28 Editor-Approved Lip Balms You Need in Your Collection

Sep 29 2021 - 2:25pm

Chapstick. Lip balm. Salve. Life-saving, lip-perfecting nectar of the gods. Call it what you want, but there's no debating it's the one item I refuse to leave my apartment without. Seriously, sometimes I even accidentally hustle out the door sans my phone and keys, but you bet your ass I've got my trusty Baby Lips [1] stashed safely in my purse. I knew I wasn't the only one with an unquenchable balm obsession, so I reached out to my fellow editorial team members to see what they had to say about the beauty essential [2] and what their opinions are on the best lip balms [3] out there.

Not so surprisingly, I was bombarded with a load of emails filled with tons of praise about their go-to choices. From high-quality drugstore lip balms to more high-end formulas to the best tinted lip balms [4], the suggested products are all perfectly qualified candidates for keeping your lips soft, smooth, and hydrated all day long. Read on to find the newest addition to your endless collection of lip balms.

Eos the Hero Extra Dry Lip Treatment

"At this point I'm not sure how many tubes of lip balm I have stashed away in every purse in my house, but the one I've been using the most lately is the Eos the Hero Extra Dry Lip Treatment [5] ($4). I've been dealing with extremely dry, cracking lips lately, and every time I reach for this lip balm, it saves me with just a small swipe. It's super hydrating — it's made with shea butter and olive oil — and makes my lips feel soft and moisturized for hours, not to mention that I'm never left with a heavy, sticky feeling." — Danielle Jackson, assistant beauty editor

Aquaphor Healing Ointment

"I swear by Aquaphor Healing Ointment [6] ($7). It's not the sexiest lip balm out there, and I get a lot of confused looks when I pull out that big white tube, but it's the only thing that heals my chapped lips year-round. Plus it's noncomedogenic, so I don't break out around my mouth when I use it. I slather it on every single night before bed and wake up with supersoft lips." — Mary White, copy chief

FanLoveBeauty 100% Natural Vegan Lip Balm

"Created by longtime cosmetic chemist Ginger King, I knew I was getting nothing but the best ingredients from the FanLoveBeauty 100% Natural Vegan Lip Balm [7] ($10). Although, the subtle scent of peppermint makes it even better." — Kelsey Castañon, beauty director

Glossier Balm Dotcom

"Glossier's Coconut Balm Dotcom [8] ($12) is the best-smelling lip balm I've ever owned (and I've owned a lot). It revives my lips from their driest days and gives a low-key glossy look that I love. Pro tip: I always use the excess product from my fingers on my knuckles and cuticles." — Madison Meltzer, associate social media strategist

Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm

"I carry Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm [9] ($5) in Hibiscus with me at all times. It moisturizes just as well as the classic lip balm, and the sheer shade adds the perfect pop of color, making me feel instantly more pulled together." — Angela Elias, content director, Living

Tatcha Gold Camellia Nourishing Lip Balm

"I'm a lover of any Tatcha product, so I naturally fell for the brand's Gold Camellia Nourishing Lip Balm [10] ($30). I know it's so expensive and bougie but it makes me feel so glamorous. I also think it leaves your lips with a slight golden glow so, you know, that's amazing." — Kelsey Garcia, editor, Trending and Viral Features

Evan Healy Lip Balm

"Evan Healy Lip Balm [11] ($10) tastes and smells like vanilla thanks to the addition of VANILLA OIL. Nommm. It's $10 for a tube that will definitely last you a long time. It's one of the few chapsticks that has all-natural oils and no funny stuff. It actually moisturizes and doesn't leave a weird waxy film on your lips." — Anna Roberts, editor, Food

Guerlain 'Bloom Of Rose - Kisskiss' Roselip Tinted Lip Balm

"Guerlain's Roselip Hydrating & Plumping Tinted Lip Balm [12] ($39) might be the fanciest lip balm of all time. The packaging is stunning, the light rose scent is lovely, and it's color adjusting so it stains your lips with an ultraflattering shade of pink. I've even used it on my cheeks in a pinch. But this wonder product will cost you." — Joanna Douglas, editorial director, Native

Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm

"One of my best friends got this [Jack Black] lip balm [13] ($8) for me and explained that, despite it being from the men's department at Nordstrom, it was the best lip balm of all time. She was not lying. It is glorious. And minty fresh. And moisturizing. Bless it." — Dominique Astorino, assistant editor, Fitness

Carmex Classic Lip Balm Medicated Tube

"The Carmex Classic Lip Balm Medicated Tube [14] ($4) is a tried-and-true lip product that makes chapped lips practically nonexistent. To give myself just a subtle amount of color, I love applying this one over a tiny amount of lip stain — every time I wear it, my lips are softer than ever." — DJ

Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm

"Shout-out for Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm [15] ($7); cheap and cheerful and the cherry one is amazing. For reasons unknown, this didn't come to the UK until a few years ago, and I once panic-bought about eight tubes on a trip to the US because I'd heard to much about it." — Gemma Cartwright, senior editor, POPSUGAR UK

Lano Lips 101 Ointment Mulitpurpose Superbalm

"Mine is the original Lano Lips 101 Ointment [16] ($13), which is an Australian bestseller. A tiny bit goes a long way, it's scent and color-free (though it also makes a tinted version), and it seals in moisture like nothing else." — GC

Nivea Moisture Lip Care

"I will try pretty much any lip balm put in front of me, but my all-time favorite is the classic Nivea stick [17] ($4). The shea butter gives it a silky texture and a mild natural scent that's addictive." — Nancy Einhart, VP and executive editor

Rosebud Salve in a Tube

"I love Rosebud Salve in a Tube [18] ($7) and keep it in my purse, my car, and my gym bag. Essentially, I want it everywhere I am, and this works because of the packaging. Since the salve is in a tube, it travels well and can handle the heat of my glove compartment without melting like stick balms. The scent is subtle and lovely." — Susi May, senior director

L'Occitane Shea Butter Lip Balm Stick

"[L'occitane's Shea Butter Lip Balm Stick [19] ($10) is my] new favorite to wear under lipstick because it's not sticky at all, but it's made with 10 percent shea butter so I know it's working!" — Alessandra Foresto, senior editor, Latina and Moms

Bioderma Atoderm Lip Stick

"Last year I went to Paris and spotted Bioderma Atoderm Lip Stick [20] ($5) at one of the pharmacies. As huge fan of the brand's makeup remover, I bought a bunch to give to friends when I returned. It has a slightly fruity scent that's addictive and goes on smoother than any lip balm I've ever tried. It's somehow really slick but not glossy. Luckily I didn't need my passport to re-up my stash. It — and the makeup remover — is available on Amazon." — JD

Aquaphor Lip Repair

"As someone with supersensitive skin, I have to be really picky about what I wear on my lips, choosing balms and lipstick that are mostly natural and fragrance-free. For years, I've been addicted to good old Aquaphor Lip Repair [21] ($4), and there are usually at least three tubes within my reach!" — Laura Meyers, content director, Trending and Viral Features

Carmex Cherry Clickstick Lip Balm

"I swear by Carmex Cherry Clicksticks [22] ($1) — it's the only chapstick I use now! Carmex works the best for my lips but I can't stand the taste or smell of it. The cherry version doesn't have the overpowering smell, but it works just as well as regular Carmex." — Meghan Tipton, editorial recruiting associate

Sun Bum Sunscreen Lip Balm

"SPF is a must for my lip balm when on vacation and this [Sun Bum Sunscreen Lip Balm [23]] ($3) smells so yummy. I have coconut and pomegranate!" — Lisa Sugar, president, POPSUGAR

Kiehl's Lip Balm #1

"I'm obsessed with the Kiehl's Lip Balm #1 [24] ($10) in Mint. It has the most refreshing feel and is perfect for chapped Winter lips. The Mint flavor gives it a cooling feel. I don't go anywhere without it." — Perri Konecky, editor, Trending and Viral Features

Dior Rouge Dior Refillable Lip Balm

"It was the packaging of this Dior lip balm [25] ($38) that sucked me in, but the creamy formula got me hooked. In addition to shea butter (which guarantee a smooth and perky pucker), pomegranate flower and red peony to hydrate the lips. Bonus: it's refillable!" — Emily Orofino, beauty editor

Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment

"My fave is Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment [26] ($26)! The price tag is a little steep (*shakes fist at sky in frustration*), but it's one of the few lip balms that actually keeps my lips soft all day without having to reapply every two seconds. It also comes in pretty tinted versions, which is great for those days when I look like a corpse (*cough* every day *cough*)." — Quinn Keaney, editor, Celebrity

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Lip Repair Balm

"Fellow lip balm addict and senior Beauty editor Lauren Levinson turned me onto Elizabeth Arden's Lip Repair Balm [27] ($24). The formula is thick without being goopy or sticky, making it the perfect product to apply before bed (which I do, every night). The hydrating effects last for up to 12 hours, which is apparent when I wake up on lazy Sunday mornings still rocking a light coat of protection on my lips." — EO

Nivea Smoothness Lip Care

"Nivea Smoothness Lip Care [28] ($5) is not sticky or shiny (good for guys, too!) and it has SPF. It used to only be available in Europe and I would bring lots of tubes back every time I was there." — AF

Ormedic Balancing Lip Enhancement Complex

"[Ormedic Balancing Lip Enhancement Complex [29]] ($24) is a little pricey, but once a friend recommended it, I was hooked. It goes on smooth and it's not sticky at all, but the formula is thick enough that it stays on and makes your lips look fuller and more defined even when you don't have any color on with it. I also love to put it over a lipstick or tinted balm for added shine. Also the tube is tiny but it actually lasts longer than you'd think!" — Lauren Turner, editorial operations director

Dr. Hauschka Lip Care Stick

"Through my extensive lip balm research, I've found that the Dr. Hauschka Lip Care Stick) [30] ($15) is no joke. It's so thick and creamy and you really feel it working upon application. I also like that it's not a super pretty product that's all about the packaging. It just gets the job done." — KG

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Balm

"Bite Beauty Agave Lip Balm [31] ($16) might be the best balm I've ever used. It's sightly thicker than other ones I've tried and stays on longer. I apply it daily before bed and wake up the morning with smooth, soft lips." — Sarah Siegel, editorial assistant, Shopping and Products

Burt's Bees Lip Balm

"Definitely Burt's Bees Lip Balm [32] ($5). I have like 12 — one in each different place because I always use it!" — Jenny Sugar, editor, Fitness

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