Look, I love the smell of cinnamon-vanilla with glitter as much as the next person, but sometimes I just want a lip balm that doesn’t turn my lips pink. And that glitter? Don’t always need it. So, I go with neutral, clear lip balms.
It can be annoying to think that people don’t need lip balm, or they need some “flattering” color in order to wear it. Again: gendering of products, which is just, ugh. Why can’t lip balms just be clear sometimes, instead of tinted in cherry red? (Anyone can wear red, of course – but who wants to wear it at every single moment?)
For this article, I’ve collected the best neutral, clear, and glitter-free lip balms that anyone can wear. Nope, no shimmer, color, or smelling like a candy store, if that’s just not your thing.
If you’re not interested in shimmer, that’s totally fair – mica isn’t for everyone! But even a glossy finish can be too much. Enter: Fluide’s Universal Balm, which is super nourishing and won’t give a glimmer. Squalane locks in moisture to soften, while shea butter moisturizes and sunflower seed oil fights inflammation.
Look, I know, “Manscaped.” It’s for everyone, I promise, and I had to include it for its ingredients. If you’re wary of oils, this balm is for you. You’ll love meadowfoam seed oil for its non-greasy properties, Vitamin E and eucalyptus oil for a burst of antioxidants, and castor oil to lock in hydration. And to top it off: peppermint oil has a minty taste and tingle to the lips.
We love Public Goods for their gender-neutral packaging, and their lip balm is also as gender-neutral as it gets. With shea butter, coconut oil, and candelilla wax to soften, hydrate, and smooth, you can say goodbye to chapped lips – without an overwhelming fragrance. As a bonus, there’s nothing gross in here, like parabens, phthalates, or sodium lauryl sulfates.
Stryx was founded to fight back against the notion that beauty is solely for cis women. That mission sound familiar? We certainly thought so. Product 05 – aka their Advanced Lip Balm – comes in sleek black packaging. You could say that the packaging is almost as subtle as the appearance of the balm, since you won’t see any waxy residue or shine after application.
Ingredients you’ll find in this unisex lip balm: beeswax, sunflower seed oil, coconut oil, rosemary leaf extract, and other natural ingredients. No filler at all. Nada. Just good, skin-lovin’ ingredients. The odd one here is Alpine Caribou Moss – what does a caribou have to do with skincare? But it’s Oars + Alps signature ingredient, helping to protect from the outside world.
You know Le Labo for their perfumes, and how could you not? They’re fabulous, after all. But Le Labo also has lip balm, and it’s meant for all genders (just like their scents). It goes on clear, and there’s no waxy, sticky, glossy remainders, instead using ingredients like shea butter, jojoba seed oil, and olive oil to nourish. The kind-of-funny part? The fragrance company’s lip balm is actually unscented.
Eight ingredients, all of which are good for you and not just… well, there to be there? We’ll take it. Coconut Matter’s lip balm has antiseptic properties, meaning even the most cracked lips have hope of healing. Virgin coconut oil and castor oil work hard to hydrate the driest of dry, while shea butter protects from free radicals. Congrats, your poor lips stand a chance!
One of our favorite brands, (MALIN+GOETZ), is lauded for their gender-neutral packaging, and we love it, too! Clearly, they were having fun when making this lip balm, because it’s mojito-scented. The formula is a fatty acid blend, which includes tricaprylin and bisabolol (don’t be thrown off by the technical terms – they aren’t bad for you, promise!), which softens and nourishes.
NATCH uses green for all of their products, which is perfect for a brand dedicated to calming skin ailments. Jojoba and castor oils join forces to fight dryness by giving it a dose of TLC, while rosemary and peppermint give your lips a restart. The waxes are allllll natural, and it also has vitamin E to help with inflammation and to fight environmental stressors. Bye, wind chill.
The Big Five Ingredients are not entirely what you’d expect. (You’ll get what I mean at the end.) Almond oil is filled with fatty acids and vitamin E; jojoba esters lock in moisture; oat extract is an anti-inflammatory, while also fighting dry skin; and shea butter is the ultimate conditioner. And wheat germ extract? The name doesn’t indicate it, but it’s filled with nutrients, vitamins, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids to moisturize and fight free radicals. Can your lip balm do all of that?
What clear lip balms do you use? Any neutral lip balms you like? Tell us below!