I feel like all my life I have been searching for the holy grail of lip balms. A couple of decades have passed since my first swipe of Labello (the lip balm of choice in my homeland) and now I finally feel like my search has come to an end. This doesn’t mean that I will stop trying and testing, but the ones I am sharing with you are, to this date, the best of the best.
They all offer something unique, from ingredients, to textures and price points so there is one to meet everyone’s needs. Without further ado, I would like to introduce you to my all star lip balm line up.
Hurraw! Moon Balm
For a very affordable, vegan friendly option that is widely available, you can’t go past Hurraw! lip balms. I have tried a few of their flavours but the one that I keep coming back to is the Moon Balm which is designed as a night treatment. I prefer something much thicker at night so the Moon Balm makes a great every day lip balm for me. It’s rich, moisturising and has a lovely scent of chamomile and vanilla which is not overpowering. It includes nourishing ingredients such as avocado oil, cacao, meadowfoam seed oil, argan oil and rosehip oil. I also love the slimline packaging which fits in my handbag really well.
The Hurraw! Moon Balm is organic, cruelty free, vegan friendly and GMO free.
Price: AUD$6.45 from Adore Beauty. Also available at good health food stores.
Rohr Remedy Gumbi Gumbi Lip Balm
I have reviewed a Rohr Remedy product on the blog before and now I’m very happy to include another of their products to the Fluke archives, the Gumbi Gumbi Lip Balm. Gumbi Gumbi is a traditional ingredient used by Indigenous Australians to fight colds and help to heal chapped lips. The formulation also includes lanolin, castor oil and Vitamin E which results in a texture that is not too thin, not too thick and it hangs around long enough to be effective in the long term treatment of dry lips. I also love the minimalist packaging and fresh scent of orange and peppermint.
The Rohr Remedy Gumbi Gumbi Lip Balm is made using natural ingredients and it’s cruelty free. It is not suitable for vegans.
Price: AUD$16.00 from The Beauty Edit.
Drunk Elephant Lippe Balm
If you are looking for a balm that moisturises your lips and provides anti ageing benefits then look no further than the Drunk Elephant Lippe Balm. This buttery, luxurious balm promises to plump and hydrate whilst fighting the signs of ageing with ingredients such as sea fern algae, tripeptide-1 and marula oil. I find it very soothing and hydrating and have noticed that the lines on and around my lips are less noticeable. I love the chunky applicator which picks up the edges of the lips too and the product smells delicious.
The Drunk Elephant Lippe Balm is cruelty free, not 100% natural but does avoid the worst of the nasty chemicals. It is not suitable for vegans.
Price: AUD$26.00 from Mecca Cosmetica.
Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask
For a thick, luxurious, nightly lip balm which will repair your lips while you sleep, I recommend the Agave Lip Mask from Bite Beauty. Once applied this balm does not budge. It’s not sticky, but definitely thick and it stays on your lips until the morning. It contains resveratrol which is derived from the skin of grapes and helps to fight free radicals to boost the skin’s collagen production. It is very nourishing and repairing, I couldn’t live without it.
In my opinion, it is the crème de la crème and the price point certainly reflects that. On the other hand, the tube does last a very, very long time as you would typically use it only at night and you need the smallest amount to cover the lips. If you have very dry or damaged lips you can certainly use it during the day too and Bite Beauty have come out with some shades if you prefer a little bit of colour.
The Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask is cruelty free and made from natural and organic ingredients. It is not suitable for vegans.
Price: AUD$38.00 from Sephora.
I hope that you enjoyed my ode to the humble lip balm. If you are interested in those with SPF I will be writing about them soon, as summer is fast approaching. I’d love to know about your favourites. Leave a comment below, email me or connect with me on Instagram and Facebook.