Blistex – I must admit, I always stayed away from blistex because of its name. For some reason it sounded more like a verruca cream rather than a lip balm so I stayed away. It was only after I was in desperate need and the chemist near my work place only had blister in stock that I decided to give it a go. The product itself is an opaque white cream that spreads easily and dried transparent. The smell is pleasant and it leaves my lips feeling moisturised and it doesn’t dry up over the course of the day. There’s a very very slight tingle when you put it on and it smells (and tastes!) pleasant. Barely there, but pleasant.
Carmex – For me, Carmex are one of the big boys when it comes to lip balms. I went through a cherry Carmex phase where I carried one in every single bag and refused to use anything else. The consistency is more of a waxy balm but it’s spread really easily. I liked the fact that I was left with a tingling feeling once it was on and it didn’t dry up at all. It does exactly what it’s supposed to and I really have no complaints. If you’re not too fond of the pot, it also comes in a squeeze tube which has more of a gel like consistency and even that is just as good. No nonsense stuff.
Vaseline – Here’s a weird little secret. I refused to put Vaseline on my lips until I was about 18 because when I was a little girl my sister told me that Vaseline has lanolin in it which means if I put it on my lips I’ll get hairy lips. I mean, you might laugh and yes I was fully aware during my teens that it’s not physiologically possible but like…what if? I didn’t like the almost gel like water consistency either but when the aloe Vera version came out I was intrigued and gave it a go and you know what, I was pleasantly surprised. The smell wasn’t my favourite and I did feel slightly squeamish if the vaseline melted from being too close to a radiator but in terms of soothing my lips, I much preferred it to the original.
Burt’s Bees – I love Burt’s Bees purely because it’s 100% natural. No chemical or additives to worry about at all. Your lips are one of the most sensitives parts of your body after all. Loaded with coconut and sunflower oils, rich in vitamins and essential fatty acids, to nourish, condition and soften lips. The beeswax seals in hydration. They have even added peppermint oil for a refreshing tingle and this is something that I seem to always be drawn to in lip balms. A sort of refreshing feeling, as opposed to feeling like I’ve just slathered on something gross.
Dr Pawpaw – I had never heard of Dr PawPaw until they landed in one of my beauty boxes. I’ll be honest, the thought of a tinted lip balm just didn’t appeal to me so it sat in the box ages until one day I had no choice but to give it a whirl. Boy am I glad I did because it’s SO good! It’s a waxy gel that glides on really easily and doesn’t dry out throughout the day. I was sent the red tint and my usually very pale lips looked naturally plump and stayed moisturised.
Dr Lipp’s Original Nipple Balm – If your lips are cracked and painful and none of the above are strong enough to combat your sore lips then I thoroughly recommend nipple balm. I know what you’re thinking, um…that’s a bit…odd/weird/gross. But it’s really not. This is probably the best solution for sore lips but for me I find it’s quite thick for normal every day wear. Definitely a saviour when you’re suffering though.