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Balms Away: Scarcity Makes Things Cooler -- Like These Lip Conditioners from Not Canada

Beautygeek Liza Herz on lip-balm purchases that still have their cool cred -- cuz they're from Cannes, Paris and NYC
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Janine recently and astutely pointed out that some fashion fans might not be happy with J. Crew's arrival in Canada this month. After all, how stylish are you if your latest "get" is now accessible to everyone? In fact, does the cool-meter automatically reset to zero the second you can buy something without getting on a plane? Well, duh. Remember Krispy Kreme?

All this was on my mind when, on a couple of recent trips, I somewhat obsessively sought out lip balms that we can't get in Toronto. Are they magical balms that are better than anything I can buy at home? Or I am I just seduced by the thrill of the new? Magical or not, I'm still in love with:

From Paris


• Creamsicle-flavoured Amilab. Done.
Planter's Hyaluronic Acid Lip Balm. I love how this Italian understated, under-designed tube announces its serious pharmacy cred. So not Mr. Peanut.
Boiron Homeostick baume lèvres au calendula. Their Homéoplasmine salve is a staple in jet-setty makeup-artist kits.
Nuxe Rève de Miel, because over there it's available in a portable stick, not just in the frosted-glass jar we get in Canada.
• Nourishing Honey Lip Butter from Sanoflore, which smells insanely great and is packed with vitamin E, shea butter and rock rose essential oil.

But no Apricoderm because I swear it does not exist. At least not in France. (Ebay is cheating. It's about the legwork.)

From NYC


Intelligent Nutrients Lip Delivery Nutrition, which I picked up in Barney's beauty basement, possibly the happiest place on earth. This balm comes with healthy-living hype, but I don't mind because it's from Aveda creator Horst Rechelbacher.
• From the massive Whole Foods' Whole Body beauty section, Jurlique Love Balm because the tin is wee (adorbs) and well, who doesn't need a little tangerine-scented love?
• Also from Whole Foods, a stick of pure cocoa butter and a beeswax disk so I can make my own lip balm at home like some beauty-crazed tween. (Who wants to come over and play microwave mad scientist with me?)
• Even when shopping for housewares at Canvas, the balm odyssey continued -- they stock Mayron's Goods Chapstuff, a fat swivel-up cocoa-butter laden lip and cheek protector from actress Melanie Mayron. "Not tested on animals. Tested on actresses' babies," proclaims the label.

eos lip balm

And after looking everywhere for Eos balm (spheres of 100% natural ingredients that awesomely manage to retain their spherical shape even after you use them -- try the Sweet Mint), I came home to a press release announcing they're available starting this month for $4 at Loblaw's, Zellers, London Drug, Shopper/Pharmaprix and Jean Coutu. Hooray!

Or not.

Multi-product photos via Fujifilm FinePix F300EXR digital camera.