Dry, chapped lips are not only annoying as all hell, but can also be painful. Luckily, there are a slew of lip balms on the market right now that will give you a plush pucker at any budget.
1. Carmex Lip Balm, $5.90 for a pack of 3
This old-school lip salve is still lining drugstore shelves nationwide. While it has evolved, now available in different flavors and packaged in both a squeeze tube and as a stick, the original apothecary style pot of pout-perfecting ointment with its familiar yellow lid is also available. Lanolin and petrolatum help lips stay moisturized, while camphor and menthol ease cold sore pain.
Slick on some S.W. Basics of Brooklyn’s USDA-certified organic lip balm before leaving the house and go about your day without having to reapply every five minutes. This formula melts into even the driest lips. Each balm contains coconut oil and beeswax, but it’s the cocoa butter that gives them their candy-like essence. Flavors like peppermint, citrus and cinnamon make these akin to a more sophisticated version of the Lip Smackers of yore. (The peppermint smells just like a peppermint patty.) You can buy them separately, or you can spend $15 for all four flavors. The sleek, reusable tin is great for stashing little goodies when you’re on the go.
3. Lasting Smiles Lip Balm, $4.99
This USDA-certified organic lip balm is made with fair-trade ingredients. A mix of coconut, sunflower and jojoba oils along with shea and cocoa butters nourish and hydrate. They have delectable flavors ranging from a classic peppermint crème to fun blends like passion fruit mango. Even better, thanks to a partnership with Smile Train, every time you buy a Lasting Smiles lip balm, you’re helping a child with a cleft lip or cleft palate get much-needed surgery.
This chubby stick is adorable and comes in a variety of shades, so you can get color and moisture in a single swipe. The shea butter leaves your lips soft and plump for hours, and the color is sheer but not streaky, the way some tinted balms can be. It’s the perfect stick for everyday wear, especially if you’re not big into makeup but want just a bit more oomph in your daily beauty routine. Not here for tint? It also comes in a transparent formula.
5. Korres Lip Butter, $12
There is something so luxurious about this wonderful little pot of lip butter. The creamy, rich texture feels heavenly on the lips, and the sheer tint adds a perfect wash of color. Wild Rose is a cult classic, and Jasmine is the loveliest shade of pink. Korres Lip Butters are also vegan friendly, using rice bran wax and shea butter to moisturize and protect. Korres bills itself as a “modern Greek apothecary,” and, like the Carmex packaging, the tiny pots speak to that aesthetic. With their cheerful colored caps, they will appeal to minimalists, beauty junkies and lovers of cosmetics everywhere.
6. Farmacy Lip Bloom, $16.50
Farmacy is a company that takes its love of nature seriously, from its plant-powered formulas to its packaging, created using paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. That commitment to the earth shows in its stellar Lip Bloom, a silky balm containing sunflower and castor oils as well as EchinaceaGreenEnvy, a patented antioxidant that brings relief and plumpness to a parched pout. Lip Bloom isn’t cheap, but the sophisticated, authentic flavors — think lavender mint, strawberry basil and citrus lemongrass — and intense hydration make it worth every penny. The sleek mirrored lid is perfect for touch-ups in a pinch.
Jane Iredale is one of the pioneers of eco-friendly beauty, and the brand has struck gold yet again with this brilliant multipurpose stick. Technically, this isn’t a balm; it’s much, much more. This little wonder stick not only imparts beautiful color that magically adjusts to fit your complexion by reacting to your skin’s acid levels, but also moisturizes like a dream, thanks to olive, pumpkin, avocado and jojoba oils, rose flower wax and beeswax. You can count on the color looking pretty hours after applying it.
With these beautiful balms, you’ll keep your kisser soft and smooth all winter long.