Moisturizing Lip Balms


The other day we asked which lip balms you've tried have really, truly been the moist moisturizing, and almost 350 people responded with picks, tips, and piquant observations on life (is there another beauty site where a question about hydrating wax stuff would get a response like "I think humanity is not meant to ever find the BEST lip balm"? Further proof that ITG readers are the best).

We went through everyone's suggestions, counted up the votes, and now we're happy to present the 10 quasi-objectively most moisturizing balms ever to grace anyone's lips. Also, we've been trying your suggestions and, uh...turns out a certain Dior cuticle cream works really well on your face. See the top reviews below, and let us know in the comments if there are any we missed.

1. Aquaphor
Why it's a favorite:
"My reliable nighttime standby for flakey lips, dry cuticles, and chapped nostrils."
"The most healing and longest lasting."
"When my lips are dying, the ONLY thing that rehabilitates them is a few drops of unrefined coconut oil then a healthy swipe of Aquaphor."

2. Nuxe Rêve de Miel
Why it's a favorite:
"Stays through the day and after eating lunch. Not glossy, just slightly dewy."
"Absolute best for smell and texture."
"I put some on before bed and my lips are always so moisturized."

3. Lucas Papaw Ointment
Why it's a favorite:
"All-round multitasking balm for dryness. I have a 75-gram tub of it in every room in my house."
"I can use Papaw even when my lips are too dry and crack open because this ointment cleanses, as well."
"Makes my lips pinker, plus the tube lasts a century."

4. Nivea Lip Butter
Why it's a favorite:
"Not slick, super moisturizing, and subtly scented."
"Ideal for everyday and perfect under lipstick/gloss."
"Doesn't require constant reapplication—3 times a day and I'm done."
"Leaves my lips super soft and adds a subtle shimmer that looks especially gorgeous in the summer."
"I usually don't like flavored lip balms but the Caramel Cream Kiss is my go-to right now—long lasting and smells great!"

5. Burt's Bees
Why it's a favorite:
"Has peppermint, so it's great before smooching someone."
"Smells zingy and the yellow packaging cheers me up at work!"
"Really hydrating and never sticky."
"So small, so cheap, works so well in cold, dry weather."

6. EOS
Why it's a favorite:
"Perfect for everyday and has a yummy taste."
"Fun to apply, smells good, and I forget I'm wearing it—which is the best part."
"Affordable moisture—at this price point it's no big deal if one of my daughters decides to make it her own."
"The most moisturizing one is the mint green."
"All natural, without castor oil and beeswax."

7. Homéoplasmine
Why it's a favorite:
"Protects my lips and makes them look healthy and plump."
"Get the French version—hydrates instantly!"
"The only product that suffices in very dry climates!"
"I tend to get bumps around my lips due to sensitive, acne-prone skin, and this is the only thing that hydrates as well as keeps them clear."
"I like to fantasize it makes me look very 'off-duty model'."

8. Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment
Why it's a favorite:
"Feels good, keeps lips hydrated, and has SPF."
"Formula is lush, so it leaves a thick coat on your lips to seal in moisture."
"Leaves behind a delicate, rosy tint that goes well with windburned cheeks."
"Tinted version is perfect for day if you want to feel a little more 'done'!"

9. Smith's Rosebud Salve
Why it's a favorite:
"Not super greasy and your lips feel like heavenly satin pillows after."
"Works as cuticle softener/moisturizer, as well. HOLY GRAIL."
"Great to have on your dresser (not in your purse, where there's potential for spillage)."

10. Off-Label Repurposing...
Why they're favorites:
"I'm really into Dior's Creme Abricot. It's done such wonders for my cuticles that I put it on my ETERNALLY chapped lips, et voila!"
"CeraVe moisturizing cream. Absorbs fast and lasts forever, even though it's not made for your lips."
"If your lips are super dry and you're at home, just put a little butter or coconut oil on them."
"Put olive oil on your lips before bed—you'll be amazed how much it moisturizes."
"Eye creams! I use Mario Badescu Olive Eye Cream on my lips because it's thick and rich."

Photo by Elizabeth Brockway.

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  • Emily Knott

    I love to use Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream on my lips!

  • Michelle

    I wish we could get Aquaphor in Ireland, read so many good things about it! I love By Terry Baume de Rose lip balm, I shudder to think how many times I've repurchased it.

    • beeswaxnoneofyour

      I am in the UK and I get mine off ebay - there are UK sellers who bring it in and sell it.

  • Mademoiselle nature

    Great post....but mine are definitely these ones :-):

  • Beth Graves

    I love the Nivea Lip butters too! But my recent trip to Lush has me loving their fresh lip scrub also. I would be honored if you and any of your viewers would check out my new blog here on Bloglovin or at Thanks in advance!

  • Karla Orbegozo

    Anybody knows where to get Aquaphor and/or Papaw in Québec?! I've been dying to try them because of all the amazing reviews!
    (I'll be going to New York in March, maybe they're easier to find there?)

    • Christine

      Aquaphor is definitely available at Pharmaprix, Wal-mart and Target! It's with the other Eucerin products. I think I even bought mine at a smaller Brunet drugstore. If you can't find the lip balm then the regular Aquaphor ointment works just as well on the lips. also has it. :)

    • MsEaves

      You'll be able to find Aquaphor everywhere in New York. I only know one place you can find Lucas' Papaw in the city, New London Pharmacy on 8th Avenue btwn 22nd and 23rd.

  • Marlenne

    I used to have a tin of Rosebud in my bag for several years, before I was into lipstick! Still love the smell of it tough...

  • Former Sadlips

    Aquaphor Lip Repair all the way. My lips have been through a lot this winter, to the point where the side creases cracked. Went to the dermatologist thinking she would prescribe something industrial strength. Instead, she sent me to the pharmacy with the secret to healing heaven! Turns out Aquaphor's claim of "#1 Lip Brand Dermatologists recommended" isn't bullshit.

    P.S. Don't get the one with SPF. Tastes horribly.

  • Isabel

    About Homeoplasmine, "Get the French version—hydrates instantly!" is there a not French one? I ordered some online and it was shipped from Bulgaria and the writing on it when it arrived was in Bulgarian, apart from that it looked the same. I've never found it as amazing as everyone says it is, especially on lips, do I have a different version or something?

  • Duff

    No mention of Cocoacare's old school cocoa butter lip balm? This is a crime. Each happy yellow tube is $1.49 and works better than all the expensive ones sitting lonely in a bowl on my bed stand -- including Fresh, Nuxe, La Mer, Smith's, etc. It breaks none of the sacred lip balm laws: it is colorless, slightly shiny but not glossy, NEVER sticky, has no taste, and is applied without having to stick your fingers in it. Your hair will never get caught it in it but your boyfriend will steal it. I don't even know why I stray,

  • Janine

    Homeoplasmine (the best- dryness be gone!), Labello lip balm, EOS in "Sweet Mint", Vaseline Lip Therapy in "Pink Bubbly Champagne..."

  • Stephanie Garrett

    i have tried most of the above but my lips continued to peel. I talked to my dermatologist about it and she recommended Dr. Dan's Corti Balm. It is a true life saver. I perfer it in the pot because it is creamer. You can buy it on Amazon

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  • In Rod We Trust

    i am a lip balm obsessive and have to second aquaphor for intensely chapped lips. when i was on accutane, that was the number one recommendation i got from my dermatologist to heal my as-yet-unprecedented levels of dryness (though since then i have frenched up my routine and upgraded to homeoplasmine/nuxe de miel, applied with pinkies up for maximal fanciness).

    that said, my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE LIP BALM OF ALL TIME i stockpile when i'm in europe - the bebe young care lip balm in the pink tube! it smells like roses and is a purse essential for me ( when i run out, i use nivea - most similar in tube style and consistency, which is crucial for an addict. plus, i live in new york and can't stomach the notion of a portable lip balm in a tin. the fingers that touch the subway do not then apply lip balm directly to the mouth!

  • Nicola

    Dr Hauschka make a great one, I was sad to see the end of it. I got a Korres one the other day, and it leaves that really annoying white residue.

  • Michelle

    Oh will do, cheers for the heads up!

  • Cel

    Whoa, no Jack Black on the list?

  • Tereza

    I love Burt's Bees lip balms and Nivea, simply works!

  • Restless Blonde

    I swear by Reve de Miel by NUXE. Absolutely love it!

  • Closet Granny

    Can definitely attest to eos and burts bees! Never thought about using eye cream though... Great article!

    Amy |

  • Alexis

    Blistex or Nivea. My jam.

  • DivaDebbi

    I've been using Smiths Rosebud Salve for years, I'm fact it was a Holy Grail for me. On impulse checking out at Sephora I couldn't resist Philosophy Pink Almond lip balm. Smells delish, love how it melts on my lips. Adore!

  • mamavalveeta03

    I like Jack Black in Mint or Lavender -Vanilla. It soothes and stays on well.

  • Kayla

    I usually dab on a drop of rosehip oil and follow that with lanolips golden ointment for bed :)

  • Mady

    Dr. Bronner's lip balm works quite well (more oily than waxy). The unscented version contains 5 (!) reassuring ingredients and costs about $3!

  • Camille

    Am I dreaming or is the Aquaphor lip balm not sold in France? I think I only ever found the regular aquaphor.

  • hclsaltaicd

    Unfortunately, almost all of these are based on mineral oil :( I recommend Dr Bronner, RMS or SW Basics.

  • julie k

    Yu-Be!! Light, strangely rewardingly medicinal/evergreen and NO mineral oil. It's a Japanese import that's saved me this Polar Vortex

  • Lisa C

    LC, I'm in California. Why don't I mail you an EOS and you mail me an Australian lipbalm? malinki at yahoo dot com Lisa

  • Jean-Mari Schmidt

    Wait seriously no Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour mention? It's what I live for!

  • Coco

    Vaniply is like Aquaphor but better! If you suffer from really sensitive/eczema prone skin, Vaniply leaves out a lot of the irritants that Aquaphor has. OTC-- but sometimes you have to put in a special order for it. It's the best.

  • Deb S

    That actually made my lip chap. I was not happy with it at all.

  • Deb S

    It really really does work. When I was nursing I had some and had ran out of lip balm. I tried it and I was amazed!

  • Wendy

    CARMEX. If you can look past the funky taste and smell, it is the BEST!

  • Ben Arnold

    Hello friends, I am crazy about lip colors and lip plumpers. Great post Thanks for sharing. Have a look to get attractive lips


Reve De Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm (0.52 oz.)
Aquaphor Lip Repair
Lip Butter Caramel Cream Kiss
Burt's Bees
Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm
EOS Organic Lip Balm Sphere
Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment
Smith's Rosebud Salve
Dior Creme Abricot Nail Cream
CeraVe Moisturizing Cream
Lucas Pawpaw Ointment
Mario Badescu
Mario Badescu Olive Eye Cream