When you follow the gluten-free diet, you need to use gluten-free lip balm. But this can prove challenging since many of the most common lip balm brands—including Chapstick, Nivea, and Baby Lips—are not gluten-free. Others, including Burt’s Bees, don’t use gluten ingredients but could be subject to gluten cross-contamination in processing.
Fortunately, there are numerous small brands that specifically state they are gluten-free or have many gluten-free varieties, including natural and organic brands. Gluten-free lip balm brands include:
- Beauty by Earth
- Dr. Bronner’s
- Earth’s Daughter
- Eco Lips
- Kiss My Face
- La Lune Naturals
- Pangea Organics
- Sky Organics
- Sun Bum
A few of these gluten-free options (notably Blistex and eos) are widely available in stores, while the rest can be ordered online.
If you happen to follow a gluten-free vegan diet, you’ll need to steer clear of products that include beeswax (an animal product). In that case, look for products from Eco Lips, Hurraw!, and Sun Bum. All use the gluten-free plant protein candelilla wax instead of beeswax.
In addition, you need to protect your lips from the sun along with your skin, since your lips are at risk for burns and even skin cancer. Gluten-free lip balm brands that make SPF-rated lip balm for sun protection include Eco Lips, eos, Kiss My Face, and Sun Bum.
Gluten-Free Lip Balm Brands
Here’s the definitive guide to lip balm products, plus what their manufacturers say about their gluten-free status:
Aquaphor. No gluten ingredients. Aquaphor markets two different lip care products: Lip Repair and Lip Protectant + Sunscreen. Both come in small tubes. Neither has gluten ingredients. However, the company says that it does use gluten-based ingredients, which it will call out on its label. They can include Triticum vulgare (wheat bran), secale cereale (rye seed extract), hordeum vulgare (barley), and avena sativa (oat bran). “Although our other products may not contain the above ingredients, it is possible that there may be traces of gluten since ingredients and products are not manufactured in gluten-free facilities,” the company states.
Baby Lips (Maybelline). May contain gluten. Maybelline makes both moisturizing and medicated lip balm under its Baby Lips brand. However, as a company, Maybelline does not provide consumers with usable information on the possibility of gluten in its products. Therefore, you should steer clear of Baby Lips products, since the ingredients may contain gluten and the company is not forthright about its products.
Banana Boat. No wheat ingredients. Banana Boat, best known for its sunscreen, also makes a sunscreen lip balm with an SPF 45 rating. It contains aloe vera and vitamin E. However, the company, a division of Edgewell Personal Care, says its lip balm (and the rest of its products) are not guaranteed to be gluten-free: “Although we do not use wheat protein or wheat-derived oils in our product formulations, we cannot certify that our facilities are gluten-free. In addition, the plant origin of some ingredients may vary, making gluten-free certification difficult.” The company does not say whether or not barley or rye are included in any of their formulations.
Beauty by Earth. Gluten-free. Beauty by Earth makes organic, soy-free, corn-free, and petroleum-free lip balms in several varieties, including Peppermint, Honey Vanilla Bean, Superfruit, and unflavored. The company also makes lip scrubs in berry, mint, and vanilla. Ingredients include beeswax, sunflower oil, coconut oil, and shea butter, plus essential oils. All flavors are gluten-free. You can purchase Beauty by Earth products on Amazon and online at the company’s website.
BeeNakedBalm. Gluten-free. BeeNakedBalm offers organic, gluten-free, and GMO-free lip balms in three mint flavors: Naked Mint, Mojito Mint, and Blue Mountain Mint. The company uses aromatherapy-grade essential oils for flavoring. Additional ingredients include sunflower oil, beeswax, and coconut oil. You can find BeeNakedBalm on Amazon.
Blistex. Many gluten-free varieties. Blistex makes lip products that range from herbal to medicated, and which come in both sticks and in small tubes. Many Blistex products are gluten-free, according to the company. Gluten-free options include Blistex Lip Ointment; Blistex Medicated Lip Balm in Plain, Mint, and Berry flavors; Fruit Smoothes in Melon Medley, Orange Cream, Triple Tropical, Peaches & Cream, Berry Explosion, and Strawberry and Banana flavors; Complete Moisture; Deep Renewal, DCT; Five Star Lip Protectant; Herbal Answer Lip Balm; Lip Medex; Lip Serum; Lip Vibrance; Moisture melt; Nurture & Mourish; Blistex Blast in Orange Mango and Raspberry Lemonade flavors; Silk & Shine; Simple and Sensitive; Triple Essentials; Ultra-Rich Hydration; Soft & Lush; Blissful Butters; Bliss Flip Soft & Silk; and Bliss Flip Ultra Moisturizing.
Dr. Bronner’s. Gluten-free. Dr. Bronner’s, best known for its environmentally-conscious soap products, also makes body care products, including lip balms. Dr. Bronner’s organic lip balms are available in four flavors: Naked (plain), Lemon Lime, Orange Ginger, and Peppermint. All are made with organic ingredients, including avocado oil, beeswax, Jojoba seed oil, and hemp seed oil. None contain gluten, soy, corn, nuts, or any other common allergens, according to the company. The lip balms are available to purchase at the company’s website or on Amazon. Some natural foods stores also carry them.
Burt’s Bees. No gluten ingredients. The company, owned by The Clorox Company, makes a wide variety of flavored lip balms, including Beeswax (Burt’s Bees original lip balm, flavored with peppermint), Chai Tea, Cucumber Mint, Cucumber Mint and Beeswax, Mango, Vanilla Bean, Pomegranate, Wild Cherry, Strawberry, Coconut & Pear, and Pink Grapefruit. It also makes SPF 15 lip balm, medicated lip balm, and ultra-conditioning lip balm. None have any obvious gluten ingredients. Burt’s Bees does make multiple products that contain wheat. According to Burt’s Bees: “Our products may have been manufactured on a shared line with products containing gluten, or raw materials used in our products may have been processed in a facility that also processes products containing gluten.” Therefore, you should exercise extreme caution in using a Burt’s Bees lip balm product, even if the product itself doesn’t contain gluten ingredients.
Chapstick. May contain gluten. Chapstick, owned by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, a subsidiary of drug manufacturer Pfizer, Inc., is the best-known brand of lip balm. In fact, some people use the word “chapstick” interchangeably for “lip balm.” Chapstick makes lip balm products in numerous different product lines, including Classic, Moisturizer, Tinted, Lip Scrub, and 100% Natural. Flavors range from plain to Green Tea Mint and Merlot. Most products contain petroleum products. Chapstick does not state whether or not its products contain wheat. The company does say that none of its products contain oats, rye, or barley. Therefore, you can’t count on Chapstick to be safe on the gluten-free diet.
Earth’s Daughter. Gluten-free. Earth’s Daughter offers six flavors of certified organic lip balms, including Vanilla Bean, Creamy Coconut, Eucalyptus Mint, Bing Cherry, Citrus Blast, and Strawberry Breeze. All are made with sunflower oil, beeswax, and coconut oil, plus natural flavoring agents and organic essential oils. In addition to being gluten-free, they are free of soy and petroleum ingredients and are cruelty-free. Purchase Earth’s Daughter products online at the company’s website or on Amazon.
Eco Lips. Gluten-free. Eco Lips products are available in a variety of flavors and formulations, including SPF 15 and 30 formulas, medicinal lip balm, hemp lip balm, gold lip balm (made with organic baobab oil), tinted lip balm, and vegan lip balm (made with plant-based candelilla wax instead of beeswax). Most formulations (with the exception of the vegan lip balm) contain beeswax, coconut and sunflower oil, and cacao seed butter. The company uses multiple nut-based oils and butters in its facility, so this brand is not the best choice for those allergic to tree nuts. All are organic and GMO-free in addition to being gluten-free.
eos. Gluten-free. eos, which stands for “evolution of smooth,” makes nine different lines of eos lip balms, most of which come in eos’ small, round containers (a few are available in stick form). The many available flavors range from Pomegranate Raspberry to Aloe with SPF 30. The products are based on beeswax and sunflower seed oil, but may contain soy ingredients. Some products are certified organic. eos products are available at big box retail stores such as Target, Walmart, and Ulta and at chain drug stores. You also can find them online.
Hurraw!. Gluten-free. If you want a vegan lip balm that’s also organic and gluten-free, Hurraw! lip balms could represent your best bet, with nearly two dozen flavors ranging from Coffee Bean and Chai Spice to Earl Grey, Lemon, and Almond. Ingredients are organic, vegan, and raw, and include safflower seed oil, sweet almond oil, candelilla wax (a vegetable-based replacement for the non-vegan ingredient beeswax), and castor seed oil. You can find Hurraw! products at high-end grocery stores such as Wegman’s, at vegan specialty stores, at certain health food stores, and online at Amazon and at the company’s website.
Kiss My Face. Gluten-free. Kiss My Face makes seven lip balm products: Strawberry, Sliced Peach, Passion Fruit, Ginger Mango, Cranberry Orange, Coconut Pineapple, and Sport SPF 30. All are gluten-free, cruelty-free, and free of artificial flavors. The lip balms contain castor seed oil, sunflower oil, and beeswax, in addition to natural flavors. You can purchase Kiss My Face products online at Amazon or at some grocery stores nationwide.
La Lune Naturals. Gluten-free. This small company makes certified organic and gluten-free lip balm in four flavors: Vanilla Bean, Peppermint, Raspberry, and Asian Pear. La Lune Naturals products are based on sunflower oil, beeswax, and coconut oil, and are also non-GMO. You can buy La Lune Naturals lip balms online at the company’s website, or on Amazon.
Nivea. May contain gluten. Nivea makes 12 different lip care products, including mint, vanilla, and fruit-flavored sticks, medicated sticks, moisturizer, and shimmer lip balm. Nivea is owned by the same parent company as Aquaphor and states that it will call out any gluten-based ingredients by their scientific names (triticum vulgare, secale cereale, hordeum vulgare, and avena sativa) in ingredients lists. Some Nivea products contain colloidal oatmeal and all are manufactured in the same facilities, according to the company.
Pangea Organics. Gluten-free. Pangea Organics makes both lip tint and lip balm products. The company’s lip balm comes in four exotic-sounding flavors: Lip Egyptian Fennel, Grapefruit & Sweet Orange, Italian Red Mandarin & Rose, and Pyrenees Lavender & Cardamom. All are gluten-free, and contain sunflower seed oil, beeswax, shea butter, and soy lecithin. Purchase Pangea Organics products online at the company’s website or on Amazon, or at select natural foods outlets.
Sky Organics. Gluten-free. Sky Organics makes lip balms and tinted lip balms in 10 different varieties, including Tahitian Vanilla, Tropical Coconut, Cherry Bomb, Strawberry Bliss, Eucalyptus Mint, Tangy Citrus, Shimmer, Champagne, Plum, and Raisin. All are considered gluten-free and certified organic, according to the company. Ingredients include sunflower oil, beeswax, and coconut oil. The lip balms also are GMO-free and do not contain petroleum-based ingredients. You can purchase them online at Sky Organics’ website or on Amazon.
Sun Bum. Gluten-free. This company markets sun protection products, including lip balm. Sun Bum makes both plain and tinted lip balms, most (but not all) of which are rated SPF 15 or 30. Flavors include Ocean Mint, Pina Colada, Groove Berry, Nude Beach, Sand Bar, Pinkini, Sunset Cove, Bonfire, Banana, Coconut, Watermelon, Pineapple, Mango, Pomegranate, Key Lime, plus plain. All are gluten-free and vegan, according to the company.
Vaseline. May contain gluten. Vaseline makes plain petroleum jelly (which many people use as lip balm), plus lip therapy products in small tins, small rectangular plastic containers, and in squeeze tubes. However, the company does not consider any of its products to be gluten-free: “We do not specifically test our products for the presence of gluten. Gluten may be present in products that contain derivatives of wheat, oat, rye, and barley. In labeling our products, we follow the guidelines established by the International Nomenclature for Cosmetics Ingredients (INCI) process. Therefore, if we use an ingredient derived from a grain such as wheat, oat, rye and/or barley, those names will appear on the label.” As with other cosmetics products, gluten grain-based ingredients will appear under their scientific names, which include: triticum (wheat), secale (rye), hordeum (barley), and avena (oat).
A Word From Tips For Healthy Living
Even if you don’t wear makeup (and don’t need to shop for gluten-free makeup), you likely have a need for gluten-free lip balm. In fact, it’s a miserable feeling to have very dry lips and no lip balm available. Of course, this is more common in the winter months, when heating sucks the moisture out of everything (including your lips), but it’s possible year-round.
Some of the above lip balm brands that are gluten-free (and all those that are both gluten-free and vegan) are difficult to find in more mainstream stores. The best strategy might be finding a brand you like and buying in bulk, and then carrying multiple sticks or tubes so you always have one available when your lips need it.