Follain’s Lip Balm is one of their better products. It narrowly misses our top rating due to the fragrant orange peel oil that it contains, which can potentially irritate delicate lip skin, especially if it’s already chapped.
Housed in a twist-up style component, this balm spreads smoothly, depositing a lightweight layer of beeswax and shea butter to seal in moisture from emollients such as coconut and argan oils. Additional antioxidant-rich plant oils join the formula for added benefit.
The sole troublemaker is the aforementioned orange peel oil due to its volatile fragrance components. However, it falls low on the ingredient list and isn’t overly strong smelling, so it’s not terribly concerning. (And at least it’s preceded by soothing chamomile oil.)
In the end, fragrance free would have been the better way to go, but all things considered, this is still a decent lip balm.
By the way, labeling this a “non-toxic” lip balm implies that other lips balms contain toxic ingredients, which absolutely isn’t true, given toxins are poisons. Many lip balm ingredients (like petrolatum) are mislabeled as toxic while the decades of safety data on such ingredients is seemingly overlooked.
- Delivers moisture-enhancing emollients.
- Contains antioxidant-rich plant oils.
- Fragrant orange peel oil may sensitize delicate lip skin.
This non-toxic lip balm is made with a nourishing trio of argan oil, shea butter, and chamomile flower oil to deeply hydrate dry, cracked lips, leaving them smooth and kissably soft.
Follain began as a retail and e-commerce venture focused on curating what they deemed to be the best “clean” beauty products from various brands. As their popularity grew, they decided to create their own line of products with the philosophy that “non-toxic is non-negotiable” when it comes to skin.
What qualifies as “clean” vs. “dirty” or “toxic” varies depending on you ask (clean beauty is an unregulated term so any company can create their own definition of what that means). Follain’s approach is to formulate their products to be free from ingredients that fall on their restricted list, which in their own words, “plays it safe” when it comes to cosmetic ingredients that could potentially be a red flag.
While some of their ingredient callouts are warranted and backed by research attesting to the problems they can cause for your skin, others on their restricted list get misbranded as bad based on outdated research, fallible studies, or simply anecdotal advice that doesn’t match up to current scientific literature.
That said, there’s no harm in playing it safe if the formulas are still effective and non-irritating. How does Follain fare in that regard? It’s hit-or-miss. Their products feature beneficial ingredients, but some are potently fragranced with essential oils proven to sensitize skin. (Essential oils are a classic example of how natural “clean” ingredients aren’t necessarily better for your skin.)
In the end, Follain’s collection does have some decent products—it’s just a matter of finding the right ones (hint, hint, our reviews do the detective work for you). Learn more about Follain at follain.com/collections/brand-follain.
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