My love for lip balms began in elementary school. I would trade Lip Smackers lip balms during recess. Since my Dr. Pepper and grape flavored lip balm days, my tastes and preferences have become more refined. With my love for lip balms, today’s post is about the best lip balms I’ve discovered.
WHAT MAKES THE BEST LIP BALMS?
Because of my early obsession with flavored lip balms, I quickly became addicted to lip balms. After reading an article in college about how the use of certain lip products can cause your lips to become addicted to the products therefore causing your lips to lose it’s ability to naturally stay hydrated, I was on the hunt for alternative options. The main ingredient I like to avoid is petroleum/ mineral oils. Everyone is different and has different sensitivities. Here is an article explaining why you’d want to avoid petroleum in your lip balms.
THE BEST LIP BALMS
Back then, options were limited. I had heard a lot about Fresh Sugar lip balm. For a college student, spending $24 on a lip balm sounded insane. However, after learning about how sugar is a natural humectant, meaning sugar helps your skin draw in moisture from the environment, I purchased my first Fresh Sugar Lip balm.
- Sugar is a natural humectant known to prevent moisture loss.
- A blend of nourishing oils, including meadowfoam and black currant seed oils, helps moisturize.
- Grapeseed oil helps to smooth and soften and is rich in antioxidants known to protect from damaging free radicals.
- SPF 15 protection
- Proven to keep lips moisturized for 6 hours
- 97% said it was soothing and softened their lips
- 97% felt their lips were silky, velvety, and supple
- 94% said it moisturized and improved the appearance of dry, chapped lips
Fresh Sugar Lip balm was worth the $24 price tag. I found that I do not have to reapply this lip balm as often as others, which makes it last longer. There is no weird residue or film. I have to have one of these lip balms in my purse at all times. It’s been a healthy and committed relationship since 2005.
a recent discovery, now available at Ulta.com made from lanolin, from sheep. Lanolin is 100% natural & animal cruelty free. It’s found on the wool of sheep that helps keep their coat protected and dry throughout the year.
Ingredients and Why it works?
Lanolin is a unique, natural ingredient that works in 3 ways:
- The molecular structure of lanolin mimics human skin lipids, making it the most skin-compatible ingredient around. More so than any other natural or synthetic ingredient in skincare.
- It is semi-occlusive and semi-permeable – meaning it allows skin to self-hydrate from within.
- It is a moisture reservoir, holding up to 400% its weight in moisture.
· No residual pesticide chemicals · No additives · Hypoallergenic · Colour free · Odour free · It’s so safe it can be used on the mouths of newborn babies · It is used in hospitals after surgeries to help open wounds heal · It is 100% natural.
Do be aware that certain people can have allergies or sensitivities to lanolin.
Lanolips has been pleasant to use. I like to use Lanolips before makeup application. Before applying a matte lip product, I’ll wipe off any excess product. Lanolips helps with smoothing out my lips and prepping before liquid lipstick or any drying lip product. I have also used Lanolips on my cuticles. I find this to be the closest texture to Vaseline, but without the harmful effects.
Another new discovery from around Christmas time. NUXE Paris Ultra- Nourishing Lip balm has been an at home favorite of mine. With pot products where I have to use my fingers to apply the product, I prefer to keep them at home and only use after I wash my hands.
This best-selling lip balm with Honey and precious oils is highly concentrated in ingredients that help to nourish, repair, soothe and protect even the driest and damaged lips.
Thanks to its unique texture and subtle taste of refreshing grapefruit. At least 79,5% of the lip balm ingredients are natural, Paraben free formula to pamper your lips with high quality care.
Rêve de Miel® lip balm Star ingredients : Honey, Vitamin E.
super lightweight, fast absorbing, light citrus scent, perfect for those who do not like the feeling of heavy products on their lips. Also a great product to apply over liquid lipsticks or matte lipsticks to add hydration and refresh the lip color.
My all time favorite night time lip treatment. I go through about 1 1/2 tubes a year. Bite Beauty products are all food grade and ultra luxe.
It’s no surprise that this lip balm has many of the same ingredients as the ones I’ve already talked about.
-Resveratrol: Provides antioxidant benefits equivalent to 15 glasses of red wine.
-Jojoba Oil: Heals.
Lanolin* (medical grade), Organic Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil**, Organic Agave Tequilana (blue agave) nectar**, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables*, Organic Cera Alba (Beeswax)**, Flavor, Vanillin, Siraitia Grosvenori (Monk Fruit)*, Vanilla Tahitensis (Vanilla) Fruit Extract*, Organic Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax*, Trans-Resveratrol*, Vitis Vinefera (Grape) oil*, Tocopherol acetate*, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract (And) Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract (and) Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*.
This lip balm is a lot heavier than the previous ones I’ve mentioned, which is why I like to use it before bed as a lip treatment. I am a mouth breather and drooler when I sleep. Since discovering the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask, I have been able to wake up without dry cracked lips. Before this product, I would have horrible cracked lips that bled.
If you are looking for a tinted lip balm with fun flavors, KORRES makes one that reminds me of a grown up version of my childhood favorite, lip smackers.
-Natural Oils and Extracts: Soothe and condition lips.
-Shea Butter and Rice Wax: Provide lasting hydration and softness.
Polybutene, Trimethylolpropane Triisostearate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Polyethylene, Hydroxystearic Acid, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Sucrose Tetrastearate Triacetate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Tocopherol, Flavor (Aroma), Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax, Punica Granatum Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Extract. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Red 7 Lake, Red 6, Iron Oxides.
Not quite as clean as the lip balms mentioned above, but when adding color and flavor this is expected. Because of the pot packaging, I prefer to keep this at home. I apply this on my no makeup days for a slight tint on the lips.
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