips.
Hemp seed oil is known for its healing benefits for the mind, body, and soul. Its high content of omega 3 and omega six fatty acids make it an excellent emollient and moisturizer.
Hemp, in combination with Vitamin E, can be especially helpful for those who tend to have dry, flaky, and dehydrated lips.
Organic peppermint essential oil soothes chapped lips, while calendula stimulates the production of collagen and minimizes scarring.
Organic Rosemary extract has been used since ancient times to aid in moisturizing, supporting healthy collagen development, and fighting off skin-damaging free radicals.
Merry Hempsters vegan chapstick not only leaves your lips looking luscious and plum, but is eco-friendly and USDA certified organic.
Founded in 1994, this business strives to create environmentally sustainable tubing and packaging, while featuring the finest Canadian certified organic hemp seed oil as their primary base.
- USDA Organic
- Eco-friendly & Sustainable
- Scented with organic peppermint and rosemary essential oils
- Long lasting hydration
- Glides on super smooth
- Recommended for people with dry, chapped, peeling, and cracked lips
- Soothes lips naturally
- Good for men and women
- Some users have reported not liking the smell of this Chapstick
Best Organic Vegan Lip Balm
Organic coconut oil joins cocoa seed butter to moisturize deeply and heal lips internally and externally.
This intense moisture doesn’t just lazily sit on top of your lips, but deeply penetrates the skin’s surface to provide long-lasting and natural hydration and healing.
Organic vanilla and calendula flower extract bring about a sense of relaxation and enhance this balm’s already addicting scent and flavor.
This gentle and cruelty-free chapstick is highly recommended for those with dry and cracked lips.
Although Earth Mama’s main mission is to provide safe, herbal alternatives for pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, and babies of all ages – anyone can reap the benefits of this vegan and organic product!
Each product is made with “worry-free” ingredients that are safe for even the most sensitive skin types. The company is proud to be
USDA Certified Organic and stands behind green and toxic-free business practices to honor the greatest mother of all, the earth.
- Vegan & Cruelty-Free
- USDA Certified Organic
- Non GMO Verified
- Made without petrolatum, synthetic flavoring, or artificial colors
- No artificial preservatives
- Certified by Oregon Tilth
- Gentle and natural ingredients
- Organic coconut oil promotes long-lasting moisture
- Great coconut taste and smell
- Nice texture
- A bit oily, melts easily
- Some users have reported the coconut smell is a little too strong
Best Vegan Lip Balm with Sunscreen/SPF
Our lips have naturally thin skin, and sun damage can lead to the skin appearing even thinner.
This vegan chapstick protects lips from sun damage and soothes sunburn using SPF, aloe vera, and vitamin E. battle the elements with aloe vera’s medicinal, antioxidant, and antibacterial properties.
This moisturizing plant also improves the skin’s elasticity and increases collagen production. Shield your supple lips from the sun’s rays with this balm’s protective sunscreen.
While SPF helps prevent harm from the sun, vitamin E’s anti-aging properties fight against cell deterioration and can even repair skin tissue after the damage has already occurred.
Keep your lips looking luscious and youthful with these fun-flavored cruelty-free lip balms.
The 5-piece pack includes a flavor for every palate: Clear Mint Chocolate, Marvelous Mango, Cherry Vanilla, Bubble Gum-Drop, and Watermelon.
This assortment from Candy Kisses makes a great gift for anyone craving a fun, vegan, and cruelty-free solution to chapped lips!
- Not tested on animals
- Does not contain animal ingredients
- Made in the USA
- Contains SPF, Aloe Vera, & Vitamin E
- Protects lips from sun exposure
- Aloe vera heals chapped and sunburnt lips
- Fun flavors and scents
- Great gift idea
- Some users have reported that the flavor/scent is weaker than expected
- Depending on flavor, the textures may vary - some users report balm being too oily or waxy
- Containers can be hard to open
Should I Buy a Vegan Chapstick with Sunscreen/SPF?
With so much controversy surrounding the toxic properties of sunscreen, this could be nominated as the skin care question of the year. As we all know, the purpose of sunscreen is to protect the skin from harmful exposure from the sun.
This exposure (especially in large and frequent doses) may lead to premature aging, sun spots, cell damage, and skin cancer. So, is it important to shield that thin layer of skin encapsulating your luscious lips?
However, it’s equally important to be aware of the ingredients that are providing your lips with this important shield of protection.
Not all ingredients are created equal. Hard-to-pronounce words like oxybenzone (also known as benzophenone-3), octinoxate, avobenzone, octisalate and octylcrylene may cause chapping, flaking, and peeling. These ingredients should be avoided when purchasing the perfect vegan lip balm.
Instead, look for chapsticks with mineral sunblocks such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which are less likely to provoke allergic reactions or irritation.
Beeswax: Is it Really the Bee’s Knees When it Comes to Lip Balm?
It may seem obvious that beeswax is not vegan or cruelty-free; it is acquired by melting honeycomb with boiling water, straining it, and cooling it.
Many bees are killed or have their wings and legs torn off because of haphazard handling during this process. Sucks, right?
It’s important to note that there are some sneaky brands that market their lip balms as being cruelty-free and even vegan, that do contain beeswax.
I’m not going to go on a product marketing rant, but I do feel it’s relevant to specifically bring attention to this ingredient because it is extremely common in natural lip care products.
So, when contemplating your next lip balm purchase, take an extra moment to check the ingredient list and ensure beeswax is not on it!
Other Non-Vegan Ingredients that are Commonly Found in Lip Balm
These ingredients include tallow/stearic acid (from rendered beef fat) and carmine/cochineal (from crushed female cochineal insect). Although there are tons of non-vegan ingredients that can be found in generic chapsticks, these are among the most common.
Special Considerations for Those with Sensitive and/or Dry Lips…
If your lips tend to chap easily or if you live in a cold, dry environment, it’s best to avoid artificial fragrances, flavors, and colors.
These ingredients are known to dry out the lips and even lead to irritation.
Instead, look for lip balms that contain plant-based oils like coconut oil, sweet almond oil, and olive oil.
These oils don’t just sit on top of your lips and look pretty; they work hard to deeply penetrate skin tissues and provide long-lasting and natural moisture.