The winter months are rough on skin, particularly hands and lips. I consider myself to be a little too obsessed with collecting new chapsticks and lip balms, meaning I’ve found some inexpensive ones over the years. Some people can’t stop buying shoes….I can’t stop buying this stuff. There was a point in high school where I was addicted (like actually addicted) to Burt’s Bees and applied it every few minutes. The little pot of it was in my front jeans pocket and I reapplied it at least four times each class. Same thing happened with Carmex too… guys, lesson learned: do NOT get addicted to a specific kind of lip balm. I realize this is probably the weirdest thing someone has told you all day, but it’s important to change up your lip products or you’ll get weirdly dependent on one. Trust me.
These are a roundup of my favorite ones, and they’re all under $10 (most are way less).
Aquaphor: I started using Aquaphor a couple of months ago and wished I’d discovered it sooner. It’s a great multipurpose “healing ointment” and is perfect for lips and dry skin. It works great on cuticles, too, and I know I’ll be buying a couple more tubes to keep around in the coming months. One thing is, it’s a bit sticky since the texture is similar to Vaseline, so I recommend applying it right before bed or when you won’t be touching your phone, computer, etc. and getting the residue everywhere.
Chapstick: You really can’t go wrong with the traditional, staple tube of Chapstick. Easy to apply, classic packaging, and always reliable. One for each purse, please!
Nivea: The Nivea lip treatment is a bit lighter, so I use it a lot in the summer when I’m looking for something milder or before putting on lipstick. I’ve found that I need to reapply it more often, but it doesn’t feel heavy on your lips like some of the others (Aquaphor, Vaseline, Rosebud Salve, C.O. Bigelow).
Rosebud Salve: This stuff is amazing. Ever since I discovered it 8 or so years ago, I’ve been using this as a quick lip and hand treatment that smells subtly rosy. Plus, it adds a little color if lipstick isn’t your thing. It’s great quick fix when you don’t have a lotion on hand, but the tin of it has started to skeeve me out when I think too much about dipping your hand into the same container over and over without washing them (why I didn’t think of this in high school with the Burts Bees/Carmex, I do not know). They do make it in tube form now, but I have a small tin of it that I keep at home and use when I know my hands are germ-free.
Carmex: Ah, the ever-addicting Carmex. I honestly think I’ve used this more than any human should– so much so, that my skin almost has a negative reaction to it now and starts getting irritated. I had some mysterious bump behind my ear when I was younger and just put Carmex on it…viola, it was gone. Dry hands, dry lips, mysterious ailments– Carmex seems to soothe it all.
C.O. Bigelow: I haven’t used this in awhile, but I had the original green mentha version when it came out 10 or so years ago. If I remember correctly, it’s got some shine and feels a bit heavy on the lip, but does really well with the moisturizing. They make a few different types and some have added color for an extra pop.
Vaseline Lip Therapy: The ingenious marketing EVER. Seriously, whoever came up with the idea of putting a product that is basically Vaseline in a cuter, smaller container and calling it “lip therapy” is after my own heart. I love Vaseline (so similar to Aquaphor, if you haven’t tried that yet) and calling it a cocoa butter lip therapy in a miniature bottle had me sold the moment I saw it. Same thing with the dirty hands repeatedly going into the same jar– if that bothers you, maybe skip this one. Or if it does but you’re willing to make sure your hands are relatively germ-free, like me, this is for you! It’s mild and cocoa-ey and leaves your lips extra soft.
Burt’s Bees: High school addiction (maybe even middle school) number two. Now, in stick form that is so much better. Burt’s Bees leaves your lips tingling and minty, plus they make ones with some color if you’re looking for a good moisturizing lip color.
There you have it…hopefully everything you need (or didn’t need) to know about lip balm for the upcoming season and beyond! Do you have any personal favorites? I’m sure I’m not the only one!