9 Nasties You Didn’t Know Were in Your Lip Balm

December 7, 2016


The hot summer weather can have you reaching for the lip balm in your purse regularly. While we condone regular lip hydration, it is important that you know exactly what is in that little stick of balm and what you are putting on your lips.


Your skin has the capacity to absorb the products you put on our skin; so for this reason alone it is wise to check the ingredient label prior to any purchase. Many big-name brand lip balms are full of unpronounceable harsh chemicals and petrochemicals that should go nowhere near your body, let alone on your lips. Here are some to look out for.




Petroleum jelly

Petroleum jelly is a very common ingredient in lipsticks and lip balms and is the main ingredient in the lubricant Vaseline. Recent studies show that petroleum jelly can sometimes be contaminated with Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon (PAHS), a toxic chemical which can do more harm than good. Petroleum jelly also tends to block the pores, keeping out moisture and aiding the dehydration issue.


Mineral oil

Like petroleum jelly, mineral oil also blocks pores and keeps the goodness out. It is best to avoid this product as much as possible.





Parabens area common preservative used in many brands of cosmetics to prevent bacteria. These can come under many different names including methylparaben, butylparaben, benzylparaben, and propylparaben. Avoid parabens as they have been linked to breast cancer.



Hydroxymethylglycinate is a preservative which is often used as a more natural replacement for parabens. It can cause skin and eye irritation and is a well-known formaldehyde releaser.



Formaldehyde is a chemical used in many everyday items and can cause extreme irritation and sensitivities. It is labelled carcinogenic and should be avoided at all costs.



Phenoxyethanol is a common preservative found in cosmetics, perfume and soaps. It can irritate the skin causing eczema leading to severe allergic reactions.

Imidazlidinyl urea/Diazolidinyl urea

Imidazlidinyl urea and Diazolidinyl urea are two preservatives often used in lip balms and other cosmetic products. They are known to be quite toxic and can cause skin issues such as dermatitis.


Other Lip Balm Nasties



Lead is a neurotoxin that has been linked to fertility issues, miscarriage and hormonal issues. Despite the desire for more natural ingredients, many brands still use lead in lip balm.



Alcohol is extremely drying in the first instance – skip the balm that contains alcohol or similar moisture sucking ingredients.


Go Natural


Necessity 100% Natural and Organic Lip Balm
Necessity’s lip balms contain none of the harmful chemicals listed above. When we say natural – we mean natural, opting for organic plant based ingredients such as shea butter, rosehip oil and jojoba oil. Our lip balms are available in lemon, mandarin and orange flavours. Not only do they taste good, but they also deal with such issues as skin damage and dehydration. Always wash the area before use as chemical and petroleum-based products can block the pores and inhibit the balm from working.

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