The Best Lip Balms on the Block!
Lip balms are such a beauty staple for most beauty bees – myself included! I think one of the worst feelings ever is knowing and feeling that your lips are super dry and not having a lip balm on hand. So for that reason, I have a multitude of balms laying around should an emergency of such nature strike! I think before I purchase another balm, I will use up all of the ones I have acquired thus far, because it is getting a bit ridiculous but I was on a mission you see… to find the best lip balm ever! I can only blame my Lip Smacker collection as a child 😉 I wanted to share some of my favourites with you beauties just in case you are looking for a new lip balm and need some inspiration!
Let’s first start with the classic and the most hardcore lip balm out there – Carmex. Carmex was the lip balm my Dermatologist recommended (and gave me a pot of actually) when I was on very strong antibiotics for my skin, which dried out my lips to the point where they would almost bleed (I told you – hardcore!). Now granted, those days are over and my lips don’t get to such a state thankfully, but it just does the job and does it well, so it is worth having around. The original Carmex comes in a pot, which is still available, but I always buy it in the squeezy tube because the pot contains 7.5g of product while the squeezy tube contains 10g of product for the same price! Plus the squeezy tube means that your lip balm stays more hygienic. Now the scent and taste of Carmex is quite peculiar and not so great – the ingredients do list menthol and vanilla and while the menthol cools the lips and makes them tingle, the balm still tastes a little medicinal… it’s not a subtle scent or flavour at all. It’s quite thick and smooth in texture, but not to tacky/sticky, which is probably due to the petroleum. It is extremely soothing, so if you need something to give you relief – you need this guy.
I also love that Carmex products are still made in the U.S.A. You can find Carmex in most supermarkets and chemists. It generally comes in at around $5.20 AUD. They also do a wind up lip balm stick version of the original Carmex, in a strawberry flavour with an added SPF of 15 (these I usually find in chemists more often than supermarkets). Perfect for summer!
Ingredients: Petrolatum, Lanolin, Cetyl Esters, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Paraffinum Liquidum, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Camphor, Menthol, Salicylic Acid, Fragrance, Vanillin
If you would like to try Carmex but are really worried about the odd and quite strong flavour/scent of the original balm, the Moisture Plus Ultra Hydrating Lip Balm in Clear, with an SPF of 15+ is for you! It contains 2g of product, but it is lighter, smooth and has this very subtle sweet, carmel flavour. It really is lovely.
It’s not the most economical coming in at $7.20 for 2g of product, but it’s handy, practical and non-offensive. It also comes in coloured tinted versions, which is nice!
Ingredients: C10-30 Cholesterol/Lanosterol Esters, Ozokerite, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate (Octinoxate), Benzophenone-3 (Oxybenzone),Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride Isopropyl Palmitate, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Euphoriba Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Paraffin, PPG-3BenzylEther Myristate, Aroma, Saccharin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Persea Gratissima (Avocado Butter), HydrogenatedVegetableOil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Linoleate (Vitamin E Linoleate),PalmitoylOligopeptide, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Tribehenin, Sorbitan Isostearate, Camphor, Ethyl Vanillin, Menthol.
I actually picked up the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Lip Therapy in a fancy Woolies (supermarket). I was so surprised to see it there, that I picked it up quickly. This lip balm is petroleum free if that is important to you and contains some excellent ingredients. It’s very minty fresh is taste and scent – spearmint gum to a tee! For that reason, I think most gentlemen wouldn’t mind using this balm. It comes with a slanted applicator and isn’t to thick or sticky and has a semi-matte finish. It is a little textured – it almost feels like it contains little beads which melt on the lips.
While I love all of the delicious and natural ingredients in this balm, it does seem to disappear from my lips quite quickly (maybe I’m just subconsciously eating it?!) – so if you have a serious issue which cracked and chapped lips, I’m not sure this guy is for you. For a universal, natural lip balm, everyone can reach for – it’s worth having a tube of this stuff on hand! It contains 14.8ml and comes in at $12.95.
Ingredients: Diisostearyl Malate, Microcrystalline Wax, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Glyceryl Diisostearate, Dimethicone, Flavor (Aroma), Glycerin, Triisostearin, Colloidal Oat Flour, Tocopherol, Squalane, Phenoxyethanol, Limonene, Water, Allantoin, Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract , Hyaluronic Acid.
The next lip balm is new cult classic, which I received a mini of as a gift – Fresh Rose Sugar Lip Treatment with SPF 15+. It does smell really fresh and lightly floral. The balm itself is sooo soft I have a feeling it would melt on the very hot summer days, but there is do doubt that it feels lovely on the lips.
The light tint it is a little translucent and rosey as the name suggests. Being made in France, it does feel luxurious. It’s a little difficult to get here in Aus and the sites which do sell it, sell it for about 50 quid – so a lot! In the states it retails for about $22.50, so it’s worth checking out if you go on holidays or if a friend does 😉 Fresh do a whole range of lip treatments in different coloured tints (with Rose being the original), so it’s almost like a collectable item! They would make lovely gifts also 🙂
Ingredients: Cera Alba (Beeswax), Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Olive Oil Decyl Esters, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Parfum (Fragrance), Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Sucrose Tetrastearate Triacetate, Limnanthes Alba, (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Passiflora Incarnata Seed Oil, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Seed Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Persea Gratissima, (Avocado) Oil , Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Vanillin, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Propyl Gallate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Ci 15850 (Red 7 Lake), Ci 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), Ci 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Limonene, Citral, Linalool, Benzyl Alcohol, BHT.
The next lip balm and one of my favourites – L’Occitane Shea Ultra Rich Lip Balm with 10% shea butter. This stick lip balm is a little ‘no frills’ but it works. I kinda like that it’s a simple lip balm stick which is maybe a touch on the drier side, perhaps a little waxxy – but won’t melt on you as you’re out and about. It’s perhaps a little waxxy only because of the high shea content, but you can still easily apply a nice layer to your lips, which will shield your lips from the elements. If you need a lip balm to soothe, perhaps this one isn’t the best for you – it is more protective. Because of it’s drier texture, it’s not sticky.
The balm has a ‘creamy’ scent if that makes sense. This balm is also made in France but won’t break the bank, coming in at $15.00 for 4.5g. Annoyingly though, I can’t find an ingredient list for this guy…
Second last, is also another favourite and cult classic, Nuxe’s Reve De Miel Lip Balm in a glass pot. Creamy, like a whipped honey, it is both soothing and protective. 80% of the lip balm’s ingredients are all natural, with the hero ingredient being of course, honey. This lip balm is also a little waxxy perhaps because it contains beeswax, but because it is a little whipped, it isn’t to difficult to get it out of the pot.
Perfect for popping on before bed or to act as a primer under lipstick. It does smell and taste like honey and is a little sweet. It is on the thicker side, but is matte in texture. Also French (I see a theme developing here!) the glass pot does make it feel a little more special. You get a decent 15g of product and it will set you back $19.99. My little pot has laster me forever I may add, and I’m only about half way through it.
Ingredients: CERA ALBA/BEESWAX, OLUS OIL/VEGETABLE OIL, LECITHIN, BEHENOXY DIMETHICONE, PRUNUS AMYGDALUS DULCIS (SWEET ALMOND) OIL,BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA BUTTER) EXTRACT, MEL /HONEY, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA BUTTER), DIMETHICONE, ETHYLHEXYLMETHOXYCINNAMATE, CITRUS GRANDIS (GRAPEFRUIT) PEEL OIL, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OIL, GLYCINE SOJA(SOYBEAN) OIL, ROSA MOSCHATA SEED OIL, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, TOCOPHEROL, CITRUS MEDICA LIMONUM (LEMON) PEEL OIL, CANDELILLACERA/EUPHORBIA CERIFERA (CANDELILLA) WAX, ALLANTOIN, CALENDULA OFFICINALIS FLOWER EXTRACT, BHT, CITRIC ACID, CITRAL, LIMONENE,LINALOOL [N0802/C].
Last but not least, maybe a surprising lip balm to add to the mix, is Clarins Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm. I bought this balm after a Polish Youtube makeup artists was raving about it. It’s a little thick, but it’s so smooth and soothing – without any stickiness, but still adds a hint of glass to the lips.
It contains rose wax, which sounds fancy, but it doesn’t feel waxxy at all. I can see why it was so highly recommended. It’s like Carmex’s fancier, 2nd cousin 😉 I can’t really detect a particular scent – whatever it is, it is light and perhaps just a little sweet. Perhaps it is the rose, but in a non-artificial kind of way. It is on the expensive side – $30 for 15ml.
Ingredients: Paraffinum Liquidum/Mineral Oil/Huile Minerale, Diisostearyl Malate, Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoprene Copolymer, Cera Microcristallina/Microcrystalline Wax,Cire Microcristalline, Ozkerite, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Paraffin, Polyethylene, Ricinus Communic (Castor) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Nylon-12, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Roas Centifolia Flower Wax, Rosa Damascena Flower Wax, Silica, Aroma/Flavor, Tocopherol, Oryzanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tribehenin, Ceramide 3, Sorbitan Isostearate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, BHT, CI 15850/Red 7 Lake.
So which lip balm is my favourite? Hmmm…. I don’t know if I could pick :/ I do love the Clarins lip balm for it’s simplicity yet wonderful texture and soothing power, however the Nuxe honey lip balm is just as soothing but for a lower price, and still feels fancy and French 🙂 It would probably last for a wee bit longer both in the pot and on the lips. For a gift – receiving the Fresh Rose lip balm as a gift would be special. Carmex lip products are always cheep and cheerful for the whole family, however if you can’t really stand the scents, then the First Aid Beauty Lip Therapy Balm may be for you! The L’Occitane Shea UltraRich Lip Balm in a stick, is great at maintaining healthy lips and protects them well from the cold and wind.
What are your favourite lip balms beauties?
Until next time,
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