There’s no shortage of lip balms these days and thankfully, they’ve come a long way since Vaseline was the only solution for a chapped pout. But with such a wide range of balms to choose from, including some that claim to be super organic, others that protect us from the sun’s rays and some whose sole purpose is to smell epically amazing, knowing which one to pick can be a decidedly difficult task.
So where to start? Say hello to the cream of the crop. These babies are so good, you’ll never be able to stop. With addictively delish scents and ultra-hydrating formulas, it’s no surprise these balms regularly top beauty editors’ lists. So throw out that lip gloss you’ve had since 2008 and get some addictively nourishing goodness into your life…
1. Luk Beautifood Skin Nourish Lip Balm
If you want to avoid parabens and nasties, Luk’s Beautifood lip balm is as natural as you’re going to get. It has absolutely no artificial flavours, fragrances, petrochemicals, synthetics dyes or silicone. Plus it’s cruelty free, vegetarian and smells like candy. Mmmm…
2. Lucas’ Papaw Ointment
People who used Lucas’ Papaw swear by it and for a good reason. This ointment has had the same formula for over 100 years and contains antibacterial and antimicrobial properties so it can be used on scrapes and cuts too and is fab for bringing relief from the symptoms of dermatitis and eczema. Winning.
3. Revo Lip Balm
It’s more than just Revo’s unconventional shape which makes this lip balm a cult celeb fave. Filled with conditioning oils, antioxidants, vitamin E and aloe oil, this cutely packaged balm will leave your lips feeling super smooth and softer immediately, and it lasts, so there’s no need to reapply every five minutes. Hurrah!
4. Aēsop Rosehip Seed Lip Cream
We love this balm for its sleek, hangbag friendly packaging alone, but it gets extra brownie points for its sensitive skin friendly formula that’s free from silicone and paraffin and includes vitamin E to ensure your pout is hydrated and good enough to kiss.
5. Smith’s Rosebud Salve
This one is an oldie but a goodie. Packaged in a cute tin, Smith’s Rosebud Salve does far more than just give you moist, rose-scented lips. Like Lucas Papaw, it can be used to heal dry cuticles and skin, prime eyelashes and to give you a dewy look when applied to lids and cheeks. We’ll take two!
6. Neutrogena Naturals Lip Balm
This lip balm is winning for a number of reasons. With all of its ingredients derived from natural sources and no harsh chemicals, it comes in 100 per cent recyclable packaging and contains stacks of vitamin E to get your lips full of moisture.
7. The Body Shop’s Born Lippy
This lip balm comes in five fruity flavours and will keep your smile tasting delicious and looking super glossy. While it has great staying power, doing away with constant re-applications, the scent is so incredibly addictive you’ll want to keep dipping back into the pot. You’ve been warned.
8. Supergoop! AcaiFusion Lip Balm SPF 30
With a super high SPF rating that’s combined with an antioxidant-rich formula to ensure your lips won’t get chapped or sunburnt, this balm is the pick of the pack for anyone with seriously dry lips, delivering impressive results.
9. Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm
Created to heal, repair and nourish, Burt’s Bees is au naturalé at its best. Not only does it include vitamin E to keep your lips super smooth and kissable, it also smells like a candy shop. So delish, you won’t be able to stop once you start.
Isabelle is a writer who has a hundred-and-one side-splittingly funny stories about growing up at an all-girls boarding school, with a chocolate habit that requires constant monitoring. Follow Isabelle on Twitter.