Best Drugstore Lip Balm

(Last Updated On: September 27, 2018)

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Is there such a thing as one lip balm is better than another lip balm? It seems like they are all the same you just apply them to your lips and they take care of the dry and chapped lips. Sometimes in extreme cases, the lips may crack and bleed but all you have to do is apply some generic lip balm and it will stop the cracking and the bleeding. It will seal the cracks and they will have a chance to heal. You don’t need the premium lip product available on the market just any old chapstick will do. So, if you don’t have to get a superior brand of lip balm do you? I mean the only difference between lip balms is that some might be flavored. But with today’s technology lip balms could be a whole new technological product. It is much more than just putting some wax on the lips. You may need to buy a type that will react well with your skin type. It would be nice to have a lip balm that would offer protection from the damaging rays of the sun. A nice SPF rating would be beneficial. Let us look into the best lip balms available on the market today.

Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Moisturizing Lip Balm, Original Beeswax with Vitamin E & Peppermint Oil

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Benefits and Uses: It has tasty flavors that burst with freshness as soon as you apply them to your lips. The ingredients will refresh and nourish your lips.You will feel like your lips went on vacation once you use this refreshing lip balm. It is a popular brand as over 3600 reviews have been written about the product. The lip balm requires only one application and it lasts all day long. It is made of all natural ingredients and it has a tantalizing peppermint twist to it.

Feedback: The customer says no matter what the season is his lower lip will split. He used lip balm he bought from the supermarket. His family and articles he read advised him that these types of lip balm contain alcohol which dries out your lips even more. This would mean you would have to perpetually apply the balm to your lips to keep them hydrated. The applications would go on forever. It was also stated to the customer that if the lip balm doesn’t contain natural ingredients would never work. I do not know if I agree with this statement that lip balms with natural ingredients are the only types that will work. The customer bought and tried this lip balm product and it healed his split lip and now a lower split lip is a thing of the past for him. He highly recommends the product for all who suffer from split lips. He implied that one application was all he needed.

This customer likes this lip balm. She thinks that 4 come in one package is a great deal. She is very happy with the flavors but she would like to try the original flavor but it is not available. She applies it to the lips and it lasts a long time. She carries it with her when she goes out to run, carries it in her purse, carries one in her workout bag, and she keeps one next to her bed. She is well prepared. This customer thinks very highly of his face. He is taking a powerful acne medication that drys up his lips severely. He says this product keeps his lips hydrated very well and he likes the lip balm a lot. He says he only feels confident that his lips look good when he uses this product. On the other hand who will look to see if our lips look good or not?

This customer says the peppermint flavor tastes good. She does not like the product though because it leaves a thin oily film on her lips that she wants to wipe off. Only one flavor in this lip balm package spreads thick enough for her on the lips. The others are too thin and she has to apply them too often. She prefers other name brand lip balms over this one. She says one of the flavors shows up slightly red on her husband’s lips but not on her.

She tasted the peppermint lip balm but the only thing is you are supposed to apply the lip balm to your lips not eat it. It may not be the healthiest thing to do to taste the lip balm and then swallow it intentionally. She loves natural products by the way.

She says they do not have ingredients to protect the lips from the sun so they are not good for daytime activities. They do not soothe her lips so she cannot use them at bedtime. Like it was said before they are too thin for her. She warns one of them contains lanolin and her son is allergic to lanolin so he cannot use this particular brand of lip balm. She says if you have sensitive skin you will want to say away from this product as it could cause breakouts. If you have sensitive skin do not use these lip balms. She says they work fine for her husband. She states that she doesn’t like this product.

This person was disappointed in the packaging of the product. The lip balm tubes came packed loosely in plastic she assumed since it was a “multipack” it would come in a box or plastic wrap. She thinks they would make cute gifts. This is why she bought them to give them away as gifts. I am not sure why she thought they would come packaged in a box. I would not want to receive lip balm as a gift it seems too cheap and tacky to give lip balms as gifts. It would seem like if you sent this type of gift to a family member or friend that you did not value those relationships.

Blistex Medicated Lip Balm SPF 15

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Benefits and Uses: The lip balm soothes and prevents the lips from drying out. It temporarily moisturizes lips to protect them from getting chapped or cracked. It is said to prevent the lips from sunburn. Even though how do your lips get sunburned? It has three power-packed ingredients that protect lips for a long time. It seals in moisture to prevent the lips from getting cracked or chapped on a recurring basis. It applies easily and coves the lips fully preventing the lips from getting irritated because they are chapped.

Feedback: This customer has used this lip balm for 5 years and it is the only lip balm they use all year long. It is transparent and it does not leave a film on the lips a shiny film that is. It has more of a matte finish. They have tried a lot of different lip balms but this is the best one they have used. This is the only lip balm they will use. The customer definitely recommends the brand and is very familiar with the product name. They bought it online and the lip balm went bad in a very short period of time. The customer says do not buy the lip balm online. The customer went to the pharmacy and bought the same type of lip balm. They say this lip balm is lasting a long time and works great.

This client is a trumpet player and he needs to smear this stuff on especially in the wintertime. He cannot afford to let his lips get dried or chapped. The product does not cause his lips to break out in pimples. He smears on his kid’s lips.They complain at night but they are fine in the morning. The customer claims the lips are beyond chapped and they are really messed up. She says this product works great and on the lip that is chapped she smears it on. The lips feel better right away. She applies the lip balm three times a day.

The customer says they bought the Blistex lip balm that came in a package of three. They spent 3 times more for the product online than if they would have bought it locally. They say to shop locally and save a few bucks. It sounds like the client regrets paying so much money for the product online. So, the customer is not complaining about the quality of the product just that it is too expensive to buy online. This customer says the product does not provide a protective barrier for the lips.

It either flakes off or cakes on after a few hours. It is strange that the lip balm would cake on after a few hours. It could be this client is applying the lip balm on excessively. Blistex is one of the best lip balms on the market and has been for years. The customer says this is petroleum jelly in a Blistex tube. The real Blistex is a good product. What the client is saying is they bought a fake product so they threw it in the trash. Why would the company send them a fake product? This would be an unethical business practice done by a reputable company. I think the customer is wrong in saying they received a fake lip balm in a Blistex tube.

USDA Organic Lip Balm by Sky Organics 

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Benefits and Uses: The product comes in several fancy flavors as the company describes. The company infers their lip balm tastes so good you will want to eat them. But they say don’t eat them. The lip balm is supposed to be safe to use on the most sensitive lips. They claim that all the ingredients are purely natural with no artificial flavors, dyes or extracts. Like it was mentioned before the product contains no harmful chemicals and is safe for children’s lips, cracked lips, dry lips, and chapped lips. Is safe to use for all ages. Even though I really would hesitate to use them on newborn’s or infant’s lips. They use recyclable packaging materials and they do not use the lip balms on animals. What they are really saying is they will not go and apply these wonderfully flavored lip balms on animal’s lips. If the animals have dry, chapped or cracked lips the lip balm will not be used on the animals. I bet the animals are happy about that news. Seriously, who will put chapstick on animals lips anyway? The company says they will give you your money back free of hassles. You can buy the product with confidence.

Feedback: The customer says they worked great on her lips. She would like to receive them as a gift. She says she gave one to a friend as a gift and the friend seemed to like them.

The friend said they were rich and creamy and she only applied it twice a day. Before putting on makeup and after putting makeup. The customer said the products were nicely packaged and the flavors of the lip balm were labeled inside. The packaging was clearly labeled with the ingredients listed them. The packaging came in a nice brown box. The customer bought them for Christmas presents to give them away. Personally, unless I Specifically, asked for them I would not want to receive lip balm as a gift.

This client says the flavors are subtle but not overpowering. They like the lip balm and they will be purchasing them again. Another customer is saying that they are a minority of one because they wrote a negative review of the product. But clearly, they are not in the minority because there are 71 other negative reviews besides theirs. They carried on about how the flavors were very mild and you could barely taste them. They had to cake the lip balm on and only then could they barely taste the different flavors of the lip balms. They said they had a strong scent when they smelled them. Otherwise, the flavors were not that noticeable. The customer said they could have gone to the store and bought unscented lip balm. You are not supposed to taste the lip balm. I personally just assume have an unscented lip balm as long as it protected my lips. The customer never said whether the lip balm protected their lips from the elements or not. They seemed too focused on the weakness of the taste. I really don’t care if I can taste the flavors of lip balms I just want to know if they will protect and heal my lips if I use them.

Beessential All Natural Lemon Lavender Lip Balm 

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Benefit and Uses: The product has a lemon flavor with a trace of lavender. It contains essential oils and has healing vitamin E in it. It has other ingredients that will help keep the lips hydrated. It also has some natural ingredients in it. It is made of all natural ingredients and it has never been applied to animal’s lips either. The animals never complained of having dry, cracked, or chapped lips. The animals did not request this particular brand of lip balm either. The lip balm has no harmful chemicals in it.

Feedback: The customer considers themselves a lip balm connoisseur. They have tried many lip balms in search of the “holy grail” lip balm. They like the taste of the lip balm and the lavender is soothing. They say they lick their lips to the point of annoying people. Usually, in the past one lip lick and the lip balm is gone. This lip balm goes on thick and it has a nice feel for the lips. Others go on and have that oily feeling on the lips. The customer read reviews that this was the number one lip balm and so they bought it and tried it. They like the lip balm product. They wonder if they have talked anyone into buying the product. The product is cheap and the ingredients were simple to pronounce unlike the ingredients in other lip balms which could not be pronounced.

Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25, Natural Mint & Shea Butter

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Benefits and Uses: The is designed to protect the lips from the sun and the wind. It has an SPF rating of 25 which offers minimal protection from the sun. It contains antioxidants that give the lips long-lasting protection. The lip balm freshens the breath because of the mint flavoring and the lip balm penetrates the lips quickly and deeply to provide instant relief. It is not clear how putting mint lip balm on the lips will freshen the breath.

Feedback: The customer prefers another lip balm over this one but says this one will work. It applies smoothly and it is not a thin lip balm like the client thought it would be. The customer’s favorite flavor was the “natural mint” but he did not like the other flavors (other than shea butter) very much. He says one of the scents smelled too feminine for his tastes. He says he can smell the scent for a while after he applies the flavors to his lips. This customer bought this product for her sister. Her sister said there was no difference between this product and the lip balms you buy in the store.


We have listed some quality lip balms for you to look over and see if they will work for you. Most of the brands had thousands of reviews written about them. They seemed to be very popular brands and a couple of them did have SPF ratings to protect the lips from the sun and environmental elements.


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Written by Irina Radosevic MD
Irina graduated from the University of Belgrade, School of Medicine as a Doctor of Medicine (MD) and spent over 3 years working in the Clinical Hospital Center Zvezdara, in the Department of Emergency Medicine. She also undertook a postgraduate in Cardiology from the same University and had previously worked for over a year as a Physician and Nutritionist Dietitian for the Fitness club Green Zone. She eventually left her chaotic but fulfilling job in the ER to pursue her passion of writing, travelling and mountain climbing which has included writing a first aid course for the alpine club of Belgrade. Irina currently works as a VA for PintMedia focusing on medical and travel writing. Feel free to connect with Irina on LinkedIn and FaceBook. Her CV can be seen here.