Whilst I constantly get asked questions about what my favourite lip balm is, my favourite questions are those that are more specific and gives me clues on what type of product you’d like me to recommend.
“Which lip balm do you recommend under lipstick?“ – for example, is a great question that tells me you are looking for a lip balm that moisturises but has minimal slip for lipstick to apply evenly. Unfortunately, most times I simply get asked “What is your favourite lip balm?” which leaves little clues about the concern you have, or the texture you are looking for.
Everyone has a lip balm texture they prefer over others. Some like their lip balms to feel like a salve, some like it to have a little “slip” whilst others like it weightless.
As for me, I like lip balms with pliable textures like medical grade lanolin with no added ingredients (eg. waxes, petroleum jelly) as my lips absorb lip balm so quickly that I want to be able to re-apply without having any waxy or petroleum residue from the last application. Also I need something really rich yet pure to soothe my lips that are very prone to dryness and stimulate cell turnover.
And if you ask me broad questions like “What is your favourite lip balm?“, I’ll most likely recommend lip balms that fit the above description because after all they are my personal favourites. And it doesn’t necessarily mean I won’t recommend other lip balms to people.
Before I write up my sequel post on my recommendations for different textures of lip balms, I’d love to know what kind of texture you look for in a lip balm.
Do you like your lip balm rich or lightweight?
Buttery or slippery?
Does packaging matter to you?