Okay, let's talk about lip balm for men. Does your guy wear it? 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.
lip balm for men: kiss preservation
My friend's husband's penchant for medicated lip balm made her shy away from kissing him -- icky taste. So, 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.)
lip balm for men: 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. His answer was no. (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.)
lip balm for men: kiss-friendly and mostly matte
So here are some non-medicated alternatives my friend might like to suggest to her hubs. 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 La Mer lip balm, 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. A matte finish makes it an ideal lip balm 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). Not exactly a lip balm for men, this Skinceuticals Antioxidant Lip Repair stuff 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. It's in man-friendly packaging, too. If his lips are chronically dry, he can layer this under a stick balm for extra comfort and dryness relief.
Kiehl's Facial Fuel No-Shine Moisturizing Lip Balm ($12, kiehls.ca). This Kiehl's Facial Fuesl lip balm for men is a stick format, 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, and it isn't positioned as a lip balm for men, per se. But this L'Occitane Shea Butter Lip Balm 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, this Burt's Bees Replenishing Lip Balm isn't a lip balm for men. 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, that one-at-a-time thing, 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 likes the taste.
Nivea for Men Active Care Lip Balm ($2.30, drugstores and mass retailers). This flavour-free matte Nivea for Men lip balm 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. Good for layering over a hydrating serum or the Skinceuticals Antioxidant Lip Repair fluid.
Do you have recommendations re: lip balm for men? Has your dude tried any of these?