Don’t let dryness win: these are the 6 best lip balms at MECCA

Sure, winter brings on some of the best luxuries—an influx of cosy knits and hot toddies at your local watering hole included—but as most of us experience, the crisp air (and always-on heater) also has a knack for drying out lips to the nth degree. It’s that universally uncomfortable dryness that sends your internal monologue off on a tangent; can everyone see how flaky they feel???

Over the years we’ve road tested just about every balm and butter, and so it’s only fair that as we rug and balm up for the months ahead, we share that knowledge with you. Alas, these are the most hydrating, nourishing, and soothing lip balms on our shelves (and your desks, bedside tables, bags and pockets) right now.

Summer Fridays Lip Butter Balm

Like buttercream frosting for your lips, this vanilla-spiked vegan lip balm is rich in plant-derived butters like shea and murumuru seed. The result? A silky, melt-on-your-lips formula that deeply hydrates and seals dry, cracked lips. Load it up for juicy shine and hydration, use it overnight as a lip mask, or apply just a little before a bold lipstick for the perfect base.

By Terry Baume de Rose

Packed with conditioning vitamin E and delicate rose, this highly praised lip balm is famous for its decadent texture and ability to instantly relieve parched lips. Concentrated with flora-derived vitamins and waxes, the sheer pink contents of this cult favourite pot leaves lips smooth and plump with a subtle, non-sticky shine.

Jouer Essential Lip Enhancer Conditioning Lip Treatment

If you’re into a full lip look (without the ‘spicy’ sensation other plumpers can create) and hydration that truly lasts, Jouer’s Lip Enhancer Treatment is the one. Coming from a makeup-centric brand, we must admit we initially underestimated this treatment’s deeply nourishing powers—it’s packed full of vitamin E, shea and jojoba, and has a thick, silken texture that leaves a soft, rose-scented sheen.

Mario Badescu Vanilla Lip Wax

A classic throw-in-your-bag product, this vitamin E, jojoba and beeswax lip balm was actually formulated with the lips of the MECCA community in mind—no joke! Scented with glorious vanilla and delivering on lightweight comfort, it’s the blue jeans of lip balms and a reliable lip soother that we very rarely go without (and rejoice when finding one in the pocket of a coat we haven’t worn in a while).


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