It is a truth universally acknowledged that in the bottom of your tote bag, in that cavernous part of your car’s console, and in a the pocket of your jean jacket, there are lip balms in want of use. Like so many pieces of driftwood on the beach, they collect in nooks and crannies somehow without intention or purpose.
Perhaps they were purchased last winter? Perhaps they were an impulse purchase at Target? Perhaps, well, who knows. While lip balm may be one of the most-used, universally-needed products, it can also be the product with the least amount of intention or glamour.
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That’s why we’ve rounded up five salves (with pretty packaging) that you’ll actually look forward to applying, and, plot twist, might want to keep track of too.
Clary Collection founders Jen Auerbach and Adriele Denae went through several formulations before settling on this ultra-moisturizing blend of old-pressed, virgin olive oil with calendula, chamomile, lavender, and plantain oils with Australian wildflower beeswax. The twist top container is inspired by an old shoe polish tin that Auerbach found on her property.
Leave it to the French-style influenced brand to turn the ordinary lip balm tube into a chic, elliptical shaped necessity. Their shea butter-beeswax formula comes in a variety of shades that last longer than any other tinted balm you’ve tried with the added bonus of either rose or mint essential oils.
An essential in our tote bag, Glossier’s balms comes in a variety of shades that correspond to a certain flavor or fragrance. Our favorites include the pink-tinted rose and cherry-scented red, both of which leave a subtle warmth to lips or even cheeks with a glowy but not too shiny sheen.
For those who need more powerful hydration for lips and other spots too, Lanolips is a super thick, not-greasy formula that stays put where it’s applied. Instead of a typical wax base, Lano’s balms are made with lanolin (hence the name), a substance that keeps sheeps wool moisturized and protected.
If your lips are one of your face’s most prominent features, it may be worth investing in this power duo of an exfoliator and treatment. MAKE’s version comes with one pot that contains a sea salt scrub that gently removes dead skin from delicate lip skin, and another filled with a peppermint-infused balm that keeps lips smooth and hydrated.