Do lip balm come from whale sperm?what is lip balm made of?

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missjenn | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

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I have never heard of sperm whale being part of lip balm and I am an avid user of lip balm and body products. Whale blubber/lard/fat used to be used in cosmetics years ago. Current day lip balm products range in what they contain. Your basic Carmex or Blistex contains petroleum and byproducts of gasoline. Some people say that these ingredients along with lanolin dry out your lips instead of hydrating there. There are natural options such as beeswax, however people who are vegan prefer bee-free products. If that is the case, candelilla wax or carnuba wax can be used. There is often a carrier oil with lip balm such as sweet almond oil or sunflower oil. Shea butter, cocoa butter, and mango butter are also things commonly found in lip balm. If you want color you can use FDA approved dyes or mica pigments. Flavors come from oil or essential oils.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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My lip balm, at least, contains no products from whales.  The main ingredient of the lib balm that I use is bees' wax.

To my knowledge, nothing (other than other whales) has ever been made from whale sperm.  I think that you may be a little confused because of the word "sperm" in the name "sperm whale."

One of the things that was valuable in a sperm whale was this stuff called "spermaceti."  It was used in cosmetics.  However, it was not really sperm.  It was something that came from the head of sperm whales and it looked a bit like semen, but it wasn't really semen or sperm.

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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Um, no.  It isn't.  Sounds like an urban myth or a good joke/rumor at a school. Consider how difficult it would be for companies to obtain the ingredients to make lip balm in that manner.  Enough said.

Lip balm most often contains beeswax, or oils, or cocoa butter, and for the larger brands, more common chemicals and ingredients.  It's not that difficult to make your own if you're interested in doing so, just follow some simple directions on the internet with ingredients you can obtain from health stores or online.  I've included a link below.