I used to have a Burt’s Bees lip balm-shaped mark on the proper entrance pocket of each pair of my denims. It was the one lip balm I all the time used from the fourth grade onward—or for so long as I can bear in mind anyway—and carried with me in every single place. Satisfied it was the perfect lip balm in existence, as a result of nothing else ever lasted as lengthy or as nicely for me, I instructed everybody else to purchase it. Anybody nonetheless utilizing Lip Smackers was lacking out. Everybody deserved to know.
For years this remained true. Till I started utilizing Contemporary’s Sugar Lip Therapy. For, say, a yr. Then I turned obsessive about Dior’s Lip Glow Pomade—for a number of months. After which in 2016, I transformed to Glossier’s Unique Balm Dotcom. (This conversion has lasted; solely now I solely use Rose.) So which certainly one of these is really the perfect lip balm? Good query. Ask anybody else they usually’ll in all probability let you know it’s the one they’re at the moment utilizing. It’s because, in accordance to some research, lip balm utilization is usually only a dangerous behavior—you develop into accustomed to (and at occasions, depending on) the best way your lip balm makes you feel and look. Which makes stopping or switching nearly unimaginable. Or at the very least tough, as a result of it means weaning your self off one altogether, or onto one other.
Sure, some lip balms are higher than others. I might nonetheless decide Burt’s Bees over some other drugstore lip product in a pinch. In contrast to plenty of different dangerous habits, nonetheless, I’m in all probability by no means going to cease utilizing lip balm. It’s an excessive amount of enjoyable! It feels too good! So simply let me persist with my rose-flavored Balm Dotcom. And inform me now: Which lip balm is your finest lip balm?
Photographed by Tom Newton.