15 Balms That Will Make Chapped-Lips Season Bearable

It's a frigid winter day and you're covered in more layers than you ever thought possible, trudging to work in three inches of melted snow. This is it, you think. I will never be more uncomfortable than this. But then, you press your lips together and find them painfully dry and sandpaper-y, and realize you spoke too soon.

Realistically, we have zero control over the temperature, or the air quality — unless, of course, we pick up and move somewhere tropical. But a really great lip balm is the one solution to flaky lips that doesn't entail relocating to the Bahamas. They're an essential part of any routine year-round, but not all are made alike, and it's best to bring out the big guns this time of year.


Sure, you could head to the drugstore and grab the closest formula to the checkout line, but there are so many lip balms on the market, why not consider all your options instead? We rounded up 15 of the best lip balms money can buy, at every price point. From the cutest novelty packaging to the OG picks, and even a couple of tinted choices, you'll be sure to find something that suits you, ahead.

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Sahajan Lip Karma

Packed with castor, grapeseed, and argan oils, this balm does your lips good by offering deep hydration and shine in a rich formula. Better yet: In partnership with Plan International's Because I Am A Girl campaign, which helps fund education for young girls worldwide, the brand donates one day of school for a girl in a developing country with each purchase.

sahajan Lip Karma$19.00 Buy

Milk Makeup KUSH Lip Balm

The hemp-derived cannabis oil in this new lip balm won't get you high, but it will give you the softest, flake-free lips. Don't let the green tint spook you: The formula goes on clear and glossy.
Milk Makeup KUSH Lip Balm$16.00 Buy

Skinfood Avocado & Olive Lip Balm

If you're going to be carrying a product around 24/7, why not opt for something cute? This balm doesn't just look like an avocado: It's also infused with the naturally-fatty fruit to nourish and moisturize the lips.
Skinfood Avocado & Olive Lip Balm$8.00 Buy

eos Visibly Soft Fresh Grapefruit SPF 30 Lip Balm Sphere

These orb-shaped containers are a perennial favorite — not only because they're fun to look at, but also because they offer SPF and juicy flavors like this fresh grapefruit.
eos Visibly Soft Fresh Grapefruit SPF 30 Lip Balm Sphere$4.00 Buy

Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25

It may be marketed toward men, but this SPF-packed bestseller is a win for everyone, thanks to its refreshing mint flavor and the instant relief it provides for irritated lips.
Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25$7.50 Buy

Glossier Balm Dotcom

This beloved balm has a tacky (in a good way) quality that helps it stay in place, keeping lips moisturized through your morning commute and your second coffee of the day. It also comes in a range of different flavors, including Birthday — inspired by dessert.
Glossier Balm Dotcom$12.00 Buy

It Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi Lip Treatment

In addition to having a smooth, creamy texture that keeps lips conditioned, this innovative lip balm contains pigments that work with your natural lip color for a flushed finish.
It Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi Lip Treatment$24.00 Buy

Carmex Classic Lip Balm Jar

You can't talk about lip balm without mentioning Carmex, the medicated lip protectant that works like no other (and, no, is not actually addictive).
Carmex Classic Lip Balm Jar - 3ct$2.79 Buy

Dr. Barbara Sturm Lip Balm

Celebrities and editors alike can't get enough of Dr. Barbara Sturm's skin-care line, so when it came to creating a lip balm, the brand had to deliver. No surprise here: It did, creating a blend of oils, butters, and waxes in one super-soft, non-sticky balm that can even be used for a subtle glow on eyelids and cheekbones.
Dr. Barbara Sturm LIP BALM$55.00 Buy

Bioderma Atoderm Levres Moisturising Stick

If you have sensitive lips, this lip balm was made for you. It effectively repairs and nourishes the skin with ingredients like shea butter, without causing any irritation.
Bioderma Atoderm Lip stick $4.90 Buy

Dior Addict Lip Glow

There's a reason beauty editors and makeup artists swear by this sheer balm: In addition to being deeply moisturizing, it creates a natural-looking flush within seconds of application.
Dior Addict Lip Glow/0.12 oz.$34.00 Buy

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15

Sugar is the star ingredient of this line of best-selling balms: The sweetener actually works as a humectant to help preserve moisture.

Omorovicza Perfecting Lip Balm

Don't be alarmed by the tingling effect of this lip balm: It just means the eucalyptus oil and hyaluronic acid formula is doing its job to give you fuller and smoother lips.
Omorovicza Perfecting Lip Balm$45.00 Buy

Caudalie Lip Conditioner

In the same way you look for active ingredients for your serums and moisturizers, look for them in your lip care, too. This one from Caudalie has enough active ingredients, antioxidants, and oils to practically be a skin-care treatment in and of itself.
Caudalie Lip Conditioner$12.00 Buy

Smith's Rosebud Salve

This formula has been around since 1895, and for good reason: It's the ultimate multitasker that can be used to tame frizz or baby hairs, add a hint of color to cheekbones, soothe dry cuticles, and yes, repair chapped lips.
Smith's Rosebud Salve$6.00 Buy
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