I am not particularly addicted to lip balms nor are my lips constantly dry. However, when winter rolls around or when I'm highly congested from a cold, I find myself searching for a trustworthy lip balm to alleviate my painful cracking lips. Here I share with you the 3 lip balms I've tried recently and how they performed in the battle of the lip balms!
First up are EOS (Evolution of Smooth) lip balms retailing at $3.29USD. There are 4 flavors for the round sphere and 3 flavors in the typical stick packaging. The packaging alone piqued my interest but they are also 95% organic, 100% natural, and paraben/petrolatum free. These lip balms contain vitamin E, soothing shea butter and jojoba oil which feels so smooth and soft on the lips. For those who love organic brands, you'll be glad to know EOS products are USDA Organic Certified.
When EOS sent me samples of sweet mint and pomegranate raspberry for review, I was instantly hooked. I love how the shea butter feels on my parched lips. Thanks to the neat spherical shape, I just pucker up and swipe the lip balm back and forth onto both lips at the same time. It's a great swipe-n-go lip balm that I can throw into my purse or leave on my desk at work without anyone realizing it's a lip balm!
I searched several CVS/Walgreens to pick up the rest of the spherical flavors of honeydew, summer fruit, and the newly released Lemon Drop. Lemon Drop is currently the only lip balm to have spf15. I am still missing Vanilla Bean and Sweet Mint in the stick packaging but will be on the hunt to add them to my collection.
Next up is Chanel Hydramax + Active Lip Care retailing at $45USD. This lip balm is roughly 15X more expensive compared to EOS and has only one flavor. It comes in a small rectangular pot which is not as convenient to carry around in a purse. I say this because you have to dip your fingers into the product for application. Personally I use a Q-tip and have to pack them every time I travel with this lip balm.
I reach for this product when my lips are dry, cracking, or peeling so bad that even daily applications of EOS cannot help relieve the pain. Hydramax + Active Lip Care looks solid in the tub but once applied to the lips, it turns into a liquid substance almost like water. It has "Ceratonia PFA, a customized ingredient, along with Shea Butter and Cottonseed Oil extract". This quickly hydrates and nourishes without feeling heavy on the lips. I find myself reaching for this only in severe cases because it takes 2-4 applications before my lips are cured.
Last but not least is Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25. I picked up both Mint and Lemon & Chamomile to test out since seeing several positive reviews on these. Out of the 3 lip balms, Jack Black has the highest SPF at 25 compared to SPF15 for both Chanel and EOS. According to Sephora's website, this contains shea butter, avocado oil, vitamin E, green tea, and PARSOL/Octinoxate to block UVA/UVB rays.
The lip balm comes in your standard tube packaging with a small hole in the tip to dispense the product. On first application, this felt tacky but not sticky on the lips. It was very moisturizing while it was on my lips however I can definitely feel it sitting on top. About 25-30 minutes later, my lips felt parched like the Sahara and started cracking and peeling like crazy. I really wanted to love this product because of the rave reviews but my lips were in pain for several days afterward. I know this has worked for many others but the high SPF ingredients might have triggered an allergic reaction.
In the battle of the lip balms, I'll have to say the 2 obvious winners are EOS and Chanel for me. EOS is definitely comfortable on the lips, has many fun flavors (Lemon Drop + Sweet Mint being my 2 favorites), unique packaging, and is affordable. What I like about them is the soothing properties and the fact that it doesn't dry out my lips after the lip balm is worn off. I don't have to apply multiple times a day and it's convenient to pack for travel.
Chanel is much more expensive but does a great job at healing the lips after few applications. I know I can always count on Hydramax + Active lip care to take care of severe cases. It feels very comfortable on the lips, almost like watery shea butter if that makes any sense, and does not dry out the lips after application.
What is your favorite lip balm? Have you tried any of these before?
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