Balm Boys: 6 Lip Conditioners to Help Dudes Get More Smooches

by Janine on 13 February 2013 · 11 comments

male model 1Does your guy wear lip balm? Do you kiss him when he wears it? My friend wouldn’t kiss her hubby when he wore his. “I couldn’t stand the taste,” she said, making a face. “It was some kind of medicated balm.” Fear not, though — here’s how that fellow fixed the problem, plus a round-up of 6 lip conditioners to help dudes get more smooches.

kiss preservation

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 BalmLa 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 repairSkinceuticals Antioxidant Lip Repair ($39, 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 BalmKiehl’s Facial Fuel No-Shine Moisturizing Lip Balm ($12, 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 Shea Butter Ultra Rich Lip BalmL’Occitane en Provence Shea Butter Lip Balm Stick ($12, 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 OilBurt’s Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil ($4.49, 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 balmNivea 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?

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Lindsay 13 February 2013 at 10:48 pm

Hah. Love it. I tried to push Burt’s Bees Ultra Conditioning balm with kokum butter on my fella and he’d have none of it. Said it was too slippery. He’s very serious about his lip balm choices. Pomegranate or bust.


Janine 14 February 2013 at 8:53 am

Amazing! As long as his lips are in good kissing order, he’s made the right choice, I say. Enjoy! *grin*


YouLookHotToday 14 February 2013 at 10:17 am

I think the most fun thing about dudes putting on lip balm is watching them put it on. It’s as if they’re super uncoordinated and don’t know how their hands work AND don’t know where their own lips are. It’s fun to watch. My dude grimaces, compresses both lips, and then tries to do a single swipe from left to right. Then he realizes that it didn’t work so good and then does about 7 or 8 more left to right swipes. By the time he’s done, I’m usually looking at him like he’s from Mars.


Janine 14 February 2013 at 10:25 am

Ahh ha ha ha ha! Thanks for that, You!


Jane 22 February 2013 at 5:22 pm

Yes! So adorable!


kole 14 February 2013 at 3:20 pm

I need to get back into the habit of using these.


Amy 14 February 2013 at 8:52 pm

I have Softlips Nourish Maxilip in every purse, pocket and drawer. It’s the only stick balm I’ve ever been happy with, and it’s smooth, matte, scentless and flavour-free. I’d be willing to help a guy test it in the name of Science!


Janine 14 February 2013 at 8:57 pm

Ooh, I’m going to try that one, Amy — maybe because I like your idea to set up a testing-board in the name of Science. *grin*


Nikki 14 February 2013 at 10:19 pm

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