Clean Swap: Lip Balm

This #dicciacleanswap is a little different because if I said I had only one lip balm, I’d be lying. I didn’t have only one lip balm, I had many. There was one on my bedside table, a couple at the bottom of some purses, one in my makeup bag, one in my travel bag… You get the idea.

Without going into to much detail, I’ll be sharing the ratings for some of my favorite conventional lip balms, the ingredients to watch out for in your own lip balms and the ones I swapped them out for.

Conventional Lip Balms

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Lip Balm
EWG: 5
Think Dirty: 5

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Maybelline Baby Lips
EWG: 7
Think Dirty: 8

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Smith’s Rosebud Salve
EWG: 3
Think Dirty: 5

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Dior Addict Lip Glow
Think Dirty: 8

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Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1
Think Dirty: 7

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Dior Crème de Rose Lip Balm
Think Dirty: 8





Ingredients to watch out for:

These ingredients are found in the lip balms above and are present in many conventional lip balms:

  • PETROLATUM: Comes from crude oil- non renewable resources, low possible carcinogen
  • SALICYLIC ACID: Skin irritation, Allergen
  • CAMPHOR: Poisonous in large doses. Restricted use in cosmetics.
  • FRAGRANCE: ingredients considered fragrance don’t need to be disclosed. Possible carcinogen, possible endocrine disruptor, known allergen
  • OCTINOXATE 7.5%: Known and studied endocrine disruptor, affecting estrogenic and thyroid activity, possible carcinogen, possible allergen. It’s bioaccumulative.
  • POLYETHYLENE: Non biodegradable, allergenic for some individuals, carcinogenic in lab studies.
  • BUTYLPARABEN: mimics estrogen in the body and is a potential hormone/ endocrine disruptor
  • ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE: Strong evidence endocrine disruptor, bioaccumulative, possible allergen


Non-Toxic Lip Balms

The Ones I Own & Love:


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Suvana Organic Paw Paw Balm EWG: N/A Think Dirty: N/A

  • I always have this one in my bag and use it on my lips or for my cuticles whenever they’re dry.
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Botanical Jelly
EWG: 1
Think Dirty: 0

  • This is on my bedside table and is a great replacement for Vaseline and can be used for anything you’d use petroleum jelly.


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Agave Lip Mask
Think Dirty: 3

  • This heavy duty lip mask has a lovely shimmer and I use it when I want some color and need moisturizing.
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Botanics Super Balm EWG: N/A Think Dirty: N/A

  • This balm is very moisturizing and I keep it at home for when my lips are very dry. It feels like a lip oil, more than a balm.


The Ones I’ll be Trying Soon:

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Tata Harper
Lip & Cheek Tint
EWG: 2
Think Dirty: N/A

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Beauty Counter Lip Conditioner in Calendula EWG: Verified Think Dirty: 2

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Kari Gran Lip Whip EWG: 1 Think Dirty: N/A

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Olio e Osso
Tinted Balms
Think Dirty: N/A








—All info on ingredients and the possible health repercussions are from the Think Dirty App and EWG Skin Deep Database, diccia’s two favorite references when making smarter beauty decisions—

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