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Road Testing the Best Lip Balms for Winter

We go through A LOT of lip balm in our family during winter. I asked the BAFM community on Facebook for recommendations (you can read through them here) and picked out some of the top rated balms and tried them out. In total, I road tested thirteen lip balms/conditioners, and I’ll list them below. 

Which is the best lip balm

Lip Balms typically comes in a tube, stick or a tub. I enjoy lip balms in a tub first. I think because it’s fun to open up a little pot. I find the sticks very handy for on the go and the tubes are good for the ointment types of conditioners.  

Road Testing Lip Balms

Before I go into the list, below are some factors I look for in a lip balm:

  1. Moisturisers well
  2. Stays on well
  3. Feels/Tastes nice
  4. Price

I would like to note here that I liked many on this list for different reasons, so it’s hard to put them in exact order. However, I have put my favourite at the top, and least down the bottom. There were particular balms that I kept going back to during my month trial and they are up the top. 

Ratings

I’ve detailed how I’ve rated the balms.

Moisturisers: Excellent, Good, Minimal

Says on: Long, Moderate, Short

Feel: Lovely, Nice, Average

Price: Low (Under $5), Medium ($5-$14), High  (Over $14)

1. Hurraw!

This was recommended to many times, and it turned out to be my favourite. The first time I slid it on my lips, it felt like velvet.  The balms come in many different flavours (or unflavoured) and are made with no nasty ingredients. It feels super silky when applied and stays on well. I tried the vanilla bean flavour from Nourished Life.

  • Moisturisers: Excellent
  • Says on: Long
  • Feel: Lovely
  • Price: Medium

2. B.O. Bigelo Spearmint Supreme 2X Lip Gloss

This one is GLORIOUS. Absolutely gorgeous. You can get it from Bath & Body Works. It tastes beautiful and fresh, and moisturises amazingly well. Plus, it’s only $8 and it seems to last a long time. 

  • Moisturisers: Excellent
  • Says on: Medium
  • Feel: Lovely
  • Price: Medium

B.O. Bigelo - Menthe Supreme Lip Balm

3. Blistex Lip Conditioner

I was surprised how much I enjoyed this staple lip balm you can find in most supermarkets and chemists. The first time I tried it, I wasn’t sure about the tingly feeling, however it is one that I often go back to because it moisturises so well. I’ve carried around a pile of lip balm for a month and I found myself often picking this one.

  • Moisturisers: Excellent
  • Says on: Long
  • Feel: Nice
  • Price: Low

Blixtex lip balm

4. Body Shop Born Lippy

I loved Body Shop lip balm when I was a teenager. I had to put this at number three because it’s SUCH a huge hit with my teenage girls too. It doesn’t stay on as well as some of the other lip balms I tried, however if feels lovely and has a nice glossy tint so it looks lovely on the lips. I purchased the strawberry flavour from the Body Shop. Comes in favours: Passionberry Strawberry, Raspberry, Watermelon.

  • Moisturisers: Excellent
  • Says on: Minimal
  • Feel: Lovely
  • Price: Medium

Body Shop vs Burt's Bees Lip Balm

5. Mario Badescu Lip Wax

The Mario Badescu Lip Wax is really handy. I bought it in vanilla flavour. It features quite high on my list because it is a really great balm for the low price. It has the feel of an ointment (some may find this a bit more oily though) in the connivence of a twist up tube, and the balm is extremely moisturising and long lasting. It’s the sort of balm you can rub on your elbows and back of your hands too, so it’s a handy one to carry in your handbag.

  • Moisturisers: Excellent
  • Says on: Long
  • Feel: Lovely
  • Price: Mid

Best Lip Balms - Mario Badescu Lip Wax

6. ASPAR Sweet Orange Lip Balm 

ASPAR Sweet Orange Lip Balm tastes absolutely Delicious! It’s more of an ointment consistency rather than a balm and it moisturises well. You can get it online or from Myer.

  • Moisturisers: Excellent
  • Says on: Moderate
  • Feel: Lovely
  • Price: High

7. Burt’s Bees

Burt’s Bees has a wide range of lip conditions available. I tried the Tinted Lip Balm in Rose. I do enjoy a tinted lip balm. This one is also a good one to wear with lipstick. 

  • Moisturisers: Excellent
  • Says on: Moderate
  • Feel: Lovely
  • Price: Medium

8. Pure Heaven Natural Lip Balm

I discovered Pure Heaven when I was in Stanthorpe for a getaway when I was pregnant with my fourth child. They make beautiful things! Their lip range is delicious and I tired the Blackberry Lip Balm. It moisturisers well, however it doesn’t stay on very long. If you want a long lasting option, try Grape & Vitamin E or Natural Beeswax options. 

  • Moisturisers: Excellent
  • Says on: Minimal
  • Feel: Lovely
  • Price: Medium

Blackberry Lip Balm | Stanthorpe Apple Lip Balm | Grape & Vitamin E Lip Balm | Stanthorpe Apple & Grape Lip Balm | Honey & Beeswax Natural Lip Balm | For The Boys Natural Lip Balm

9. GO-TO

Lips! from Go-To is lovely, and great under lip stick. It has more of a ointment feel. I also tried the Pinky-Nudey Lips! and it’s fabulous for everyday wear. I prefer the Pinky-Nudey Lips! because it gives you the moisture with a hit of Pinky-Nudey too.

  • Moisturisers: Excellent
  • Says on: Moderate
  • Feel: Lovely
  • Price: High

go to lips review

Colour of the Pinky-Nudey Lips!

Pinky-Nudey Lips! by Go-To Review

10. Moo Goo

Moo Goo edible lip balm comes in Tingling Honey, Strawberry, Cow Lick and SPF 15. I tried the Strawberry and Tingling honey.

  • Moisturisers: Excellent
  • Says on: Moderate
  • Feel: Nice
  • Price: Low

Mo Goo Lip Balm

The lip balms come in cute milk carton packaging.

Which lip balm is the best

11. Acai Lover Breeze Balm by Sammy Leo

I didn’t enjoy the flavour of the Acai Lover I purchased, plus it makes my lips feel a bit numb for a bit. However, I do have to say that does moisturise well. It also comes in Candy Kiss and Perfect Pout.

  • Moisturisers: Excellent
  • Says on: Long
  • Feel: Nice
  • Price: High

Sammy Leo Lip Balm

12. Norwex Timeless Lip Balm

This Norwex Timeless Lip Balm is a solid balm that is easy to throw in your handbag. For I-don’t-know-what-reason it’s not one that I often went back to while doing this lip balm road test and that is why it’s lower on the list.

  • Moisturisers: Excellent
  • Says on: Moderate
  • Feel: Nice
  • Price: Medium

Norwex Timeless Lip Balm

13. Lucas Paw Paw Ointment

Paw Paw ointment is handy for many things, including the lips and I often have a tube in my handbag. My son has terrible wind burn on his lips at the moment, and he finds this works best for him because it’s easy to smooth it all over his lips and down further to his chin also. However, personally, I don’t really the feel of it on my lips 

  • Moisturisers: Excellent
  • Says on: Minimal 
  • Feel: Average
  • Price: Low

Lucas Paw Paw for lips

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3 Comments

  • Reply
    beck @ craftypjmum
    June 5, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    Thanks for this post Kelly. I’m always looking for new lip balms to try. There are a few here I’m going to try x

  • Reply
    Ruth Lavell
    August 15, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    This is something new to try. I’m glad I found this blog, will definitely try these lip balms. Thanks!

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