the 5 best lip balms

Cold weather is cruel to the skin, particularly the lips. Since we’re in the dead of winter (at least, in some parts of the world), I figured it an appropriate time for this post. For the past few falls and winters, my lips have endured many chapped spells. These balms are my best weapons in the battle against dryness and you know what (?) — they always win.

5 best lip balms

1. EOS Lip Balm in Strawberry Sorbet

I was so pulled in by its odd shape and sherbet-colored case that I had to buy it (sucker for packaging, right here). Well! This is the yummiest balm! It’s a smooth formula that doesn’t feel heavy on lips and keeps them soft and supple. I can’t get enough of it. I’m constantly reapplying because of its scrumptious strawberry shake flavor and fun-to-apply shape.

Pros: Widely available at drugstores. Fun to apply. Fun flavor that’ll make you want to lick your lips all day.
Cons: Packaging is a tad bulky. No SPF.

2. Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Rosé

While a little expensive for a lip balm, this stuff is worth it. The application glides on effortlessly smooth and it gives your pucker a healthy “your lips, but better” look. This treatment is ideal for those looking for a sheer wash of color and a touch of gloss with their hydration. If not for the price, I’d use this ALL THE TIME.

Pros: Contains SPF 15. Gives a flattering tinted rosy color to lips. The packaging is sleek and secure.
Cons: the price.

3. ChapStick in Cherry (or any other from their Classics line)

I couldn’t exclude a classic. When I was younger, my mom carried around ChapStick in her purse and when she would let me use it, I’d feel so cool and womanly because I was wearing “makeup”. Since then, I’ve gone through several tubes of ChapStick and it always gets the job done, even when my lips are severely dry.

Pros: Widely available at drugstores. Contains SPF 4.
Cons: Contains aluminum, which is troublesome for some people.

4. Burt’s Bees Nourishing Lip Balm with Mango Butter

Like ChapStick, this is pretty standard stuff, only it’s completely and 100% natural. No color or super glossy shine, only good moisturization and a hint of mango sweetness. Perfect for layering under a lipstick or gloss, which is how I like to wear it these days.

Pros: All-natural.
Cons: The mango can be off-putting for some, as it does smell very sweet. No SPF. Not terribly long-lasting.

5. Smith’s Rosebud Salve

Best all-around. My sister introduced me to Rosebud Salve eons ago and since then, it’s been a consistent favorite. In spite of the rosy color you see in the tin, it glides on clear. There’s shine to it, but not too much. It feels absolutely fantastic on lips—so comfortable! I often use it in a pinch on other dry areas of skin, like elbows and cuticles. If you loathe a waxy texture and prefer something lighter, then this one is for you.

Pros: Widely available. Good for other uses like dry skin, windburn and diaper rash. The product lasts for a very long time, so you’re getting your money’s worth.
Cons: No SPF. Can melt in hot temperatures, so I tend to avoid it in the summer.

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