TQ Beauty Essentials: Top Men’s Lip Balms This Winter

A set of chapped lips is a special kind of torment that will vex you for hours on end. If you’re a man, you’re faced with the conundrum: Use a shiny, glossy lip treatment that smells like wax fruit or stoically live with the pain, just like your forefathers.Though some of the stigma has faded from a man applying a little gloss to dry lips, there’s an increasing number of companies who recognize the masculine market needs a mouth glaze that heals, repairs, and protects a man’s kisser, but also looks, feels, and smells like it has some machismo.

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Burt’s Beeswax

Natural, Original: Burt and his famous bees were one of the first all-natural brands to make it to the mainstream. Made as naturally as possible and fortified with skin-saving vitamin E, Burt’s has been impressing us since 1991 by their ability to consistently outshine the competition, while offering a reasonable price.

Purchase: $3

Mario Badescu Lip Wax

Primer Coat: Often applied beneath lipstick, this is nonetheless an exceptional form of oral protection for men (lipstick optional). The white and green tube looks clinical, and the smoothly textured wax creates a seal for guarding your lips. Best used at night, thanks to a glossy finish.

Purchase: $5

Blistex Five Star

Ubiquity: Blistex is a known quantity in the marketplace, and most stores that stock their wares will have a tube or two of the Five Star on the shelves. Easy to find anywhere from Pawdunk, Erewhon to the beating heart of downtown Paris, Texas, it should be your fallback balm for those sudden dust storms.

Purchase: $5

Jack Black Intense Therapy

Heal the Burn: Made of pure petrolatum, Jack Black has brought unto the world a serious repair kit for those with damaged lips from sun, wind, and the the weathering of the elements. It blocks most UVA and UVB rays, helping keep your pucker protected from long-term damage and even cancer.

Purchase: $8

Baxter of California Hydro Salve

The Great Divide: Baxter’s of CA is a wonderful brand with solid, “everyman” sensibilities, but even some fans of the name don’t care for the Hydro Salve. The reason isn’t quality, even detractors agree: It’s good. The issue is with the retinyl palmitate (unformed Vitamin A) on the ingredient list. It’s been linked to cancer.

Purchase: $10

Alder New York

All American: Open the recyclable aluminum tin and you’ll discover an all-natural mixture of beeswax, shea butter, and coconut oil with a light juniper, sandalwood, or clove scent. Made right in Brooklyn, it’s a true USA original.

Purchase: $10

Kiehl’s Facial Fuel

Snow Bunny: Facial Fuel is formulated with winter specifically in mind. Tested in Siberian conditions, the tube comes filled with protectants like squalane, ethylhexyl palmitate, and cera microcristallina/microcrystalline wax. That gibberish means high-grade guards against wind, snow, wetness, and even sweat. Costly, but worth it when the temp goes south.

Purchase: $25

L’Occitane Pure Shea Butter

Don’t Overthink It: 5.2 oz. of 100% USDA-certified organic shea butter. This is made by a women’s cooperative in Burkina Faso; a tiny country in West Africa where women are given almost no rights. With butter this good, you’ll want to liberate them yourself. It’s a win on every stage and works for moisturizing anywhere and everywhere, not just your lips.

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