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10 Best Lip Balms (For All Budgets!)

November 19, 2015

I have terrible dry skin that follows me all year round and my lips are no exception. When I was a kid, my lips (and the area around my mouth) would be severely chapped and now I make sure to always have a lip balm on me. If I leave it at home, my lips sting by the end of the day and I’m not above using body lotion/hand salve/aquaphor on my lips in a pinch. I have tried many many different lip balms throughout my life and have found quite a few that work for me. From the checkout counter at CVS to more-than-I-make-an-hour, I’ve curated a collection of lip balms to fit any budget—whether you’ve got some #treatyoself money lying around or you are strapped until next payday. I have had experience with all of these at some point in my life and don’t think you can go wrong with any of these best lip balms!

Burt’s Bees, Beeswax Lip Balm, $3


This is the lip balm I am most loyal to, I’ve been using Burt’s Bees on and off for more than a decade. This is my go-to if my lips are already severely chapped and need a quick revival. The beeswax moisturizes well while the peppermint gives my lips a nice tingle. Sold virtually everywhere, it’s always easy to pick up a stick. Can sometimes be a bit too waxy and I tend to only really like this one in the winter.

Jack Black, Intense Therapy Lip Balm, $7.50


This is the newest addition to my lip balm repertoire and is quickly racing to the top as one of my favorites. The lip balm is incredibly hydrating and, for me, is a perfect every day lip balm. I first heard of this balm i n Danielle’s ‘Surviving Winter‘ post and it really is a must-have for this season. I also love that it is SPF 25! The only downside of this so far is it can be a bit sticky when first applied but this wares off while the moisture lasts.

Kiehl’s, Lip Balm #1, $7

kiehl's lip balm #1

Another great one for when your lips are dry, Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1 is another go-to for me when I’ve done lots of damage and need some good restorative work. This is the least waxy of them all and really absorbs into your lips. I find this one doesn’t last as long as others though, and the scent may be off-putting to some (it kind of just tastes like petroleum jelly mixed with olive oil). It is a bit greasy but boy does it heal!

Fresh, Sugar Lip Balm, $22.50


Oh, how I love this lip balm. I wish I could buy it every time I needed lip balm. Sugar by Fresh is not waxy at all and is very light—a little goes a long way. It absorbs well into my lips and it really is tackling the root of the problem. This lip balm is SPF 15 and comes in a variety of colors which is great if you are looking for something tinted that is still top quality. I find there isn’t a lot in the tube and I have to reapply often so if this were my usual I’d be buying it way too often. Great as a tinted lip balm but for something standard I usually go with one of the other less-expensive options.

Smiths, Rosebud Salve, $6


This is the most versatile lip balm I’ve ever used—while great for chapped lips, also does wonders on dry cuticles, elbows, and knees. I appreciate Rosebud because it only contains four ingredients (all of which I can pronounce). A bit sticky & glossy but gets the job done and lasts a really really really long time.

C.O. Bigelow, Mentha Lip Shine/Breath Freshener No. 502, $7

bigelow mentha

Smooth and long-lasting, Mentha Lip Shine by C.O. Bigelow keeps lips moisturized for a good part of the day. This is the first moisturizing lip gloss I ever used and adds a nice amount of shine. The minty shine also freshens breath and feels great on chapped lips. Although shiny, Mentha Lip Shine is not sticky at all!

Blistex, Lip Medex, $2

blistex medex

A classic, tried and true lip balm. Blistex Lip Medex is one of the most recognizable lip balms out there—and for good reason. This lip balm is perfect all year round and is incredibly soothing. Who can beat the price? This is the lip balm I usually buy when I run out of/lose a more expensive one and don’t feel like spending a lot of money again. I find I need to reapply a bit more often but at $2 a tin I can absolutely afford that. It definitely tastes like a medical lip balm but at this point I am used to it. More healing than moisturizing, it is not an everyday balm for me.

Clinique, Superbalm Lip Treatment, $16

clinique superbalm

Clinique’s Superbalm works to repair cracked lips and replenish moisture. A bit thicker than some of the lip balms listed above, this balm from Clinique is great for moisturizing overnight as well. A balm/gloss hybrid, Superbalm is a bit shiny after application.

Nuxe Rêve de Miel, Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm, $19

nuxe reve de miel lip balm

If you’re looking for an overnight lip cream, look no further than this one. The formula is a bit too thick for daytime wear but is perfect for getting your lips moisturized over night. The lip balm is gritty and when rubbed into lips it almost exfoliates them. A jar of this Nuxe Rêve de Miel lasts awhile and is worth the steeper price.

Nivea, A Kiss of Moisture, $3

nivea kiss of moisture

I was very impressed with how long-lasting this lip balm is. For the price, it is an incredible deal. It feels high quality and adds a ton of moisture to my lips. The scent/taste is very mild and I don’t have to reapply often. It is strong enough to use on my driest days but also mild enough to use all year round. This is the most balanced lip balm I’ve used so far. Also I find it the best option to use under lipstick. Because it isn’t waxy, it doesn’t change the texture of the lipstick but still locks in moisture. Creamy but not greasy, this lip balm is good day or night, all year round.


I hope this winter brings hydrated lips with the right lip balm, no matter your budget. Have a favorite lip balm not listed? Let me know in the comments below.




Protect Your Skin This Summer

May 9, 2015

Whelp, it’s that time of year again.  The sun is shining in all its sunshine glory and as much as I love and respect it for doing its thing, there is a downside….sunburn.  I was painfully reminded of this yesterday when I drove to College Park to see my not-so-little brother and got sunburned on my driver’s side arm and shoulder. Blew my mind.  I guess my skin got extra pale this winter and couldn’t handle the whole TWO HOURS I was in the car.

That being said, I got me thinking about my skincare regime and how I don’t really factor in anything to protect me from the sun on a daily basis.  I think my tinted moisturizer has 20 SPF in it? But despite drowning myself in lotion after every shower I don’t use any sun protectant on my lips or body.  I may be young but that doesn’t mean I’m immune to burning, aging or skin cancer.  So, dear Weldonites, I invite you to join me in taking better care of our skin.  Here are some of the things I’m going to do this summer to protect myself.


Sunscreen Up

It doesn’t have to be SPF 3000 if I’m not intentionally laying out, trying to get a little color.  I was hoping for somewhere around 30 or 40 SPF but I went to Target and had a really hard time finding a lotion plus SPF higher than 15 or 20 (and according to a quick Google search, I’m not the first one to have this problem).  So I’m sticking to my favorite Alba Hawaiian Sunscreen with SPF 45. It doesn’t smell super sunscreen-y and it rubs in easily, plus there is no animal testing.  I’ll use this over top of my daily lotion and start putting it on my hands.  So often I forget that my hands see so much time in the sun and are often the first thing to start revealing age.  It’s important to protect them too.

Throw Some Shade

Currently, I have more sunglasses than I know what to do with. (I will lose them. That is what I will do with them).  But I’m pretty sure they don’t all have UV protection.  Some of them are super cheap from those mall kiosks.  I’m not going to buy anymore sunglasses without UV protection.  I am also going to invest in a large, floppy hat.  I want a wide brim to shade my face when I know I’ll be out in the sun for a long time.  Baseball caps, cowboy hats, and visors are also all acceptable.

Protect Your Lips

I recently developed an allergy to a couple of ingredients that are found in a lot of chapsticks.  I haven’t quite narrowed them all down but I don’t really care to experiment/inflict pain on myself.  Not even for science.  I started just using Vaseline which is great except…you guessed it, no SPF.  Jack Black makes a great lip balm with broad spectrum SPF 25 that I am not allergic to (except the mint one) and I plan to switch over exclusively to this brand.  You can find it and other great Jack Black products in the men’s section of Sephora.

Sunglasses and Jack Black Lip Care

Know Your Sun

Long wave ultraviolet A rays are what penetrates beneath the upper dermal layers and can speed up the aging process and damage skin cells which can increase your cancer risk.  The short wave ultraviolet B waves are what cause sunburn in addition to being the cause of most skin cancers.  It wasn’t until recently that sunscreens started including UVA protection.  Make sure to buy a sunscreen that specifically states UVA/UVB protection or “broad spectrum.”  We are most susceptible to sunburn (UVB) during the hours of 10am to 2pm so limit exposure to direct sunlight during this time frame.  UVA rays are always present (even in winter!).

And in the event of sun burn (because let’s face it who remembers to reapply sunscreen every 2 hours), do your part to help it heal.  Have aloe standing by to cool and relieve itching.  Cover your burns if you are going to go back out into the sun.  I also use Aveeno’s Ultra Calming Moisturizer when I get sun burned – it helps relive redness and soothe irritated skin, plus SPF 15!

Don’t get burned this year. Protect your skin for years to come. And y’know, cancer sucks.