I'm a big fan of lip balm. I have worn it since I was in primary school. I remember a student teacher once asking a group of us girls at musical practice 'what's the difference between lip gloss and lip balm" (said with a Canadian accent, we found it most amusing).
Anyone knows that lip gloss, while amazing looking, is also sticky and drying on your lips.
Lip balm, on the other hand, often has no colour but is great for hydrating your kisser. It can come in a tube, tub, or stick and is pretty much the only solution to chapped lips (that I've discovered so far, anyway).
I rarely finish a stick of lip balm (as they always seem to go missing before I get to the end) and my bags contain multiple lip balm choices because I know the pain of a lip balm-free day!
Here are my five favourite balms:
1 – Dr Lipp Nipple Balm for Lips – AU$28 – Dr Lipp is a heavy duty lip balm with a cheeky name. I like to apply it at night and in the morning because it is really thick and a great way to both start and end the day. In Australia, Dr Lipp is pretty pricey though and in winter it is REALLY difficult to get out of the tube!
2 – Blistex LIp Conditioning Balm – AU$3.50 – Blistex has been with me through thick and thin. Aside from being ridiculously affordable, I have always found this balm to provide the most consistent results. My sister always liked the tub version but I'm a fan of the stick. I have a strange love for the tingly sensation when applied to sore lips – is that weird? This stuff is the business!
3 – Lanolips 101 Ointment - AU$17.95 – The Lanolips is not quite as thick as Dr Lipp and has a creaminess to it that just makes it a thrill to slide onto lips. Again it works as a great 'before bed' balm and I like to wear it under lipsticks that are particularly drying. It does affect how long they last but it makes my lips feel so good that I don't really care! Lanolips also comes in coloured varieties, pretty and conditioning. Win.
4 – Lucas Pawpaw Ointment - AU$5.95 – Lucas Pawpaw Ointment has become the new Vaseline (am I right?!). It's one of those products that is ridiculously cheap, everyone carries it with them, and it can be used on a multitude of ailments. It's not my favourite lip healer, but it's so versatile that I keep it with me for any dry skin emergencies!
5 – Blistex Lip Ointment Tube - AU$ – This stuff is hard core. Every now and again, particularly when the weather is really bad, my chapped lips step up to another level of painful that none of my lip products can solve. That's when I call in the big guns. Blistex Lip Ointment is the only product I've found so far that can bring my lips back to normal. I am yet to find something that works so well. It is yellow-ish and creamy and best applied in private because it can be a bit weird looking. I think it's mostly for cold sores but it works on super chapped lips in a way that no other balm can. Save this for those emergency situations so your lips don't get too used to it and it becomes less effective (this is a thing, trust me).
What's your favourite lip balm product?! I'm always trying new ones and I'd love to try some of your faves!