“I couldn’t stand the taste,” she said, making a face. “It was some kind of medicated balm.”
With his makeout opportunities in jeopardy, my friend’s husband switched to plain, original Chapstick. “If flavours meant no kisses, I needed to go with something that wouldn’t inhibit my love life,” he said via text. And it worked — his wife now is perfectly happy to indulge in a good snog with him. But, he says, “I still wear [the other balm] if I don’t think there will be smooching in the near future, eg. when I run, go on business trips, to strip joints, etc.” (We’re pretty sure he’s kidding about the strip joints.)
the moisture factor
As soon as I heard the replacement balm was original Chapstick, I had to know if he found it as moisturizing as the ointment-like balm he now only uses when he knows he won’t be kissing his wife. (If you’ve been visiting Beautygeeks for a while, you know I’m no fan of waxy sticks. Some people like them just fine, though.) His answer was no.
kiss-friendly and mostly matte
So here are some non-medicated alternatives my friend might like to suggest to her man. Most of them are matte so he won’t look like he’s wearing lip gloss or like he’s been eating fried chicken when she wasn’t looking:
La Mer The Lip Balm ($58, Holt Renfrew). I know I seem obsessed with this stuff, but it’s such an unsual formula. “It’s a texture that is particularly soft, but it’s not shiny and gloopy,” says movie makeup pro Ivana Primorac, who used La Mer on Keira Knightley in Anna Karenina. The balm’s matte finish makes it ideal for men, and its softness makes it comfortable and comforting on dry, chapped lips. As for flavour, I’d make out with me wearing it. *grin*
Skinceuticals Antioxidant Lip Repair ($39, skinceuticals.com/canada). This might be a challenge for guys — it’s a fluid. But it’s matte, quickly absorbed for the most part (a lightweight layer of petrolatum and paraffin prevents moisture loss), and has zero taste.
Kiehl’s Facial Fuel No-Shine Moisturizing Lip Balm ($12, kiehls.ca). A stick balm, yes, but smooth, non-waxy, non-draggy texture. The first ingredient is squalane, a moisturizing olive extract. It’s also unflavoured, so shouldn’t be a kissing hindrance.
L’Occitane en Provence Shea Butter Lip Balm Stick ($12, loccitane.ca). I haven’t had a chance to try this one yet, but it apparently has a fairly matte man-friendly texture. Its 10% shea-butter content should make it nicely moisturizing; I’m going to check it out next time I’m near a L’Occitane boutique. Have any of you tried it?
Burt’s Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil ($4.49, well.ca). Nope, it’s not matte. Nor is it unflavoured. But it’s the current go-to for another friend’s man, who likes to buy just one balm and use it all up before buying another (weird, but according to his lady, he “doesn’t feel complete without it,” so props). And it doesn’t hinder nookie sessions in the least — my friend quite likes the taste.
Nivea for Men Active Care Lip Balm ($2.30, drugstores and mass retailers). This flavour-free matte formula doesn’t drag as it glides over lips, but I did find that I could feel it sitting on my lips. Maybe it’s just me? Whatever — for that price, it’s worth checking out.
Do you have manly-lip-balm recommendations? Has your dude tried any of these?