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Text: Livvie B
Chapped lips can be caused by multiple factors, including dehydration, weather conditions, and some medications.
In Singapore, we’re often either outside in the sunshine — when harmful UV rays can damage our lips — or indoors with the aircon blasting, which reduces humidity and can lead to chapped lips and dry skin. To prevent this, and to ensure you have a healthy pout year-round, dermatologists recommend applying a non-irritating lip balm to give you smooth, hydrated lips throughout the day.
Kathy Guillermo, a Senior Vice President at PETA, was quoted in a 2019 New York Times article saying, “the future of the beauty industry is vegan and not animal-tested. Not every company has realised this yet, but a lot of them have, and those are the ones that are going to get ahead and stay in business. We’re in discussions with enough of them to know that this is, without question, the trend.”
As consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the usage of animal-derived ingredients and organic products, and studies predict that the vegan cosmetics market is anticipated to grow by 6.5% from 2020-2025.
However, when we started hunting for decent vegan beauty brands here in Singapore, we were surprised by how few there are on the market. While many of the better known brands (think Burt’s Bees and Carmex) are cruelty-free and do not test on animals, they often contain beeswax and lanolin, meaning they are unsuitable for vegans.
The good news is, we’ve done some ground work for you. Here are ishonest’s top picks for vegan lip balms for everyone.
Best for: Stylish soothers | Herbivore Botanicals Coco Rose Lip Conditioner | SGD 30.09
We are huge fans of Herbivore Botanicals, who place an emphasis on ensuring that every ingredient in each of their products is there for a specific reason, resulting in highly concentrated formulas. This means that a tiny amount of product goes a very long way, and just a single swipe of this lightly scented lip conditioner had our pout silky smooth in no time. Unlike some other lip balms, this product is very lightweight and has a barely-there feel whilst adding a subtle shine, bringing out your natural beauty.
Oh, we also love the super sleek packaging of Herbivore Botanicals products.
Best for: Simple soothers | Your Sustainable Store Lip Tint | SGD 24.90
The first of our local picks, this vegan Lip Tint from Your Sustainable Store comes in five different shades. Unlike other tinted balms, the pigment is strong enough to give you enough colour to negate the need for lipstick, and lasts for around half a day, even if you’re eating and drinking. This lip balm tint is packaged in a plastic-free tube, meaning you don’t need to worry about getting your fingers greasy when you apply it.
Best for: Sun seeking soothers | Aesop Protective Lip Balm SPF30 | SGD 25
You rarely go wrong with Aesop products, and this vegan hydrating lip balm is no exception. UVA and UVB filters will help to protect your lips against the Singapore sunshine — NB, our lips are not safe from skin cancer! — whilst botanical oils will hydrate and nourish. The balm has a light, fresh scent, which keeps us reapplying throughout the day.
Best for: Soothers supporting local | Mira Singapore Lip Balm | SGD 8
This is the cheapest vegan lip balm product on our list, but the price by no means reflects the quality. Another local Singaporean brand, MIRA Singapore specialises in creating natural, plant-based skincare products, and their Vegan Peppermint Lip Balm is created using coconut oil, sweet almond oil, organic shea butter, Candelilla wax, Vitamin E and peppermint oil. The minty fragrance makes this balm feel super fresh and it’s also very easy to warm up the product and apply to lips. A little goes a long way, and one pot lasts at least a month, even for the most obsessive balm-applier.
If your dry, chapped lips do not heal within 2–3 weeks, it’s recommended that you visit a certified dermatologist.
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