The Lip Balm You Always Carry with You

The best lip balms soothe chapped lips, offer protection and provide a bit of color to make for a perfect pout! Some of the best moisturizing lip balms on the market include ingredients that enhance moisture for lips without giving that 'goopy' feeling one gets from lip glosses. Lip balms are unisex, though some, including tinted lip balms, are definitely more makeup-y than others. This list of the best lip balm includes a variety of products, from EOS lip balm to Burt's Bees, in different price ranges. Be sure to vote for your favorite lip balms on this list!

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.

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  • 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
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    380 votes

    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
  • Smith's Rosebud Salve Tin
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    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
  • Carmex Lip Balm
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    266 votes

    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
  • 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