Whether it’s biting, winter winds or too much sun, sangria and sand that are causing your lips to be dry, dehydrated and uncomfortable there’s nothing more annoying and unsightly than dry, cracked and sore lips. If you’re a fan of wearing the boldest reds, or you prefer a nude lip and a more natural makeup, none of it works without soft, well nourished, healthy looking lips.
So if, like us, you have to have a lip balm secreted in every bag, stashed in every pocket and thrown in every drawer you’ll appreciate that a good lip balm is up there with a great mascara amongst our non negotiable, not leaving the house without it, beauty products.
With so many on the market and at such a wide range of price points it can be hard to work out which ones are worth spending extra on. So here’s our round up of the top 5 best lip balms we love.
1. Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm £9.50
Nuxe Reve De Miel, isn’t the most expensive lip balm in our list, but it’s certainly one of the longest lasting. A thick, sumptuous, creamy textured balm, a tiny bit goes a long way. We love the very subtle fragrance; a mix of honey and just the slightest hint of oranges. Apply just the smallest amount with the tip of your finger and smudge it gently over the lips for soft, smooth, comfortable lips that last for hours and hours. Find it here
2. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream £27
Any list of the best lip balms wouldn’t be complete without this iconic salve. Although there is something vaguely medicinal and herby about the fragrance of the original Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream, there is now a fragrance free edition too for those who didn’t like the original scent. Not just a lip balm (although it’s certainly an effective one) its gentle formula means you can use it pretty much anywhere. We’ve tried it on dry skin, sore elbows, eyebrows after an eyebrow wax- all with great success. The texture is unusual but undeniably effective; not a cream, not a gel, rather somewhere in between. Find it here
3. Lanolips 101 Ointment £10.99
Lanolips 101 is made from 100% lanolin and is about as dense and thick as balms come. In fact, if you live in the UK or other colder climes you may well need to warm the tube to get it to come out, so dense and viscous is the texture. Once it’s out of the tube however it’s a multi-purpose wonder product. You can use it on lips, chapped elbows, cracked heels, sore cuticles or to keep eyebrows in place- in fact wherever takes your fancy. It soothes and smooths like no other and best of all, it’s relatively inexpensive especially when you take into account just how long it lasts. Find it here
4. EOS Lip Balms £6.50
We have no idea whether there’s any truth in the statistic that the average woman eats 7 pounds of lipstick in her lifetime. If it’s even remotely true however you can take comfort in the fact that these EOS lip balms are 95% organic, 100% natural, and paraben and petrolatum free. If you were going to eat a lip balm, these would be the ones to pick- they both smell and taste delicious and fruity. Jojoba oil, shea butter and vitamin e also mean that they do a reasonable job of keeping your lips soft and smooth although they don’t have the longevity of their pricier competitors. Nonetheless, their brightly coloured, pleasingly ergonomic, rounded packaging means they are perfect for throwing in a handbag or a pocket and you won’t break the bank if you lose them. Find them here.
5. La Mer The Lip Balm £45
This lip balm is no doubt one of the most indulgent on the market- in price terms if nothing else. Nonetheless, users swear by its ability to soften even the crispiest of lips and turn them into plump, comfortable things of beauty. Imbued with a generous helping of La Mer’s miracle broth the texture of this lip balm is soft and it seems to sink right in. Delicately scented with just the perfect amount of mint, it’s refreshing and yet soothing leaving dewy, moisturised lips in its wake. Find it here
Those are our picks of the best lip balms- which are yours?