The 15 Best Lip Balms You Need
There is probably a purse hiding in the back of your closet that’s a veritable graveyard of lip balms (RIP random tube from 2007). For some reason or another, they didn’t make it to VIP status—but these 1o will.
1. The Exfoliator
Any avid lip scrubber knows that exfoliation is key to having a soft pout, which is probably where Tarte got the genius idea to combine a balm and a scrub in one mess-free pencil. Impressive Thing #1: The sugary scrub sloughs off flakes. Impressive Thing #2: The balm moisturizes skin until it’s baby soft.
Tarte Lip Facial Lip Scrub
2. The Sheepskin Savior
“Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it,” was our first thought upon testing this game-changing sheep-based lip balm. Sourced from wool grease (AKA wax secreted by sheep), there’s nothing quite like this dense ointment that soaks into lips and works like a charm on dry skin (yes, even your peeling cuticles).
Lano Lanolin 101
3. The Tropical Sensation
Go on vacay year-round with this coconut-scented lip balm. The natural product relies on coconut oil instead of petroleum to deliver the moisturizing magic that *only* coconut oil can.
Yes to Coconuts Naturally
4. The Kawaii Primer
Don’t let the cute-as-a-button packaging fool you into thinking that this lip treatment has only elementary benefits. This oil-based balm comes with a hint of shine, so it’s good on its own, but *great* as a moisturizing sheen over your favorite lipstick.
Too Cool For School
5. The Looker
In Glossier we trust. Not only does this balm (dotcom!) come in easy-on-the-eyes packaging, but it also works on all dry spots—from ashy elbows to chapped lips. Plus with nourishing ingredients like castor seed oil, beeswax, and lanolin, it’ll soften skin for days on end.
Glossier Balm Dotcom
6. The Natural Wonder
The natural beauty experts at RMS made this balm so gentle that it can even be used around your eyes (!). The double-tasking lip and skin salve comes in delicious vanilla and cocoa flavors, but the non-greasy finish means that it won’t feel like you’re wearing a sticky-sweet dessert on your lips.
RMS Lip & Skin Balm
7. The Drugstore Heavyweight
Consider Aquaphor Lip Repair one of our buy-in-bulk drugstore favorites. Its oil-based formula locks in moisture and then goes to town on skin repair with soothing ingredients like shea butter and chamomile (AKA catnip for sensitive skin).
Aquaphor Lip Repair
8. The Multitasker
Beyoncé loves using Smith’s retro rosebud salve to prime her lashes, and it’s the multi-purpose appeal of the balm that makes it a celebrity and makeup artist favorite. Use the subtly tinted salve to keep stray eyebrows in place or use as a moisturizing blush for some extra glow.
Smith’s Rosebud Salve
9. The Tint
With ingredients that are good enough to eat, this beauty-editor favorite also gives lips a subtle tint in hues ranging from red to coral and honey.
Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment
10. The Borrowed-from-the-Boys Best
We’re not ashamed to say that we’re stealing this one from the fellas, since Jack Black’s lip balm works so damn well. Natural butters and vitamins are the key to the overall charm of this lip balm, and the added SPF protection makes it especially ideal for outdoor wear.
Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm
11. The Unique Package
We like the unconventional shape of EOS’ spherical lip balms because they’re much easier to locate in a bottomless hand bag. The Kardashian beauty favorite boasts an organic blend of antioxidants and pampering shea butter and oils, too, for a spa-worthy lip treatment.
EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm
12. The Crème de la Crème
This Too Faced lipstick comes in 25 different shades that provide a much-needed color boost when you’re trying to moisturize. But the silky finish—neither sheer nor matte nor shiny—is the real MVP.
Too Faced La Crème Color Drenched Lip Cream
13. The Antioxidant Powerhouse
If high SPF is a priority for your lip balm, look to this transparent formula that won’t leave your lips looking ghostly white. The restorative ingredients help your skin take on environmental nasties and encourages cell renewal for a smile that looks good today and maybe even better tomorrow.
Supergoop! AcaiFusion Lip Balm
14. The Sheer Force
Though it’s packaged like a lipstick, this sheer tint resembles a lip balm more than anything else. The finish is so rich and hydrating, and it all comes in a gilded tube that’s guaranteed to be one of the prettiest products on your vanity.
Guerlain Shine Automatique Hydrating Lip Shine