Reader Question: Does My EOS Lip Balm Have Palm-Oil In It?
Wonderful question! Before we explore that, let's get familiar with EOS as a company and what goes into a typical lip balm first.
EOS, which stands for Evolution of Smooth, sells lip balm, lotion, and shaving cream to the United States, Canada, and select parts of Asia and Europe. They were founded in 2006, in New York, and have quickly become one of the leading brands of lip balm in the U.S. They tout an "all natural" line of products that are "ecofriendly" - deemed as such because of EOS' vow to not use petroleum in their products (Source)
Lip balms, in general, often contain a mixture of humectants, emollients, and sometimes relief agents. You may see humectants - anything that locks in or promotes moisture - in the form of beeswax or petrolatum. Emollients, which soften skin, often take the form of aloe, Vitamin E, shea, and fruit/vegetable oils, like avocado or coconut. Finally, relief agents like camphor, menthol, and herb oils (like mint) are commonly found in formulas for "severely chapped lips."
Now, let's look a little more closely at EOS' basic lip balm formula:
Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Beeswax (Cire D'abeille)*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Stevia Rebaudiana Leaf/Stem Extract*, Tocopherol, Limonene**, Linalool**. *Organic. **Component of Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil*. Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth.
Among these items, palm-oil is may be hiding in the tocopherol, a fat-soluble vitamin (E) that can be pulled from vegetable fats and oils. To confirm this, and EOS' palm-oil in general, we shot them an e-mail. This was their reply:
We are not a palm-oil free company and cannot attest that all palm-oil derived ingredients fall into the sustainability category.
So, EOS' is not a palm-oil free company and currently doesn't have sustainability practices set in place for this kind of consumption. Being unaware of their own environmental impact puts them on my "do not buy list" -- but don't fret! Many equally well-priced, palm-oil free chapsticks and lip balms are out there.