It’s that time of year again. That time when the cold gets deep in your bones, your skin gets dry and flaky and your lips get chapped into oblivion. ‘Tis but a merry season! I can deal with the general dryness in my skin, but my lips get so chapped sometimes that it can be quite painful. I don’t think I’m alone in this issue either. You guys have trouble with it too right? In an attempt to put an end to this business, I’ve put four lip balms through the ringer.
Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment
I remember people going nuts for these balms a few years ago. I’ve owned various colours over the years and, while they’re certainly nice for a hydrating lip tint, if you’re looking for intensive restoration I don’t think this is your man. I’ve even tried the advanced lip therapy version and it wasn’t anything special to me. They don’t stay on particularly long and they don’t feel like anything remarkable. I think you can get better balms for a fiver (Nova Scotia Fisherman Lip Balm).
Bite Agave Lip Balm
These only just launched, but they’ve been flying off the shelves. The ingredient list is great – lanolin, shea butter and a lovely blend of oils – and, as it’s Bite Beauty, it’s free of any nasty chemicals. The balm is really hydrating and lasts well on the lips. I can see some not liking it however, simply because the consistency is so stiff that it’s a bit of a pain to get on. I would definitely give this a thumbs up, however I don’t think it’s the best out there.
Nuxe Reve De Miel
What a beautiful formula. This lip balm has because something of a cult classic and I can tell you that it’s well deserved! The texture is thick and creamy and the smell it divine. You can pop it on your lips at night and when you wake up in the morning you can still feel it on your lips. It’s deeply hydrating and a true, luxurious treat to use.
Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm
Up until a couple of months ago I would have told you that it’s not possible to make a better balm that Reve De Miel. But my friend/roommate (who has the largest collection of lip balms I’ve ever seen in my life) kept telling me I needed to try Jack Black’s Lip Balm. I finally did and, let me tell you, I bow down to her superior knowledge. The balm is the shit. It’s a lot more of a fluid texture than I’m used to, which I initially assumed meant that it wouldn’t last. But it actually lasts extremely well. Not only does it leave my lips feeling more hydrated than anything else I’ve tried, it also leaves them incredibly plump, supple and smooth. I can’t recommend this enough and it’s the most affordable of the bunch.