Is EOS Lip Balm Vegan and Cruelty-Free?


Evolution of Smooth (EOS) is a very popular lip balm manufacturer, known for their cool little lip balm spheres.

I’ve got some potentially good news and some bad news for you…

Most EOS lip balms are not veganbut some are.

The answer for you will also depend on how you feel about animal testing.

EOS and Animal Testing

Basically, EOS has been clear that their company themselves does not test on animals, but due to their suppliers and selling in China, it’s likely that some part of their product is tested on animals.

This isn’t a clear-cut case of animal testing so I’ll let you make your own judgement call.

If you are okay with their production practices, then let’s look at the specific products EOS sells.

Which EOS Lip Balms Are Vegan?

They have 5 main types of lip balm:

  1. Natural & organic (Not vegan)
  2. Visibly soft & deeply hydrating (Not vegan)
  3. Weightless & wax-free (Vegan)
  4. Shimmer & tint (Not vegan)
  5. SPF & Medicated (Not vegan)

The reason that just about all of those are not vegan is because all the ingredients lists look something like this:

Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Beeswax/Cera Alba (Cire d’abeille)…

Beeswax is not vegan first of all.

Even worse, it’s more of a main ingredient in EOS products than most other popular lip balms. That’s unfortunate, since there are a few vegan beeswax substitutes that are just as good.

The Best EOS Option for Vegans

The weightless & wax-free line of lip balms don’t have any beeswax, or wax of any kind.

eos waxfree lip balm vegan

There are 4 options currently:

  • Melon blossom
  • Vanillia orchid
  • Hibiscus peach
  • Crystal liquid lip treatment

All of these are vegan.

Here’s what the ingredients list for melon blossom looks like:

Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Polyamide-3, Isostearyl Isostearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Oil, Polyamide-8, Flavor (Aroma), Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Prunus Persica (Peach) Fruit Extract, Tocopherol, Citric Acid, Citral, Benzyl Benzoate.

A lot of fancy terms, but all you need to know is that they all come from plant ingredients that are vegan.

Ordering from EOS’ site is the easiest way to find one of these specific products.

But if you want more options, feel free to see our guide to the best vegan and cruelty-free vegan lip balms.

About the author

Dale Cudmore

Your friendly neighborhood vegan from Toronto. Chemical engineer turned semi-professional soccer player and freelance nutrition writer. I've been vegan for years and try to make life easier for others by sharing what I've learned.