Winter is hard on your lips. And sun, wind, long nights of drinking? A lip destroyer, every one. The indisputable fact is: if your lips are chapped, you will not make them better by licking them. An only slightly better solution is to rub some waxy, petroleum-based drugstore stuff on and call it good. We suppose you could borrow some lip balm from your wife/girlfriend/sister/better equipped friend, but really (and you know where we’re headed with this) your best bet is stocking up on one (or all) of these ten best lip balms for men.
Made from stuff that’s actually good for the skin on your lips, our selection of the hardest-working, best-protecting, non-glossy lip savers will ensure you’re able to pucker, whistle, and smile without cracking, burning or peeling this winter—and this coming summer, and all the seasons after.
Cool, clean mint features heavily as a flavor, with butters like shea and cocoa delivering the comfort while oils of coconut, olive and avocado contribute some much needed moisture to winter-worn lips. Unique ingredients like hops, beef tallow and raspberry seed oil make appearances too. Pick out a few of your favorite lip balms from our list and ditch your stick of chap wax, along with flakey lips, forever.
Duke Cannon Cannon Balm Lip Protectant
Duke Cannon makes grooming supplies for men and you would not use the word dainty to describe any of their stuff. This one especially. At over half an ounce, it’s about four times that of a standard stick and full of hard-working, natural ingredients. Tested by active military personnel, it works in just about any situation with SPF 15 and and a clean mint flavor. Since it can withstand heat up to 125º, it won’t melt in your pocket, assuming your pockets are big enough. – Buy It
For those who aren’t interested in a uni-tasker taking up space in their carry, we’d like to introduce Hudsalve. Condition your boots, avoid frostbite, rub on wounds, ward off mosquitoes, battle dry elbows, and yes, use it on chapped lips. Created for the Swedish military over 50 years ago, this uses natural fats (like beef tallow) and oils (including peanut). It’s made in Denmark and has even been said to grease a weapon or two. This is one tube that will absolutely earn its keep in your pocket or bag. – Buy It
Lucky Bastard Original Lip Balm
Based out of Venice, CA, Lucky Bastard makes just one kind of lip balm, in three choices of delivery vehicle: tube, tin or slider. The original is form is the noble circle tin — fits in that 5th pocket you never know what to do with and is made from organic ingredients, sourced directly from the farm. Every tin is hand poured and hand labeled in California and the stuff inside has lip friendly things like beeswax, calendula-infused almond oil and red raspberry seed oil. – Buy It
Brickell No Shine Lip Balm For Men
Olive oil puts the moisture in, beeswax keeps it from getting back out and a little Vitamin E brings some lip tending to the mix. Brickell tested it in wind and sun conditions and it kept the protection going strong and sustained. It’s all natural, all organic, and has a light mint flavor — plus the no-shine formula means you can keep your lips from drying out without looking like you just ate a stick of butter. – Buy It
Evolution Man Lip Balm
Designed by a celebrity groomer (for male actors, not poodles), Evolution Man skincare products are meant to be effective yet easy to use. While we’re sure you won’t have trouble figuring out how to use lip balm, we still appreciate the nod towards a simplified routine. This balm’s got beeswax, shea butter and sunflower seed oil that smooth and protect lips while leaving behind a long lasting matte finish. And hey, what’s good enough for celebrities and models, might just be good enough for you too. – Buy It
Damn Handsome Hoppy Mint Lip Balm
Hops have a long history of treating various ailments, from insomnia to wounds. Though, admittedly, the plant’s real contribution to society has been the magic it brings to beer. So we were happy to find a lip balm — made by Damn Handsome, makers of beer-ingredient grooming products — that employs the aromatic flower, along with avocado and olive oil, mango butter and Candelilla wax. Just don’t hold us responsible if every time you put it on, you start craving an IPA. – Buy It
C.O. Bigelow Mentha Lip Balm Stick
Not interested in trusting your face to some fly-by-night, upstart balm maker? Check out C.O. Bigelow. They’ve been operating their NYC apothecary and providing customers with prescriptions and personal care products since 1838. This particular item is from their own line of grooming necessities and contains 10% shea butter and 2% peppermint oil. The result is a fresh wave of mint in a no-shine formula that stays on for the long haul and keeps lips happy — in a time-honored manner. – Buy It
Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm
This family run company out of Carrollton, TX has been making skincare for men for 17 years. So, no, it’s not that other Jack Black. Their lip balm is a huge seller, gathering awards all over the place. With shea butter and avocado, plus Vitamin E and green tea extract, this blue squeeze tube holds an emollient balm that goes on easy and sinks in quickly. It’s got the highest sun protectant on our list and comes in a slew of interesting flavors. – Buy It
Matte For Men Intense Mint Protective Lip Balm
Matte for Men is another company that wants to make sure skincare for men isn’t too complicated. So for the problem of overexposed lips, this protective balm is a swipe-it-and-forget-it answer. With all the heavy-hitter lip moisturizers in there (cocoa and shea butter, beeswax, Vitamin E), this too is a no-gloss formula but the prizewinner here is the mint. Not a light hint, this in an intense dose of both spearmint and peppermint for a cooling blast to the mouth. – Buy It
Tom Ford Hydrating Lip Balm For Men
When it’s time to treat your lips to a little something exceptional, Tom Ford is the brand to call on. Hailing from the fashion designer/filmmaker’s line of skincare for men, this hydrating lip balm is made from a blend of oils, butters and vitamins to protect and keep your lips feeling comfortable. Yes, it costs a bit more than your drugstore options, but when you put it on, your face will know you (really) care. – Buy It