Do your lips get dry from the weather and the wind? A lip balm can help you relieve that dryness. We tested everything from budget to luxurious lip balms, and choose La Roche-Posay Cicaplast as the best in test.
Our tests are independently conducted and reflect the test editor's honest and objective opinions. Selection of products and test results are in no way influenced by manufacturers, retailers or other internal or external parties.
We carry out our tests ourselves and test all products as they are intended to be used in reality. Our lip balm tests have taken place over several months and all products have been tested during all seasons of the year and through all kinds weather.
Use: How easy is the lip balm to apply? Does it feel nice on your lips or does it feel unpleasant or sticky? How does the balm feel on chapped lips?
Result: Does the product have any effect on your lips? Do your lips actually become less dry and chapped? How often do you need to reapply the balm?
Packaging: Is the packaging user-friendly and hygienic? Is it stylish or boring in appearance?
Our assessment of the product is based on an overall experience, and we take into account the price so we can select a winner that’s good value for money.
We tested a selection of the the most popular moisturising and repairing lip balms. Compare prices of all listed lip balms on PriceRunner.
Hard to beat, incredibly effective lip balm that also repairs dry lips
It’s not really a surprise that La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Lips gets good marks and great reviews when we test moisturising products for the lips. This is an almost iconic product, and when you use La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Lips, you quickly understand why.
The plastic tube is small enough to carry in the pocket of the tightest jeans. The balm itself contains provitamin B5, or panthenol, which binds moisture within the skin extremely well. So it’s great for dry skin or, or in this case, dry lips.
With just a tiny amount, your lips will feel lubricated and soft for several hours. In practice, you don’t need to use La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Lips more than a couple of times a day – ideally in the morning and evening. You may wish to add another touch after lunch, but that isn’t really necessary.
The salve itself can sometimes be a bit reluctant to come out of the tube. This is usually because it has solidified a bit, if you've taken it outdoors in the cold for example. In the same way, it’s often easier to squeeze out if it’s been in your trouser pocket for a while.
Dry and itchy lips are a thing of the past with this lip balm, and you can easily see why it’s so popular.
A multifunctional lip balm that’s the perfect gift for a nursing mother
Despite its name, Dr.Lipp The Original Nipple Lip Balm is a product that’s mainly marketed as a caring ointment for the lips. But don’t think its uses end there – as the name suggests, this cream is very effective as a treatment for painful nipples when breastfeeding.
As a treatment for cracked lips, Dr.Lipp The Original Nipple Lip Balm is a very effective product. The ointment is soft and pleasant, and it's no problem squeezing just the right amount out of the tube. The tube is also cute and a little less clinical than many other ointments of this kind usually come in.
Dr.Lipp The Original Nipple Lip Balm is available in two different sizes, which is good because it's a little more expensive than many other lip balms in this test. The smaller size allows you to test the product before you decide to buy the larger version.
This is a very good, soothing ointment for the lips (and nipples). But it’s definitely on the expensive side.
An effective and safe product for chapped and sore lips
Decubal Lips & Dry Spots Balm is a protective, caring ointment for both chapped lips and dry spots on your skin.
Decubal's cream comes in a small tube and contains lanolin. Lanolin is an oil that comes from sheep's wool and is extracted from the wool after shearing. This oil is easily absorbed by your skin and is therefore a common ingredient in lip products and hand creams. But if you're vegan, you should avoid all products containing lanolin.
Decubal Lips & Dry Spots Balm feels very nice on your lips. It never stings – not even on lips so chapped they actually hurt. The fact that it’s also intended to be used as a spot treatment on really dry skin means the tube has no applicator. But applying lip balm with your fingers is hardly unusual. Any product left over on your fingertips can easily be rubbed into your cuticles.
This lip cream is so gentle that it works really well on children's skin. A clear plus, as that makes it a product which works for the whole family.
Decubal Lips & Dry Spots Balm 30ml
Lovely softening lip balm that keeps your lips happy almost all day long
With a light scent of honey, Nuxe Rêve de Miel Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm is a thick, creamy product for your lips that feels caring and protective. The consistency is a little on the grainy side, but that soon melts away when applied and the formula just feels really nice on your lips. The beeswax forms a fine protective film and it feels like your lips can face up to strong winds and pouring rain much better than if they were bare.
Whether or not you like lip balm that comes in a jar is a matter of personal preference. You’ll certainly get more bacteria from this type of packaging than from a tube where the product is squeezed out for each use. But at the same time, jars are a fairly common way to package lip balm.
If you don't mind using a jar, this is a great lip balm. It smells nice and makes your lips feel good. And the absolute best: your lips stay soft and moisturised for several hours after application.
A licorice-scented balm for chapped lips
A balm with a fun taste – or rather scent – that offers an easy way to liven up your everyday life a little. Hurraw Licorice Lip Balm is a really cosy companion during the coldest months.
Lip balms with different scents often border on the overwhelming and headache-causing. But this licorice balm from Hurraw smells really good and the biggest problem with it is that it makes you want to buy some licorice sweets to eat.
All of Hurraw’s lip balms are made from organic and raw ingredients. Raw means the oils are cold pressed and haven’t been heated during manufacture. Regardless of the flavour you choose (the panel tested several different ones), the scents are mild and never overwhelming. The balm glides smoothly over your lips and leaves them feeling soft and comfortable.
If you want to add colour to your lips, Hurraw also offers several versions with a small amount of colour. But the licorice version is colourless.
This is a great lip balm that you’ll be happy to reach for. However, it does need to be applied fairly often for the lips to stay soft.
A luxurious lip balm but with an overwhelming scent
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream is an almost iconic product – popular for everything from dry skin to chapped lips. This is a balm that can be bought in both a tube and a jar, but for lips the tube is undeniably the most practical solution. The list of ingredients isn’t exactly the same though, so it’s a good idea to check before choosing between the different formats.
There’s no doubt that Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick effectively cares for and treats dry lips. However, opinions about the scent vary. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream has a sharply perfumed scent, and this is just as noticeable in the lip balm as it is in the other versions of the cream. On the one hand, that scent is part of the experience, but it’s not necessarily an experience you’ll want if you don’t appreciate the smell.
Apart from the scent, Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick is a really effective product that leaves your lips soft and slightly glossy. It also feels luxurious, which is a nice bonus.
A balm with a style of its own
EOS Organic Lip Balm is available in all kinds of scents and packaging colours. These are available with a touch of colour and even contain shimmer for those who want it. We tested one of their chubby lip balms without colour and with a discreet scent of strawberries.
It’s the chubby shape that makes lip balms from EOS Organic really stand out. Along with the bright colours, it’s always easy to locate the lip balm in an otherwise messy bag. On the other hand, popping it into your jeans pocket is out of the question given its size.
It's great to use organic lip balm. But while it may be positive for the environment, it doesn’t do great things for your lips. The balm immediately feels moisturising and softening, but the effect isn’t very long-lasting. Even though it contains shea butter, if you want to keep your lips soft, regular applications are required.
The awkward shape of the packaging, which certainly makes it stand out, also mainly feels clumsy. The lid is difficult to screw on properly and you soon long for an ordinary cylinder-shaped lip balm.
EOS Organic lip balm doesn’t contain parabens, petroleum, phthalates or mineral oils – so in terms of ingredients, it’s certainly worth considering. But if you’re looking for an effective lip balm for dry lips, there are many better alternatives.
An almost iconic lip balm that gives a reasonable but temporary result on dry lips
Lypsyl is probably one of the most well-known brands when it comes to lip balm. It’s not uncommon for pen-format lip balms to be known as “lypsyl” – which of course comes from this classic product that costs only a couple of pounds.
Lypsyl Original smells of childhood and slightly of soap. It’s a pleasant smell that feels nice and sort of comforting. The balm itself is soft and easily applied to your lips. But it feels more like product forms a film on your skin than the product is absorbed by the lips.
On the plus side, you get just the right amount when you apply it. The packaging is attractive if a bit retro, which is due to the fact that Lypsyl has had the same design for many years. The lip balm container actually looks pretty much the same as it did in the 1980s. Maybe that’s why Lypsyl is popular with many men – the simple and pared back look?
Given that this is a cheap lip balm, it’s good value for money. It’s a reasonable product to keep in your jacket pocket or bag – but it doesn’t perform major miracles.
A peppermint-scented lip balm with an overly waxy feel
Burt's Bees Lip Balm contains Vitamin E and smells of fresh peppermint. This is a brand that uses natural and organic ingredients. Unfortunately, this lip balm doesn’t really do it for our testers.
Maybe it's because of the high content of beeswax (cera alba) – an ingredient usually excellent in products for the lips – but this balm feels almost like applying wax to your lips. The product settles as a waxy film on your lips, and that’s not a very pleasant feeling. This membrane certainly forms a barrier that protects the lips against the elements, but the enjoyable feeling of your lips gliding over each other is completely absent.
The peppermint smells nice and makes it tingle quite nicely in the lips, but this doesn’t outweigh the consistency. It’s just impossible to get over the uncomfortable waxy feeling on your lips. And pretty soon you’re longing for a different product to soften your mouth with.
A lip balm that leaves you disappointed
O'Keeffe's may be known for their incredibly rich and popular hand cream, but when it comes to lip balm their product leaves a lot to be desired. As the name implies, O'Keeffe's Cooling Relief Lip Repair has a cooling effect, which feels nice on the lips. Unfortunately, the consistency of this balm is very unforgiving and so it really doesn’t matter how nice it smells or behaves in other respects. A waxy and rather unpleasant membrane forms on your lips. Every time this was used during the test period, our testers ended up consciously (or unconsciously) wiping their lips to remove the waxy coating.
Given that this balm costs twice as much as the supermarket classics in the test, O'Keeffe's Cooling Relief Lip Repair feels like a poor choice for popping in your bag.