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Luxe Or Less: Lip Balm

This week we review lip balms and find out if it’s worth spending big bucks for soft lips or will the cheap stuff work just as well?

Summer has played havoc with our skin, especially our lips. And with Valentine’s Day around the corner it’s time to find the best lip balm for ultra kissable lips. My tip with lip balm: when you put it on apply it just beyond your natural lip line as this moisturises the fine lines around your lips.

We put Carmex, Lanolips, Burt’s Bees, Dior and Elizabeth Arden lip balms to the test.


Carmex Original Flavour Jar and Tube, around $5.

Carmex is a great dependable lip balm that really nourishes the lips. It has a great tingly feel from the camphor and menthol. The strawberry flavour smells divine. I prefer the tube to prevent using dirty fingers in the jar.


Lanolips 101 Ointment, $17.95; Lemonaid Lip Aid, $15.95.

Lanolips has 101 uses (we’ll bring you some next week) but I love it most as a fantastic lip balm. So soothing and it’s fantastic under lipstick (it doesn’t dry up your lippie). The Ointment is fragrance free but my new fave is the Lemonaid Lip Aid which contains citric acid in the organic lemon oil which naturally exfoliates lips.


Burt’s Bees Honey Lip Balm $6.95.

Whenever anyone I know travels, I always pack a Burt’s Bees Honey Lip Balm in their onboard. The beeswax is perfect for flights, protecting lips from dryness and airborne nasties. I love the comforting honey scent and the cocoa butter and almond oil leave my lips super soft.


Christian Dior Creme De Rose, $28.

Love love love the packaging of this sweet little jar of lip balm. Beautifully chic, this is not a lip balm to throw into your handbag to get dirty and scratched. The rose scent is quite delicate, although I gifted one to my friend and she hated it, finding it overpowering. For rose lovers only.


Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant, $38

This all-purpose bestseller is much-loved for its ability to calm, soothe and repair chapped and dry skin, including lips. As much as I wanted to love this cult product, it didn’t work for me at all. It felt greasy on and just sat on top of my lips, and didn’t make my lips any softer.

What’s your favourite lip balm?