The lip balms Mumsnet users swear by

19 December 2019

woman applying lip balm

We've all got one in every coat/bag/room - we might even confess to buying new ones if we've forgotten ours for the day. Yet somehow, we're still hunting for the best lip balm. We've rounded up Mumsnetters' suggestions to make the hunt a bit easier

1. O'Keeffe's Lip Repair Stick, £3

1. O'Keeffe's Lip Repair Stick, £3

If you like an unscented, clear stick, this one by trusted brand O'Keeffe's is a good choice.

“O'Keeffe's Lip Repair is brilliant – doesn't need constant reapplying and really helps my extremely dry lips get better.”

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2. Clinique Superbalm Lip Treatment, £11.90

2. Clinique Superbalm Lip Treatment, £11.90

If you like a gloss-balm hybrid, this Clinique balm will do the trick. Super thick, it makes a great night time option too.

“I also love Clinique Superbalm Lip Treatment. It's not cheap at 14 quid but worth every penny as no other lip balm keeps my lips soft.”

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3. Lanolips Lemonaid, £14.50

3. Lanolips Lemonaid, £14.50

Winner of over 50 international awards, this formulation of medical-grade lanolin is a great choice for natural lip balm lovers (although lanolin does come from sheep, so it's not vegan if that's what you're going for). This citrus version is enriched with lemon oil, for added zing.

“Lanolips Lemonaid. Brilliant stuff, comes in a tube and lasts forever. I always swore by Blistex but Lanolips is the best.”

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4. Carmex, £2

4. Carmex, £2

An absolute classic and cheap as chips, Carmex is an eternally reliable choice. There's always the plain pot to fall back on, but cherry is super popular too. If you feel like branching out, you can try out vanilla, pomegranate, or pineapple and mint too.

“Carmex without a doubt. Discovered it about five years ago and now don't use anything else and have about five pots of it around the house. Costs £2 and will repair lips overnight. Love it!”

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5. Kiehl's Lip Balm, Mint, £10

5. Kiehl's Lip Balm, Mint, £10

Another lanolin-formulated choice, this one also contains squalane, sweet almond oil as well as vitamins A and E. The little tube lasts forever, and like most Kiehl's products, is effortlessly cool and understated.

“Kiehl's lip balm is the business. Only one I've found which moisturises as well as acting as a barrier. Expensive but lasts ages.”

Buy now from Kiehl's

6. Chapstick Original, 5 for £5.99

6. Chapstick Original, 5 for £5.99

Sometimes it's best to keep it simple – and that's exactly what this five-pack of Chapstick original does. A few packs of these and that'll be enough for the family to have a few each, so they're never caught short.

“Chapstick original (the black one). Been using it for well over 20 years but it's hard to find now – I have to get it from Amazon!”

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7. Nuxe Reve de Miel, £13.70

7. Nuxe Reve de Miel, £13.70

A French pharmacy staple, Nuxe's Reve de Miel lip balm smells of honey and grapefruit – delicious. Plus, it's probably safe to say it's Mumsnetters' favourite lip balm.

“I'm in love. My lips have been a dry peeling mess for ages but now thanks to the wondrous Reve de Miel they are fixed. I've tried so many lip balms and so many either make my lips worse or need constant reapplication which kind of defeats the purpose. I haven't even applied any blessed Nuxe today and my lips are still in tip-top condition.”

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8. Dr Organic Manuka Honey Lip Balm, £5.48

8. Dr Organic Manuka Honey Lip Balm, £5.48

Dr Organic provide some of the best natural, organic skincare around. Enriched with beeswax, castor oil, and shea butter, this lip balm is free of harsh ingredients, cruelty-free and provides SPF 15 protection. And if that wasn't enough, it won't leave a big hole in your pockets either. A great all-rounder.

“The Dr Organic range at Holland & Barrett has some good ones.”

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8. The Body Shop Vitamin E Lip Balm, £5.50

8. The Body Shop Vitamin E Lip Balm, £5.50

The Body Shop is usually a good place to start if you have sensitive skin, and this lip balm is no different. Enriched with gentle ingredients like olive and coconut oil and of course vitamin E.

“I use The Body Shop Vitamin E one, and have always found it very good.”

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10. By Terry Baume de Rose, £40

10. By Terry Baume de Rose, £40

The self-proclaimed Rolls Royce of lip care sounds pretty appealing to us – and that's exactly what By Terry Baume de Rose claims to be. As well rose blossom essential wax for a lovely scent, it contains hyaluronic acid which famously helps retain up to 1000 times its weight in water.

“My favourite is By Terry Baume de Rose – Rose lip balm. Lovely and lasts forever. Off to get a new one this afternoon but old one lasted nearly a year!”

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11. Clarins Comfort Lip Oil, £22.90

11. Clarins Comfort Lip Oil, £22.90

More moisturising than a gloss, shinier than a balm, Clarins Comfort Lip Oil provides the glamour of gloss without any of the stickiness. It adds a thin veil of colour, for a daytime look with a hint of night.

“Clarins Lip Comfort Oil is lovely. Keep one in my bag and on my desk. They have a number of different 'colours'/fragrances in the range.”

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12. Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream Intensive Lip Repair Balm, £19.99

12. Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream Intensive Lip Repair Balm, £19.99

Elnett, Nivea, 8 Hour Cream – it's one of those beauty products that has truly stood the test of time. Over 100 years without a change in formula to be exact. While the generic one is a great lip balm too, this one is super intensive for the lips. Try it alongside a night cream to get a fully hydrated face when you wake up.

“I started using Elizabeth Arden 8 hour lip balm instead. It is expensive but does the trick and lasts ages.”

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13. Lush None of your Beeswax Balm, £7.50

13. Lush None of your Beeswax Balm, £7.50

More often than not, natural lip balms are beeswax-based and so aren't actually vegan. This option from Lush is shea butter, coconut oil and castor oil-based, so it's earned its vegan credentials – and it also contains real vanilla for a touch of luxury.

“Lush do vegan lip balms that are mostly shea butter. They've massively improved my lips, and I don't have to apply it often.”

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14. Burt's Bees Black Dahlia, £5.99

14. Burt's Bees Black Dahlia, £5.99

This one will be a hit for any fans of Clinique's Iconic Black Honey Almost Lipstick. It's made of completely natural ingredients (typical of Burt's Bees products), and also leaves a slight tint – a 'your lips but better' shade for darker skin tones.

“I use the Burt’s Bees tinted lip balms and they are very good. I ordered online but I’ve since seen them in a good few health stores.”

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15. Eve Lom Kiss Mix, £16

15. Eve Lom Kiss Mix, £16

Eve Lom is a brand that oozes luxury and effectiveness simultaneously – and Kiss Mix lip balm shows us why. It has a refreshing minty scent and the zinc oxide protects from sun damage.

“Eve Lom Kiss Mix. I have constantly dry lips and anything else just feels like it is sitting on top of my lips, or worse, makes them feel greasy but still dry. This works a treat. It isn't cheap, but you can pick up half-price ones after Christmas if you decide you're addicted to it.”

Buy now from Cult Beauty

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