Best Lip Care Products

When it comes to lips, there’s no such thing as a happy chappy. Chapped and dry lips feel uncomfortable, unattractive and sometimes painful. Keeping lips deeply nourished all-year round is possible once you find the best lip balm, salve or ointment to provide the hydration for lips that you need. Continue Reading...

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Lucas' Papaw Ointment

Lucas' Papaw Ointment 🏆 2024

4.5  (470) Summary
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Coco
CocoSA7 posts
 
Not keen on the animal fat on my skinThe paw paw ingredient is brilliant, its the animal fat in the lanolin I really don't like on my skin. I would love to see the company use a different base. Show details
Looselips Lip Lifter

Looselips Lip Lifter 🏆 2024

4.5  (169) Summary
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Kirsty
KirstyNSW
 
Loving itI like the Looselips products, have been using the Eyelift for the past 3 months and love it. I also have been using the Face Oil and the Absolute Serum which are also great. All made her in Australia. Customer service was great on multiple occassions. Thank you! Show details
Dynamiclear Rapid

Dynamiclear Rapid

4.4  (51) Summary
Luisa J.
Luisa J.
 
Best product on the market for quick treatmentBest product on the market for quick treatment. I've tried so many other treatments before. Nothing compares
Propovir Coldsore Ointment

Propovir Coldsore Ointment

4.6  (28) Summary
Lisa B.
Lisa B.2 posts
 
The Body Shop Hemp

The Body Shop Hemp

4.1  (31) Summary
Mr Awesome
Mr AwesomeAU17 posts
 
Burt's Bees Lip Balm

Burt's Bees Lip Balm

3.6  (37) Summary
Jaime
Jaime5 posts
 
Favourite balmMy go to lip balm. Cheap, majority of them keep the lips hydrated without drying them out. The strawberry & pomegranate ones are my most purchased. Some of the ‘white’ coloured balms have a weird waxy texture that isn’t very hydrating so I don’t purchase those. Show details
Brauer Paw Paw Ointment

Brauer Paw Paw Ointment

4.1  (13) Summary
jule61
jule61WA70 posts
 
Neecie
NeecieQLD8 posts
 
Carmex Moisturising Lip Balm

Carmex Moisturising Lip Balm

3.8  (13) Summary
Rebecca
Rebecca5 posts
 
Have used this for yearsCarmex lip balm has a little tingle in it that I love when it touches my lips! It keeps my lips super moisturised and I’m addicted to lip balm! I have used this product for years it’s always handy. It’s inexpensive too. If you don’t like using your finger in lip balm jars there is also a squeeze tube version. Show details
belles
bellesVIC4 posts
 
My go to BalmBeen using this little yellow tube of goodness for a few years. Has so many uses.
Love its not filled with mineral petro chemicals like the other ones on the market.
I always have one in handbag, in my gym bag, on my desk and near the kitchen sink Show details ·  1
MooGoo Cowlick Lip Balm

MooGoo Cowlick Lip Balm

4.5  (8) Summary
Bianka
Bianka
 
Lip-eze Lip Balm Regular

Lip-eze Lip Balm Regular

3.8  (12) Summary
Tim D
Tim DSA
 
Herron lipeze unavailable but irreplaceableLip-eze 30+ Has saved my lips for years, but has become unavailable. Why Herron, why? What is going on? Why can’t I ask Herron directly? What a shame to loose this great product line. Show details
DU’IT Tough Lips

DU’IT Tough Lips

5.0  (6) Summary
Jessica T.
Jessica T.QLD
  Fair Incentive
A handbag stapleFor such a long time this lip balm has been a staple in my handbag. It feels comfortable to wear and keeps my lips soft and hydrated. This lip balm is great value and so effective! Show details
MooGoo Tingling Honey Lips

MooGoo Tingling Honey Lips

3.8  (10) Summary
Mary
Mary20 posts
 
IrritatingWasn't sure what to expect with the tingling description, I found it irritating and uncomfortable. Probably because it contains menthol, this lip balm certainly didn't suit me, was very disappointed. Show details
Zovirax Cold Sore Cream

Zovirax Cold Sore Cream

3.1  (14) Summary
Ben R
Ben RVIC
 
Virasolve Cold Sore Cream

Virasolve Cold Sore Cream

2.0  (76) Summary
Peachy
Peachy26 posts
 
Works quicklyI’m surprised by the negative reviews. Zovirax doesn’t work particularly well for me. I remember using Virasolve many years ago and bought it again last year when I saw it at the chemist. Worked a treat and now I won’t buy anything else
Ego QV Face Lip Balm SPF 30+

Ego QV Face Lip Balm SPF 30+

5.0  (4) Summary
Harvinder0512
Harvinder0512NSW4 posts
  Fair Incentive
This lip balm is awesomeI had rough lips and after using this product for two days. The roughness of my lips has been disappear . I would like to suggest this product to my family and friends. Show details
MooGoo SPF 15 Lip Balm

MooGoo SPF 15 Lip Balm

3.4  (8) Summary
alouise62
alouise62QLD11 posts
 
Blistex Lip Radiance

Blistex Lip Radiance

5.0  (3) Summary
Yvon Charley
Yvon CharleyWA4 posts
  Verified
Shimmers are not overpoweringI love this lip product so much, I find product that has SPF to be VERY elusive and this one has that. It gives me peace of mind because of its additional protection. It doesn't feel too heavy. Show details
Nivea Soft Rose Lip Balm

Nivea Soft Rose Lip Balm

5.0  (3) Summary
Imogen h
Imogen hQLD
 
Keeps your lips hydrated all day longthis lip balm is probably one of my all time favourites because it keeps your lips feeling sweet and hydrated all day long. If you are in need of a better chapstick this is the one to go. Show details
Palmer's Cocoa Butter Lip Butter

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Lip Butter

3.4  (5) Summary
Cherie M.
Cherie M.QLD6 posts
  Dark Chocolate and Peppermint
Perfect for lip sensation!I had jaw surgery over 10 years ago. I never gained full feeling of my lower lip back. This is the only lip balm that has not only moisturised my lips but also give me a sense of feeling in them too. I can only find this product in one store in all of Brisbane! So very difficult to buy off shelves. Show details
Soni
Soni2 posts
 
Love this productI have extremely dry and often cracked lips and this product has made a difference. It's a little hard to squeeze out of the tube but that's because it has a nice thick gel like coverage for your lips. Definitely worth paying a little bit more for a natural product.

QV Lip Balm

QV Lip Balm

4.3  (3) Summary
Kalleebear
KalleebearSA4 posts
 
Smolly8
Smolly8VIC27 posts
 
I use this dailyI’m a bloke and yeah I use this stuff daily. My wife is the supplier of this product and to be honest, my lips don’t get chapped, burnt or cracked. It’s great stuff you’ve gotta give it a try. Everyone loves kissing

Ellie
EllieVIC3 posts
 
My go toThis is my favourite go to lip hydration product, absolutely love it!
I have gone through maybe 10 or 15 jars of it over the years
Would recommend to everyone to use it Show details
Ivy
IvySydney16 posts
 
Shizen Lip Gloss Conditioner

Shizen Lip Gloss Conditioner

2.3  (3) Summary
Maddie
MaddieNSW
 
The worst product ever madeThis has been the worst product I've ever bought. This company doesn't even have a proper returns policy. Once you buy,
It appears that you'll be stuck with it. Highly recommend that anyone avoid this company and their products. Show details
s.ambro
s.ambroQLD8 posts
 
Love this productHave been using a sample of this product and it has bring so much colour and plumpness back to my lips.
Its made them peal a little on first use, i gather because it a renewal and it was getting rid of dead skin.
Would recommend, will be buying the full sized product! Show details
Diane H.
Diane H.
 
Love it!Keeps your lips smooth and I love the strawberry flavour Show details
Little Fox Lip Balm

Little Fox Lip Balm

5.0  (1) Summary
Ines17
Ines17Sydney24 posts
 

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Types of Lip Care Products

Lip Balms

What does lip balm do to your lips?

Lip balm is a waxy product that you put on your lips to soothe chapped or dry lips. Peeling or cracked lips are often due to lips being chapped. This can be uncomfortable, make you feel self-conscious, or even cause pain and bleeding.

Since the skin on lips is thin, it doesn’t have much of a first-line-of-defence against cold or windy weather, or UV rays. It doesn’t take much for them to chap, Lips need a more nourishing moisturiser than a regular face cream. For some people, a lip balm provides relief all-year round, and for others, it can be a winter saviour.

What is the difference between lip balm, salve and ointment?

Lip BalmLip Salves and Ointments
PurposeMade to help soothe dry, chapped lips that comes from environmental conditions or dry skin.These are lip treatments, made to target skin conditions or treat medical concerns, such as eczema. blisters , cold sores and angular cheilitis. Lip salves and ointments often double up in their healing benefits. Some can be used for wound healing, nappy rash, or to apply to other extremely dry parts of the skin.
ConsistencyMade with with a higher ratio of wax to oil, which gives them a harder consistency. This thickness means balms sit on top of lips, or the epidermis.Both of these have a higher ratio of oil to wax. This softness makes it easier for them to penetrate to a deeper level of the skin (the dermis) to assist with wound healing. Salves are oilier than balms, while ointments have the highest amount of oil, so they are the most deeply absorbed into lips. They can help with wound healing and blisters.

Lip Exfoliators

Lips exfoliators come in the form of lip scrubs. If your lips are dry and flaking, a lip exfoliator can remove dead or dull cells to help make lips more smooth and soft.

A good lip scrub is often simple, and doesn’t need many ingredients to be effective. You just need one exfoliator - a slightly abrasive ingredient that does the scrubbing, like sugar or a toothbrush - and one emollient, like oil or butter. This softens lips and fills the gap between cells where skin has come off with lipids, plumping them.

While lips can look plump and healthy after exfoliating, avoid overdoing an exfoliating ritual. Since exfoliating removes the protective outer layer of skin, when done more than twice a week, it can cause stinging, bleeding and increased sensitivity to environmental conditions, making lips more chapped and sensitive.

Lip masks

What does a lip mask do?

A lip mask is a hydrogel sheet that you apply over your lips and mouth area. They're usually sold in the shape of a rose-coloured pot, and jelly-like in feel. The ingredients inside are like a serum, and infuse active ingredients onto your lips. These can include: collagen, bio-cellulose, hyaluronic acid, and thicker butters and oils than you’d find in a regular lip balm.

Collectively, these ingredients can work together to hydrate lips, and make them look more full and plump. Some are meant to be left on for 20 minutes, whereas others are for wearing overnight.

A good lip mask can provide the intense hydration lips need if you have especially dry lips or live in a cold climate and applying lip balm throughout the day just isn’t cutting it.

Ingredients to look for in a lip care product

Butters

Butter sourced from natural ingredients such as shea butter, cocoa butter and mango butter contain natural fats that replenish the moisture content in your lips. They can also feel wonderfully smooth and luscious on your kissers.

Natural oils

Sourced from nature’s garden, oils contain fatty acids that lock in moisture. They also contain antioxidants that protect skin from free radicals in the environment caused by pollution and smoke. Top nourishing picks include: jojoba oil, hemp seed oil, castor oil, coconut oil, sunflower oil, and avocado oil.

Waxes

Lip balm contains around 15% wax, while salves and ointments contain some, too, but less. The most common wax and traditional wax used in lip care products is beeswax. Beeswax is naturally very sticky, so adheres to lips well. However, there are plenty of other effective waxes if you find yourself irritated by beeswax. It can be an allergen or irritant for some people - especially if you have a honey or pollen allergy. Plant-based alternatives include carnauba wax and candelilla wax.

What are bad ingredients in lip balm?

Chemicals

While not all chemicals are bad, a good number of them often make your lips even drier. When put onto lips, chemicals can rub off and be ingested throughout the day.

Here are some chemicals to avoid.

  • Parabens: these are potentially endocrine disruptors, as they mimic oestrogen, throwing hormones off balance and potentially even causing disease.
  • Petrolatum: including petroleum jelly and mineral oil, which are all derived from petroleum. The refining process is harsh and often involves using synthetic chemicals that can irritate skin.
  • BHA and BHT: Used as preservatives, these chemicals cause multiple health concerns, including irritating your respiratory system, disrupting hormones and causing organ system toxicity.
  • Phenol, menthol and alcohol: These dry out the skin, making them counterproductive additions to a lip balm. Phenol and menthol can also remove the outer layers of lip skin, making it more prone to becoming chapped.
  • Chemical sunscreens: While opting for a lip balm with SPF is a great idea for sun protection, chemically-based sunscreens can cause irritation and dryness. These include oxybenzone, avobenzone and cinnamate. Opt for mineral-based sunscreens instead, like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.

Lip allergens and irritants

These can be either chemical (such as benzocaine) or natural. They can include citrus, mint, tea tree, eucalyptus, beeswax, camphor, menthol, lanolin and salicylic acid.

Even natural lip balms have ingredients that can be allergens, such as lanolin, beeswax and Vitamin E.

Fragrances are often unspecified in terms of what they contain, but they’re often made with phthalates that disrupt hormones and trigger asthma. Even more natural fragrances like cinnamon and vanillin can irritate sensitive lips. Scents can also dehydrate lips.

Vegan lip balm

If you’re looking for a vegan lip balm, it can be annoying to find a seemingly perfect pick in a natural lip balm - then realise it contains ingredients derived from animals. Here are some ingredients to avoid if you’re on the hunt for a vegan lip balm:

  • Lanolin: This greasy emollient comes from sheep’s wool.
  • Beeswax: Also called cera alba, beeswax is used by bees as a building material to make honeycomb cells in a hive. These cells are where they store honey, nectar and pollen,(their food source). To get beeswax, the honeycomb cells must be removed.
  • Honey: Honey is a bee’s food source for the colder months, and is used as a humectant in lip balms to attracts moisture and exfoliates lips. Shea butter and cocoa butter (which contains glycerine) are both vegan humectants.
  • Carmine: This is more likely to be found in lipsticks, but is made by crushing cochineal bugs to use their shells in bright-red pigments for lip colours.

Other things to consider when buying a lip balm, salve or ointment

Packaging

A lot of lip balm tubes are made from plastic packaging. If you prefer a lip balm stick, choosing a tube made from a recyclable material is more eco-friendly. If you’re more a fan of a hearty pot of balm, glass pots are environmentally friendly.

Taste

No matter how evenly/ well you apply your lip balm, there’s bound to be some that ends up on your tastebuds at some point. Chemical lip balms, or lip care products with added flavours or scents can be more unpalatable when accidentally ingested.

Smell

This is a matter of personal preference. Belying the craze of the Lip Smackers (and your teenage years), many lip balms these days are unscented - especially natural lip balms.

Having a fragrance in your lip balm may be pleasant, though just be mindful that if you have sensitive lips, a product that contains an artificial fragrance is more likely to irritate skin.

Shine and tint

The level of shine and tint in a lip balm are moreso cosmetic concerns. However, if you’re layering your lip balm under a lipstick or other cosmetic lip product, you might prefer it not to be overly shiny.

However, if you’re going for a bare balm look, you could fancy your lip care product to have a bit of colour included, to add a rosy glow to lips. In this case, a tinted lip balm may get your lips smacking.

Value for Money

Some lip balms or salves seem really pricey for the small amount of product that you get. Value for money also depends on: how often you re-apply a lip balm throughout the day, and its longevity once applied.

The only way to really know how long a lip balm lasts on your lips is to try it - or to read feedback from reviewers who’ve already tried a lip care product before and are keen to share their experiences.

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