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Sure, winter brings on some of the best luxuries—an influx of cosy knits and hot toddies at your
local watering hole included—but as most of us experience, the crisp air (and always-on heater)
also has a knack for drying out lips to the nth degree. It’s that universally uncomfortable
dryness that sends your internal monologue off on a tangent; can everyone see how flaky they
Over the years we’ve road tested just about every balm and butter, and so it’s only fair that as
we rug and balm up for the months ahead, we share that knowledge with you. Alas, these are the
most hydrating, nourishing, and soothing lip balms on
our shelves (and your desks, bedside tables, bags and pockets) right now.
Like buttercream frosting for your lips, this vanilla-spiked vegan
lip balm is rich in plant-derived butters like shea and murumuru seed. The result? A
silky, melt-on-your-lips formula that deeply hydrates and seals dry, cracked lips. Load it
up for juicy shine and hydration, use it overnight as a lip mask, or apply just a little
before a bold lipstick for the perfect base.
Packed with conditioning vitamin E and delicate rose, this highly praised
lip balm is famous for its decadent texture and ability to instantly relieve parched
lips. Concentrated with flora-derived vitamins and waxes, the sheer pink contents of this
cult favourite pot leaves lips smooth and plump with a subtle, non-sticky shine.
It’s the balm on the desks of almost the entirety of MECCA HQ. This sleek, magnetised glide
opens up to a no-fuss stick of lush shea butter, vitamin E and hyaluronic filling spheres,
hydrating, plumping and protecting lips with a sheer, barely-there tint. For those who don’t
love getting balm on their fingertips in the application process, this one’s for
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If you’re into a full lip look (without the ‘spicy’ sensation other plumpers can create) and
hydration that truly lasts, Jouer’s Lip Enhancer Treatment is the one. Coming from a makeup-centric brand, we must admit we initially underestimated this treatment’s deeply
nourishing powers—it’s packed full of vitamin E, shea and jojoba, and has a thick, silken
texture that leaves a soft, rose-scented sheen.
Coveted since the late ‘60s, it shows true determination if you can smooth on this mango-flavoured
balm without licking it off in seconds. Replenishing squalane rises to the occasion
alongside aloe vera and vitamin E, working together to give dry, chapped or cracked lips a
new lease on life, instantly. For the best possible nourishment, apply this balm liberally
and let it sink into your lips.
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A classic throw-in-your-bag product, this vitamin E, jojoba and beeswax lip balm was
actually formulated with the lips of the MECCA community in mind—no joke! Scented with
glorious vanilla and delivering on lightweight comfort, it’s the blue jeans of lip balms and
a reliable lip soother that we very rarely go without (and rejoice when finding one in the
pocket of a coat we haven’t worn in a while).
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