Blistex has a wide range of products, but their medicated lip balm is probably the most popular.
It lasts a long time, does its job well, and even has SPF 15 protection.
But Blistex lip balm is certainly not vegan.
Here’s a partial ingredients list from Blistex’s website:
Beeswax, camphor, cetyl alcohol, cetyl palmitate…lanolin…
There’s 2 obvious ingredients that are not vegan.
Beeswax comes from bees as you’d expect.
Some vegans have less of an issue with animal products from insects, but the more you read about bees, they’re quite exploited, which is why most don’t consider beeswax and honey to be vegan.
And lanolin comes from sheep’s wool, but is rarely obtained ethically.
So it’s pretty clear that Blistex lip balm is not considered vegan, just from a brief snapshot of the ingredients. You’ll find similar issues in other popular lip balms like Carmex, which isn’t vegan because it also has beeswax and lanolin.
What’s the alternative?
I put together a detailed guide of the best vegan and cruelty-free lip balms that I’d recommend you take a look at.