Best Clean & Natural SPF Lip Balms
I debated whether to write another list-icle on sunscreen lip balms, because quite honestly, there is a dearth of good sunscreen lip balms that are clean and organic. The vast majority of them, even from clean beauty brands, use the most common UV filters like homosalate and avobenzone – which I’m ok with using from time to time but definitely not on my lips because I’ll end up ingesting it while sipping my pina colada. Even among the truly clean lip balm sunscreens, it’s rare you’ll find an SPF 30 (97% UV protection) one with most offering SPF 15 (93% UV protection). And ironically, some of the worst brands like Sun Bum actually have a clean mineral lip SPF product. I have selected just a small handful of SPF lip balms made of clean ingredients and provide some real sun protection.
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This an all-natural mineral lip balm that actually provides SPF 30 with zinc oxide. It lightens the lips slightly because of the mineral filter.
Ingredients: Zinc Oxide (Non-Nano) 8% Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Cera Flava (Beeswax)*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax*, Tocopheryl Acetate, Argania Spinosa Kernel (Argan) Oil*, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax*, Tocopherol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil*, Bisabolol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Glyceryl Undecylenate. *Organic Ingredient
Unless they’ve changed the original formula, this organic sunscreen lip balm can be a bit gritty in texture, but gets the job done. Raw Elements lip sunscreen provides the most protection out of any with 23% non-nano zinc oxide. It will give a white cast to the lips but this brand was made for outdoor enthusiasts who care about sun protection and not aesthetics. I personally prefer Raw Elements’ tinted cool-toned pink version called Pink Shimmer (don’t worry, there’s no shimmer).
Ingredients: Active Ingredient- Non Nano Zinc Oxide (23%). Inactive Ingredients- Sunflower Oil*, Green Tea*, Black Tea*, Coffee Bean*, Hemp Seed Oil*, Cocoa Butter*, Mango Butter**, Beeswax*, Rosemary Oil Extract**, Vitamin E**
Cocokind’s lip sunscreen is more of a makeup product as it has a deep coral shade and feels like a highly moisturizing lip gloss.
Ingredients: zinc oxide 5.6%, homosalate 8%, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, polyhydroxystearic acid, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax, butyrospermum parkii (shea) nut extract, squalane, jojoba esters, rhus verniciflua peel wax, caprylic/capric triglyceride, polyglyceryl-3 polyricinoleate, isostearic acid, lecithin, ascorbyl palmitate, glycerin, averrhoa carambola fruit extract, tocopherol, octyldodecanol, sorbitan oleate, alumina, magnesium oxide, flavor.
Coola Tinted Mineral Liplux SPF 30 (Nude Beach & Skinny Dip ONLY)
Coola offers a mineral SPF 30 tinted lip balm in several shades, but only the Nude Beach and Skinny Dip shades are truly clean. All use titanium dioxide and zinc oxide for UV protection, but the other shades include artificial colorants. Of course, this is what many “clean makeup” brands do anyways like ILIA, Kosas, etc.
Nude Beach Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide – 3.6%, Zinc Oxide – 3.0% Acacia Decurrens Flower Wax, Butyrospermum Parkii (ORGANIC Shea Butter), C18-38 Alkyl Hydroxystearoyl Stearate, Cocos Nucifera (ORGANIC Coconut) Oil, Copernicia Cerifera (ORGANIC Carnauba) Wax, Flavor, Helianthus Annuus (ORGANIC Sunflower) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Iron Oxides, Jojoba Esters, Mica, Octyldodecyl Oleate, Octyldodecyl PCA, Olea Europaea (ORGANIC Olive) Fruit Oil, Persea Gratissima (ORGANIC Avocado) Oil, Polyglycerin-3, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Rosmarinus Officinalis (ORGANIC Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Schinziophyton Rautanenii Kernel Oil (ORGANIC)*, Silica, Stevia Rebaudiana Extract, Theobroma Cacao (ORGANIC Cocoa) Seed Butter, Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Butter (ORGANIC)
This high-tech photoaging brand and product are on my radar as they’re founded by a scientist who was originally formulating sunscreen 1000 for astronauts. Lip Defense is a tinted lip oil that moisturizes, defends against UV damage, and prevents lip thinning and filler migration. It’s powered by DiamondCore® Shield Technology zinc oxide, which provides unparalleled UVA/UVB/HEVL protection that’s more 5x more effective than traditional UV filters, and contains no synthetic dyes, lakes, or titanium dioxide.