As some of you may well know, I rather like lipstick, and by ‘rather like lipstick’ I mean ‘obsess over and hoard like Smaug on a bad day’. Unfortunately, despite my love of lipstick, I’ve been gifted with lips that turn as dry as the Mojave the moment I forget my lip balm. Over the years I’ve gone from Vaseline, to various Nivea and Chapstick versions, to an ill-advised flirtation with Carmex – which resulted in sore, swollen lips for days after, and a lasting allergy to several mystery ingredients I just can’t identify.
Thanks to the Carmex incident, I’ve got a whole lot pickier with my lip products. As always, I’m in the middle of a long-standing, enduring love with LUSH products, and their lip offerings are no different. When I was in 6th form and working at my local pub far too many years ago, I fell in love with their cocoa-butter free ‘Lite Lip’ and the weirdly addictive ‘Happy Talk’, a hazelnut and black pepper balm that tasted strongly of coffee, despite none being in the ingredient list! Sadly, both are now discontinued, although I have a feeling I have tins of both tucked away in a drawer somewhere.
At the moment, my LUSH balm of choice is ‘Honey Trap’, a blend of mint, white chocolate and the eponymous honey that (for me) has a flavour that takes a while to get used to. It’s got to be onto something, though, as I believe this is one of the oldest of LUSH’s balm offerings, along with ‘Lip Service’ and ‘Whipstick’. ‘Honey Trap’ is a good, long-lasting balm – for me, this lasts for hours, leaving my lips feeling soft and non-chapped, hurrah! The balm does have a slightly drier texture than the other balms in this post, but it has the best longevity of the lot, probably because if this difference in texture.
Next up is the Body Shop’s ‘Chocomania’ Lip Butter, a recent addition to my ever-growing collection due to turning up to work one day without any lip products at all in my bag. Luckily (or unluckily, depending on your viewpoint) work is right next to a Body Shop store, so it was a case of in, grab the first lip product I saw, and out. Thankfully, I picked a winner. This lip butter is lovely and soothing, leaving a subtle sheen on the lips. It’s not as long lasting as the other two, having to be reapplied every hour or so, but it’s not a hard price to pay for a balm that feels so nice on the lips. The flavour of this balm is…well, it’s not chocolate, not to me, but it’s pleasant enough. Kind of like chocolate if you described it to those creepy Argos aliens and then asked them to make some? That.
Finally in this round-up, Korres ‘Wild Rose’ Lip Butter, the only product with it’s own colour on my lips. I tend to wear balms under my lipstick for the day, so this is a nice alternative for then I want a bit of colour without a full-on lipstick. The Lip Butter has a lovely light rose fragrance and flavour, reminding me of my much-missed ‘Lite Lip’ (seriously, LUSH, bring it back), and the most beautiful soft berry colour. In it’s pot, it looks and feels like a soft jelly, and on the lips it’s even better, lasting for a good couple of hours before fading to a soft stain. I picked this up in Waitrose a month or so back on a whim, and I’m glad I did – I’ll be looking out for more from the Korres range when I next get chance to have a wander round.
So, there you have it. Out of the lip balms I have dotted around my room, the house, and my handbags, these are the three that it would drive me mad to lose – which lip balms are keeping you sane this winter? As usual, I’m on Twitter as @Sealkitten, or you can comment on here. Have a good weekend!