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Whether you're obsessed with skincare or you prefer a bare face, there's one thing we can all agree on: the importance of a good lip balm, especially during the dry winter months. Luckily, there are tons of options to choose from no matter what you're looking for, from budget-friendly drugstore options to high-end tints. All you have to do is pick one that suits you best and let the balm get to work on the inevitable chapped winter lips.
Here, the best lip balms.
The "101" in the name of this product refers to how many ways there are to use it, but surprisingly, it only features two ingredients—lanolin and lanolin oil, a natural oil found in sheep's wool. Ultra hydrating and all-natural, the 101 Ointment creates a protective seal on your skin so hydration is locked in.
Though it's ideal for chapped lips, you can also dab it on dry cuticles, add a few dabs into your moisturizer, use it to tamp down errant hairs...the list really does go on and on.
To be fair, there are tons of great lip balms you can find at the drugstore, but if we had to pick just one, it would be this iconic fan fave. The beloved formula, housed in that iconic egg-shaped sphere, is made with 100 percent natural ingredients and costs just $5. With this two-pack offer you'll get both that aforementioned sphere and a more compact stick, so you can keep one at home and one handy on-the-go.
A true OG lip balm if there ever was one, Burt's Bees can’t be beat for those who are seeking a simple and classic option with no frills. Free of parabens, phthalates, petrolatum, and SLS, this balm combines responsibly-sourced beeswax and Vitamin E for ultimate hydration and protection, and all at a rock bottom price. It's a favorite of a few MyDomaine editors, including social media editor Emma Glubiak and general manager & VP Mélanie Berliet, both of whom have used it faithfully for the past decade.
It's super moisturizing without being sticky and it has the slightest bit of a pinkish tint to it. I place them strategically throughout my home so I can rely upon having one within reach in almost every single room.
If you're looking to sport a more minimal look, tinted lip balms are the perfect alternative to lipstick—and the RMS Beauty balm is not to be overlooked. Made with Jojoba oil, organic cocoa butter, and sustainably-sourced beeswax, this clean tinted lip balm will nourish your lips and add a little color all at once. Plus, it can also be used on your cheeks in lieu of blush so you're really getting three products for the price of one.
It makes sense that Supergoop!, the brand with the cult-favorite sunscreen, created a truly fantastic SPF lip balm, too. Ultra nourishing and soothing, this lip balm is made with an SPF 30 formula that also includes moisturizing shea butter. It stays on for hours and has a nice acai flavor, although you can also buy it in mint if you prefer something with a fresher taste.
Commerce editor Nicole Lund has used this lip balm for years, and swears by it for year-round use—particularly during the dry winter months.
This lip balm is my holy grail product, and I really lather it on every night to ensure my lips stay hydrated throughout the next day.
Augustinus Bader is known for their infamous hydrating cream, but their lip balm is not one to be overlooked. Like their beloved face creams, the Lip Balm contains the brand's signature TFC8 complex, a blend of amino acids, vitamins, and more, that work to boost the skin’s renewal process. There are also more traditional lip balm ingredients—sunflower, avocado, and grapeseed oils—for plenty of hydration and plant-derived collagen that'll make lips supple and plump. It goes on clear without feeling in the least bit tacky, but does give lips the perfect amount of subtle and healthy-looking sheen.
If you're committed to using only vegan beauty products, you'll love the Lip Butter Balm from Summer Fridays. The formula includes shea and murumuru seed butter, a blend of vegan waxes, and natural vanilla flavor, for a super hydrating blend that'll soothe even the driest lips. Not only that, but this balm is also reef safe, cruelty-free, and gluten-free, plus comes in recyclable packaging for an all-around eco-friendly product.
Want to have a little more fun with your lip balm? Go for something flavored, like fresh's Sugar Hydrating Lip Balm. Unlike the flavored balms you probably used in middle school, fresh's formula actually works, keeping your lips hydrated and super soft without any bad taste. The key is that fresh formulates their balm with sugar, a natural humectant that prevents moisture loss—and makes it taste sweet. Flavors include caramel, watermelon, peach, and blood orange, so you have plenty of options.
Associate social media editor Kim Carvalho swears by this balm, which she says is the reason for her never chapped lips.
I've never actually finished a lip balm before, until I received a sample of the Fresh Sugar Hydrating Lip Balm.
Looking for a balm that will also give your pout a little pick-me-up? Look no further. This balm (which is also tinted!) contains a plumping peptide complex that smooths away the look of any of those pesky lines while simultaneously leaving your lips looking nice and plump.
The best part? It doesn't have any of those stinging, burning sensations that sometimes come with the lip plumping territory. The balm, which includes hyaluronic acid, mango butter, and Jojoba oil for prime hydration, is available in eight shades.
Yup, it's true: CBD is actually pretty good for skincare. It's known for soothing irritation, fighting redness, and providing lasting hydration, as well as delivering plenty of vitamins A, C, and E. Curious about trying a CBD-infused lip balm? Start with Lord Jones' product, which is made with extra virgin olive oil, shea butter, mimosa wax, grapefruit oil, rosemary oil, and beeswax, plus full spectrum hemp-derived CBD oil.
Even better? It contains no parabens, phthalates, sulfates, or synthetic dyes—perfect if you're looking for something all-natural. It's a favorite of associate editorial director Bridget Mallon's, a Lord Jones fan who bought the balm as soon as it was released.
The formula is supple and smooth, and I can feel a real difference in my lip softness every time I apply it. Now, about a month into my love affair with this lip balm I'm ready to buy a second tube so I can keep one on my nightstand and one in my purse.
This lip balm is a feel-good purchase in more ways than one. That's because LINNÉ Botanicals donates profits from the sale of their lip balms to wilderness preservation organizations, including The Wilderness Society.
Available in three tints named after nature—the Denali Mountains, Atacama Desert, and Tekapo Lake—each balm includes anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and antioxidant-rich properties that'll ensure your lips are safe from harsh winter weather.
If you like to use lip balm as a prep step for lipstick or gloss, this pick is your new BFF. Yes, it fulfills all of the standard lip balm duties, but it also offers just a subtle amount of color, produced in response to the moisture level of your lips.
All of that makes it great to use on its own, but it also works great as a primer. Because it smooths the surface of the lips so well, it’s a great way to make sure that any products you apply over it go on super smoothly and evenly, with wear-time extended.
Okay, technically this one is an overnight lip mask, but you can also use it in your skincare routine in lieu of your standard balm for the same hydrating effect. Laneige's cult-favorite no-rinse balm touts a unique technology that forms a protective layer on lips to lock in moisture while you snooze. It’s also loaded with protective antioxidants and is available in a few different flavors, so you're sure to find one that's right for you. Associate commerce editor Jamie Weissman is a big fan of this mask, especially during the winter months.
This balm is a total game-changer. I use it every night as a lip mask and it works wonders, but I also apply it during the day for extra hydration.