Lip balm: most people have their favorites, many have multiples dotted around (desks, handbags, and bedside tables all being usual spots), and a lot of us feel very passionate about what makes a lip balm good or bad. It’s a beauty product that almost everyone uses and repurchases often. In my opinion, you can never have too many of the tubes and tubs.

Small but mighty, the humble lip balm looks after your lips and helps moisturize them when they’re dry, soften them when they’re chapped, and soothe them when they’re sore – especially in the wintertime when all these symptoms are exacerbated. Most balms contain hydrating ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil, and vitamin E, which all help to treat dry, chapped lips. Balms also act as a barrier to lock in moisture, preventing evaporation from the surface of the lips, which helps lead to dryness and irritation.

Because they are such a must-have item, there is an exhaustive number of lip balms available, and the overwhelming amount of options can result in just grabbing the first you see in the store. That’s why we’ve rounded up the ones we’re totally devoted to, so the next time you’re on the hunt for a new one, you’ll know which actually work and our editors swear by. Read on to check out our all-time favorite lip balms covering all price points.

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