13 Gluten-Free Lip Balm Brands

If you follow a gluten-free diet because you have celiac disease or severe gluten sensitivity, you may also need to use gluten-free products to avoid symptoms.

It's not always easy to avoid cosmetics that contain gluten, such as lip balm. Many common brands of lip balm are not gluten-free. Even if you can find products that do not use gluten ingredients in their formulas, some might experience gluten cross-contamination in processing that could put you at risk for a reaction.

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Gluten-Containing Ingredients to Avoid

If you need to avoid gluten, you should always carefully read a product's ingredient list carefully. Do not use a product that contains any of the following:

  • Avena sativa (oat bran)
  • Colloidal oatmeal
  • Hordeum vulgare (barley)
  • Oats (unless labeled “gluten-free”) 
  • Secale cereale (rye seed)
  • Tocopherols
  • Tocotrienols
  • Triticum vulgare (wheat bran)
  • Triticum vulgare (wheat bran)
  • Vitamin E (could be derived from wheat)

There are several large and small brands that specifically state that there products are gluten-free or come in gluten-free versions (including some natural and organic brands).

Some popular gluten-free lip balm brands include:

  • Beauty by Earth
  • BeeNakedBalm
  • Blistex
  • Dr. Bronner's
  • Earth's Daughter
  • Eco Lips
  • eos
  • Hurraw!
  • Kiss My Face
  • La Lune Naturals
  • Pangea Organics
  • Sky Organics
  • Sun Bum

Many gluten-free lip balms (notably Blistex and eos) are widely available in stores and the rest can be ordered online.

If you follow a gluten-free and vegan diet, you'll also want to steer clear of products that include beeswax (an animal product). Look for products from brands such as Eco Lips, Hurraw!, and Sun Bum, which are made with a gluten-free plant protein called candelilla wax instead of beeswax.

It's also important to protect your lips from the sun along with your skin. Your lips are also at risk for sunburns—and even skin cancer. Brands of gluten-free lip balms that also make an SPF-rated lip balm for sun protection include:

  • Eco Lips
  • eos
  • Kiss My Face
  • Sun Bum

The Gluten-Free Status of Top Lip Balm Brands

Here's the definitive guide to lip balm products, including what the manufacturers say about each product's gluten-free status.

Aquaphor

No gluten ingredients

Aquaphor markets two lip care products: Lip Repair and Lip Protectant + Sunscreen. Both come in small tubes.

Neither product contains gluten ingredients. However, the company states that it does use gluten-based ingredients in other products (which it will call out on the label). These ingredients include:

  • Avena sativa (oat bran)
  • Hordeum vulgare (barley)
  • Secale cereale (rye seed extract)
  • Triticum vulgare (wheat 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."

— Aquaphor allergen statement

Baby Lips (by Maybelline)

May contain gluten

Maybelline makes moisturizing and medicated lip balms under its Baby Lips brand. However, as a company, Maybelline does not provide consumers with usable information about the possibility of gluten in its products.

Since the company is not clear on the gluten status of its products, it's possible that they could contain or have been exposed to gluten. If you need to be gluten-free, it's best to stay clear of Maybelline's Baby Lips products.

Banana Boat

No wheat ingredients

While it's best known for its sunscreen, Banana Boat also makes a lip balm with an SPF 45 rating. The product contains aloe vera and vitamin E.

Banana Boat (a division of Edgewell Personal Care) states that its line of products, including lip balms, are not guaranteed to be gluten-free. The company also does not state whether barley or rye are included in any of its product formulations.

"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."

— Banana Boat

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 several mint flavors: Naked Mint, Mojito Mint, and Blue Mountain Mint.

The company uses aromatherapy-grade essential oils for flavoring. The balms also contain other ingredients, such as sunflower oil, beeswax, and coconut oil.

You can find BeeNakedBalm on Amazon.

Blistex

Many gluten-free varieties

Blistex makes lip products ranging from herbal to medicated. The products come in sticks and small tubes. According to the company, many Blistex products are gluten-free, including:

  • 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 & Nourish
  • 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
  • Bliss Flip Ultra Moisturizing.

Dr. Bronner's

Gluten-free

Dr. Bronner's is best known for its environmentally-conscious castile soap products, but also makes body care products, including lip balms. Dr. Bronner's organic lip balms are available in several flavors including Naked (plain), Lemon Lime, Orange Ginger, and Peppermint.

According to the company, none of its lip balms contain gluten, soy, corn, nuts, or any other common allergens. All of Dr. Bronner's lip balms are made with organic ingredients, including avocado oil, beeswax, jojoba seed oil, and hemp seed oil.

You can purchase the lip balms from the company's website, on Amazon, and at some natural foods stores.

Burt's Bees

No gluten ingredients

Burt's Bees, which is owned by The Clorox Company, makes a wide variety of flavored lip balms, including Beeswax (Burt's Bees original lip balm, flavored with peppermint), Cucumber Mint, Mango, Vanilla Bean, Pomegranate, Wild Cherry, Strawberry, Coconut & Pear, and Pink Grapefruit.

The company also makes an SPF 15 lip balm, medicated lip balm, and ultra-conditioning lip balm.

While none of the products contain obvious gluten ingredients, Burt's Bees does make multiple products that contain wheat. If you need to remain gluten-free, use caution if you plan to use a Burt's Bees lip balm—even if the product does not have gluten ingredients.

"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."

Burt's Bees FAQ

Chapstick

May contain gluten

Chapstick, which is owned by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare (a subsidiary of drug manufacturer Pfizer, Inc.) is perhaps the best-known brand of lip balm. Chapstick offers many product lines, including Classic, Moisturizer, Tinted, Lip Scrub, and 100% Natural. The flavors range from plain to Green Tea Mint and Merlot.

Most of the brand's lip balms contain petroleum products, but Chapstick does not state whether its products contain wheat. However, the company does state that none of its products contain oats, rye, or barley. That said, if you are strictly gluten-free, it's best to avoid Chapstick products.

Earth's Daughter

Gluten-free

Earth's Daughter offers six flavors of certified organic lip balms: Vanilla Bean, Creamy Coconut, Eucalyptus Mint, Bing Cherry, Citrus Blast, and Strawberry Breeze. The balms are made with sunflower oil, beeswax, and coconut oil, as well as natural flavoring agents and organic essential oils.

In addition to being gluten-free, Earth's Daughter's products are free of soy and petroleum ingredients and are cruelty-free.

You can 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 of the product formulations (with the exception of the vegan lip balm) contain beeswax, coconut and sunflower oil, and cacao seed butter. In addition to being gluten-free, all the products are organic and GMO-free.

While the products are gluten-free, they are not completely free from allergens. If you have a nut allergy, be aware that the company uses multiple nut-based oils and butters in its facility.

eos

Gluten-free

eos (which stands for "evolution of smooth") makes different lines of eos lip balms, most of which come in the brand's iconic small, round containers (though you can get a few in stick form). Flavor choices 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 of eos' products are certified organic. You can get eos lip balms at big box retail stores such as Target, Walmart, and Ulta, as well as at most chain drug stores, grocery stores, and online.

Hurraw!

Gluten-free

If you want a vegan lip balm that's also organic and gluten-free, Hurraw! lip balms could be your best bet. With nearly two dozen flavors, ranging from Coffee Bean and Chai Spice to Earl Grey, Lemon, and Almond, the balms are made with organic, vegan, and raw ingredients.

Hurarw!'s balms are made with safflower seed oil, sweet almond oil, candelilla wax (a vegetable-based replacement for non-vegan beeswax), and castor seed oil.

You can find Hurraw! products at high-end grocery stores such as Wegman's, at vegan specialty stores, and at certain health food stores. They're also available to buy online at Amazon or directly from 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 many grocery stores nationwide.

La Lune Naturals

Gluten-free

La Lune Naturals is a small company that makes certified organic and gluten-free lip balms in four fun flavors: Vanilla Bean, Peppermint, Raspberry, and Asian Pear.

These lip balm products are formulated with sunflower oil, beeswax, and coconut oil—all of which are 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.

The company states that it will call out any gluten-based ingredients by their scientific names in ingredients lists, including Triticum vulgare, secale cereale, hordeum vulgare, and avena sativa.

According to the company, some Nivea products contain colloidal oatmeal and all are manufactured in the same facilities.

Pangea Organics

Gluten-free

Pangea Organics makes both lip tint and lip balm products. The company's lip balm comes in three exotic-sounding flavors: Lip Egyptian Fennel, Grapefruit & Sweet Orange, Italian Red Mandarin & Rose, and Pyrenees Lavender & Cardamom.

All of Pangea's lip balms are gluten-free. They are made with sunflower seed oil, beeswax, shea butter, and soy lecithin.

You can buy Pangea Organics products online at the company's website, from 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.

The ingredients in the lip balms include sunflower oil, beeswax, and coconut oil. The lip balms also are GMO-free and do not contain petroleum-based ingredients.

According to the company, all of its lip balms are considered gluten-free and certified organic. You can buy the balm's online from 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.

Sun Bum's lip balms come in many flavors, such as Ocean Mint, Pina Colada, Groove Berry, Nude Beach, Sand Bar, Pinkini, Sunset Cove, Bonfire, Banana, Coconut, Watermelon, Pineapple, Mango, Pomegranate, Key Lime, and plain.

The company states that all its lip balm products are gluten-free and vegan.

Vaseline

May contain gluten

Vaseline makes plain petroleum jelly (which many people use as a lip balm), as well as lip therapy products. The products are available in small tins, small rectangular plastic containers, and in squeeze tubes.

The company does not consider any of its products to be gluten-free. As with other cosmetics products, gluten grain-based ingredients appear on the lip product labels under their scientific names: Triticum (wheat), secale (rye), hordeum (barley), and avena (oat).

"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."

— Vaseline

A Word From Verywell

It's a miserable feeling to have dry lips and no safe, gluten-free lip balm. While there are plenty of options for people who need to be strictly gluten-free, some of these brands are difficult to find in more mainstream stores. The best strategy is to find a brand you like and buy in bulk. Stash multiple sticks or tubes in your home, bag, and car—that way you'll always have one available when your lips need it.

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