Glossier Balm Dotcom Universal Skin Salve

Glossier Balm Dotcom Universal Skin Salve
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A hydrating, multipurpose lip balm and skin salve that’s packed with antioxidants and natural emollients to nourish dry, chafed skin. The dense, waxy texture stays in place to seal in moisture.


Balm Dotcom overview

hypoallergenic, dermatologist tested, long-lasting moisture, cruelty free.
$12.00 0.5 fl oz/15 ml $24.00/oz EWG Skindeep Database - 3
Petrolatum | emollient/moisturizer
Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil | emollient/moisturizer
Beeswax/Cera Alba/Cire d’Abeille | emollient/moisturizer
Lanolin | emollient/moisturizer
Theobroma Grandiflorum (Cupuacu) Seed Butter | emollient/moisturizer
Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract | antioxidant
Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Extract | emollient/moisturizer
Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract | antioxidant
BHT | antioxidant/preservative
Tocopheryl Acetate | antioxidant/emollient


(Ingredients of Low Concern)  (Ingredients of Moderate Concern) ​ –Color coding according to EWG

Independent Assessment

Glossier has updated their formula for the Balm Dotcom. The previous formula was:

Petrolatum, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Beeswax/Cera Alba/Cire D’Abeille, Lanolin, Dipalmithoyl Hydroxyproline, Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Butter, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Extract, Tocopherol, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract

I’m not really sure their reasoning for adding BHT [butylated hdroxytoluene] as there is a lot of conflicting research about the safety of BHT. Honestly, the product had a great shelf-life before and I had no stability issues with my tube of the original formula.

Quick facts about BHT:

  1. It’s fat soluble (absorbed mostly by the liver)
  2. A common antioxidant in food, cosmetics, HVAC chemicals, pharmaceuticals; also used to enhance fragrances
  3. Recently downgraded from an”Ingredient of high concern” to an “Ingredient of moderate concern” by EWG
  4. Absorbed more slowly through the dermis than the digestive system
    1. Several studies showed that BHT was carcinogenic in rats and hamsters at both high and low doses
    2. Several studies also showed that BHT could slow cancer growth due to its antioxidant properties 

Due to the change in formula, the following flavors of Balm Dotcom no longer meet our standards:

Rose, Coconut, Birthday Cake, Cherry, Mango, Mint, and Berry

Balm dotcom Review

This lip balm works very well! Balm Dotcom is especially suited if you live in a place that experiences harsh winters.

It is thick and long-lasting without the burning and stinging of something like Carmex. It is actually a really good, and moderately cleaner, alternative to Carmex or Chapstick. Also, the tube does last a long time. Mine lasted roughly a year with once-a-day use.

This formula is not suitable for vegans as it contains beeswax and lanolin. Balm Dotcom is also not suitable if you breakout from petroleum-based products, or if you are just trying to avoid them in general.

Admittedly, since finishing this tube I have found many similarly effective lip balms that don’t contain petrolatum. Two of my favorites have been the Frank & Bod Lip Balm ($11.95 for 0.5 oz) and the Rohr Remedy Gumbi Gumbi Lip Balm ( $18 AUD [~$12.28 USD] for 0.5 oz).

I have yet to find a vegan option that works as well as the Balm Dotcom or its alternatives.



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