March 16, 2006

On search for the perfect lip balm

I know winter is almost over, but I still haven't found my perfect lip balm -and certainly not from the lack of trying! I have tried more than five lip balms (which is def more than what my lips need,) but I'm still not satisfied with any of them. Although I do admit I got most of my lip balms for free, one way or another, and only one lip balm was actually purchased personally.

Vaseline Lip Therapy, Cherry - This is the one I've been using ever since I bought it in Japan last August. It certainly does do all that lip protecting thing it's supposed to. My only complaint is that it's got an annoying texture, like the balm on the upper and lower lip stick together. Oh and while lip balms don't necessarily need to be shiny, if they're going to act like lip gloss (annoyingly sticky that is,) then it should at least look good.

Biotherm Moisturizing Balm Protective Lip Care -I think Biotherm has changed the package since I got mine because mine doesn't look like this photo (which is the only lip balm that can be currently found on the Biotherm website.) The one I have is a white tube. The 'lip balm' inside is sort of like a white cream, which is super annoying because after application, it forms a white layer on your lips! AND it didn't even feel moisturising. Thank goodness my dad got this for free from the plane!

Ren Skincare Acacia Blossom Lip Honey -Another freebie from the plane, this time from my mum. This so-called lip balm is like a chunk of hard wax. I literally have to use my nails to scrape some 'balm' from the jar onto my lips and spread it out. After a long bit of heating, the chunk of 'Lip Honey' does melt -and when it does, it's fantastic -but when it cools down afterwards, it's hard and annoying to use again.

Body Shop Born Lippy Lip Balm -My friend gave this to me as a present, (yes I am extremely cheap and hardly ever buy myself lip balm.) When I was younger I loved the smell. But now that I'm older, the smell really irritates me because it makes the water in my water bottle taste funny.

Eve Lom Kiss Mix -I don't actually own this, but a facial lady once put it on me at the end of my Eve Lom facial (which was totally useless btw.) Eve Lom Kiss Mix is mega shiny, and it gives the lips a lovely tingly feeling. I haven't used it enough to comment on how lip-protecting it is, but at 12.5 pounds per jar, I probably won't be running to buy it!

So if there is a lip balm that you think is uber fantastic, let me know please!!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

im a huge fan of cocoa butter lip balm. you have the option of a sunscreen and it's super moisturizing. its also very affordable at 99 cents a tube! and it tastes like cocoa!

3/16/2006 10:04 AM  
Anonymous steph said...

i'm using l'occitane's shea butter. i bought it in the 8ml traveller's size on the plane. its really useful because you can use it as a lip balm and as a moisturiser on really dry skin.

3/16/2006 10:06 AM  
Blogger cruelandpretty said...

neutrogena makes one that's pretty amazing. it feels good, goes on pretty clear, and adds a tad of shine. blistex's "silk and shine" is good too.

3/16/2006 10:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to use Kiehl's lip balm # 1 as it does a good job of moisturizing your lips. Too bad it has a horrendous taste. Then I found C.O. Bigelow's Mentha Lip Shine and I LOVE this product. It's mint-infused, ultra shiny, really moisturizing, and has a sweet taste to it!

3/16/2006 10:16 AM  
Blogger That Student said...

Burt's Bees Beeswax Lipbalm. I swear by that stuff. I bought mine at Borders (I's weird to find a lip balm at a bookstore). I think they also have it in Trader Joe's. You can also buy it online at

3/16/2006 10:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've tried so many over the years but now I only use Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream for lips. I have about 5 tubes stashed in various places so I'm never without!! You can get it with tints as well, but i haven't tried those yet...

3/16/2006 10:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

cruelandpretty: I use the Neutrogrena lip moisturizer too! It does the job, isn't sticky, has a bit of a clear shine AND its affordable-which is a very good thing since I tend to lose them a lot. Oh and it has SPF as well. I highly recommend it.

3/16/2006 11:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i use blistex... but the kind that comes in a little jar.. it's not all that pretty but it makes your lips tingle and i swear it makes my lips plump.. but that could just be in my head... however it's quite awesome for chapped lip...

3/16/2006 12:01 PM  
Blogger La Dulcinea said...

I've been using Carmex for more than a decade (wow, that makes me sound old). That makes me think I'm addicted. But on the upside, it works well as a lasting moisturizer without being irritatingly sticky or wet, plus it's got SPF 15 in it. And it's only like US$1 a tube (I buy it in an twist applicator form that works like a lipstick--very easy).

3/16/2006 12:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Over the years i have tried every (EVERY!) damn lip balm I could get my lips to smooch... After years of hands on (or lips on!) research I am 100% convinced that beeswax is the key ingredient- anything with beeswax will make your lips silky smooth for hours... "Labello: Milk and Honey" is my current favourite- I have to get it sent over from Europe as they don't sell it in Australia BUT its sooo worth it!

3/16/2006 1:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Victoria's Secret Balmy Nights is good. It leaves a just licked your lips shine, not an overly shiny shine. I prefer not too shiny. Also, I find with some lip balms that after a few minutes/hours you get "white stuff" on the inner part of your lips, visible when you open your mouth. It is SO annoying, but I don't get that with Balmy Nights. So that is what I recommend. Good luck getting it though, I'm in Canada and we don't have Victoria's Secret and they don't sell it online or through the catalogue, so I have to request it when someone visits the States, and it is almost always sold out. Boo.

3/16/2006 1:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

rosebud salve, you can use it for nearly anything! it leaves a pretty shine on your lips (short of juicy tube-shine, though) and it's tinted pink. only downside is that the texture isn't great... you supposed to be able to use it for dry skin, but makes your skin a little gooey-ish. DEF worth buying, though, for only $5.50 at sephora.

3/16/2006 2:06 PM  
Anonymous Atia said...

I have to agree with the others: Smith's Rosebud Salve works wonders! I find that is also mouisturizes my dry patches when i have an allergic reaction to new make-up, and it also helps calm those deeeeeep zits. one thing that may piss you off is the smell, which is the "old lady" kind of roses. but i love anything old-ladyish, so it's a plus for me.

3/16/2006 2:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Burts Bee's is what I use. I like it because it doesnt leave too much of a shine when I dont want it, and I can easily apply other lip gloss over it.

3/16/2006 3:27 PM  
Anonymous viv said...

laura mercier's lip balm ($20) is fantastic: very smooth, long lasting, slightly visible bc it's a definite shine, but definitely not sticky in any way.

3/16/2006 3:30 PM  
Anonymous Juuci said...

Clinque has this
"Colour Surge Butter Shine Lipstick" it's not really a lib BALM as you can see, but it does do wonders for my lips! Sometime in January I had a lip crisis (my lips were cracked beyond belief <-- no amount of water or balm could sooth them?!) and the lady at the counter recommended this lipstick for my winter formal, by the evening my lips were better than they had been in weeks! I like this lipstick because it goes on really smooth, it has the shine of a gloss (but isnt sticky at all!), and of course it mends my damaged lips. It's about $18 Canadian a tube, but IMO, definitely worth it as it's not only a balm, a gloss, but gives a "my lips but better" tinge of colour. :)

3/16/2006 4:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess your quest has struck a nerve!

Alba Botanica is what I use out here in the Mojave Desert. Smooth, cheap, long lasting!

3/16/2006 5:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't live without Blistex (in the little jar). I've tried heaps, and keep going back to this one. Can't beat it ;)

3/16/2006 6:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like lite lip balm from lush a lot. It's a bit expensive I think, but it has a really pleasant scent and a nice texture.

3/16/2006 7:24 PM  
Blogger missy-j said...

i dont really use lipbalm (humid tropical weather does have it's ups sometimes) but if i need to, i just use plain old vaseline from the tub.

3/16/2006 8:30 PM  
Anonymous k said...

hello! it's humid where i'm from, but i do get dry lips. when i do, i use mentholatum's LipIce Grape flavour, which is colourless and not oily. tastes great too! slightly minty and grape-ish. rather cheap too =) if you get really desperate though, why not try making one yourself? there're recipes, one fantastic one at that might be helpful so you can tweak it to your taste.

3/16/2006 8:47 PM  
Anonymous chikichibi said...

I'm convinced that anything that makes your lips tingle is actually an irritant to your skin. But if your lips tolerate it and you like it, good for you.

Me? I vouch for the super moisturizing and protecting abilities of Kiehl's and the laura mercier that others posted about. And also Dr Hauschka. My husband used to carry the bert's bee's constantly and then tried my Dr Hauschka and then never went back.

3/16/2006 8:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have chronically chapped lips and have also tried almost every brand. C&C Bigelow is definitely my lip balm of choice, it comes in a basic moisturizing formula, a mint one, and also a wonderful exfoliating lip scrub that is much cheaper and more effective than the Benefit lip exfoliator/balm set. I would recommend all three since they work well, have pleasant scents and are only about $5 a pop in the states.

3/16/2006 9:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blistex Herbal Answer!!!! It has a nice, light citrus-y fragrance and the perfect texture--not too sticky, not too hard, not too liquidy so it doesn't slide off. it glides smoothly on your lips (it's a stick--I prefer that to finger application) and feels so comforting. It has SPF 15 and is full of nourishing stuff--aloe, chamomile, jojoba, avocado, shea butter. Plus, it's so cheap I buy it in multiples and stick it all over my apartment and in various bags so my lips need never be uncomfortable!

3/16/2006 10:06 PM  
Anonymous Herdís said...

I use Blistex DCT, (daily conditioning treatment)and it comes in a little "pink" jar,
it containes Cocoa Butter, Aloe, and vitamins A and E
it is realy good, it gives u shiny/glossy and healthy lips! well I Love it and I cant be without it :D
I dont know much about the prise elsewhere, but I live in Iceland where evrything is expencive, but this lip balm is rather cheap :D
here is a picture of the palm..

3/16/2006 10:25 PM  
Blogger Harrods Girl said...

Ooo yay, lots of suggestions.

The thing is, even when I'm in Hong Kong, (which is humid most of the time) I still need lip balm because air conditioning indoors makes my lips dry!

I was actually tihnking of trying the Kiehl's tinted lip balm, but my friend has it and she seems to have to reapply every hour!

3/16/2006 11:20 PM  
Blogger sophisticatedbeyotch said...

Burts Bee's lip balm is the best!!! its not sticky and it smells wonderful :)

3/17/2006 12:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kiehl's Baby Lip Balm. Really gentle as you might imagine. No taste, it's not sticky. Gives your lips a nice shine.

3/17/2006 1:54 AM  
Anonymous Aunt Beep said...

BURTS BEES!!! I havent used anything else for almost 10 years. It's the BEST BEST BEST there is!

3/17/2006 2:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you have to try either:
a) burt's bees
b) blistex
c) my new favourite, the givenchy baby lips - the compact comes with a mirror, lip scrub, lip balm and two cute lip glosses not to mention lip brushes all in a tiny little box
(just don't take it clubbing cos you probably WILL lose it... and it's a bit expensive at 23pounds in debenhams)

3/17/2006 3:57 AM  
Blogger Mrs. de Winter said...

Blistex, Blistex, Blistex.
I can´t live without Blitex.

3/17/2006 4:18 AM  
Blogger Yiling said...

I LOVE Prada's Shielding Balm SPF 15/Lip/Tint, they have them untinted, or lightly tinted. I love the chocolate tint (#5).

They're a little expensive, but I love them so much, I give them out as gifts to my girl friends.

I love their cute little package, and it has a soft scent that I LOVE! the texture is perfect, they're not sticky.

3/17/2006 4:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a huge fan of L'Occitane's 100% shea butter. It comes in a little tin 0.26oz and like you I got it free on a flight courtsey of my dad. It is however £8 a tin in shops but it does last long. Otherwise nivea makes good value lip balm tubes.

3/17/2006 8:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where's Burt's Bees?

3/17/2006 8:16 AM  
Anonymous Leila said...

Burt's Bees for sure, but I also love the Aveeno Lip Enhancer. It's not really a lip balm, but it keeps the lips shiny if you apply a lot and also intensely moisturized. Good luck!

3/17/2006 8:21 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I swear by Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm. They have original flavor and a new honey flavored one. It is also available in a tin. You can purchase all their products from their website or you can order it from as well.

I won't use anything else. I've tried Blistex, Chapstick, Victoria's Secret, Neutrogena, Vaseline, Bonibell, Aveeno, Avon, you name it, I've tried it! Nothing else works...

Well, there is one other that is a must have. Jafra Extra Care Cream. Can be found online at or from your local Jafra representative. It comes in a pretty good size jar and is good for everything, including under eyes. I highly recommend buying some asap!! (also can be found on eBay)

3/17/2006 10:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I haven't been without Kiehl's #1 lip balm for 3 years now. I disagree with the earlier comment that it tastes weird (I've never noticed anyhow)... it's amazing: moisturing, clean, and makes your lips super-shiny in a pouty, sexy, "I'm not trying too hard" kind of way. It also comes in a convenient small pot making it perf for girls on the go-

3/18/2006 2:13 AM  
Anonymous Bronwen said...

The makers of the Rosebud Salve also make Rosebud Strawberry Lip Balm. I swear by this stuff. I've tried many a balm, and this is killer. I have like six of these stashed around my home, car, makeup bag, and office. Sephora usually has it in stock, and it's on their website.

3/18/2006 5:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I use Trader Joe's Lip Balm - Virtuoso. It's about $3USD for 3 sticks and the lip balm stays on my lips forever!

3/18/2006 10:24 AM  
Blogger NaughtyVoyeur said...

I am also a huge fan of Burt's Bees, but I prefer the Lip Shimmer. It's a longer skinny tube. I like the color 'champagne'. I tried the one in the fat tube, chapstick size. However, I didn't realize when you put a bunch on.. it makes your lips look incredibly white. Doh!! But the Champagne Lip Shimmer rocks, I have at least 5 of them in my purse at all times. A few in my desk, my car and other places. It's an addiction.

3/18/2006 1:42 PM  
Blogger asstwirl said...

burts bees :) i don't vaseline too; it shines, but it feels completely oily. burts bees is the exact opposite, it's matte, it doesn't shine, but it leaves a really cool minty feeling on the lips :)

3/18/2006 2:51 PM  
Blogger asstwirl said...

oh & btw, i use the beeswax one. i haven't tried the others but i heard the beeswax one is the most fuss-free and effective. plus, the yellow tin with its trademark bee is super cute & easy to carry :)

3/18/2006 2:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a big fan of Body Shop Mango Lip Butter. It smells and tastes fantastic. It's very moisturizing and it doesn't look weird on. Very sheer.

3/19/2006 1:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Burt's Bee is a good one, and I also recommend Nivea - fixes your chapped lips really fast.

3/19/2006 3:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also swear by the Laura Mercier lip silk. It has good coverage, a tiny bit of shine and is not sticky AT ALL. But I also use Burt's Bees a lot too.

3/25/2006 1:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't live without Labello - original and think its the best by far- you can not get it in the UK but I am always sure you pick some up when I am in Europe or South Africa.

3/27/2006 10:23 PM  
Blogger . :|rice ingenue|: . said...

hmm...I've got the REN lip honey and even through i don't have your problem of it being too hard, i don't find it "sinking in" too well...

i used to use kiehs #1, which feels fantastic on, but i know what you mean about the weird taste. the tinted ones are not so good, not as moisturising and does require lots of re-applications.

It's funny, but i find a lot of good quality lip glosses to be more moisturising for my lips, and plus they look better, so find one that's not too sticky and stick with that.

a good in between is Philosophy's Kiss Me Lip Balm. the smell is wonderful and it feels pretty damn great too

4/13/2006 12:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why do we get that white thing on the lips sometimes? i've always wondered about that. anyone?

-dr hauschka lipbalm stick!
-rosebud lipsalve
-mentholatum lipbalm

these are the best.

5/23/2006 8:04 AM  
Blogger Sophia said...

sorry i only just read this post. anyhoo, try those ointments (be it in a tube or a tub) for cold sores. they work like a charm. i put it on before bed and i wake up the next morning still feeling moist on my lips. it actually stays on!!!!!! unbelievable. and they are like dirt cheap too and are available at almost every drug store.

my shopping journal "MY LITTLE VOGUE JOURNAL":

see you there :)

7/01/2006 9:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

im trying one called Carmex and it seems ok. otherwise im in the same boat as you. im only 21 but have never had good lips.

8/22/2008 12:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...



9/24/2009 4:25 PM  
Anonymous Bobby D said...

I dropped the beeswax version for pure shea butter. Dept stores brands hardly have 1-2%. I found Out of Africa Shea that has 30%!!! My lips never felt so smooth.

1/07/2010 11:56 AM  
Blogger kimberly said...

when i notice my lips dry i have to find a solution soon like to wear a lips balm, because my lips can lose the smoothness, even the natural colour because of the dead skin or dry and try to keep my skin young always.
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8/14/2010 12:45 AM  
Blogger katty said...

I prefer to use a balm lip when i feel my lips dry. i think the smoothless of our skin is very important most of all our lips that is a erotic part. i take care very much my image specially when i have an important meeting that i had recently in

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8/18/2010 9:46 PM  
Blogger Platt said...

For Perfect Lip Balm, i suggest, Blistex DCT Lip Balm with Conditioning Treatment with Spf 20 - buy online at

10/08/2010 6:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


pf yo si que he probado millones de cacaos para los labios, de todos los colores sabores y precios, ya que tengo los labios grandes con una forma muy bonita pero me cuesta lucirlos porque siempre estan secos y se forman pielecillas, incluso muchas veces se me resecan nada mas echarme la crema.
despues de mas de 10 años cambiando y probando sin parar puedo decir que:

-con diferencia el mejor es 8 HOURS de elizabeth arden, realmente hidrata mucho calma, y si tienes heridas notas como en poco tiempo las cura( en menos de una hora).

-Para reforzar el tratamiento y tener realmente todo el dia los labios hidratados y lisos me doy una vez al dia el tratamiento para labios de shisheido benefiance FULL CORRECTION LIP TREATMENT.
- dos veces a la semana además me aplico el exfoliante para labios de clarins, que hace que la piel se renueve y además actua como mascarilla que previene la deshidratación de los labios.

- por último si quiero usar una barra de labios utilizo debajo de ella el cacao de channel ya que este permite que se adhiera perfectamente el color ( no como otros)

pdt: las mejores barras de labios, las as hidratantes de color son sin lugar a dudas ya que te la puedes echar cuantas veces quieras y sin necesidad de utilizar cacao ROUGE G DE GUERLAIN.

lo malo de todos estos productos es que todos ellos son bastante caros, aunque merece la pena probarlos.
si no se dispone de tanto dinero y menos para comprar tantos productos una opcion mas economica es la que nos ofrece BENEFIT con una relacion calidad-precio dificil de mejorar doctor feel good que por veintipico euros te llevas un cacao maravilloso y un exfoliante para labios, tratamiento mas que suficiente para la mayoria de personal con sequedad e los labios
espero que os sea util

1/24/2011 10:12 AM  
Blogger Latonya Rock said...

Vaseline lip therapy will works for cold sores also? Give me a suggestions please...

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