Lip sync

Green Lifestyle

Speak your ethical words through truly ethical lips with these great lip balms.


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So many companies give lip service to the issue of palm oil that it’s difficult to see the greenwash for the trees.

We've made it easier for you to choose with some of our favourites (clockwise from bottom left).

Palm oil free:

VEGAN palm oil free lip balm – 100 per cent of proceeds go back into helping animals, women and children globally. $9 (15 ml), www.withcompassion.com.au

Gentle Earth Farmers Balm – yes, we know it’s not designed for lips, but it works really well to treat and prevent those red, chapped lips that we’re all prone to after being out in the wind and rain. $5 (15 ml), www.gentleearthsoap.blogspot.com.au

Mokosh moisturising lip balm – virgin coconut oil is a great, light treat for your skin, and apricot kernel oils are nourishing. $17.95 (10 ml), www.mokosh.com.au

Scent Sational Handmade Soaps natural honey lip balm – made with pure stringybark honey and a little pure bees wax, this balm leaves your lips smooth and glossy without residue. $2 (6 ml), www.sshms.com.au

Sally’s Soap Shoppe spearmint lip balm – a lip balm full of integrity, with ingredients of beeswax, cocoa butter, macadamia oil, almond oil and essential oil. $5 (15 ml), www.sallyssoapshoppe.com.au

Olieve & Olie – deliciously made with extra virgin olive oil and pure vanilla oil. $11 (15 ml), www.olieveandolie.com.au

G.R.E.E.N. Hemp Australia lip balm – hemp seed oil is an amazing healer as well as moisturiser and helps many skin conditions, including eczema, dry skin, burns and rashes. $9 each (15 ml), www.greenhemp.com

Certified sustainable palm oil:

Lhami Vanilla Lipbalm – 100 per cent certified organic oils and beeswax make for a beautifully smooth emollient balm, $6.95 (7 g), www.lhami.com.au

To become an instant expert on palm oil – identifying where it's lurking in your lifestyle, and learning how to find more sustainable choices – check out our recent feature, The Truth About Palm Oil.