Factors to consider when buying lip balms
There are a variety of different lip balms that have entered the market with new hydrating oils that provide longer lasting moisture to the lips than what was typically available in the market.
When searching on Amazon for the best of these new lip balms there are several areas that you should look for.
Ingredient List: As with most products the ingredient list will show the make up of the lip balm. Products which have petroleum jelly as the main ingredient like Chapstick or Blistek are generally considered to be of lesser quality than the Evolution of Smooth (EOS) with Shea butter and jojoba oil and even Burts Bees which is based with sunflower seed and coconut oils. Avoid unnatural products and look for products that have organic sourcing for most of their ingredients as does EOS. Petroleum jelly is derived from crude oil and does not have the long lasting moisture that the other high quality oils have. Lip balms that are petroleum based last only an hour or so and need to be constantly reapplied unlike the other oils that last longer.
Applicator: Many people buy lip balms on Ulta that are in tubes for easy application similar to lipstick and find the applicator spheres or jars to be unsanitary. This is a fallacy and the sphere are actually easier to apply and provide for a better and smoother application. EOS allows for the smoothest application, hence their moniker, and have a truly sanitary applicator.
Flavors: It is a good idea to have interesting flavors for anything you are constantly applying to your lips. However artificial flavors can taste just that and seem overbearing and unpleasant to taste. Try to purchase on Amazon brands like EOS and other high end brands that use natural and subtle flavors.
The trend for lip balms had been increasingly towards higher quality products which benefit consumers. Shop carefully and pay attention to the aforementioned considerations for the best overall results.