Battle of the Balms
Cleansing Dry Skin with POND’S
Winter is approaching and my lips are as dry as ever. The absolute final thing that I do before going to bed for the night is apply a generous amount of lip balm. My husband does the exact same thing, and his potion of choice is Carmex.
Sometimes when we travel I forget to grab my lip balm and have to use his Carmex and while, yes, it’s thick enough to pretty much remain in place throughout the entire night, I couldn’t help but feel like I had a heavy layer all over my lips. But I was finding my balms of choice weren’t really able to go the distance and leave me with really well hydrated lips in the morning.
Sure, I go to bed at 9:00p these days, but there has to be a lip balm that can last 10 hours, right?
I grabbed my dish full of lip balms and thought I’d go through the pros and cons of each one in case you, too, are on the hunt for a winning, hydrating balm!
I’ve heard great things about Nuxe Reve de Miel. I found it on Birchbox.com and used some points to get it pretty cheap!
I don’t love the orange flavor, but thats subjective to each persons preferences. Otherwise it’s extremely thick but it doesn’t feel like it really penetrates past the outer layer of my lips. So, I wouldn’t pick this as a favorite, but I can see why some love it. I don’t like the fact that I have to use my finger, and since it hasn’t turned out to be a good enough product to make it “worth” having to wash my finger off, I’m now looking for something that I can apply through a tube.
One of the balms I’ve been using most often is the eos Strawberry Sorbet Smooth Sphere Lip Balm. I really just bought it because the packaging looked cool. It’s hydrating, and smells heavenly, but it’s quite thick enough to last through the night.
I’ve been a Softlips fan since middle school, if I remember correctly. I saw their new cube lip balm at Target in “Fresh Mint” and was excited to try it out. It’s a bit waxier (as all softlips products tend to be) than I’d like it to be, but it will make your lips incredibly soft. I love the minty flavor too!
This Mint tin is an old product from Anthropologie. It’s really luxurious, but it presents the same issue as the Nuxe Reve de Miel in that I need to use my finger to apply it.
The classic softlips, in the skinny little container, has been my go-to lip balm for years and years. It isn’t as “healing” as I’d like to to be for really, really chapped lips, but it definitely makes them feel soft. I find that I need to apply a few layers to really saturate my lips at night, but I love using this in the daytime in case I’m going without lipstick or gloss.
This is probably my favorite type of packaging of the bunch because I can apply a certain amount without junking up my fingers. It’s heavy, and not sticky, and I love the mint flavor. I’d love to find something a little bit more luxurious than this, as I find it wears off rather quickly.
Am I being too picky about my lip balms? Perhaps. But I just know there has to be a really deeply hydrating product that I’ll wake up with thinking, “wow my lips still feel great”.
What are your favorites? I’d love to hear if you have an all-time favorite lip balm!