Lip balm is the unsung hero of the men’s grooming arsenal. Small but effective, a lip balm saves your lips from cracked and peeling skin.
Today we’ll look at an assortment of lip balms that protect your lips from the harsh winter elements while also helping to retain moisture.
However, to make sure you get the right lip balm, consider the following:
4 Quick Considerations Before Buying a Lip Balm
1. Do the ingredients matter when buying lip balm?
Absolutely. You want to make sure that you get a lip balm that effectively protects your lips and adds much-needed moisture. Lip balms that rely on beeswax, shea butter, natural oils, or petroleum jelly do an excellent job of keeping your lips soft and protected.
2. How do you like to apply your lip balm?
You’ll find that lip balms will either come in a stick or a lotion-like form. We recommend going with stick-to-lip applicators only. Using your finger to apply a lip balm is just asking for you to get sick.
3. Does the brand matter at all?
It depends. For better or worse, it’s easy for people to list products on open marketplaces and sell them with very little oversight. Therefore, we recommend a trusted brand that stands by its products and isn’t out to make a quick profit. Below we try our best to round up some of the best lip balm brands currently available.
4. Do you have sensitive skin? Be sure to read this
A lot of lip balm brands like to add essential oils for fragrance. While they may smell nice, unfortunately, essential oils can cause contact dermatitis or an allergic reaction upon application. If you have sensitive skin, go with a fragrance-free lip balm to lessen the chance of a painful rash.
Best Lip Balms for Men
Here’s our list of the best lip balms for men currently available:
1. For Dry, Peeling Lips: Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm
If your lips are dry and peeling, then it’s critical to find a lip balm that is soft-bodied so it can penetrate deeper into the skin to provide adequate relief. When looking at the options available, we think that the Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm is among the best. Crafted from several organic ingredients, including natural mint, shea butter, green tea, avocado oil, and vitamin E, expect it to relieve chapped lips in a hurry.
If mint isn’t your favorite flavor, you can also pick up this lip balm in black tea and raspberry, grapefruit and ginger, or an unflavored shea butter variety.
Lastly, this lip balm does carry an SPF 25 rating.
2. Contains SPF: Duke Cannon 140° Tactical Lip Protectant
Whether it’s summer or winter, if you are outside for an extended period, it’s vital to protect your lips with a lip balm that contains SPF protection. There perhaps is none better for the task than Duke Cannon 140° Tactical Lip Protectant. Providing broad-spectrum sun protection and “tested by active-duty military personnel,” this lip balm will be effective at preventing sunburns or dry skin to your lips.
Despite the strong protection from the sun, Duke Cannon relies on several natural ingredients, including castor oil, blood orange, peppermint oil, and vitamin E. At .56 oz, this lip blam is double the size of most others on the market, all while still being affordably priced at $9 per stick.
2 More Sun-Protecting Lip Balms to Consider
Brickell Men’s No Shine SPF 15 Lip Balm: With adequate protection against UVA and UVB rays, this stick lip balm is pocket-friendly and contains several all-natural ingredients.
Salt & Stone SPF 30 Lip Balm: With non-nano zinc oxide, this lip balm will block 97% of UV rays from your lips. The finish is clear and matte.
3. High Quality: Le Labo Lip Balm
Uncompromising men deserve an uncompromising lip balm. This naturally-made balm by Le Labo hits all the marks for what men want in a quality lip balm. The lip balm goes on clear, leaves a matte finish, and has no noticeable taste. But where this lip balm really shines is with the rich-moisturizing base. Relying on jojoba oil, olive oil, shea butter, and more, it’ll moisturize the delicate skin on your lips quickly.
1 More Premium Lip Balm to Consider
Doctor Rogers Restore Lip Balm: This premium lip balm is absent of any allergens making it perfect for men with sensitive lips.
4. Rich Moisturizer: Baxter of California Hydro Salve Lip Balm
Founded in 1965, Baxter of California makes uncompromising premium men’s grooming products. The moisture-rich Hydro Salve Lip Balm is a perfect pick if you live in extremely dry conditions and want relief for your lips. With a rich oily base of jojoba, grape seed, and coconut, your skin will absorb all the moisture it has been lacking.
Expect a matte finish and a slight mojito taste.
1 More Nourishing Lip Balm to Consider
Aesop Cedar & Citrus Lip Salve: With a gel-like texture, this moisturizing lip balm goes on thick to soften chapped lips.
5. Best Tasting: Grown Alchemist Watermelon & Vanilla Lip Balm
You may have to exercise some restraint when it comes to applying this lip balm by Grown Alchemist. With a watermelon and vanilla base, it provides a great-smelling and tasty solution that’ll have you licking your lips for more.
The gluten and paraben-free formulation is largely naturally based and contains a rich blend of natural oils and butter that’ll nourish your dry lips. In addition, the balm goes on clear, so you don’t have to worry about it leaving a light or cloudy tint to your lips.
1 More Tasty Lip Balm to Consider
Anthony Mint & White Tea Advanced Formula Lip Balm: This lip balm is well-formulated with flavors like blood orange and mint and white tea. With green tea extract and resveratrol, you can expect a speedy repair to your chapped or cracked lips.
6. Luxury: Tom Ford Hydrating Lip Balm
Who said lip balms couldn’t be a luxury item? If you have the discretionary funds and want a classy lip balm to keep your skin soft and smooth, then consider this balm by Tom Ford. This petroleum-based lip balm features a rich blend of avocado oil, sweet almond oil, wheat germ oil, and more for quick and effective results.
The pocket-friendly 0.34oz size allows you to take it anywhere.
1 More Luxury Lip Balm to Consider
La Mer Lip Balm: With a mint finish, premium skincare company La Mer makes a lip balm that will penetrate deep to soften your skin.
7. Fast Application: Malin+Goetz Mohito Lip Balm
Enjoy a quick trip to Cuba and sip a mojito with the Malin+Goetz Mohito Lip Balm. This great-tasting and fast-drying lip balm will fix your lips in a hurry. Whether you want a low-gloss finish or simply want smooth lips faster, you’ll love this little pocket warrior that Malin+Goetz crafted.
The lip balm is also colorless, so you don’t have to worry about it leaving any tint to your lips.
8. Eco-Friendly: Stoked Goods Organic Lip and Face Balm
Consider the Stoked Goods Organic Lip and Face Balm if you are an eco-conscious man looking for a lip balm that doesn’t rely on a plastic casing and contains only natural ingredients. With a biodegradable cardboard tube, this oversized lip balm lasts longer than most, lessening the number of times you need to restock and, of course, lower carbon emissions for shipping.
Relying on only a few natural ingredients, including coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, beeswax, and vitamin E, you can expect your lips to be well-nourished and moisturized. Lastly, this handcrafted lip balm is made in the USA.
2 More Eco-Friendly Lip Balm to Consider
Eco Roots Zero Waste Lip Balm: It relies on a cardboard container and natural ingredients, making it a worthy alternative to Stoked Goods Organic Lip and Face Balm. This lip balm is tinted to provide a more flush appearance to your lips.
BeesWaxTreasures Homemade Lip Balm: Handmade and available in several different scents and styles, this popular lip balm has over 400 reviews and a perfect 5-star rating.
9. Matte Finish: Oars + Alps Shine-Free Lip Balm Kit
If you want to repair your lips but don’t want to draw attention with a glossy finish, then consider using the Oars + Alps Shine-Free Lip Balm Kit.
As was the case when reviewing the Oars + Alps award-winning deodorant, this lip balm contains select organic ingredients. On the label, you’ll see that a beeswax base has been paired with sunflower seed oil and soybean oil to repair your damaged lips by delivering additional moisture in a hurry.
The alpine mint flavor will also provide a subtle tingling sensation and fast relief to your painful lips.
1 More No-Shine Lip Balm to Consider
Kiehl’s Facial Fuel No-Shine Moisturizing Lip Balm: Made specifically for men, this lip balm provides long-lasting moisture while leaving a no-shine finish.
10. Affordable: Dr. Bronner’s Organic Lip Balm
We’re a fan of the well-made products that Dr. Bronner puts together – as we recently shared in our review of their bar soap. Leaning on a simple ingredient list that includes avocado oil, hemp oil, and beeswax, Dr. Bronner’s Organic Lip Balm does an excellent job of protecting your lips from harsh weather conditions.
Carrying a price at only $2.99 per stick (when you buy a four-pack), it is also one of the cheapest lip balms we reviewed. Dr. Bronner proves that you can still get a quality product even if you have a restricted budget.
3 More Affordable Lip Balms to Consider
Burt’s Bees Lip Balm: You can’t review lip balms without mentioning Burt’s Bees! This widely popular lip balm is available in drugstores everywhere.
Aquaphor Lip Repair Ointment: A blend of shea butter, chamomile, along with vitamin C, E, and B5, make for a deep moisturizing and affordable lip balm. The applicator also is easy to handle.
ChapStick Moisturizer: Averaging $1 for a single stick, ChapStick is among the cheapest lip balms available. It provides all-day protection and even contains SPF 15 protection.
11. Overnight Treatment: C.O. Bigelow My Favorite Night Balm No 306
If you want complete lip repair, then your best bet is to go with an overnight treatment. The C.O. Bigelow My Favorite Night Balm No 306 penetrates deep to relieve your chapped lips from deep-set cracks, peeling, and general discomfort. To get effective results, you’ll want to make sure you lather on a liberal amount of the petroleum jelly and shea butter balm before going to bed.
While marketed for evening use, the balm is suitable for moderate daytime applications as it contains candelilla wax as the primary protectant. However, this balm does not have any sun protection.
1 More Overnight Lip Balm to Consider
Jack Black NightMode Lip Treatment: This is another overnight petroleum-based lip balm. However, one key difference is the inclusion of hyaluronic acid, which carries 1,000 times its weight in water. Consider this lip balm if you want to add some puffiness to your lips.
12. Lip Mask: Kiehl’s Buttermask For Lips
Like a hydrating facial mask, the primary job of a lip mask is to add moisture to the skin. However, unlike some overnight petroleum-based lip balms we reviewed, Kiehl’s Buttermask For Lips relies on effective emollients to moisturize dry lips. Doing the heavy lifting, you’ll find coconut oil, wild mango butter, jojoba oil, and more.
Should you have oily skin, make sure that you don’t apply it outside of your lips. Many of the ingredients in this lip mask can clog pores. It is fragrance-free, making it also suitable for men with sensitive skin.
13. Hemp Lip Balm: The Body Shop Hemp Heavy Duty Lip Care
Hemp oil is finding its way into more men’s grooming products due to the many benefits it provides. One such use is that hemp oil is rich in essential fatty acids, which is the building block for healthy skin.
Beyond making your lips look and feel healthy, hemp oil provides plenty of moisture to ward off deep-set cracks and peeling. This balm also has a pleasant woody aroma.
Made in the USA and priced at $6, it’s a good deal.