The 14 best lip balms for dry and chapped lips

30 April 2020

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If you suffer from dry lips no matter the season, we reveal the 14 best lip balms to buy right now.

When it comes to lip balms, finding one that will work for you all year round can be a challenge. Winter equals chapped and sore lips, while summer can lead to a dry and flaky pout.

So if you're in need of some extra nourishment, you've come to the right place. We've scoured the Mumsnet forums for recommendations from women who've battled with dry and/or chapped lips and come out the other side.

From ultra-nourishing balms to salves ideal for sensitive skin, we have our winners. Here are the best lip balms to help you banish dry lips for good.

1. Best unscented lip balm: O'Keeffe's Lip Repair Stick, £3

1. Best unscented lip balm: 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. It doesn't need constant reapplying and really helps my extremely dry lips get better.”

Buy now from Amazon

2. Best overnight lip balm: Clinique Superbalm Lip Treatment, £13.99

2. Best overnight lip balm: Clinique Superbalm Lip Treatment, £13.99

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

“I also love Clinique Superbalm Lip Treatment. It's not cheap, but worth every penny as no other lip product keeps my lips this soft.”

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3. Best natural lip balm: Lanolips Lemonaid, £14.51

3. Best natural lip balm: Lanolips Lemonaid, £14.51

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. Best budget lip balm: Carmex, £1.95

4. Best budget lip balm: Carmex, £1.95

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 also try vanilla, pomegranate, pineapple or mint.

“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. Very affordable and will repair lips overnight. Love it!”

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5. Best scented lip balm: Kiehl's Scented Lip Balm, £10

5. Best scented lip balm: Kiehl's Scented Lip Balm, £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. Best plumping lip balm: Nuxe Reve de Miel, £12.50

6. Best plumping lip balm: Nuxe Reve de Miel, £12.50

A French pharmacy staple, Nuxe's Reve de Miel lip balm smells of honey and grapefruit – delicious. This balm will also soothe itchiness if you suffer from eczema or psoriasis.

“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 they 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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7. Best lip balm with SPF: Dr Organic Manuka Honey Lip Balm, £3.99

7. Best lip balm with SPF: Dr Organic Manuka Honey Lip Balm, £3.99

Dr Organic provide some of the best natural and organic skincare around. Enriched with beeswax, castor oil and shea butter, this lip balm contains no harsh ingredients, is 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.”

Buy now from Holland & Barrett

8. Best vitamin E lip balm: The Body Shop Vitamin E Lip Balm, £5.50

8. Best vitamin E lip balm: 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. It's enriched with gentle ingredients like olive, coconut oil and, of course, vitamin E.

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

Buy now from The Body Shop

9. Best hydrating lip balm: By Terry Baume de Rose, £40

9. Best hydrating lip balm: By Terry Baume de Rose, £40

By Terry Baume de Rose is the self-proclaimed Rolls Royce of lip care. As well a rose blossom essential wax for a lovely scent, it contains hyaluronic acid (which famously helps to retain up to 1,000 times its weight in water) to help keep lips hydrated.

“My favourite is By Terry Baume de Rose – a 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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10. Best moisturising lip balm: Clarins Comfort Lip Oil, £19

10. Best moisturising lip balm: Clarins Comfort Lip Oil, £19

More moisturising than a gloss and 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.

“Clarins Lip Comfort Oil is lovely. I keep one in my bag and one on my desk. There are a number of different colours/scents in the range.”

Buy now from Clarins

11. Best for cracked lips: Elizabeth Arden Eight-Hour Cream Intensive Lip Repair Balm, £20

11. Best for cracked lips: Elizabeth Arden Eight-Hour Cream Intensive Lip Repair Balm, £20

Elnett, Nivea, Eight-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, the Eight-Hour Cream 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 Eight-Hour Lip Balm instead. It's expensive but does the trick and lasts ages.”

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13. Best beeswax lip balm: Lush None of your Beeswax Balm, £7.50

13. Best beeswax lip balm: 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 them often.”

Buy now from Lush

12. Best tinted lip balm: Burt's Bees Black Dahlia, £5.99

12. Best tinted lip balm: 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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14. Best Eve Lom Kiss Mix, £16

14. Best 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 the lips from sun damage.

“Eve Lom Kiss Mix. I have constantly dry lips and anything else just feels like it's sitting on top of my lips. Or, worse, makes them feel greasy but still dry. This works a treat, but it isn't cheap.”

Buy now from Cult Beauty

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