The Lip Balm You Always Carry with You

When it comes to best chapstick, the best rated lip balms tend to serve triple duty. The lip balms for chapped lips prevent horrible, painfully cracked lips, while also including SPF for extra sun protection (lips need that too, by the way, just as much as skin). Some lip balms are thicker than others, allowing for longer-lasting wear. For those with an organic bent, there are natural lip balms available that are fantastic – truly some of the best lipbalms and best organic chapstick.

Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm is without a doubt one of the best organic lip balms around! This little tube of wonder can help heal cracked and chapped lips with natural ingredients like beeswax, vitamin E and peppermint oil. The peppermint oil, in particular, gives this balm a really soothing feel on lips!

Price range: $3.00

EOS Lip Balm is an organic, natural balm that contains shea butter and vitamin E and provides long-lasting moisture to lips. The flavors? Oh, the flavors! EOS (Evolution of Smooth) offers so many flavors, you’re almost guaranteed to find one (or two, or three!) you love. From Lemon Drop to Sweet Mint to Summer Fruit, the EOS Lip Balms are adorable (Lemon Drop also has SPF 15). The packaging is distinctive, too: All EOS Lip Balms come in cute little spheres! (If the sphere isn’t your ‘thing,’ EOS also offers Organic Lip Balm in stick form).

Price range: $3.29

Carmex lip balm is another go-to balm for many people, offering complete coverage and lip protection from the elements, while helping to alleviate the discomfort of chapped lips. Ingredients include camphor and menthol. This lip balm is available in the original pot formula and in tubes. In addition, Carmex now offers several flavored lip balms, including yummy vanilla, lime and cherry. While the original Carmex doesn’t have SPF, some of the Carmex lip balm sticks do.

Price range: $1.50 to $2.00 for the original Carmex pot, stick or tube

Beauty aficionados are likely already familiar with the wonder that is Smith’s Rosebud Salve. This little tin works absolute magic on dry, chapped lips, offering the moisture of a great balm with a nice, light scent. Smith’s Rosebud Salve is also great for other beauty uses: smooth it on dry cuticles to moisturize. It also works great (in moderation) to smooth down flyaway hairs and it moisturizes dry elbows and knees. It’s also great to use for minor burns!

For variation, try the Rosebud Strawberry or Minted Rose Lip Balms!

Price range: $6 to $7

Leave it to Nivea to come up with a fabulous, inexpensive, very effective lip balm. Nivea actually offers a wide variety of different kinds of lip balms. Prices range from about $2.00 to about $7.00, and the Nivea lip balms are great for peeling, chapped lips. Some also have SPF and are available in different flavors (try the vanilla!). By far, the Cadillac of Nivea’s lip care line is Nivea Lip Care A Kiss Of Moisture, Essential Lip Care (look for the blue tube).

Price range: $2 to $7

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 is a great hydrating balm, and it also has a bit of plumping action for lips. Ingredients like vitamins A, C and E along with black currant oil and yes, real sugar, combine to make this delicious-tasting lip balm. And yes, the SPF 15 is a huge bonus. Tinted Sugar Lip Treatment is also available (the Sugar Honey is a really good neutral to try).

Price range: $22.50

Blistex offers a range of different lip balms, some flavored, some not. The Blistex Medicated Lip Balm offers SPF 15 protection for lips, along with dimethicone and other ingredients designed to moisturize and sooth dry, chapped lips. It’s also very inexpensive – another plus!

Guys, if you feel a bit under-represented on this list, this one’s totally for you: Jack Black Black Diamond Formula Intense Therapy Lip Balm with SPF25 is a winner (and a mouthful). It’s simple, it’s effective and it’s manly. The Jack Black lip balm provides solid conditioning and great protection from the elements. You also get major sun protection for lips. Win win. Win. Flavors include Original, Natural Mint, Black Tea & Blackberry and Lemon & Chamomile (and no, this lip balm is NOT tinted or glossy in any way).

Price range: $7.5

Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1 is a classic, soothing lips and protecting them from chapping and cracking (particularly in cold, windy weather). Ingredients include Sweet Almond Oil and Lanolin. The formula is light and vitamin-rich, too. The balm is available in both a tube and a jar.

Price range: $7

Neutrogena’s Norwegian Formula Lip Moisturizer is a great little lip balm with great softening properties. The little stick conditions lips without giving a ‘waxy’ feel, so it’s great for those who want nice protection without that cakey, makeup-y feeling. It also contains SPF 15 sunscreen to help protect lips from the sun’s damaging rays.

Price range: $2.99 to $3.50

Those who were big fans of The Body Shop’s Shea Lip Care stick might be well served to give the Aloe Lip Treatment a whirl. This lip balm offers the soothing and moisturizing ingredients aloe vera gel, shea butter and sesame oil in a neat little tube that really delivers. Bonus: It’s also all-natural and preservative free.

Honorable mention to The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Lip Care SPF 15 – another solid lip balm choice from this company!

Price range: $8 (Vitamin E Lip Care Stick) to $9.50 (Aloe Lip Treatment)

If you’re looking for a super-luxurious lip balm that also provides a bit of shine, The Lip Slip by Sara Happ is an option. Ingredients like Sweet Almond and Jojoba oils provide great moisture and smoothness. The Lip Slip is definitely long-lasting and it looks great over regular lipsticks too. The Lip Slip is pricey, but a little goes a long way.

Price range: $24

Not familiar with Lypsyl? If you’re into seriously great lip balm, you should be. Lypsyl Lypmoisturizer Lip Balm is a nifty little stick balm that combines beneficial ingredients like Swedish beeswax and organic shea butter to sooth and moisturize without feeling sticky or goopy. Lypsyl also has a hint of mint for refreshing flavor.