Petroleum jelly was once the standard ingredient used in lip balms to moisturize lips. But studies have shown that this petrochemical acts as a seal or barrier rather than a treatment. What’s more, the jelly is derived from nonrenewable petroleum and can be exposed to harmful chemicals during the production process. To the rescue:
John Masters Organics Lip Calm is made with 10 certified-organic plant-based ingredients ($6, johnmasters.com).
Dr. Bronner’s Lemon Lime Organic Lip Balm contains jojoba, avocado, and hemp oils for extra moisture ($3, drbronner.com).
J.R. Watkins Peppermint Ultra-Moisturizing Lip Balm contains a mixture of sunflower and coconut oils to keep lips healthy ($3, jrwatkins.com).
Babyganics Lip & Face Balm is fragrance-free and safe for dry lips and skin ($4, buybuybaby.com).
Earth Mama Angel Baby Coconut Smoothie Lip Balm features coconut oil and cocoa butter for hydration plus a natural tropical scent ($3, earthmamaangelbaby.com).