Be honest – how many lip balms do you have in your handbag right now? I have three, but I know this is modest compared to some of my friends! Lip balms are just one of those products that you can never have too many of. If you include my bathroom, bedroom and living room, the count is probably closer to 9. The surprising thing is that they all get used! Safe to say, I love a good lip balm (or 10). So here are my top picks, the four lip balms I believe everyone needs to know about.
First up is old faithful, the uber-popular Lucas’ Papaw Ointment – the formula hasn’t changed since it was first created over 100 years ago! It’s made from fresh Queensland carica papaya, fermented on site under strictly controlled conditions, with a base of pharmaceutical grade petroleum jelly. The ointment has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, and can be used to provide relief for burns, boils, cracked skin, nappy rash, insect bites and chafing. It’s perfect to heal chapped, cracked or split lips. There’s no obvious scent, and it absorbs quickly and efficiently – but try not to digest any. It doesn’t taste great!
Growing in popularity is the Suvana Pawpaw & Honey Balm*, which I’ve reviewed previously. Alongside the carica papaya, this also uses cocoa butter, vitamin E, coconut oil and honey, to give your lips a boost of benefits. It doesn’t contain petroleum jelly or any chemical nasties, and the honey makes it smell delicious. It hydrates and heals, but be careful in summer because it can get very runny and sticky in the warm weather.
The Fix Organic Pawpaw & Manuka Honey Balm* is the new kid on the block, and it’s already making waves. It boasts a combination of carica papaya and manuka honey, plus coconut, jojoba and carrot oils. Using certified organic ingredients where possible, the formula is – in my opinion – the perfect consistency! It’s thick without being too solid, and it moisturises without getting sticky.
And moving away from the carica papaya, we’ve got the multi-award winning Lanolips. Made from dermatalogically tested 100% ultra pure medical grade lanolin, which holds up to 200% of its weight in water, this is perfect for chapped lips, dry cuticles and itchy skin. The creamy ointment comes out slightly solid, but warms up and melts in your fingers within moments, making it easy to apply. Because of the lanolin purity, it doesn’t smell or taste great – but it works wonders!
Avoid chapped lips this winter by stashing some of these in your handbag.
Have you tried any of these lip balms? Share your favourites in the comments!