Chances are you've got a purse full of them, some stashed near your bed, at your desk- work and home- your car... basically anywhere you might need one. I'm talking lip balm, if you weren't sure. They're useful, sure, because chapped, dry lips suck, but they're also oh-so-collectable. One is never enough. I have six formulas that have been in my roster lately and thought it was time to chat them up. Ready? You know what to do...
Bioderma Atoderm Levres Moisturizing Stick 4 g $6.95 CAD | Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment 4.3 g $26 USD / $31 CAD
Bioderma can do no wrong. At least, it seems that way. Their Atoderm Levres Moisturizing Stick is a perfect balm for dry lips. The formula not only has a delicious sugared-raspberry scent (no taste) but is specially designed for damaged and sensitive lips. The light weight texture is comfortable to wear, but still lasts well.
Lovers of everything anti-aging will be interested in the Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment. The balm has the standard Fresh lemon sugar scent and texture, but is formulated to repair, nourish, plump, and smooth the look of wrinkles around the lip area. With a blend of anti-aging ingredients including hyaluronic spheres fill wrinkles, plump skin and sea fennel extract to smooth fine lines and define the lip area. I've been using this as my bedtime balm and love the hydration it offers, but haven't seen any anti-aging results as of yet.
Avon Beyond Colour Lip Conditioner SPF 15 3 g $8 USD / $12 CAD | Gosling's Chop Saver Lip Care SPF 15 in Fresh Citrus 4.25 g $3.85 USD
With matte and long-wearing lip formulas being all the rage (and not going anywhere anytime soon) it's essential to have a little something that wears well under them. Not all balms are up to the task, but Avon Beyond Colour Lip Conditioner SPF 15 is. The balmy conditioner is designed to be worn under lipsticks and offers up a smoother lip with the added benefit of SPF 15
Also in the SPF department, is the musician created Gosling's Chop Saver SPF 15 in Fresh Citrus. The balm features an all natural, herbal formula that uses Arnica (derived from sunflower) as the main healing ingredient along with shea butter, mango butter, avocado oil, aloe, citrus oils, and grapeseed oil. The balm in incredibly useful for uncomfortable, sore, chapped lips as it not only hydrates, but also heals. It's good stuff!
Lise Watier Hydraforce Hydra-Protective Lip Balm 10 ml $20 USD / CAD | Vaseline Lip Therapy Original 17 g $3.99 USD / $4.99 CAD
I was sick a few weeks ago, which culminated with a pair of very chapped lips. Lise Watier Hydraforce Hydra-Protectve Lip Balm was the answer to my agony. The balm is housed in a squeez-y tube, which works well for the thicker formula. The thicker balm has a plush feel that lasts well on the lips without feeling heavy or greasy. The formula is magical! It features omega 3 and 6 and gaspe algae extract, a plant that survives harsh environments and as such has developed a highly efficient resistance system. It's extract hydrates skin and provides a defense shield. Basically, if you have lips, get it. It doesn't disappoint.
In the "I don't think I'll like it, but I'll try it" category is the Vaseline Lip Therapy Original. I've never used Vaseline for anything, and wasn't expecting much, but I love this balm! The balm is a blend of Vaseline and shea butter and is really hydrating. The balm has a nice, non-greasy or sticky texture and no scent or taste.
And that is that. Have you tried any of these balms? What is your go-to balm?