This year is the first year, since I moved to the US, that my Fall season started with a sudden temperature drop. It went from hot and humid to chilly and a little windy, while I was expecting to wear sandals until November! I am not complaining, as I am actually enjoying this weather because it reminds me of Autumn in Italy. Not to mention I can wear jackets and cardigans, which are my favorite wardrobe items. However, my skin seems not to be particularly happy as it tends to get extra sensitive in cold weather and my hands and lips need some extra help as well. Today I am going to show you the little helpers that I grab when my lips need extra moisture and protection.
To be honest, my “lip drawer” is full of products, but you probably know that not all lip balms do the job. Some may offer some temporary relief, some may look pretty on the lips, but when I need extra protection or if my lips are chapped and need to heal I use my Waxelene, (you can read my full review here). That is the one I apply every night, to wake up with super soft lips. No taste, no scent, just the basic ingredients that lips need. Organic Soybean Oil and Vitamin E Oil are emollients, which means that they provide the moisture that lips may lack. The beeswax is an emollient as well but also acts as a humectant, which locks in the moisture and protects from environmental agents like wind, cold air, etc. Not trying to teach chemistry here, but even the lovely Lisa Eldridge shared these principles in her last YouTube video. Those ingredients mentioned make Waxelene the perfect product for needy lips.
Another great option that I have been enjoying lately is the Soapwalla Coconut Lime Lip Locked Lip Balm*. It is the perfect vegan alternative to Waxelene. The major players in this formula are Avocado Oil, (an emollient ingredient) and Candelilla Wax, which retains the moisture. I love to carry this one in my purse because it has a lovely scent that comes from natural oils of coconut and lime, and can be worn alone, as a base for lipstick, or on top of lipstick as well.
Last but not least, I like the Badger Balm Cocoa Butter Vanilla Bean Lip Balm. So inexpensive, but works great. It is made with Certified Organic ingredients that are also Fair Trade Certified. These ingredients include Cocoa Butter, EVOO, Beeswax, and other soothing and protecting ingredients. It does not add any shine to the lips, so it is my favorite one to wear under lipstick. It can even be gifted to your man, maybe in a more man-friendly scent like Cool Mint or Lime Rocket (if those can be considered more “manly”).
What is your favorite lip balm? Is there anyone you think I should try next?