You know the saying always smile, because you never know who could be watching? Sometimes that’s difficult when you’re a little self-conscious about the state of your lips! This week the 9Lives team smiled openly at the chance to try out some of our new favourite lip balms to save our lips from becoming dry, cracked or dehydrated. Take a look at our favourite lip balms below.


Labello 3-in-1 Instant Repair Lip Balm With Shea Butter
R49,99 for 10ml,

I am 100% that girl that carries around a lip balm wherever she goes. I hate flaky, dry lips, because it happens to me every single winter. And I was pretty convinced that every lip balm was the same as every other, because how different could they really be?

This 3-in-1 Instant Repair Lip Balm from Labello is great, though, and totally not what I was expecting. It’s a slightly thicker formulation and is applied more like a gloss than a conventional Lip Ice, and it smells absolutely amazing. With its shea butter and dexpanthenol it helps to repair chapped lips, provide relief, and lock in moisture, which means you don’t have to keep applying lip balm every ten minutes. It also leave you with a slightly tingly feeling that I am totally here for.


Lush Lip Service Lip Balm
R98 for 12g,

Hi, my name is Carmen and I’m addicted to lip balm. I always have a tube on me, and I’m one of those rare unicorns that actually uses lip balm until it runs out. My tube is always glued to my side and you wouldn’t catch me dead without it. So, when I found out I’d be reviewing lip balm this week, I was over the moon! I do have a preferred brand that I stick to, but they recently changed their formula, so I’ve actually been looking for a new fave — and I’ve found it in Lush!

This delicately citrusy balm contains a blend of oils such as apricot kernel oil, tangerine oil and organic extra virgin olive oil, as well as shea butter and cocoa butter, which results in the softest and smoothest moisture and shine. The citrus scent isn’t overpowering at all, it actually reminds me of the citrus burst you get when peeling a naartjie. All in all, I’ve definitely found my replacement go-to lip balm!


Bioderma Atoderm Restorative Lip Balm

R65 for 15ml,

I’ve written about my constant struggle with dry, chapped lips quite a few times already. Some people pick at their nails, I pick at my lips. Often times I feel like the lip balms I use only provide relief for an hour at most, but with the Bioderma Atoderm Restorative Lip Balm I’ve been going a full day without re-applying. The balm is lightweight, nourishing and doesn’t have a scent. I also love the packaging – don’t you just hate it when your lip balm melts?! This Bioderma product is a bit bigger than your normal lip balm, but still small enough to fit in your purse. It also a squeeze tube which does make the application a lot easier and reduces the chance of those lip balm melts.


Elizabeth Arden Cream Lip Protection Stick SPF 15
R220 for 3,7g,

Dry lips are the worst! I tend to have naturally dry skin and lips, and therefore I believe in a good lip balm that will help with my dry lips, and will not just moisturize it for a moment or two. This Elizabeth Arden has been a favorite since the day I started using it. It is oil based, which relieves the dry-feel, but also heals and moisturizes. It last up to eight hours and has SPF as well! Yay to Elizabeth Arden!

Are there any products that are saving your smile this winter? We’d love to hear about them in the comments below!


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