I am one of those people who suffers from severely dry lips, I have done for as long as I can remember. I literally cannot go more than a few hours without putting balm on before they start to get dry, cracked and sore. For the past few years, Carmex has been my go-to balm when I’m not wearing lippy. I have one beside my bed, one in my handbag and one on my desk in work. Ask any of my close friends what’s the one thing I can’t leave the house without and I’m pretty sure they would say my Carmex (well, maybe after my phone)!
I often read articles however, about how you shouldn’t use the same balms for long periods of time as your lips become so immune to them that the product eventually has no effect. Now whether this is true or not I don’t know, but it got me thinking. Maybe it’s time I tried some of the others on the market.
So in the interest of experimentation, I had a browse at some of the most popular alternatives to see how they would stack up against my usual. After a little research I finally decided on the following: Burt’s Bees Replenishing Lip Balm, EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm and Kiehls Lip Balm #1 Original. I tried each of them out over the past few days and here’s a look at how I got on…
Burt’s Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil (€4.49)
My first opinion of this balm was that it gave my lips a lovely, very slight, tint on application. A balm with a tint that works is a hard combination to come by I thought, I haven’t had great experiences with flavoured balms in the past, but was hopeful that this could be the exception. It started off so well but I’m sorry to say just didn’t quite hit the spot…
Application is smooth and after a quick blend I was on my way. I liked the fact that although it’s flavoured it’s not too strong, but while it did keep my lips moisturised, I felt I had to reapply this so often – much more than I usually would throughout the day. I liked the tint but didn’t love the product. It was just a bit ‘meh’ so I have to say I’m a little let down. Score? I have to go with a middle of the road 6/10.
EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm in Sweet Mint (€8.99)
If you’ve been keeping an eye on the beauty news recently, you may have seen that in the US there have been several cases of women who have had bad reactions to this EOS lip balm. As a result I was nervous to try it (as you might gather from my face in the picture above!). On the flip side, I had previously read some good reviews of this balm so decided to suck it up in the name of beauty and give it a go.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that it is super hydrating and moisturising, and felt very smooth on application. I also quite like the packaging and sphere shape. The tingly lip sensation from the mint was a nice little addition too and the flavour was not strong at all. I did have a moment of panic that the tingling may be the onset of a bad side-effect, but so far no reaction. I’m cautiously optimistic so I’m going to continue to use it in the hope that nothing bad will happen. My lips felt so soft I just couldn’t deny that this was a good choice (so far anyway). I would have scored this a nine but as I’m a little apprehensive about what regular use will bring, I have to reflect that in the score, so I’m going with an 8/10.*
*I will keep you posted on whether continued use has any negative side effects, in which case obviously my score will dramatically change.
Kiehls Lip Balm #1 Original (€11.00)
This Kiehl’s balm is a cult favourite and I know many people who swear by it. It’s very easy to apply and there’s a nice consistency to the balm itself. This was the one I had the highest hopes for but I just didn’t feel that instant deep moisturisation that I got with EOS, or that I get with Carmex. Nooooo!
The consistency is just much lighter that the other two which I’m not used to, so because of that I’m willing to give this one the benefit of the doubt and keep trying it for another while longer. The one big positive was that I didn’t need to apply it that often throughout the day which means it was definitely doing something good, and also means the tube may last longer than my Carmex usually does. It also gives a nice gloss to my lips too. Score: 8/10.
Carmex Lip Pot Original (€3.79)
Ah my old reliable. It’s true, I may be a little biased as I’ve been using this one for so long but as I usually use the Carmex tube, for the purposes of fairness, I decided to try the Carmex lip pot this time around. The first thing I noticed was the tingly effect that I used to love so much about Carmex actually pales in comparison to the one I got from EOS. Interesting.
To me, there’s no denying the moisture that Carmex gives your lips, it absorbs into them making them feel very soft, very fast. It also gives my lips a super glossy shine. But in terms of gloss, Kiehls is right up there with it now and actually thinking about it, I go through a lot so maybe it’s not as effective as I thought it was. Score? I would have without a doubt gone with a ten before, but now that I have some comparisons I think it’s more like a 9/10.
So, after all that will I be kicking my Carmex to the curb? Hmmm, I don’t think so. I have a very soft spot for it, but I think it’s got to be willing to share from now on. I’ll be continuing to test EOS and Kiehls over the next while and as none of these hit the ten mark, I’m now determined to find a 10/10 balm.
Any suggestions? If your favourites aren’t on here then please share them with me so I can add them to my test list.