Not a lot of men think too hard about lip chap or lip balm. Fair play to them; it’s not something a lot of people tend to carry with them day to day.
I, on the other hand, have been carrying a tube of lip chap in my pocket for as long as I can remember. It’s probably not as much of a necessity as I believe it to be, but it’s still not going to be something I leave the house without. And over the years, as you would imagine, I have tried pretty much every single brand of lip chap and lip balm on the market; everything from your fruitiest flavour to the ones they gave the soldiers in World War II.
What all of this amounts to is that I now see myself as a leading expert in the field of lip chap.
I know all the ins and outs and am here to tell you what’s acceptable for you, a man. When it comes to beauty products for most men, they either want no part of it or the simplest and least flashy version on the market. This is one of the rare occasions where I will promote products that are specifically marketed towards men too. It’s something I typically avoid because, frankly, the products are usually terrible.
Like most things, this one is largely about preference. Lip chaps are typically fairly inexpensive so try a few out before you find the one that works best for you. Some like ‘em wet and some like ‘em dry, to each their own I say. The three we’ll be discussing today are all a little different and come in at different price points, but none are out of the realm of affordability for anyone.
It’s important to have moist lips because no one wants to kiss a mouth that has dry lips; it’s science.
Keep you lips looking good with three of our favourite chap sticks and lip balms for men. If anyone chooses to give you a tough time about your lip chap habit you know they’re jealous of your moist and supple lips; also science.
Burt’s Bees is my personal favourite and the one I’ve been hauling around in my pocket for years now. There’s a few things I tend to like about Burt’s, more so than others:
Burt’s is an affordable option for pretty much everyone. You can find them packaged together so you can keep each tube in a spot where you need it.
What I will warn you against is trying one of their other varieties. The flavoured ones often have a funny smell to them and when it’s directly below your horn it can be very tough to avoid. I stumbled across the mango a few weeks back and it was a truly unpleasant experience. Stick to the basics and you won’t ever regret going with Burt and his tastefully masculine lip chap.
This is a new label for me so I thought I would give it a go recently. I was surprised to find out that I quite enjoyed the results and scent.
As the name alludes to, it’s a completely natural product that contains beeswax, coconut oil, and aloe, amongst other more difficult to pronounce natural ingredients. I find that when you stick to the natural products you’re going to get something more granola, but never as offensive in scent as many of the more mainstream options.
On top of being created with all natural ingredients this lip chap is non-toxic and non-GMO, for those of you looking to really keep things between the lines.
Regardless of your personal feelings, these are never bad things and aren’t going to take away from your lip moisturizing experience. It kept my lips moist and I wasn’t going back to the well every five minutes, which can often be the case with those dreaded commercial lip chaps.
It’s also unscented and unflavoured, which is to say, a perfect option for men who are afraid of smelling nice or different than they normally do. This will also help to avoid any sort of weird skin reaction to some fake scent they choose to infuse the tube with. I’m also told this works quite well as a lip primer or base coat if the lady in your life is in a pinch and needs something before she slathers on a little rouge.
That aside, if you’re looking for something that cuts to the heart of the issue and keeps your lips moist without fuss and/or muss, this is the best option for you. The natural ingredients and lack of scent make it a universally strong player here, so don’t be afraid to throw it on for any occasion.
The last one we wanted to talk about was this Intense Therapy lip balm from the dubiously name Jack Black (I think were the actor involved, his celebrity would only lend credence to this company).
Anyway, this one is a little different than the other two in that it is specifically marketed to men, which as I’ve stated before, typically doesn’t land a product in my good graces. Being lip chap, however, there’s certainly a lot less room to offend than, say, lotion.
The other qualities of this lip balm that, to me at least, make it more male inspired is that they claim it will protect your lips in “extreme conditions.” I don’t know what this really means, nor have I been in “extreme conditions” recently so this one remains field untested.
What I can attest to, however, is that it kept my lips moist and supple while protecting them from the sun. It has SPF 25 protection from the sun and provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. This is great for men because we’re typically forgetting to use lip chap and only use it when it’s absolutely necessary, which is probably while we’re outdoors.
This one is going to cost you a little more than the other two coming in at a fairly healthy $10/tube. While this may seem a little steep to many, it’s going to provide you with the best protection from the elements of the three we have spoken about thus far. If you’re concerned about your skin and suffer from chapped lips or you’re outdoors quite a bit, it would behoove you to spend a few extra bucks. Try this one out and you won’t be disappointed.
This little guy, is not something you need to be carrying around with you for myriad reasons. First, and the one that annoys me most, is that you can’t carry this thing around in your pocket. It’s basically a sphere of lip chap. If you prefer your trousers to be on the trim side of things and insist on carrying around a tube of lip chap (like me!), then this brand isn’t going to work for you.
I know that this is a brand that is primarily for women, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be so poorly crafted. Some men prefer feminine products, and that’s okay, but they need to work for us too.
That and they’re always quite fruity. It’s not going to be a hardworking lip chap, and thus not something you should be considering. I promise I’m doing you a favour here, no matter what anyone else in your circle of friends has to say about it.