Disclaimer: I have something of a lip-balm obsession. Open up any one of my handbags or totes and you're likely to find at least a handful of different balms floating at the bottom. The sheer quantity of lip balms in my possession might lead you to think that I'm fickle when it comes to choosing a favourite, but that's far from the truth. While many different balms float my boat depending on the occasion—workdays call for something with all-day hydration whereas on weekends I gravitate towards something glitter-flecked or with a hint of colour—I do have a holy grail lip balm that I'd save over all of the others if I had to.
And I'm not alone. A quick poll of the other Who What Wear editors confirmed that there was more than one lip balm devotee in our midst—and every single editor had a ride-or-die lip balm that they wouldn't be without.
Keep scrolling to see and shop the best lip balms ever, according to our editors.
Mica Ricketts, Deputy Beauty Editor
I must have been at university when Nuxe Rêve de Miel became something of a buzzy beauty item amongst the early wave of beauty bloggers and YouTubers. I had never comprehended spending more than a couple of quid on a lip balm before, but what can I say? I was influenced.
Thankfully, though, this lip balm turned out to be my one and only. I apply it every single evening before bed, as its incredibly thick in texture. It uses antibacterial honey and nourishing shea butter to calm and nourish even the most chapped of lips, and I love that it doesn't have any hint of shine or stickiness. Plus, if you're in a pinch, then you can also use it to soothe dry cuticles and hydrate any parched areas of the skin.
Emma Spedding, Deputy Editor
"My music teacher used to always shout at our class if we used lip balm, as she seemed to find them even more offensive than our giggling and terrible use of the recorder. So it has put me off lip balm for my whole life, and I've never used it. She claimed lip balm ruined your lips (who knows why?). My sister bought me three of the Balm Dot Coms for Christmas, and I am now obsessed. Yes, partly I'm drinking the Glossier cool-aid, and this is down to the baby-pink packaging and the divine smell, but I also love how these slightly stain your lips giving a more subtle look for the day than a lipstick."
Hannah Almassi, Editor in Chief
"The reason I love this lip balm? It moisturises for hours on end, is teeny tiny but appears to last for a lifetime and is a great base for the Bobbi Brown lip crayon I love to wear but can sometimes feel drying. On its own, it’s sufficient too, thanks to the pinky hue."
Nell Block, Assistant Editor
"It's highly inconvenient that my favourite lip balm is so expensive. Make no mistake—this is a real investment for your lips, but, boy, is it worth it. The minty balm feels delicate when applied, there's no full-on grease slick that ends up in my hair or on my clothes but somehow manages to hydrate my lips in an instant. Is it actual magic? I think so."
Joy Montgomery, Shopping Editor
"I picked up this lip balm while passing through an airport. In all honesty, I didn't put a great deal of thought into it but grabbed it and was on my way. But when it came to trying it out on the long-haul flight (surely the best test for a lip balm?), it passed with flying colours. I generally tend to buy tinted products that look nice but never deliver when it comes to moisturising your lips, however, Elizabeth Arden's offering does exactly what it says on the tin: It kept them hydrated for those long eight hours. Couldn't ask much more from a lip balm, really."
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The original, untinted version of this multipurpose balm is incredible, but I love this peachy one even more. Not only is it great for hydrating and adding colour to lips but it also looks beautiful applied to cheeks as a glowy blush.
I thought this cannabis oil–infused lip balm might have been just a gimmick before I tried it but, I have to say that it's great. It comes out clear on your lips (despite its green appearance), is deeply hydrating and has a refreshing minty fragrance.
I love everything about this balm—the silky-smooth texture, the sweet rose fragrance and the way it delivers the subtlest hint of pink to lips. Fortified with shea butter, vitamin E and rose flower wax, it keeps your lips soft and hydrated all day.
I reach for this on days when I just want a basic balm that I know does the job. It's dense in texture so it creates a real barrier on dry lips. Great if you have a cold or your lips are particularly dehydrated.
I'm including this one thanks to the colour. Yes, it does deliver on moisture, but it's the iconic peachy-gold Orgasm tint that has my heart with this balm.