Review | Lip Balms

One thing that I almost always have with me is lip balm. Balms keep your lips soft and flake-free, offer protection from the sun, and are a great base for lipstick.

I've selected some of my favourite lip balms that don't have any colour that I use during the day. For overnight, heavy-duty lip treatment I rely on my trusty Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream.

Feel free to leave recommendations in the comments!

NUXE Rêve de Miel Lip Moisturizing StickKatherine and I both love the original Rêve de Miel lip balm in a tub, so I was pleased to have a more portable (and sanitary) option. The end is like a lipstick bullet, which isn't really necessary (it's clear, so you don't need to be precise when applying it). Just like the original, this doesn't your lips greasy and it has a natural citrus scent. I'm a big fan of this one, although I still like the original better because you can really layer up the stuff!

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment – I don't love the strong lemon smell but can look past that. As the name implies this contains sugar, a natural humectant that prevents moisture loss, and I do find this keeps my lips hydrated. However the soft formula means it's prone to melting! The tinted ones are perfect for beauty beginners or natural makeup days.

Hurraw! Lip Balm
in Chai Spice – After buying this a few months ago this balm has been a solid favourite. It has an authentic, aromatic chai scent and smooths onto the lips. There are other scents too, standards like Mint and Vanilla Bean but also unique ones like Liquorice, Coffee Bean and Root Beer. I have my eyes on the ultra-hydrating Moon Balm with blue chamomile and vanilla.

Avène Cold Cream Lip Balm – I don't have another lip balm like this. It's very rich but not sticky – it really does feel like swathing your lips in cold cream. This surprisingly does contain petroleum, but also soothing Avène thermal water. I rely on this when I want a really protective layer that isn't distractingly greasy or scented – perfect for skiing or other outdoor activities.

Burt's Bees Vanilla Bean Moisturizing Lip Balm – I love that these are 100% natural because don't we all aim to use more natural products? Beeswax, butter, various plant oils and lanolin are listed ingredients. Unlike the original Beeswax Lip Balm, this version does not contain peppermint oil. Previously peppermint oil irritated my lips so I had always stayed far away from these.

Maybelline Baby Lips in Quenched – This has a similar lemon scent to the Fresh lip balm but slightly sweeter. The moisture didn't last and I would need to reapply often. The packaging is cute but childish. With all that said I think there are better budget options so after writing this post I decided to say sayonara to this lip balm. 

Nivea Hydra Care – I find that this absorbs really quickly but at first swipe leaves the most greasy finish out of all of these. It's budget-friendly and an all-round good balm with shea butter and beeswax.

eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balm in Pomegranate Raspberry – I have three "flavours" of eos and this one is my personal favourite. The hard dome of this lip balm creates a different experience applying it – you can really "smush" it all over the lips. These definitely won't heal chapped lips but as a base for matte lipstick this works a treat. More brands should strive to have eos' rating of 95% organic and 100% natural. 

What is your favourite lip balm?