Although winter is coming to an end, and this was a mild winter in Massachusetts, my lips are still dry as usual. Frankly, I think it’s menopause, not just the weather. 😥 So for me, hydrating my super dry lips is a year round thing.
I must have at least 15 different lip balms in my stash, but today I want to concentrate on the Big Guns, the ones I wear at night or when my lips are super dry. Although I have a lot of balm sticks, these balms in pots or tubes seem to be thicker, richer and smoother to apply as well as longer-lasting than the waxier sticks.
I’ve tried about a million lip balms, and so far these 5 are the ones that help my lips the most.
Dr. Lipp Miracle Balm
I got a sample of Dr. Lipp Miracle Balm in my first Birchbox in January. This balm is so incredibly thick that I blew out the back of the sample tube. But I liked it soooooo much that I bought a full size tube before I used up the sample because I didn’t want to be without it.
I think you could apply it straight from the tube, but I usually squeeze out a tiny bit and apply it with my finger. A little goes a long way. It coats my lips very well. By morning, my lips feel healed.
It seems to be sold under several names: Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm or Dr. Lipp Dark Grey One (in a grey tube) but the formula is the same for all of the varieties. The Miracle Balm in the pink tube seems to be unique to Birchbox.
All natural, Dr. Lipp Miracle Balm is made from 100% medical grade lanolin. So if you’re vegan, you’ll need to pass on this one.
$16.50 for 0.507 fl. oz./15 ml. Made in the UK
Bite Beauty Agave Lip Masque
Bite Beauty Agave Lip Masque is very thick and stiff like Dr. Lipp, but it’s a vegan alternative. Likewise, I squeeze out a tiny bit and apply to my lips. Most people report that their lips are completely healed by morning if they use Bite Beauty at night. For some strange reason, it helps my lips but doesn’t heal them quite as well as the Dr. Lipp made from lanolin…but that’s just me.
Agave Lip Masque is also tasteless and doesn’t seem to have an odor either. It comes in clear that I bought as well as a pale pink and a red tint.
$26 for 0.52 oz/15 g Made in Canada
Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm
Jack Black Lip Balm has been a long time favorite of mine. Although still thick, it is a thinner formula than Dr. Lipp or the Agave Lip Masque. Jack Black comes in a variety of flavors/scents. I’ve got the Black Tea & Blackberry version, and it smells like Blackberry Black Tea to me. I really like it.
Jack Black Lip Balm contains SPF 25 so it’s a great choice for daytime or outdoor use.
When my lips are very very dry, Jack Black isn’t quite hydrating enough to heal them, but it definitely soothes them. For this winter that’s milder, Jack Black has been doing a good job for me.
In terms of ingredients, Jack Black, a cult favorite, does contain petrolatum and chemical sunscreen.
$7.50 for 0.25 oz/7 ml. Made in the U.S.
Lindi Skin Lip Balm
Lindi Skin, a brand I’ve reviewed previously, is a line of skincare products developed for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatments or for anyone with very stressed skin. I’m a major fan of the Lindi Skin Eye Hydrator – it’s thick, soothing and just amazing for my dry eyelids and eye area.
Lindi Lip Balm comes in a pot. I don’t love the fact that I have to either stick my finger or a little scoop into the pot to get some out. When my nails are long, it can be a pain. So I tend to use this at home rather than on the go. Tasteless and odorless, it has a waxier feel when you scoop some out, but it feels great on my lips. It’s a very effective lip balm.
$10 for 0.25 fl. oz./7 ml. Made in the U.S.
Cheek Room Lip Balm
I got this little tin of Korean brand, Cheek Room Lip Balm in a Meme Box that I got about a year ago. It has a unique formula. It’s is a clear, but pink tinted glossy gel in a pot. You can see a 4 leaf clover design in the bottom of the pot.
Like Lindi Lip Balm, you have to use your finger to apply it. Because this is a wider, flatter pot than the Lindi Skin pot, it’s easier to get a little bit on the pad of my finger and just press it on. Also, the gel is solid, but it’s much lighter weight than the waxier Lindi Lip Balm. Though solid in form, the formula is similar to the Jack Black consistency on my lips.
It’s tasteless but it has a faint, sweet cherry scent.
Made in Korea. Unfortunately, after writing up my mini-review on this cute and fun to use lip balm, it seems that you can buy it in bulk from Korean distributors, but I don’t see it coming up on Amazon, though other Cheek Room products are available. Too bad because this little cutie is a very good lip balm!
As I’ve said above, I like all 5 of these lip balms for seriously dry lips. I like Jack Black for outdoor use, but my overall winner is Dr. Lipp because it does the best job at healing my desert-dry lips.
Have you tried any of these lip balms? What is your favorite lip balm for when you lips are very dry?
On a different topic, congratulations to Yesenia S., the winner of the Cindy Lou Manizer Highlighter from theBalm in the most recent NSDB giveaway! She has been notified by email and I’m awaiting her reply.
Thank you so much to everyone who entered the giveaway and followed, subscribed etc. I really appreciate it! Stay tuned for the next giveaway. I’ve gotta write up a couple of them. One of the next giveaway has a small prize, but there will be 5 winners!