Up to the plate is Beautycounter’s balm – their’s is called Lip Conditioner and comes in a peppermint and Calendula formula.
I’m testing the peppermint here because it’s what I have.
The ingredients are obviously going to be on the natural side: no mineral oils here. These are the ingredients:
Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Cera Alba/Beeswax/Cire d’abeille, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Olus/Vegetable Oil/Huile végétale, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Candelilla Cera/Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax/Cire de candelilla, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Lanolin, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil
The lip conditioner is solid, but melts easily on the lips when you apply it. I like that it’s easy to apply, but the finish is slightly oily instead of greasy. What this means is that it doesn’t coat the lips as well as a traditional balm and so it doesn’t seem to hydrate or make them feel conditioned. I also found the mint in this a little strong for my liking – I’d prefer the other flavour.
But if you want to give something natural a try, this is a good option. It is moisturizing but less so than a traditional balm. It also doesn’t have beeswax in it, so if you are not into using a wax-based lip balm, you could give this a try.
Available online for $22.