Best Lip Balms & Chapstick For Men [Top 5 Brands Reviewed]

By Walter J. Farrell | STYLE

After weeks of crowdsourcing opinions from reputable sources and hands on testing, we conclude that the Anthony Mint and White Tea Lip Balm is the best performing lip balm for 2017. Owing to its UV protection with an SPF 25 rating and a matte finish look, this product deserves your utmost attention [Read more].

Are you sick and tired of chapped and dried lips in the middle of the day?

Are you done with natural moisturizers like petroleum jelly that does the job but only for a short duration? Not to mention its awful industrial smell?

If you answered yes to both of these questions that it might be time for you to widen your horizon and try on lip balms that are tailor made for men? Who said lip balms are only for women?

Our lips too, deserve their utmost care and protection.

To save you time in choosing which of the lip balms available in the market are most suitable for you, we have done the tedious process of evaluating each potential lip balm in the market nowadays.

Today you will learn about how to choose the right lip balms, our top 5 picks and our best recommendation after spending over 14 days evaluating each of its pros and cons.

Without further ado, let’s begin!

Read further to learn which of them is our top pick.

5 Best Lip Balms for Men in 2017

​"What to Consider Before Buying a Lip Balm for Men?"

Lip balms have been very popular among women throughout the years. However, modern times have broken down the stigma that men who use lip products are feminine.

There are several brands and types of lip balms to choose from. But, how do we choose the right lip balm for us? This question, while unnecessary for some, needs to be addressed. Why? Because lip balms are applied directly to skin and as with cheap and fake products, they usually damage and worse, lead to debilitating conditions.

In this part of the article, we will tackle on the necessary aspects and factors that you need to consider before buying a lip balm. Sure, there are safer and more prominent lip balms available in the market, however, there are also those that offer nothing but pain in the neck, or shall we say on the lip.

Here are some of the most important factors that you need to consider before buying a lip balm.

1. Ingredients

The first thing you need to consider is of course, the ingredients used in the product. Typically, there are some ingredients in lip products that you need to avoid.

For example, some lip balms have an additional component that is phenol. Phenol can dry out your lips easily and will most often lead to broken skin with frequent use. This actually negates the primary function of lip balms which is to moisturize and protect your lips.

Other harmful but more mild ingredients that can harm the lips are camphor and alum. Be careful as these ingredients also dry out your lips easily.

In addition, beware of lip balms that have added synthetic or fake flavors or those with petroleum products. These synthetic ingredients have harmful effects to the skin.

Because of this, the best option is to go natural and organic. Look out for lip balms that are made up of beeswax, shea butter, essential oils and cocoa butter. These products offer a more safe route and in fact come with a cheaper price tag.​

2. Reputable Brands

As with other cosmetic or grooming products, it is always good to buy one from a reputable brand. Choosing lip balms from reputable brands automatically give you assurance of its quality and safety in terms of use.

The more popular choices come from brands such as Jack Black, Hurraw! EOS, Anthony Logistics, Pfizer, just to name a few.

3.​ Stick or Tin?

One of the common dilemmas for people when buying a lip balm, is the choice of whether to buy a round tin or a tube. These two options have their own pros and cons.

The tube lip balms usually are more convenient as you would only need to push the stick up and simply apply it on your lips. On the contrary, a tin needs to be applied on your fingers before putting it on your lips.

If you’d like a less greasy and easier application, then choose to buy a tube lip balm.​

4.​ Price

Lip balms usually range from a price of 5 to 35 dollars. These price differences depend on the brand, the types of ingredients used and usually the packaging, yes the packaging is also a huge factor in terms of price.​

How We Assessed and Evaluated These Products

We have researched over the internet regarding the top rated lip balms available for men. We based this list on some reliable and independent reviews from review sites as well as asked a few suggestions from our reliable peers. In this effort, we have shortlisted a total of 30 lip balms which we deem were capable of producing good results.

To give you a more narrow list of products, we have shortened the list to 5 lip balms. In order to do this, we weighed in on the necessary aspects that make a good lip balm. These are UV protection, Moisturizarion, Finish, Design, Packaging and most importantly price.​

For these aspects, we have devised a team of evaluators who have a background on lip balm and other cosmetic products. We gathered their opinion and required them to do a scoring system for each of the mentioned aspects.

The ratings will range from 0-100, once done, we have collected all of the evaluator’s scores and added them together. Afterwards, we compared the scores. The higher the score, the better the lip balm is in that specific aspect.

Aside from hands-on testing, we also did an exhaustive research by crowdsourcing feedback from reputable sites such as Menshealth and MensFitness. This is to attain the goal of giving you a more holistic view of each of the products. In line with this, we also highlighted each of the products’ pros and cons.

Throughout the entire evaluation phase, we do not receive any inducement from brands and manufacturers which allows us to make judgement and form opinion.

As result of this 2 week evaluation and assessment, we have come up a list of the best performing lip balms available in 2017.​

Our Top Picks

From one of the most popular brands in the field of cosmetics, Badger, comes our first product.

Badger products, although not all are made for men, ensure consumers of high quality grooming and cosmetic products.

​Their line of lip balms come with an array of different choices and flavours.

The scents or flavours can range from Lavender and Orange, to Tangerine and even Pink Grapefuit.

However, their lip balms for men usually have scents such as Highland Mint, Tea Tree and Lemon as well as Ginger and Lemon.

These scents are rather more mild and neutral and somewhat give of a more masculine appeal.

With these scents, even the most surprising kinds of men will like the lip balms and will definitely use them in confidence.

To give you more options, they also made lip balms that are unscented.

This is a good choice for those who want a neutral scent, those who do not want to smell like anything other than themselves while still providing protection and sheen for your lips.

​To add more benefits, the badger lip balm also has powerful antioxidants in the form of aloe vera and seabuckthorn to prevent your lips from sun and cell damage. It has an SPF 15 rating to prevent your lips from the damaging effects of the sun, thanks to its increased Zinc oxide concentration which is a known ingredient for sunblock products.

While testing the product, some of our team mentioned that it was to greasy for them. This is a matter of personal preference, of course.​

What We Liked

  • Comes with neutral scents
  • Also has unscented versions
  • SPF 15
  • Better moisturization

What We Didn't Like

  • A bit to greasy for some

One of the more renowned brands that also manufacture products for men is Jack Black.

Being an avid addition to best male cosmetic products list, there is no wonder that their line of lip balms deserve a feature in this article.

Having an SPF 25 rating, the Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm is one of the products that provided high quality sun protection.

This is important for people who are constantly exposed to the sun which apparently have already developed cracked lips.

Aside from the sun protection, it also provides a hydrating function as well as a soothing sensation when we tested it.

Same with other lip balms, the Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm also come in a wide array of scents and flavours. A few of the most popular among men are Black Tea and Blackberry as well as Grapefuit and Ginger.

When we started using the product, we immediately admired their fragrant but not so polarizing scents. Our favourite scent would be the Natural Min and Shea Butter Scent.

To provide better mositurization and protection from drying and damage, the product is infused with Vitamin E. To add more icing to the cake, the product also has natural antioxidants for protection against rapid cell damage.

What We Liked

  • SPF 25
  • Has natural antioxidants
  • With unscented variant
  • Comes with several scents
  • Excellent packaging

What We Didn't Like

  • A bit too expensive

The third entry on our list is the Hurraw! Lip Balm. As catchy as the brand name implies, so does its quality and benefits. Hurraw!

Is known for their products that have a fruity smell.

So for those who want a more tangy or citrus touch to their lip balm, this might be a good option for you.

Contrary to what most expect, the scent was not feminine and we felt that it was even neutral enough to be used for even the most discerning men.

The scents that are available are Juicy tangerine with a touch of Vanilla and Roman Chamomile which gives a relaxing feel.

Unlike most lip balms, the product is very light and non greasy to the lips which is a good thing since most men do not like the sticky feeling most lip balms give.

With Nano Zinc Oxide, the product provides good sun protection to prevent your lips from drying and damaging.

The product also comes in unscented variants for those who want a more neutral, natural smell. To provide more protection and moisturization, each variant is infused with Vitamin E which is known to be a good antioxidant and is good for the skin.

The product boasts of being manufactured with purely organic ingredients, with this you are safe from the harmful effects of chemicals being used in lacklustre lip balms.

Our main issue with the product is that the scented variants have a sweeter smell to our liking. Thankfully, there is an unscented version. With this, the Hurraw! Lip balm deserves our Hurray!

What We Liked

  • Comes in several scents
  • With Vitamin E
  • Light, non greasy
  • Purely organic ingredients

What We Didn't Like

  • Scents can be too sweet

Unlike most of the products mentioned in the list, the Anthony Mint and White Tea Lip Balm is basically tailor made for men.

Anthony Logistics, the manufacturer, is known to produce men’s grooming and shaving products.

Similar to the others mentioned in this list, it boasts of an SPF of 25 for good sun protection.

With the damaging effects of UV rays of the sun, it is important that you have your lips protected.

In addition to its sun protection capabilities, the product also performed well in softening and moisturizing the lips.

Infused with resveratrol, the lip balm helps nourish the lips while stevia is also added to help freshen your breath, a feature that is not common among lip balms.

Contrary to the shiny look provided by lip balms in the market, this one gives a matte finish which is suitable for men who do not want to appear like applying lip balm. So for the manly men out there, give this a shot.

We also found the Mint and White Tea scent appealing and somewhat unique. Throughout the day, we noticed that the scent still lingered until the afternoon since the morning when we first applied it. So plus points for longevity of its scent.

Our only main caveat is the fact that it does not come with an unscented variant.

What We Liked

  • Matte look finish
  • With stevia to help freshen breath
  • SPF 25
  • Non greasy look
  • Scent stays long
  • Fragrant scent

What We Didn't Like

  • No unscented variant

The last entry on our list takes on a more natural and organic route.

The Burt’s Bees Lip Balm boasts of being made of 100% natural ingredients which assure you that it is free from harmful chemical such as parabens, phthalates, petrolatum and SLS.

The product gives you a luxurious feeling thanks to its beeswax infused lip balm.

Beeswax is known to condition skin while the addition of Vitamin E assures you that it protects your lips from free radicals as it is a known antioxidant.

While using the product, we immediately noticed that it hydrated and moisturized our lips while also feeling a bit of revitalization.

The product comes with a peppermint scent for a fresher more invigorating feeling. The lip balm also glides smoothly on the lips. The end result is a matte texture which is a plus considering most men do not want a glossy sticky feeling.

Our only gripe with the product is the fact there is no mention of UV protection. Unlike the other products mentioned before the Burt’s Bees Lip balm has no SPF rating.

What We Liked

  • 100% made of organic material
  • With Vitamin E
  • With Peppermint smell
  • Matte finish

What We Didn't Like

  • No UV protection

Our Recommendations:

Editor's Pick: Anthony Mint and White Tea Lip Balm

After careful deliberation and discussion with the team, we conclude that the Anthony Mint and White Tea Lip Balm may be the best lip balm for men for 2017. Owing to its added ingredient, stevia, it helps keep your breath smelling fresh.

In addition, it also has a UV protection of SPF 25, ensuring you that your lips stay healthy and hydrated despite the damaging rays of the sun.

It gives a matte look finish which is suitable for those who do not want to sport greasy lips for the entire duration of the day.

Runners Up: Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm and Hurraw! Balm SPF 15 Sun Protection Lip Balm

Coming in at second place is the Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm. Similar to the Anthony Mint and White Tea Lip Balm, this product also has increased UV protection with an SPF 25 rating. Because of this, you are assured that your lips are spared from the damaging effects of constant sun exposure.

Moreover, what makes it more admirable is the fact that it comes with different fragrants. Although they smell sweet at first, they are actually more on the neutral side which makes it suitable for use by men.

Coming in at third place is the equally competent Hurraw! Lip Balm. The product comes in a wide variety of scents, all of which are mild in nature.

It also has Vitamin E that helps moisturize and protect your lips from free radicals as it is a known antioxidant. Lastly, the lip balm offers a light and non greasy feel with each use.

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About the Author

Walter J. Farrell is an accountant who is very passionate about sharing his knowledge on high tech gadgets. He started AuthorityAdviser to help people know more about the products that are currently a hit in the market.

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