What a week! In the Midwest, we’ve had unthinkable wind chills of -50. Exposed skin can become frostbitten with little exposure to the elements. And what is more exposed that your lips? I’ve been testing lip balms that can withstand the effects of winter, like the dryness, lack of humidity and cold temperatures.
Before I get to the list, I should mention that I am super-picky about lip balms. I have chronically dry, chapped lips so I look for a lip balm that soothes, protects and is long-lasting. I always apply a lip balm before bed and it needs to make it through the night. Although this list is targeted to winter, these lip balms certainly can be used year around. For best results, lip balms with oils, glycerine or occlusives (think Vaseline, Aquaphor) will be the most comfortable and moisturizing in winter.
The Best Lip Balms for Winter 2014 include (in alphabetical order):
- The Bliss Fabulips Treatment Kit ($45) is a 4-piece system that cleans, exfoliates, plumps, and softens lips. I love the fabulips sugar lip scrub and the softening lip balm. From start to finish, leaves lips in excellent condition.
- An excellent drugstore find, ChapStick® Hydration Lock keeps lips hydrated for 8 hours and my testing can confirm that. This is really an excellent lip balm and only $2.99!
- Eminence Citrus Lip Balm ($24) drenches lips in shea butter and sunflower seed oil. It has Lemon Balm in it too, for the most wonderful scent and light taste. This one is petroleum-free and organic. Love!
- has everything you need for total lip and anti-aging care: Lip Scrub, Lip Masque and Lip Renewal (balm). I tended to use the Lip Scrub and Lip Renewal the most out of this trio, although the three steps when used together really do make lips feel completely conditioned and renewed. The Lip Renewal includes Peach Kernal Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, She Butter, Cocoa Seed Butter, Coconut Oil…the list goes on. This is definitely skincare for your lips.
- Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Lip Moisturizer ($2.99) is another great drugstore find. Famous for the winter-skin essential Norwegian Hand Cream, this lip formulation conditions and protect lips without being waxy. SPF 15 too, so it’s great for outside sports winter or summer!
- Noya Lip Balm ($3.99) is an all-natural, Kosher, great tasting lip balm made with three to five simple ingredients. In spearmint, vanilla and cherry (my favorite), as well as “classic unscented”, these lip balms do the job!
- Nyakio Hydrating Lip Balm ($20) is long-lasting and hydrating. Infused with African kola nut extract, marula oil, trichilia butter, beeswax, Vitamin E, soybean extract, sunflower extract and honey. Keeps lips comfortably moisturized.
- TATCHA Gold Camellia Nourishing Lip Balm ($36) gets my vote for the most elegant and luxurious lip balm. But it’s not just a pretty jar. It really hydrates and nourishes lips, with Squalane and Camellia Oil. I’ll re-buy!
- Votre Vu Champagne Kisses Enhancing Lip Balm ($22) is a nourishing lip balm, loaded with antioxidant-rich Champagne Grape Seed Oil, Tomato Fruit Oil, Celery Leaf cell extracts, Sunflower Seed Oil, Shea Butter and more. Helps minimize the appearance of fine lines around the mouth area, plump lips and protect from the elements. Good all-around lip balm.
- Vaseline® Lip Therapy® Rosy Lips ($1.99) is a new twist on a trusted product. Millions use Vaseline® Petroleum Jelly to lock in moisture on lips. Now it’s available with a sheer, rosy, natural tint and subtle rose/vanilla/berry scent. This one gets my vote for most adorable; it’s the cutest baby-sized jar. Available in drug, discount and food retailers.
I also have to mention Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment (review), which is one of my most re-purchased beauty products. And don’t miss last year’s picks for winter lip balms and reviews of Rodin Olio Lusso and Josie Maran Argan Lip Treatment. Do you have a favorite lip balm for winter? I’m sure there are still many I haven’t tried. Let me know in the comments!