T+L Reports: Lip Service
Published: June 2009
There's nothing worse than a parched pucker, so don't neglect your kisser at the beach. T+L editors put the latest batch of luxury balms (all with SPF, of course) to the test to find out which one will keep you covered.
Brave Soldier Lip Defender SPF 15
THE INGREDIENTS A thick, minty mix of macadamia oil, aloe vera, and honey.
THE SCOOP Rich and saturating, but the tube broke!
THE VERDICT Best for pouts in need of serious TLC; too thick for everyday use.
Jack Black Black Diamond Formula SPF 25
THE INGREDIENTS Avocado, shea butter, and green tea blended into a thin gel.
THE SCOOP Highly absorbent, and has a faint tingle.
THE VERDICT Our favorite; just keep it close by for frequent reapplications.
Ole Henriksen Fresh Lips SPF 15
THE INGREDIENTS A zippy camphor and menthol blend, with a dash of licorice.
THE SCOOP A medicinal, ultra-stimulating formula.
THE VERDICT Great protection, but you'll smell like Grandma.
Fresh Sugar Lip Balm SPF 15
THE INGREDIENTS Signature brown-sugar formula in a sturdy lipstick tube.
THE SCOOP Smooth and slick; comes with a smart twist-off cap.
THE VERDICT The most feminine of the bunch, with a cloyingly sweet scent.
B. Kamins Chemist Bio-Maple Lip Balm SPF 20
THE INGREDIENTS A maple-infused protective cream that's opaque like sunscreen.
THE SCOOP Moist and rich, with a pleasant, sugary smell.
THE VERDICT Good for sunning, not for kissing. Beware of sticky residue.