Balm Diggity: Our Favorite Healing Lip Balms

Plump up the party with these lip balms we’ve tried and tested that are winter weather approved.


Aquaphor Healing Ointment ($13)

When I ordered this I did not realize it was the giant version and not a product you can just tote around in your purse. After using it for a few days, I realized that the enormous size means that I can have the softest lips in the world for my entire life.

Now I’m not going to lie, this is a lot like Vaseline. But Aquaphor is said to have more healing properties and is recommended by doctors for even the most sensitive baby skin. The uses for this ointment are endless, from cracked heels, to dry winter skin, to cuts and scrapes, but my favorite use is for my chapped lips. I’ve been slathering on a thick layer every night when I go to sleep and I wake up with what literally feels like a set of brand new lips. It’s a magical overnight treatment and I recommend it to any and everyone.

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Glossier Cherry Balm Dotcom ($12)

 Yes, I realize that Glossier is the brand of the basic bitches ATM, but I have been super into this tinted balm lately. It’s the perfect lazy-girl balm-tint. While normally I would not spend $12 on a lip balm, this one is a super hydrating double-duty product that provides a nice wash of color without looking like you’re trying too hard. I love anything that makes me look effortless. The subtle rosy color is the perfect “no makeup” look. It’s also super smoothing and makes a great base for lipstick. The tube seems to last a really long time… which it better for a $12 balm.

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Smith’s Rosebud Salve ($7)

I’ve constantly read reviews of this cult-favorite lip balm. I’ve read that it’s THE go-to product celebrities can’t live without and that it’s THE solution to any skin issues you’re having.

I broke down and bought this at Ulta hoping that it would revolutionize my purse products. It left my lips looking glossy and less chapped for a little bit…but I can’t say that it healed them. I also wasn’t a fan of the stickiness this left on my fingers afterward. Plus, It didn’t hold up against my winter trip to Alaska. If you’re looking for a more “bang for your buck” option and something with more healing properties, a balm like Aquaphor would be the way to go. While I did enjoy the light floral scent and pinkish tint, this wasn’t a game changer for me.

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O’Keeffe’s Lip Repair ($5)

When I’m not at home with my giant tub of Aquaphor (yes I know they make smaller tubes but let me live), my go-to is O’Keeffe’s Lip Repair stick. As a mouth breather, my lips get real dry throughout the day, so i need something strong. This product does what Chapstick and Carmex promise to do but never actually deliver on: it keeps your lips soft, hydrated and chap-free. While the instructions say to apply once daily, you’ll definitely need to reapply every couple hours. While I think Aquaphor lasts longer without being reapplied, O’Keeffe’s is a no-frills product that delivers what it claims to do. Plus it’s gentle enough for everyone.

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 Oliology Natural Lip Balm ($14 for a 3-pack)

My favorite is the coconut because of the scent but honestly the argan and shea are just as effective. If you’re about that vegan or all-natural life, this could be a great balm for you. It definitely outshines every Chapstick product I have used and I don’t find myself needing to reapply it too often. It also makes a great base for a lip tint or stick. Compared to Aquaphor or O’Keeffes, I’d probably go with those if you want something unflavored/unscented and a little less pricey. If you find these on sale, they’re great to have around, especially if you’re a balm hoarder like me.

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To be honest, I only bought this because the packaging was insanely cute… but I was pleasantly surprised with the product inside. This balm is a lot like Smith’s Rosebud Salve, but better. It gives your lips a slight pink tint and has a nice flowery scent to it. Unlike Smith’s, this is more silky than sticky. That’s a great feature when you’d rather not wipe your sticky fingers on your jeans every time you use it. It also seems to last a couple hours without reapplying which is always a win. I would say it’s a little pricey for what it is, but the packaging is so dang adorable that it’s worth it.

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