The Best Moisturizing Lip Balms Without Petroleum Jelly

The best moisturizing lip balms WITHOUT petroleum jelly
The best moisturizing lip balms WITHOUT petroleum jelly
The best moisturizing lip balms WITHOUT petroleum jelly and parabens

The best moisturizing lip balms WITHOUT petroleum jelly and parabens

The best moisturizing lip balms WITHOUT mineral oil

The best moisturizing lip balms WITHOUT mineral oil

Because the second I started using lip balms without petroleum jelly, my lips stopped flaking and peeling off. Hopefully it helps you too.

Yes, I am a hater. I’ve tasted the haterade, and I’m drunk with hate. I  h a t e  petroleum jelly, and all the sneaky names it disguises itself as– mineral oil, paraffin, petrolatum; I hate it all.

You can read more about why petroleum jelly isn’t the best ingredient for your lips/skin here & here. But, basically, it’s a byproduct of oil drilling. The Vaseline brand is super refined to get any potential carcinogenic toxins out, but it’s hard to say if off brand petroleum jellies go through the same amount of refinement that make it safe. Plus, it doesn’t actually moisturize your lips. It seals moisture in so if you have dry lips to begin with, it’s not going to add any moisture.

And, here’s the thing: why not moisturize your lips, which are prone to aging quickly, by using natural oils that have more benefits, instead of an ingredient that is a byproduct of oil drilling? You can find moisturizing lip balms without petroleum jelly. You just have to be willing to do some research and spend a little more than $4.

As a teen, I never paid attention to the ingredients in my lip balm (hello, Soft Lips, my then beloved go to lip balm that never really moisturized my lips no matter how much I slathered on). My lips certainly paid the price. Sandpaper textured lips that resemble raisins just aren’t a good look, especially when you’re trying to kiss all the boys (lol jokes). My lips craved some TLC. That’s when I started doing some research and found the culprit: petroleum freaking jelly, and it’s not the good kind of jelly. It’s peanut butter jelly time, not petroleum, a byproduct of oil drilling, jelly time. 

The best moisturizing lip balms WITHOUT petroleum jelly and parabens

The best moisturizing lip balms WITHOUT petroleum jelly and parabens

The Best Moisturizing Lip Balms Without Petroleum Jelly (and Parabens)

Kaplan MD

Their Lip 20 Mask and Lip 20 Balm* are a beautiful little duo that work really well together, and have a ton of great extracts. I like to use the lip mask when my lips need an extra surge of moisture. I leave the mask on for 5-10 minutes then apply the lip balm on top to seal the hydration in. The great thing about the lip balm is that it has an SPF of 20 so you’re also protecting your lips from sun exposure. I also love the addition of peppermint because it’s cooling and tingling and feels like a little cold treat on your lips.

Complex Beauty

Not only is their Pout Protector Vanilla Lip Mask free of all petroleum derivatives, but it includes a blend of complex– I had to– blend of amino acids, plant stem cells, and peptides that are anti aging. Our lip skin is thin, and shows wear and tear easily so make sure you’re paying for quality ingredients that work. Don’t let the word “mask” confuse you though because you don’t have to wipe it off after a certain amount of time. I tend to apply this while I’m doing my makeup then kiss off the excess before I apply a liquid lipstick, and it helps keep my lips soft and moisturized. The consistently is like a melted lip balm that is very nourishing so it’s a great overnight lip balm too. It’s my go to on no lipstick days. It also comes with an airless pump, which is an added bonus to the already great ingredients. Basically, airless pumps prevent air from getting into your product so they last longer and don’t get contaminated.

Grown Alchemist

The brand I’ve wanted to try for ages hasn’t let me down with their Watermelon and Vanilla Lip Balm. If you don’t like the scent of watermelon, I would suggest staying away, but if you do, give this a go. The only downside to this is the packaging. I love the look of it, but the product does leak out a bit when you unscrew the cap because it’s in a squeeze tube and the formula is more liquidy. So, you do get some product leakage and wastage, but it’s not so bad that I wouldn’t purchase it again. Hopefully that stops once I use up  more product.


Their Sweet Mint Lip Balm and Overnight Lip Masque are newer to my collection, but oh so good. The Overnight Lip Masque reminds me of the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask since it also contains agave nectar, but the consistency is much thinner and less sticky. The Sweet Mint Lip Balm is thicker in consistency and very moisturizing, but not sticky. Plus it leaves your lips feeling minty, which I personally love. The only downside I have is that the cap to the Overnight Lip Masque doesn’t close completely for me. No matter how much I twist it, it doesn’t lock. But, hopefully that’s just my tube. Still, it’s not something that would stop me from buying it again.

Bite Beauty

One of the first pricey lip balms I tried and loved (as seen by the dingy tube) is the Agave Lip Mask. The Basalt Lip Masque is similar, but this one has more ingredients, and tastes better in my opinion. Not that you’re going to eat your lip balm (…or are you?). It’s a lot thicker so if you suffer from extremely dry lips then try this one because it coats the lips like a luscious, hydrating coat of TLC. The texture is kind of like petroleum jelly, but much much better for your lips because of the great ingredients like resveratrol, an antioxidant, and we all know those are very important for anti aging.


This is another lip balm that’s quite new to my collection, but it’s another good one that is on the thicker side. I had to work pretty hard to get the goods out of the tube so make sure you warm it up between your hands to make it easier. I have their Lips 101 Multipurpose Superbalm* that can be used on the lips, cuticles, and really any other dry patches so it’s a great all in one product. This is 100% lanolin oil so there aren’t any other ingredients with added benefits, but it is a great moisturizer that feels soothing on the lips, and helps heal other dry, cracked areas.

It’s hard to narrow down which one I’d pick out of all of them because they all have different ingredients, and work really well. But, I really love the Complex Beauty packaging because it comes with an airless pump so it keeps the product secure and protected. Plus, it’s in a hard plastic tube that won’t get damaged or accidentally erupt in my bag, making it the perfect “to go” lip balm.

The best moisturizing lip balms WITHOUT petroleum jelly and parabens

The best moisturizing lip balms WITHOUT petroleum jelly and parabens

What are your go to lip balms? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • I avoid mineral oil in my face skincare products since it irritates my skin. I never thought of avoiding it in my lip products too! I’ll have to try it out to see if it makes a difference. Thanks for all the recs, Nida <3

    Mili | Sharmtoaster

    • Yay I hope you try it out, and report back if it does make a difference :)

  • Fab post girl! I struggle with lip balms because they never last more than 30 mins for me! Definitely going to check out the lip balms you’ve recommended xx


  • This could not have come at a better time, my lips are so dry!

    Parie x
    Class and Glitter

  • Thanks for sharing this! It’s so bad ’cause I still don’t pay good attention as to what ingredients are in the products I use, smh. Will keep this in mind though! I’ll probably be picking up the Complex one soon! :)

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

    • The one from Complex is so so good :). Haha it’s okay. I read the ingredients, but don’t always know everything in there. It’s a learning process :)

  • You have to try the Nuxe Reve De Miel! It’s made with a lot of natural ingredients and doesn’t contain petroleum. I also really like the new Bite Agave Lip Balm because it’s more convenient when you’re on the go than their mask.

    • Yes! The Nuxe has been on my wishlist for I don’t even know how long. Gonna hopefully get it soon lol.

  • Sam

    This is a great post! I had no idea petroleum jelly was not so great for your lips. I was actually debating about the BITE Beauty Agave Lip Mask since my lips seem to be constantly chapped but I’ll have to check out the Basalt too!

    Sam | My Beauty Cloud

    • You just can’t go wrong with the Bite one :). It’s thicker so it’s a really great overnight lip mask that will leave your lips super hydrated in the morning.

  • Aahhhh I hate it too! I’m actually currently using my eye cream as a lip cream at night, what ever is good for the delicate eye area is just as good for the lips. I should actually buy a lip balm though, so ill check out your suggestions!
    Thanking you my lovely!
    Kate x

    • Ooh I never thought of doing that before! I bet it’s really good for anti aging. I put eye cream around my lips, but never on them. I’m glad you enjoyed, babe!

      • I assume it is! Whatevers left on my finger after moisturizing my eyes just gets wiped on my lips! Thanks lovely x

  • Ela

    YouTuber Stephanie Nicole absolutely loved the Kaplan MD Lip 20 Balm, which makes me wanna try it, too!
    Ela |

  • I had the most horrible Chapstick addiction all through high school and college. I had to reapply constantly – because it wasn’t doing anything! My lips are quite sensitive (or something) it turns out, as a lot of lip treatments, even without mineral oil, give me issues. I’ll have to check some of these out though! Great post!

    Jenn –

    • Ahh having sensitive lips is the worst! I hope you end up liking some of these and that they work for you!

  • Ah good ol’ Soft Lips…I lived for the tingle. But yes – I moved away from Petroleum Jelly a long time ago! My current favourite is the Bite Agave Lip mask! By far the most effective lip balm I’ve tried – it really saved my lips when I was in snowy Colorado! I also enjoy paw paw lip balms. I’m so intrigued by that Complex Beauty lip balm. I’ve never seen a lip balm in a pump packaging but it’s so smart!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

    • Girl, I lived for the tingle of Soft Lips. The Complex Beauty lip balm is so good :). I need to try the Paw Paw lip balms. Thanks for the rec!

      Nida | Caked To The Nines

  • These are some great options. I haven’t tried any of these before but I’ve been curious about the Bite Agave Lip Mask. Thanks for sharing this. x

    Ann-Marie |

  • I love Lano products! I only started using them a few months ago but they’re already a staple! The 101 Ointment really is amazing!

    Thirteen Thoughts

  • I need that lip balm which can not make dry my lips after use. Hope it will work.

  • I had no idea petroleum jelly wasn’t great for your lips, I’ll have to try some of these products!

    Lauren Ashleigh xx

    • Right! I didn’t know either, but the second I stopped using PJ lippies, my lips were much more moisturized and soft and supple.

  • Such a helpful post Nida. Thanks…I hate petroleum jelly too for my lips!!! These are some great choices…thanks for the warning about watermelon scent so I can avoid that lol! I really need to order the Bite one soon. Lanolips are one of my fave lip balm lines xxx
    Sal | UmmBaby Beauty

    • Haha you’re welcome babe! I’m glad I’m not the only one who hates PJ on the lips.

  • How have I never heard of these before! I love using carmex for my lips, its the only thing that’s worked for me! Have a great week :)

    Trishna xx

    • Ah Carmex, I used to use that stuff ages ago! I’m glad it works for you, babe :)

  • I really want to try the Lanolips balm, it sounds so nice! x

    • It’s really great! I like to apply the excess on to my dry knuckles and it’s great :)

  • Neoma

    Thank you for the excellent, detailed review. I’m a lip balm junkie. I’m off to check out some of your recommendations!

    • You’re welcome! I’m glad you enjoyed it and I hope you find some faves :)

  • so good..i’ll note down these products! <3

    xx from italy
    Cate ღ 35mm in Style

  • All of these sound lovely!! Great choices and review hun :)

  • Samileen

    Totally agree with you, every since I switch over to lip balms that are free of petroleum jelly, I saw a major difference in my lips. I have never heard of the brand basalt, that looks quite tempting. Definitely giving it a go. Thanks so much for this.

    Saman || Beautydetour

    • Thanks for reading babe. I’m glad omitting petroleum jelly from your lip balms has helped you too.

  • Ooe these look amazing! I haven’t used any of these lip balms before

    Beauty Candy Loves

  • As a lip balm fanatic, loved this post! Kisses

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  • clare⭐

    i love this post, i have super dry lips so i think i need to change up my lip balm game too!

  • Great post! I HATE petroleum jelly so I’m always on the hunt for balms which don’t contain it xx

  • very interesting post share. best lips balms. thanks for sharing.

  • wanderlust boulevard

    Ah thank you for this post! My lips get so dry, especially around this time of year! xx

  • These lip balms asounds amazing but don’t you like lip balms with petrolueum jelly?