I don’t know about you, but my lips feel like sandpaper in the winter if I don’t take special care of them. I start early with ordering my lip balms to make sure my lips stay kissable. I grew up using the petroleum-based lip “treatments” until I became an adult and learned better. Here’s my list of winter lip treatments that I rotate for fun. Please feel free to chime in with your favorites. I’d love to hear about them.
Badger Cocoa Butter Lip Balm – Oh how I love this stuff. Cocoa butter is just divine for the lips and when you add all the yummy scents and flavors Badger does (like mocha cocoa, lime rocket and poetic pomegranate!) there’s no way I can resist. But more than great flavors and enticing scents, these lip balms are USDA Certified Organic and Fair Trade Certified. The company claims to process their cocoa butter at low temperatures to retain all of its healing properties. And they’re made without artificial sweeteners or fragrances. $4.50
Anatomy Naturals Mint Lip Butter – I’m impressed with this brand’s bevvy of natural, moisturizing ingredients and their chic labeling. With a “blend of beeswax, aloe and jojoba butters, coconut and sweet almond oils, rosemary seed extract and vitamin E,” this is one of the hardest working lip balms I know. If you don’t have soft lips after all of those moisturizers, something’s seriously wrong. The subtle hint of peppermint and spearmint reminds me of an after dinner mint (which is what they manufacturer was going for). It’s the swanky adult lip balm. $12 for a pack of two.
Pangea Organics Lip Balm – The prize for the most originality in flavors definitely goes to Pangea. Egyptian fennel with grapefruit and sweet orange, Pyrenees lavender with cardamom and Italian Red Mandarin with Rose prove they are playing for keeps. But don’t think they are only about snazzy flavors. They have substance, too. With Organic Tamanu, Sunflower, Jojoba, Hemp, and Shea oils, these lip balms hydrate the skin and according to their literature, “protect lips from moisture loss while imparting naturally occurring fatty acids into the skin.” They are also USDA Certified Organic. $12 each
Eco Lips Medicinal -Eco Lips makes a lot of great organic and vegan lip balms, but their medicinal one is a “must have” when you’re plagued with super chapped lips and cold sores. With an all natural, herbal blend of organic tea tree oil, organic calendula, organic lemon balm and lysine, cold sores will be gone in no time. 95% organic. $2.87
Sugared Beauty Mint Chocolate Chip Lip Balm – Sugared Beauty has managed to get the perfect consistency in lip balms – not too soft and not too hard. Hand blended with beeswax, organic cocoa butter, organic virgin coconut oil and grapeseed oil (with a touch of peppermint essential oil and pure cocoa powder), this is luxury…at an affordable price. I can’t help but mention that this balm totally smells like a York Peppermint Patty, a childhood fave of mine. $3 each
Okay, your turn. Who makes your favorite natural lip balm?