Like my addiction to neutral eyeshadow palettes, I’m forever on the hunt for a good lip balm. No matter the price..high, low or somewhere in between, I’ve spent a personal fortune on my quest for just the right consistency and staying power. Here are some recent favorites that have passed the test.

Thank goodness there are a variety of lip balms, because I there is no “one size fits all” formula for me. At night, I like a formula that nourishes, hydrates and stays put all night so that I don’t wake up with dry lips. The dry lips at night thing, unfortunately gets worse as you get older. During the day, I usually opt for a lighter texture, one that can be worn under a lipstick, or a tinted lip balm. And since this list is geared more to winter, I haven’t included lip balms with SPF.

Current lip balm favorites:

  • Jack Black The Stick – I am a huge fan of Jack Black lip balms! This traditional stick balm moisturizes with cocoa butter and jojoba oil and has a minty flavor. It lasts the night, and I love that when I wake up, my lips aren’t the slightest bit dry.
  • Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask is a thick lip treatment that I also use at night. I like that there is medical grade lanolin in the formula, along with many other oils, so it really moisturizes and conditions. The only downside is that you really have to work to get the product out of the tube. I also bought the Agave Lip Balm, but it really drags on the lips, and I didn’t find it as moisturizing as the Lip Mask. I wound up returning it.
  • Carmex Comfort Care is also good, providing long-lasting moisture, and using natural colloidal oatmeal in an antioxidant-rich formula to nourish lips. Good drugstore find!
  • I’m been obsessed with Sol de Janiero Bum Bum Cream (who isn’t?!), so when I saw the Brazilian Kiss Cupuaçu Lip Butter, I needed to have it. This lip balm is like sunshine in a stick, with infused with cupuaçu, açaí, and coconut oil for hydration. I love the tropical vanilla flavor, too.
  • Organic to Green ARCTIC Moisturizer can be used on lips or other dry areas like cuticles and elbows. Formulated with three ingredients: white coconut oil, shea butter and vanilla natural oil, this lip treatment really works. Plus, it comes in a large 1 oz. jar! It’s cruelty-free and vegan.
  • Herbivore Coco Rose Coconut Lip Oil Conditioner is a favorite lip treatment for before I apply lipstick (especially a matte formula). As with everything Herbivore, I love the elegant packaging. The rose scent is divine. This is a fairly “hard” solid and needs to be warmed up with your finger before applying.

Tinted Formulas

  • Clarins Daily Energizer Lovely Lip Balm is a new, limited-edition for spring. The packaging is cute and whimsical. This balm applies clear, but then changes with your pH to create your own perfect tint. The formula feels luxe on your lips; moisturizing and nourishing with plenty of oils and antioxidants.
  • Maybelline New York Baby Lips Color Balm Crayons are new this month. If you’re crazy about the original Baby Lips, now there is the flexibility of a crayon. Available in 8 shades from neutrals to bolds and brights, I found these balms to be comfortable on the lips, hydrating and was super-impressed with the pigmentation. At under $7.00, worth a try!

M·A·C Scrubtious is a new sugar-based scrub for lips. A lip scrub can really help to exfoliate, buff away dry skin and leave lips conditioned. I’ve tried many lip scrubs over the years, and this is one of the largest pots, making it a good value for $16. I tested the Summer Berry and Sweet Brown Sugar. Both smell delish and leave lips smooth and hydrated.


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