Dry lips on a man are so not sexy.
Whilst lip balm is arguably a unisex product, lip balm for men has recently risen as a real topic to be discussed at the dinner — and vanity — table.
With K-pop stars as our idols and multinational luxury fashion brands launching makeup collections for men, the topic of this kind of grooming is more important (and interesting) than ever. After all, shouldn’t men too be able to reap the benefits of perfectly nourished, moisturised, and soft lips?
Regardless of whether you’re a man who is dabbling at the entry-point to wearing makeup on the daily, or you’re a man who simply wants to avoid cracked lips on a date, here we’ve rounded up some of our favourite lip balms for boys and men. A lot of them are unisex lip balms, whilst others are targeted specifically at a male market. From antioxidants to SPF, guys, it’s time to pucker up and show those lips some love.
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Chanel Beauty made waves with the launch of an entire line of makeup products for men, and their Boy de Chanel lip balm is one of their essential pieces. For a smooth, natural lip, the balm provides up to 8 hours of moisture with an extremely lightweight and soft texture. Made using jojoba oil, she butter, and Vitamin E extracts, it’s as much a stylish balm to keep in your pouch, as it is nourishing.
Best for: Urbanites who own a Boy Chanel bag to suit
Price: THB 1500
Not strictly a lip balm just for men, Dior’s Floral Care Lip Balm is a great unisex product that comes in both the universal and natural 000 shade. It’s very subtle, and thereby works quite well as a primer for those men who like to add a pop of colour on top. It’s also refillable, so it scores high in sustainability points.
Best for: Before applying makeup
Price: THB 1490
Tom Ford has a grooming and skincare line specifically for men, and his products are just as sexy as the women’s range. Featuring a blend of natural oils for hydration, the sleek and smooth packaging makes this lip balm a handy number to throw into your bag before leaving the house, keep in your car, or at your office desk. It suits the man who is already wearing a Tom Ford fragrance anyway.
Best for: Tom Ford fans (like us)
Price: THB 1490
Not all lip balms come in tubes. La Mer keeps it classic (and classy) with a tin edition. The velveteen balm is made with a hint of mint for a cooling sensation, whilst targeting dryness and strengthening the natural moisture barrier. For men seeking more plump and full lips, apply this lip balm as a primer before moving on to the La Mer Lip Volumizer (THB 3150).
Best for: Men who like to use their hands (warm the balm with fingertips, and then apply)
Price: THB 2700
Can you ever go wrong with an Aesop product? For those who love the soothing scents and calming ingredients, the Aesop Cedar and Citrus Lip Salve is a must-try. The nourishing formula contains a blend of vegetable-derived emollients designed to smooth and soften the lips. A chic unisex product for the minimalist in your life.
Best for: More than just lips, as you can use this on any dry body parts
Price: THB 650
SPF in a lip balm is very important, and those who spend a significant time outdoors should look to the Kiehl’s Butterstick. Beyond an adorable name, the lip balm provides SPF25 UVA and UVB protection, and is made with coconut oil and lemon butter for a soothing fragrance and smoothing texture. Pair with your favourite sunscreen and be the most protected guy in the room. Attractive.
Best for: The adventurous man who spends a lot of time outdoors (or just on Samui)
Price: THB 720
You can’t fault a classic, and when it comes to classic lip balms, Burt’s Bees is a real one. This Ultra Conditioning Lip Balm is made with kokum butter, shea butters, and antioxidant-rich Marula oil to “melt your lips” with nourishment and replenishment. Less wax-y than a lot of their other balms, the focus here is on hydration, which is why it’s a great lip balm especially for men. It’s also hypoallergenic with no added fragrances, so it’s ideal for more delicate souls, too.
Best for: Sensitive lips
Price: THB 380
For when you want a subtle tint in your lip balm, this Innisfree My Lip Balm is a great option. We’ve long loved Korean skincare and makeup, and there’s no denying that male Korean stars are a big source of inspiration for men who wear makeup. This lip balm comes in 11 shades to choose from, and is formulated with sunflower and jojoba oils. It is scented with tea to create a relaxing feeling when you apply it. We’re all about that double function.
Best for: Korea lovers who like a slightly pink tint to their lip
Price: THB 420