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LBD: Lip Balm Dependent, Maybe

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The Balms

I have more than 25 lip balms -- maybe 30. I have at least one balm in each purse. I have a lip balm in my coat pocket. I have four on the table beside my couch. I have four on the table with my laptop.

My name is Janine Falcon and I am LBD. Lip balm dependent. I think.

Sounds worse than it is. Sure, I panic when I've somehow managed to leave home without one -- it happens, usually when I have a sudden yen to use a specific balm and forget to put it back where I'd had it. But my lips don't actually require balm to feel comfortable. Sometimes they need it (they've met winter), but in general I just like the feel of the stuff and the sheen it delivers.

All my favourites contain ingredients such as shea butter, Vitamin E, aloe vera, beeswax, and olive, sweet almond, jojoba and sunflower oils. They make lips feel supple, smooth and comfortable without becoming a gummy layer as time passes. Some current faves are in the image above: Canadian Vasanti Cosmetics Tinted Lip Balm ($15); Kiehl's Lip Balm #1 in scents such as mango and pear ($11 CAN/$8.50 US); Canadian Green Beaver's Après Ski 100% Natural Winter Lip Balm ($3.99 CAN/$3.82 US); paraben and petro-chem-free Korres Lip Butter ($11 CAN/$9 US) which I had to get my hands on after hearing beauty-obsessed friends Lesa and Katherine rave on; Yes to Carrots Lip Butter ($4.99 at Shoppers Drug Mart), a 95-per-cent-organic stick more emollient than most; and paraben-free Canadian Cake Beauty Cake Kiss Lip Butter($10).

I have many other lip balm loves (DuWop IcedTeas Lip Treatments make me swoony), but I couldn't fit them all into the image. Besides, I didn't want to make it look like I have a lip balm problem.