As the air becomes cold and bitter it leaves our skin and lips dry and cracked. It’s important to protect our lips with the same care just as we protect ourselves from cold with coats and scarves. Many of us fall into the routine of reaching into our pockets and continually applying lip balm all day, but what you don’t know is that companies add ingredients to your favorite brand of chapstick that may be keeping your lips chapped. 

Big brands use components such as camphor, menthol, and other flavorings that actually cause consumers to reapply lip balm more often. Stay away from these ingredients when buying your next chapstick: all kinds of peppermint or menthol flavorings, camphor, salicylic acid, and phenol. These ingredients are proven to cause dryness, peeling, irritation, and inflammation over time, meanwhile all can be found on the back of many Chapstick, Carmex, and EOS lip balms. 

We should confidently put our trust in artisanal brands for chapstick. These companies put good quality, organic, and few ingredients in their products when compared to the bigger name brands. Some of the most common ingredients in natural chapsticks are beeswax, coconut oil, and shea butter which keep your skin and lips moisturized and crack-free. These organic chapsticks do the job they were designed to do, and are definitely worth spending money on! Many people make their own skincare products and sell them via Etsy – supporting a small business is always a plus! 

5 of the Best Rated Organic Chapsticks: 

Dr. Bronner’s Naked Organic Lip Balm 

Made with organic beeswax, jojoba and avocado oil, and hemp oil. No synthetic ingredients in sight! 

Juice Beauty 

Has SPF 15 to protect from the sun, organic sunflower and coconut oils, and mineral zinc oxide which protects and repairs dryness. 

Henné Organics 

Made with jojoba and avocado oil, shea and cocoa butter, organic beeswax, and vitamin E. 

Cocokind One-For-All Balm

Made with Nordic birch sap, ashwagandha, Rhodiola Rosea root extract, which all protect moisture, luminosity and help soothe irritated, cracked skin with antioxidant protection.

Kaike 

Made with organic coconut and castor oils

Etsy has an abundance of self-made, hard-working entrepreneurs who make organic skincare products. Skincare and body care are very important, especially in preparation for the colder days that come with the changing seasons. It is important to have products that will maintain moisture instead of dehydrating our already dry lips, and organic chapstick is 100% the way to achieve that.

As spoken about in the interview with Tayla Bruglar, natural products have been very favorable in the eyes of mothers. She and her mom made all-natural chapsticks by melting beeswax, coconut oil, and shea butter and pouring the mixture into tubes. She says how in the long run, it’s cheaper to buy the ingredients for organic chapstick than to continue buying the $3 chapsticks we see in the check-out lines. It is especially favorable to consumers because the product is truly moisturizing and healing!

So, the next time you go to pick up some chapstick, pay some attention to the ingredients on the packaging. It will save you time, money, and your lips will thank you!