Is Lip Balm Addictive?

We hear “I’m addicted to my lip balm” all the time. But is that “addiction” real, or is it all in our heads?


It turns out that some lip balms are “addictive” in the sense that they contain ingredients which actually dry your lips out. So, you apply the lip balm, your lips dry out because of the balm, and then you apply more.


In order to avoid addictive lip balms, examine the ingredient list for drying additives like:

  • Camphor
  • Fragrance
  • Glycerin
  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Menthol
  • Salicylic acid
All of the above ingredients make your lip balm “addictive” by failing to moisturize your lips. That’s why we don’t include them in our shea butter enriched lip balm here at Sage Stone Botanicals.

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