No matter how much you love beauty, or how minimalistic you are, we’re willing to wager that you use a lip balm regularly. It could be considered a beauty product (any color on lips will look terrible on chapped lips), however, it borders on being a personal care necessity.
There are many options available these days. Do you prefer something straightforward and will do the job of hydrating and that’s all? Do you prefer a balm that has more options, such as color or treatment ingredients? It’s yours.
Here are the top lip balms that suit every preference. Get ready to pucker up.
Best Overall: Burt’s Bees Original Beeswax lip balm
This lip balm legend is a crowd pleaser and a true fan favorite. This lip balm is super affordable, so you can stock up and have plenty of it on hand. However, it delivers the same level of hydration as its more expensive counterparts. It’s a 100% natural formula infused beeswax (duh), plus vitamin E. However, the OG has the mildest peppermint flavor.
The Best Tinted: Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment
You have 14 options for this classic, and we can assure you that they are all great. A single swipe will give you a beautiful wash of pink (which is surprisingly good for all skin tones), but it can also be easily built up if you need more pigment. The addictively sweet scent is a bonus!
Best Drugstore: Maybelline Lips Moisturizing Lipbalm for Baby Lips
There are so many great lip balms in the drugstore, but this one is my favorite. It’s been a classic for many years. Beauty editors love its creamy texture and the beautiful shades it comes with, which is perfect for anyone who wants a little color.
Best Multi-Tasker Lanolips the Original 101 OintmentSuperbalm
There are 101 ways you can use this ointment, as the name implies. You can apply it to sore nipples after breast-feeding or to dry your dog’s paws. You can try them all. But don’t forget to give it a try for chapped lips.
Best Natural: Olio E Osso Natural Lip & Cheek Balm
The multi-purpose stick won a Byrdie Skincare Award for 2019. Our judges loved the smooth texture and long-lasting hydration. It has a lot of natural moisturizers like olive oil and beeswax. The clear version is great for lips and any dry areas on the body or hair. There are also nine tinted options.
Runner-Up, Best Natural: Kaike Lip Frosting
Castor oil is made from castor seeds, which are found in the tropical Ricinus comunis plant. It can be used as a moisturizer for your skin, hair, nails and skin. This lip balm will moisturize your lips using all-natural ingredients you can pronounce. Castor oil helps keep your lips hydrated throughout the day.
Best Variety: Glossier Balm Dotcom
This product has a rich, salve-like texture, but it comes in an easy to use, mess-free tube. Three hydration heavy-hitters–castor oil, beeswax, and lanolin–do the moisturizing work to soothe and condition chapped lips. For purists, there’s a clear version that is fragrance-free. However, the variety point also lists seven other colors, finishes and flavors.
Kopari Coconut Lip Glossy is the Best with Shine
Vitamin E, an antioxidant vitamin and oil, is often used in anti-oxidant cream topicals or moisturizers. It protects the lipid barrier and soothes skin. It is loved for its high-shine finish and non-tacky texture, as well as intense hydration (it contains coconut oil, shea butter and vitamin E). It can be used to give your skin a sheen by being dabbed onto your cheeks and lids.
Kosas Kosasport LipFuel Hydraluronic Lipbalm is best for dry lips
Any lip balm will help to moisturize dry lips. But, if you have chapped lips with a capital P, this formula is the one for you. This formula contains hyaluronic acids, which is one of the most hydrating ingredients available. It also has a lot of natural oils so that chapped lips are not a problem. There is a clear choice, but there are two tinted options, a soft coral rose and a coral rose.
Best for sensitive skin: Dr. PAWPAW Multipurpose Soothing Balm
Your lips and the area around your mouth are just as susceptible to irritation as your rest of your face. It is important to choose a non-fragrance lip balm. Fragrance can be irritating and can cause irritation. This soothing balm is vegan and cruelty-free. It can be used on the lips and on your hair. There are many fun tint options.
Best Price: eos Natural andamp;amp. Organic Lip Balm
This balm is a great deal and you can stock up to ensure that there’s always one in your reach. The moisturizing, lip-smacking flavors and unique egg shape are a favorite of ours.
Best with SPF: Jack Black Intense Treatment Lip Balm SPF25
Daily sun protection is essential for your lips, just like the rest. This balm will be your go-to balm for every day, whether you’re on the beach or in the morning. You won’t have to worry about getting a painful lipburn. It has the required SPF and it is also hydrating, but not sticky.
Best plump: Image Skincare ORMEDIC Lip Enhancement Complex
This option is a top pick. It is very hydrating and can make your lips instantly look fuller. It doesn’t cause irritation or stinging like other plumping lipsticks.
Best Splurge: Cle de Peau Lip Glorifier
Although it might seem a little more expensive to spend big on a lipbalm, this guy is well worth it. It actually contains three products. It moisturizes, and also gives you a beautiful tint. It can be worn alone or under your favorite lip color. One tube can last surprisingly long.
INC.redible Just kinda bliss Hemp Hydration Lip Gel is best in a pot
Although it is initially a jelly-like consistency, it quickly melts into the lips and provides plenty of moisture thanks to cannabis sativa oil. This is the perfect choice for those who enjoy swiping from a pot or tin and have a rose-like smell.
RMS Beauty Tinted Daily Lipbalm is the best for lipstick lovers
This pick is for those who cannot go a day without touching up their favorite lipstick color. Although it is tinted, we think it has a slightly higher tint than other options. This is why lipstick lovers will love it. It’s not only the color that we love. Jojoba oil, cocoa butter and coconut oil make for a creamy base that leaves lips feeling soft and smooth.
Best Overnight: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask
Although technically it is a lip cream, not a balm, the hydrating benefits of this lip mask are so great that we couldn’t resist including it in this list. This is a great alternative to the lip balm you may already use before bed. It has a balm-like texture and a berry scent that is addictive. It doesn’t need to be rinsed off in the morning.
Hibiscus Shea Butter Lip Balm
Shea Butter is a plant oil that is extracted from the nuts of African shea trees. It is rich in vitamins, fatty acids, and antioxidants. This vegan lip balm is made with shea butter, which is a great moisturizer and nourishment for the skin. The formula also includes sunflower and coconut oils. An added bonus? It is super affordable.
Alaffia Everyday Vegan Lip Balm: Best Fair-Trade
This lip balm has many benefits. It’s fair-trade certified and contains ingredients such as virgin coconut oil, cocoa butter, and other natural oils. This flavor is 100% coconut. However, it also comes in sweeter pineapple coconut and mint coconut flavors.
Burt’s Bees Moisturizing lip balm is at the top of our list. (See Amazon). This cult-favorite lip balm is a crowd pleaser and is truly a legend. This lip balm is super affordable, but delivers the same level of hydration as its more expensive counterparts. RMS Beauty Tinted Daily lip balm (available at Sephora) offers hydration and color. Although it is tinted, we found it to be more tinted than other options. It also contains jojoba oil, cocoa butter and other ingredients that make it ultra-creamy.