Rewind: SPF Lip Balm Revisited

By Kristie Turck •  Published 07/24/08 •  2 min read

Well, after yesterdays Dear SafeMama snafu with the SPF ingredients I went on a hunt to find another lip balm containing SPF … but an SPF created by titanium dioxide rather than Oxybenzowhateverthecrap. I found two candidates. Welcome to Kathy’s Quest for Safe SPF Lip Balm. (You have to say that in a deep booming voice for full effect, by the way.)

First one by a company called Lavera who sells an organic lip balm with an SPF of 15 from 100% titanium dioxide. Their ingredients boast organic oils including Jojoba and aloe vera oils to supply extra moisture, and vitamins C and E to offer protection against the elements. Organic oils of olive, soybean, almond, sunflower, calendula and shea butter to maximize hydration.. and we all need some hydration, do we not? Lavera claim’s the lip balm to be waterproof, completely vegan and biodegradable. Excellent. Now onto the second find, with the assist going to SafeMama Beth…

Second pick is by (not everyone’s favorite but we can’t seem to escape it), Burt’s Bees. Burt’s Res-Q line is one of my guilty pleasures… we use the bug oil, and on occasion the Res-Q ointment for bites around here. Burt’s Bees now carries Res-Q Lip Balm with SPF 15 as well. The don’t use organic ingredients but the ingredients they use are natural and free of parabens, synthetic fragrances, and petrolatum. The sun blocking agent in this one is titanium dioxide (2.8%) giving an SPF of 15 for sunny, windy and dry adventures where lip block might be needed.

Our reader Beth tipped us off on the Burt’s Bees angle and she recommended Burt’s Bees Lifeguards Choice Lip Balm. This also contains titanium dioxide although no SPF number is given it does provide some protection. SafeMama Beth says “The only downside is that, like many physical blockers, I have to blend it really well or my lips look whitish. Thus, it’s not for everyday use, but good for a day at the beach.” Thank you Beth!

So there you have it. I take this lip balm business very seriously (*puts on her Blueberry BeeCeuticals*) so hopefully these are a couple decent alternatives. I am going to stay on the hunt…