5 Cheap and Cheerful Lipbalms

Winter is upon us and so it’s time to crack out those cheap lipbalms and put one in each handbag, coat pocket and car glove compartment. We all do it, don’t we? Buy about seventy thousand chapsticks and instantly lose them down the back of the sofa/side of bed/kitchen drawer. But that is the beauty of the cheap lipbalm, surely? The fact that we can be so utterly flippant and frivolous about them – and the fact that they smell so good. Here’s my little roundup of my favourite flavoured cheapies for this winter:

Carmex Cherry (pictured above, £2.50 from ASOS) is really very cherry-y. You can’t beat original Carmex, the one in the little round tin, because that is simply the best of all time, but I couldn’t include that one because it doesn’t have that good, cheap synthetic smell that we’re looking for here. Carmex tubes also come in Strawberry, but I’m not so keen on that one, it has a slightly weird aftertaste. I prefer, by a cat’s whisker….

Strawberry ChapStick, £1.19, has to be the original, king-of-kings lipbalm. I remember carrying this to my first day of school – 25 years ago! Although I think that the tube may have been black… Whatever, ChapStick rules. It’s pretty light and non-greasy and you have to reapply it quite frequently, but that’s surely all part of the fun. My ultimate strawberry-flavoured balm, however, has to be…

…ELF’s Strawberry Creme lip treatment. It’s ultra-moisturising and leaves a lovely pale pink sheen on the lips, it smells exactly like Strawberry Milkshake from McDonald’s and it costs £1.50. Although this doesn’t give a shine, it does give a colour and so it moves slightly onto the ‘cosmetic’ balm category, as does….

..Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Dark Chocolate & Peppermint Lip Butter (£1.99). Smell’s exactly like After Eights, but only for a few minutes before it wears off. Don’t know how on earth it ever got the name ‘butter’ because it has a consistency that’s nothing like butter I’ve ever seen! Nevertheless, I like it a lot – it is more of a moisturising gloss than a balm, so if you want a 2-in-1 product that gives a nice sheen as well as moisturising, this is a good ‘un.

Finally, Miners ‘Sweetlips’ in ‘Blancmange’ is, indeed, sweet. It’s a gloss, but it’s not at all sticky, and I find it quite moisturising which is why it’s here in my Lipbalm post! The smell of this gloss-balm is in-your-face bubblegum and I love it. It’s not apologetic about it’s origins; it screams pick ‘n mix and E numbers, and it’s exactly how Barbie’s breath would smell. If, indeed, she had breath. Sweetlips is the most expensive of the lot at £2.99 but still, it hardly breaks the bank, does it?

There you go then, some of my favourite lip treatments for winter – go forth to purchase and immediately lose, only to find again once Spring is stretching out her sleepy limbs.

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  1. November 10, 2010 / 12:31 pm

    I have the Elf one in Blackberry Creme and I love it! It feels gorgeous on and it tastes like the smell of the lilac fragranced gel pens I had at school! Yes it reminds me of a pen I had about 10 years ago but I can assure you it was a delicious smelling pen!

  2. Chrissy
    November 10, 2010 / 10:31 pm

    Been thinking about picking up the e.l.f one for a while now but was afraid of how waxy it might be.

    Never been the biggest fan of Carmex in any form. It’s the smell!

  3. Mizzworthy
    November 11, 2010 / 12:35 am

    I LOVE that Palmers one!

  4. Sole
    November 11, 2010 / 1:44 am

    I love love love carmex and chaptstick, but the original flavors!

  5. Cassie
    November 11, 2010 / 4:06 pm

    The Carmex cherry one smells terrible! I hate how synthetic it feels on my lips, all gloopy and horrid.

    I’m surprised you didn’t include Burt’s Bees in there. They’re all natural and the scents don’t smell like they’ve been made in a test tube (since they’re natural, duh!).

    Bodyshop has a spiced vanilla lipbalm £4 that I’m using and it’s a gorgeous scent. You should check it out. It’s cremy white, with a hint of shimmer when applied and looks so pretty. They’ve also a cranberry one too – quite a vivid red, if I remember correctly.

    • November 11, 2010 / 5:41 pm

      Burt’s Bees is coming up. don’t worry – these were supposed to be synthetic, cheap ones! We’re all guilty of buying them. Aren’t we…..? Please tell me it’s not just me!

  6. Cassie
    November 12, 2010 / 10:03 pm

    lol. I try not to anymore since I don’t like the smell now. Found some really cute Hello Kitty ones at M&S today, for £2. The tin and contents were all pink, but smelt so fake that I couldn’t stomach it.

    Give me some complex natural esters anyday (Yes, my tastes are finally maturing!).

  7. Name
    November 13, 2010 / 9:49 pm

    Great Review. I personally love the Nuxe lip balm. Not too shiny and super nourishing.

    xx Charlotte

    twitter: beautifulLDN

  8. Name
    November 29, 2010 / 11:17 pm

    Does anyone know where I can find Elf in the Uk?? I would prefer not to buy online!

  9. Kasia
    February 1, 2011 / 11:23 am

    I love Burt’s Bees and Blistex (MedPlus for lips is amazing healer for chapped lips) and if my lips are in a good condition I chose CO Bigelow Mentha Lip Shine (I love this cinnamon one) or the one with bare/natural color just to give shine and moisture.

  10. Sundal
    July 18, 2011 / 9:09 pm

    I HATE that carmex one! I have an awful lip-picking addiction and it gets me into trouble all the time with muas, I was recommended carmex so i bought the cherry one and it smelt great but dried my lips out soooo much, it lubricated all the dry, chapped skin and annoyed the hell out of me and just exacerbated my lip-picking problem so much so that i slung it. Awful.

    The fact that a great, trusted brand like carmex could produce such an awful lip balm has really made me distrust anything scented now. I’ve actually noticed recently that glosses are way more moisturising than balms, i don’t know why that is. Clinique’s superbalm moisturising gloss is the bees knees, but of course at 13squid it’s not cheap. But i’ve also discovered that Accessorize’s lipglosses are also really moisturising and smell great too (carmex should watch and learn).

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