Pucker Up

Our picks for the best balms your bucks can buy

By Sarah Parsons

Photograph by Anthony Verde, Eco Styling by Camilla Slattery

Winter may offer scenic snowscapes and holiday fun, but it’s also the season of harsh weather and chilly winds. And when we must brave the outdoors, our lips are sure to suffer: Lip skin is thin and prone to injury, says dermatologist Sonia Badreshia-Bansal, MD.  “Generous application of lip balms can help trap in moisture and aid in healing and preventing dryness,” she says. Traditional balms often contain un-eco ingredients like oil-derived petroleum jelly. But there are also many all-natural options to keep your kisser smoochable. Here are our picks for the best balms your bucks can buy. Badger Cocoa Butter Lip Balm Twice as wide as a typical stick, this big boy’s made with organic ingredients and comes in five scrumptious, all-natural flavors. $5, badgerbalm.com

Kiss My Face Lip Action As well as making lips kissably soft,  the company donates one dollar from the sale of each tube to the Alliance for Climate Protection, an environmental nonprofit.  
$3.49, kissmyface.com

Shea Terra Organics Lip Butter The long-lasting moisture comes from the namesake shea butter.  Each of the five flavors pack a powerful punch. $3, sheaterraorganics.com

Eco Lips This brand offers thirteen different balms to suit all tastes and terrain. The company also donates one percent of their profits to environmental initiatives. $3–$5, ecolips.com

Max Green Alchemy Chap Defense Lip Balm This organic formula is made with
peppermint and tea tree oils that freshen breath while soothing chapped smackers.
$5, maxgreenalchemy.com

Earthlight Organics With cranberry-seed oil as the main ingredient, the texture is emollient and keeps lips silky smooth for hours. $8.50, earthlightorganics.com

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