Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
And while we’ve written about plenty of lip products — including the best long-lasting natural lipstick, a “freakishly flattering” shade of lipstick, and the best tinted lip balm with SPF— here we’ve rounded up the best lip balms, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
Best-rated lip balm
“I have been using this for well over a decade,” says one reviewer of this well-reviwed lip balm. “I’ve tried many many other lip balms and treatments but continue to go back to this, my holy grail!” Many reviewers consider this a kind of old faithful item, even after trying other balms. “This stuff is the best,” comments one. “I have tried every drugstore type brand of lip balm and some from small local companies across the country and I always come back to this one.” And in an ever-growing field of glosses, tints, and lip masks, reviewers like that this does its job as a classic balm. “I used Eos and Nivea before this,” says one shopper. “The other lip balms I tried are oily. They give a glossy appearance. But this is more like a balm. Not glossy but gives a more moisturized natural lips appearance. Even though the other lip balms kept my lips good while it is on, it often left my lips flaky … After using this balm, I never had that problem. The lips had a healthy moisturized look.”
Best-rated (less expensive) lip balm
Reviewers rave about this lip balm, calling it a “godsend,” “MAGIC,” and “by far the best lip balm I’ve ever used.” One found that it healed even the driest lips. “For two weeks, I was in agony just trying to eat or speak. My lips had practically seized up solid (from the fall/winter weather),” he writes. “Blistex made it way worse. Finally, I got this stuff. I had it on for ONE NIGHT and all of it cleared up completely.” And if the idea of a creme brûlée–scented lip product gives you pause, many reviewers mention that the scent isn’t too strong. “I thought the creme brûlée would be overwhelming, but it’s very subtle,” says one. Another writes, “The creme brûlée flavor smells amazing, but is faint enough that you’re not tempted to lick it off and it doesn’t have a flavor, so it’s perfect!”
And now for some micro-picks of every type of lip balm you might be looking for.
Best tinted lip balm
“I can’t live without this lip balm,” writes one shopper. “I have about 5 of them in rotation between the kitchen, the car, my purse, the office, etc. A makeup artist taught me a great trick: keep this in your purse and use as a cream blush for a little color pick-me-up when needed … Best product Maybelline has ever made!!!” Reviewers found that even at its much lower price, this balm stood up to more expensive competitors. “Don’t pay high prices for lipsticks, or gloss, that is not as good as this one,” says one. “I have expensive lipstick, but since I’ve bought this, I don’t wear it. That’s how much I love Baby Lips. This is great for any age, teenage to seniors!” And while a few reviewers commented on the “Baby Lips” name — “I am a 44-year-old woman and feel creepy using something called ‘Baby Lips,’” says one — it doesn’t deter them from repeat purchasing. “The only thing I’d change is the name cause it looks like something only a tween would want to carry around — and I’m way older than that! But the product is so good I’d buy it again,” says one shopper.
Best organic tinted lip balm
This is a favorite among reviewers looking for a natural tinted lip balm. “I have been a makeup artist for over 25 years and as I have become older I don’t like to wear full lipstick, I prefer lip liner and a sheer lipstick or a tinted balm,” writes one shopper. “The problem for me is that I am extremely sensitive to fragrances and scents they will give me migraines! So this pretty much knocks out most lip products on the market today.” Reviewers also noted how well this balm absorbs into lips: “I kept three and gave one to my chapstick-a-holic sister. We are in love with this product, to say the least! They smell great and soak into your lips beautifully. No waxy or sticky feel either!”
Best lip balm with SPF
If you’re going to be spending time outside, you might want to wear a lip balm with SPF — and many, many reviewers thought this was a good pick. “I was a little nervous that the SPF was going to have that bitter taste that some lip balms with sunscreen tend to have, but not this one,” writes one. “I almost forgot it actually had sun protection in it.” And compared to other balms with sun protection, this one stands out for its high SPF number. “This is the highest SPF in chapstick I’ve found, ever, yet it doesn’t taste or smell anything remotely close to sunscreen like all the other products I’ve used in the past,” says one reviewer. “Protects my lips like no other … I will never buy another chapstick again!”
Best rose-scented lip balm
“It smells great, like a cross between roses and baby powder. Very clean!” one shopper writes. Another says that this balm “smells just like fresh roses and feels nice and buttery on the lips.” And it’s not just the pleasant scent that makes this a reviewer favorite. “I’ve tried everything, from Vaseline to $50 ‘deep moisture’ products, in my efforts to hydrate and protect my chronically dry lips. Rosebud Salve is the best,” says one shopper. It’s also versatile. “Used this on a recently injured shoulder (burned on the treadmill belt),” writes on reviewer. “I also use it on my chapped lips (from running outdoors) and it works great on the dry skin from the winter weather on your arms, legs, and hands.”
Best throwback lip balm
If you’ve been a Lip Smackers fan since elementary school, you’re not alone: “I have used Lip Smackers since I was 5 years old, and still have not found a better chapstick!” says one shopper. And the multipack makes them a fun party favor: “Bought these as a big pack to split up among some friends and co-workers for the holidays, since there were a mix of flavors … they were all really happy with the product,” writes one reviewer. They even helped one reviewer get their soda fix. “All the flavors in the picture came in my pack, and they are spot on,” they write. “I stopped drinking caffeine almost two years ago and really miss. Coke, Vanilla Coke and Barq’s and these actually fill the void.”
Best mentholated lip balm
Over 90 percent of reviewers gave this lip balm a five-star review, and many shoppers have been dedicated fans for years. “I can’t say enough about how much I love this product! I have been using it since I was in college and I don’t think I can ever live without it,” writes one. “They stopped selling it in the drugstores in my area and I had to start ordering it off of Amazon by the case but I am so happy that Amazon carries it. It is so cooling and wonderful for chapped lips.” Shoppers call it “soothing” and note that it’s strong enough to stand up to even the most chapped lips. “I have been suffering from angular cheilitis and peeling for years and have used all sorts of prescription ointments and natural lip balms to help heal my lips,” comments one. “Within two days of using this product my lips are back to normal.”
Best cruelty-free lip balm
“I LOVE love these lip balms,” one reviewer writes. “Not only because of their cruelty free and natural reasons, but because the scents are great and the balm makes my lips feel wonderfully soft and smooth.” Another says, “I have very dry lips at the moment due to taking Accutane. These are the only ones that actually help. And on top of it they’re cruelty free and all smell wonderful.” And shoppers praised the natural, not-too-overpowering scents of these. “The flavor/scents are pleasant, not overwhelming, while still long lasting,” says one shopper.
Best medicated lip balm
“A-FREAKING-MAZING!” writes one shopper. That sentiment was shared by the many reviewers who praised this lip balm for its “healing” and “soothing” properties. They also found that this balm is long-lasting. “My lips don’t feel chapped, not as dry as often, and I am no longer constantly reaching into my pocket for lip balm,” says one. Another found that it can be used for more than just lips: “I use this for every skin condition you can think of. Helps clear up eczema, keeps skin soft so cuts heal quicker, put on dry skin on feet — everything! Plus does a great job on dry lips in the winter. Would recommend to anyone!”
Best creamy lip balm
“Throw away all your other chapstick,” writes one reviewer. “You won’t need it after buying this. Even Blistex and Burts Bees and the best of them don’t compare to how well this works.” Many reviewers praised this balm for its creamy feel. “It’s creamy but not thick and just has a great consistency,” says one reviewer. Another writes, “Creamy, smooth and very healing!” Many reviewers mentioned using this lip balm under lipstick for added moisture: “Creamy smooth can be used before bed or under lipstick,” says one. “Very nice under lipstick,” another comments.
Best vegan lip balm
“Hard to find vegan lip balm,” writes one reviewer. “This is perfect.” Another says, “So glad to find a vegan lip balm with no petroleum products or beeswax.” And for many (not necessarily vegan) reviewers with allergies and sensitive skin, this was also a great pick. “I am allergic to a lot of chapsticks and I have incredibly sensitive skin, so I break out with many products,” writes one. “I haven’t been able to find a cruelty free chapstick that caters to my skin’s picky needs in a stick form … THIS STUFF IS THE BEST. It is not greasy, but it’s also not super thick so you don’t have to worry about stuff getting stuck to your lips.”
Best lip crayon balm
“Love the chunky crayon style,” comments one shopper. “I love this lip balm, first because of its nice sheer color, second because of its crayon-like design which reminds me of my childhood, and third because it has healed my all-the-time cracked lips!” says another. Reviewers found this to be a good hybrid between a lipstick and a lip balm. “I’m not a lipstick person and I don’t like lip gloss either,” writes one shopper. “I like a lip balm, almost sheer with just a bit of shimmer to it and have been trying for years to replace an old favorite that was discontinued. I’m so happy to have found this one. It’s perfect.” Shoppers also liked the scent. “Yummy yummy yummy. Smells soooo good!!” says one. Another writes, “that juicy apple flavor and scent — oh my!!!”
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