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May 1, 2014

Plastic-Free Vegan Lip Balm from Juniperseed Mercantile

Tiffany Norton of Juniperseed Mercantile tried different kinds of packaging for her delicious lip balms until she found the right one.  She sent me one to try in its brand new cardboard tube, and I love it.


Here’s what Tiffany has to say:

Now packaged without plastic and made without beeswax!! I am super excited to share my new paper tube lip balms! They are more than three times the size of a typical little plastic tube, so they will last you quite a long time. And since there is no plastic involved in the packaging (even the label is made of recycled paper), you can recycle or compost the tube after use, and feel good about reducing your plastic impact on the earth. This is absolutely, without a doubt, the greenest way to purchase lip balm. We will even ship your package without plastic tape!  

I make and sell breakfast burritos sometimes at school. I just make them the way I like them. Turns out, everyone else likes them just like I do. I’m always surprised, but people tell me all the time my breakfast burritos are the best they’ve ever had. Same thing with my lip balm. You might think lip balm is just lip balm. Who really knows the difference between brands? But I have been told over and over again, this lip balm is the best my customers have ever tried. I didn’t really set out to make the world’s best lip balm. I just tweaked my recipe again and again until it came out just the way I like it. Turns our everyone else likes it just that way too!

This vanilla tangerine vegan lip balm is creamy and yummy.  Ingredients: coconut oil, hemp seed oil, avocado oil, sunflower oil, candelilla wax, cocoa butter, vitamin E, tangerine essential oil, vanilla, and stevia.


Not only are the lip balms packaged in cardboard tubes, but Tiffany doesn’t use any plastic shipping materials either.




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the bare necessities
8 years ago

every time I try to buy lip balm it’s the plastic packaging that makes me put it back on the shelf.
finally finally a cardboard tube! and the flavors look fantastic (there is Turkish Delight as well!!).
thank you for sharing this!

8 years ago

I can hardly wait to have some time to really read through some of your posts. I’ve tried a couple of times to rid my life of plastic and have failed pretty miserably. I clicked on your website through a facebook post and the first thing that popped up was this post about Juniper lip balm. That almost blew me away as some kind of sign because the name of my business is Juniper!!! How crazy is that???!!!

8 years ago –> I learned that it can be extremely rewarding when companies put out the effort to provide healthy, environmentally friendly products at a reasonable price to consumers. That’s how consumerism SHOULD be :) I especially admire the fact that they do not use any plastic in their shipping. I would love to try a Juniperseed Mercantile product!

8 years ago

I like that she is helping a young boy pay his own way to camp by selling his photographs on her site.

8 years ago

I love the Juniperseed Mercantile site. So many great products. Would love to try them all. I knew that paper facial tissues are made from wood pulp. I never thought about them scratching the skin. I think the Soothe Your Sniffer gift set would be great for my little guy. He always has a box of tissues by his bed.

8 years ago

Goat Milk Castile sounds divine!

Marina Garland
8 years ago

Herb-infused apple cider vinegar rinse can work for people with long, dry, tangly hair?! I’m so glad I visited Tiffany’s website. What beautiful, thoughtful products, I am so heartened.

8 years ago

Small grind on sugar makes a good exfoliant! No wonder the face wash I use now feels like chunks of concrete AND I’m not really sure what those chunks really are – gosh, could they be plastic? It’s much more reassuring to know that Juniperseed’s face cleansers are using a small grind of sugar as the exfoliant. I also liked that the shea butters are offered in glass bottles as opposed to nothing but plastic.

I also learned that shea butter production for beauty/health products is mostly a women owned industry. Interesting fact.

8 years ago

Those bamboo cloths look amazing! Definitely saving up!

8 years ago

My kind of company! Vegan and uses organic and pronounceable/identifiable natural ingredients. Love the cardboard packaging. I’m intrigued by the crown chakra balm…what an interesting product. Fingers crossed I’m the lucky one.

8 years ago

I learned that there are free samples with every order! that’s pretty cool.

Eve Stavros
8 years ago

Some fabulous products there! So great to see so many alternatives which are healthy, eco, and yummy sounding.
I did not know that shea butter is so important in Africa, both as a skin-care product, and for the women: “In Africa, Shea Butter is considered the number one most important product to keep in your personal apothecary, for everything that ails the skin. Shea butter production is mostly a women’s industry, so purchasing it supports small businesses in an important way. ”

Jamie Smith
8 years ago

So exciting! Been looking for plastic free lip balm that was also vegan. Going through this site, I see a lot of great stuff but I am especially drawn to their Alternatives to Disposables category. What a great idea! I like the idea of an eco-friendly alternatives to the disposable Swiffer pads. Will definitely look into getting those.
(Jamie Smith –

8 years ago

Sniffle Stick looks really nice, it’s stinks having a sore nose after being sick. Would really like to try this product!

8 years ago

One thing I was uncertain about from the website was whether or not the ingredients in the vegan lip balms were organic? I sent Juniperseed a message to find out. (Psst, these tubes look identical to the Avasol sunblock cardboard tubes!)

8 years ago

You had me at decadent! I especially love the casing used for the lip balm. I was always curious what happens to the millions and millions of chapstick tubes after disposal. My other fave category is Alternatives to Disposables! We all need to use the eco alternatives to products that are not healthy for the planet.

8 years ago

I learned that there’a an alternative to the lemon oil furniture oil. I definitely need to follow up on this alternative!

Trish Donley
8 years ago

What a wonderful, eco-friendly business! It was fun to explore the site. I learned that commercial “chest rubs” have lots of yucky ingredients! Love the Soothe Your Sniffer Gift Set–complete with a get-well card! Also love the Mother and Baby Mega Gift Set–waiting for someone to give that to! So nice to see vegan-friendly items, especially lip balms, which so often contain beeswax. I’ve been using hankies for years, and have been looking for some replacements, and here they are! Love the minimalist packaging, too. Looking forward to not throwing away any more plastic lip balm tubes! Plan to place an order soon!

Erin Kurnik
8 years ago The facial care products look delicious! Plus, I love how they are packaged in a glass bottle with metal cap.

8 years ago

Wow! What amazing products! And unpaper towels–those look amazing!

8 years ago

I love the reusable cotton rounds! So much fun stuff to look at on the site! I can be reached at jamieann96 at hotmail. Thank you!

8 years ago

Love that the packaging for this is biodegradable and I love that she offers so many vegan products!

8 years ago

didn’t know there was cleaning spray for a baby’s bottom! My mom always used a warm wash rag that was color coded to be washed with the diapers.
Lip balm seems really appealing. I work outside and use a lot of balm.

8 years ago

Love that the packaging for lip balm is compostable!! The styling of the packaging is both old world looking and modern at the same time.

8 years ago

Name: Madeline

What I Learned From The Site: I learned that some are sweetened with Stevia AND that there are unscented options, which would b nice when I want moisture and not necessarily a flavor.

Amanda J
8 years ago

I’d never heard of this company before! I appreciate their eco-mindedness and vegan options. I also like that they send free samples with every order. :)

8 years ago

I learned that there are alternatives to swiffer cloths, which have become expensive, and worse yet, are treated with Febreeze, which is a disaster!
I was just about to go out and buy lip balm because the tube on mine stopped working and it is almost gone. So it is good timing for me to try a different brand.

Danene P
8 years ago

This looks like a great little shop. I learned about the beneficial uses of calendula and chamomile for your skin.

Carol H
8 years ago

I learned there are a lot of people who care what they use on their skin and not fall for big companies promises.

Sarah S
8 years ago

I learned that I still balk at non-disposable tissues and that I need to keep my mind open on that front.

8 years ago

I purchase from these ladies often! Love, Love, there lotions and cream as well as unpaper towels. Best bonus ever, they send a free sample with every order!

8 years ago

I like how you list ingredients in case people are allergic, the fact you give info about yourself, and that you give the FDA warning and tell people to research the information to verify on the sunscreen. Very good advice you have given. Great site and good products. I understand you not wanting plastic but many places recycle now so why not use recyclable plastic? People are going to throw glass bottles in trash as quick as they would plastic (sunscreen bottles). Just wondering? Beverly

Mary HImmer
8 years ago

I like Juniper Seed’s use of un-paper towels and how their products are organic. I had no idea organic baby burp cloths even existed. Now I hope someone I know has a baby.

8 years ago

What a great site! I learned once again that you absolutelly don’t need plastic in your life!! And I love the fact that there is more and more places where we can shop ecofriendly products to live toxinfree and without polluting our homes and our world.

8 years ago

Love that they value using ecologically responsible materials!!

8 years ago

No regional retailers yet! We are a mother-daughter small time shop. Hope to expand soon though! :-)

8 years ago

Sorry about the glitch -it is fixed now!

Dianne Bosque
8 years ago

. I learned that they use organic products and make each of their products in small batches.

8 years ago

I learned that each order comes with a free sample! Love the giveaway. Tami Lewis

8 years ago

Ummm… honestly, I learned that I want to order too many things. :P
Seriously, though the foot care items sound divine (my feet are in desperate need of a pedicure after our camping trip!)… and the foot soak and whipped shea mousse both come in glass!! (clap clap clap!)

:) Danielle

8 years ago

Little Love and Big Daddy-O are both lip balm junkies so it’ll be great not to toss more plastic junk into the recycle bin. Many thanks for making such a big difference a little bit at a time.
And now I see a few things at Juniperseed Mercantile I want hanging about the house, especially those Flannel UnPaper Towels for drying dishes. Unbleached, organic 100% cotton!

Diane Williamson
8 years ago

Wow! The plastic-free fight is so rewarding–to see these changes!

8 years ago

Wow, I want everything on that site now… I already use apple cider vinegar as a conditioner, but I’m excited by the info on the product page of the herbal-infused ACV that eventually I may be able to use it without any shampoo bar or baking soda at all. Also, I’m excited to try her herbal ACV because I bet the smell is much nicer!
I can be reached at hughlaura at gmail

8 years ago

This is a very timely post, as I’m almost out of lip balm and need to stock up.. I had NO IDEA it could be packaged in cardboard, and would love to see how it works.

8 years ago

“Down To Earth Decadence” I love it!

8 years ago

Hi! My name is Emillie. I learned on their website that they sell bamboo baby wipes! I didn’t know that they carried baby-safe products. Good to know for the future! Their Facebook page is quite informative as well.

8 years ago

Thanks for the giveaway and showing this great company. I use lip balms all time time, but just recently became concerned about the ingredients and the packaging. I will certainly make the switch to these.

8 years ago

the vanilla papaya scrub looks (and i bet it smells) awesome! i can be reached at utsiesharma at gmail dot com. thanks!

8 years ago

I love this website! I learned that there are many, many products there that I want to try. Also, I didn’t know that you couldn’t use alcohol-based products to clean yoga mats. Thanks for sharing.

8 years ago

Juniperseed Mercantile looks like a great place to shop for responsibly made and packaged products. I’m thrilled to see they have skin care and cleaning products available at reasonable prices. Thanks for sharing about them! –Kirsten, username at gmail