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Five Best lip balms

Reviewed by Marta April 17, 2009 2 Comments

I found myself without my Your Best Face Quench ($15) last weekend and almost panicked - that's how much I've come to rely on it for lip protection. No matter how frayed my lips are feeling, one smear of Quench seems to keep me going for the rest of the day. This is not one of those balms that you need to top up every five minutes. I must admit that it has taken YBF a few iterations to get this product right and this version feels extremely unremarkable when you put it on. Nonetheless, I like it because it just seems to work and it's an anti-ager, which is extremely important given that most of us ignore our smackers until we get the dreaded feather lines. Prevention is better than cure with the brilliant spin trap (a busy molecule that stops free radicals in their tracks), lipochroman-6, supposedly a better antioxidant than resveratol, plus vitamins C and E.

As I wrote in my review last year, Jane Iredale's Lip Drink ($11.60) " is a brilliant product. The container is classy, the citrusy smell is lovely and, best of all, it works." It is supposed to exfoliate as well as protect. If it does, it is pretty subtle. I like the green tea antioxidant and the aloe vera, which is an anti-inflammatory. And there is nothing not to like.

Jimmy, meanwhile, loves Eco Lips ($3.99) and is especially partial to Eco Lips Sport. The ingredients are 81% organic because it contains an SPF. If you want something that  moisturizes and protects from sun damage, this is a really good balm for the price. Plus, they go out of their way to tell you that the product is gluten free. There is sunflower seed oil, jojoba seed oil and light vanilla flavoring. You would think it stops there, but they also pack in aloe vera leaf extract and calendula flower extract. A powerhouse of organic extracts that are a) good for your skin and b) actually retain moisture. And it comes with a cool clip.

I started to try out Yes To Carrots C Me Smile Lip Butter a couple of days ago. I like the melon flavor, the texture isn't too waxy and the product has plenty of staying power. As always, Yes To has come up with a brilliant product for the price (a pack of six costs less than $20). There are no nasty chemicals and enough botanicals to make a difference. The melon isn't just fragrance here; there is melon seed extract (from honeydew melons in this case, I think), which has a pedigree as an antioxidant. And we all know that carrots are good for us.

We need be careful about what we put on our kissers (for ourselves and others). Intelligent Nutrient's Lip Delivery Nutrition lip balm is certified organic by the USDA, and is full of potent anti-aging ingredients. The antioxidant seed oil complex comprises 20% of the total composition and includes black cumin, pumpkin, red grape, red raspberry and cranberry. While all of these ingredients are rich in fatty acids and natural emollients (all working to treat fine lines and moisture loss), one ingredient is particularly beneficial to the lips. Red raspberry seed oil provides a much-needed layer of SPF protection to your lips (some studies have shown it to have an SPF from 28 to 50), which is important because this is one part of the body that we often neglect to protect and so is much more susceptible to the photo-aging effects of the sun.

Ingredients in YBF's Quench:

Beeswax, cupuacu butter, ethyhexyl palmitate, meadowfoam seed oil, triglyceride, ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate, vitamin E, blueberry seed oil, phenyl butyl nitrone (spin trap), clementine oil, lipochroman-6

Ingredients in Yes to Carrots Lip Butter:

Coca Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Cera Alba (Beeswax)*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil*, Flavor*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Tocoherol*, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Extract*, Cucumis Melo Cantalupensis (Melon) Seed Extract*, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Extract*, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract*, Limonene*, Linalool*, Citral*

Ingredients in Jane Iredale Lip Drink:

Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Beeswax, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate.

Ingredients in Eco Lips:

Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower Seed) Oil, Organic Cera Alba (Beeswax), Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Organic Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Organic Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Leaf Oil, D-Alpha Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, Organic Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract. Over 87% certified organic ingredients. Gluten Free.

Ingredients in Intelligent Nutrients:

Beeswax, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut OIl), Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Red Grape) Seed Oil, Vaccinium Macrocapron (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Ricinis Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Elaeis Guaneesis (Palm) Kernel Oil, Rubus Idaeus (Red Raspberry) Seed Oil, Curcubita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil, Rosa Rubignosa (Rose Hip) Seed Oil, Nigella Sativa (Black Cumin) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Vanilla Plantififolia Fruit Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Natural Orange Mint Flavor, Mentha Arvensis (Corn Mint) Leaf Oil, Myristica Fragrans (Nutmeg) Kernel Oil, Limonene, Eugenol, Isoeugenol, Tocopherol (Vitamin E).

  • April 22, 2009

    by Karla

    I received a sample of YBF Quench, via TIA (Thank You), on Tax day, and like it very much. So far, it seems to be working very well; my lips look & feel better and are no longer dry and peeling. Quench does not leave my lips feeling like they are coated with wax as have others. The tube is of an oval shape which I'm not quite used to and actually would prefer it round. Ther is a brief aroma of a toned down eau du Bengay, but my cats and I quite like it. Considering the little amount of time I have been using it and the rapid relief and results I've seen, Quench is a keeper for me.

  • April 17, 2009

    by Dana Pond

    I have a sample of Quench which I am making my way through. It's purse worthy (i.e. I want it with me at all times). However, Im not sure it's beating out Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment. I am still in the process of testing this product though, so I'm not ready to drop the gavel just yet.
    I will say to start I thought Quench was a little grainy. But as I have applied a few times that grainy-ness has subsided. It is a bit creamy--but i think it could be creamier (that would make it a real winner in my book).

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