I may be be fiercely loyal to my Dr. Pepper Lip Smacker (I swear by that tint of color), but when it’s 20 degrees out and there’s a crazy wind chill, my reptilian pout demands extra attention. Since this was kind of a beauty emergency (read: cracked and flaky), I decided to see what lip balms I could score locally–and, boy, the options did not disappoint. From balms boasting locally sourced ingredients to ultra-luxe cult favorites, I can safely say I plan to keep one at home, another in my purse, and one on my desk. Liberal usage is key, people (or at least, that’s what I’ll be telling myself).
I discovered this balm at Anthropologie a few months ago and I'm hooked. Its handmade, all-natural, additive and fragrance-free, and made with only 5 ingredients. Stayed tuned for an upcoming collab with Elixr Coffee. U-Bee-Well lip balm, $5-6 at Moon & Arrow and Milk & Honey.
Stewart & Claire
This small batch lip balm is a combo of three exotic scents: jasmine, bergamot, and peru balsam (the spicy smelling resin from a South American tree). Stewart & Claire La Nuit lip balm, $6 at Art in the Age.
This rose-hued balm is silky, not sticky and is equipped with SPF 15. Get double duty by also using it to moisturize nails. By Terry Rose Balm, $60 at Rescue Rittenhouse.
Hollow & Ridge
Meet your new cosmetic workhorse. Aside from being a killer lip balm, it can also be used to tame flyways, moisturize elbows, cuticles and knuckles. Lip balm, $6 at Hollow & Ridge.
Duross & Langel
Here's your grown-up ChapStick. It's 100 percent natural, low wax and comes in coconut, cherry, mojito and lime flavors. Mojito lip balm, $4 at duross & Langel.