One of the things that I love about living in Canada are the seasons and weather-wise we really do get one extreme to another so I’m always on the hunt for a good lip balm especially once the cold weather starts. I’ve got a couple tried and true options and three newer lip balms that I’ve been testing out recently, let’s start with those!
I’ve been a fan of the regular Fresh Sugar tube lip balms for quite a few years. They aren’t heavy duty but good for every day moisture and a tint of colour. They have a refreshing lemony scent and feel quite luxurious to apply. So when Fresh released the Caramel Hydrating Balm earlier this year, I was very interested in seeing how it would compare. If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ll know how much I despise jar/pot packaging because of the finger dip germs. If you are a new reader, welcome and please note that this will not be the first or last time I bring up germ-ridden packaging but I digress…..all that being said, I don’t mind as much if the pot is larger and you can apply straight to your lips in a twisting motion. Now visualize that for a second. Yes, it looks weird. I do it anyway.
The scent is a very light caramel with almost a hint of lemon. This is not the nauseatingly sweet dessert type scent, it’s subtle and grown up for lack of a better description. Similar to the tubes, this formula is not particularly thick but still hydrating enough. Good for keeping your lips moisturized if they are already in decent shape. Not going to work miracles if you have a cracked lip disaster. Given the $22 CAD price point, this is more of a treat/splurge purchase for those who are into very delicious scents.
When testing out heavy-duty lip treatments, my bar is set by Bite Beauty’s Agave Lip Mask. It’s the thickest lip treatment I’ve found and instantly starts working but more on that one later in the post. All new treatments get compared back to the Agave Lip Mask and usually fail miserably in comparison. I’m quite impressed with this one from Clinique though! It’s maybe not quite as thick as the one from Bite but still heavy and super hydrating. It’s perfect if you are looking for a night mask to soothe very dry and uncomfortable lips. No scent or colour, no frills to be honest but a solid product that does the job. It’s $22 well spent in my opinion.
Wasn’t sure about this one at first as the scent is very strong. You really need to be a fan of coconut for this. I don’t mind the smell but would get sick of it quickly with every day use. The formula is a bit misleading because it looks like a thin oil when you squeeze it out of the tube but it’s actually much more substantial once applied. Coconut Lip Love is hydrating and the texture is what I like most about it. Not too thick or too thin, a really good solution as an every day winter lip balm. If you are into winter activities like skiing or skating, you might want to keep one of these handy. Reasonably priced at $16 and it will last a while.
The Clarins Lip Oils are quite thick but they provide a good amount of moisture, feel & smell nice and have the most amazing cushiony doe-foot applicator. I’ve tried a couple of them out and my favourites are the Raspberry and Red Berry which provide just enough tint for that effortless weekend brunch look. Or in my case, easy enough to throw on while running out the door with a toddler in tow. $25 might be a tad steep but you are getting a decent moisturizer and gloss in one.
Now for the miracle worker, the product which all others are measured against; Bite Beauty’s Agave Lip Mask. This is hands down the richest and most hydrating of all lip products. This is the one you go to when you have cracked, sore, dry lips. The one that you go to when you have a cold so bad that you can only mouth breathe. I’ve even put this on the cracked skin around my nose after a cold and on cracked, split skin on my hands in the winter. This is pretty much my fix-all solution. At $30, it’s not the cheapest but there isn’t anything else on par with it either. A little goes a very long way so although on the pricier side, it’s worth the investment.