It’s February the 14th — you’ve swiped right to a really hot date and preparing to take her out to a nice dinner. The night progresses well, and you both hit it off. At the end of the night, you lean in for a kiss. After several seconds, you part and she gives you a disgusted look — what went wrong? Chapped lips is what went wrong. That’s right, sonny boy — no one likes to kiss dry and flaky lips. Thankfully, it’s not yet Valentine’s Day and we’re here to save your chapped lips with our recommendations of lip balms for men.

Before you recoil, remember that it’s 2018 and it’s okay for men to put on skincare. Even leading men like George Clooney, Pharrel Williams, and David Beckham have a proper skincare routine. The very least you could do for yourself is put on lip balm to moisturise your lips.

Lip balms for men are not tricky to purchase — there’s a big market for men’s skincare out there, and more brands are tapping into the unisex market. Thanks to that, you have lip balms that do a banging job of keeping lips supple without resembling anything close to lipstick. The best part? They’re tiny and don’t take up much space. Just pop one into your pocket and moisturise accordingly.

Finally, here’s a pro tip on getting the most out of your lip balm: slather on generously before you go to bed and wake up with the most kissable lips. Now, add these to your shopping cart.

1
Burt's Bees Ultra Conditioning Lip Balm with Kokum Butter

If you suffer from extremely chapped lips, this bad boy will be your jam. This ultra hydrating lip balm is formulated with kokum butter (and many other hydrating ingredients), which is a traditional Indian remedy for dry skin.

RM40, Sephora.my

2
Dr.Jart+ Ceramidin Lipair Pure

Some men like the flavours in lip balms, and some don’t. If you fall into the latter category, this Dr.Jart+ lip balm will be for you as it’s flavourless but with a tingly mint feeling. This lip balm has a ceramide-base, which creates a protective shield over your lips to prevent moisture from evaporating.

RM56, Sephora.my

3
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Intensive Lip Balm

If you’re not a fan of heavily moisturised lips during the day, slather this one on before you go to sleep. The rich and buttery balm will work its magic while you sleep, and you’ll awaken with supple lips. It has all the good moisturising stuff inside: honey, beeswax, propolis extract, and colloidal oatmeal to soothe lips.

RM96, Sephora.my

4
Grown Alchemist Lip Balm in Vanilla & Watermelon

It’s okay to like flavours in your lip balm, especially if it’s a delicious combination like vanilla and watermelon. But it’s not just there for flavouring. Watermelon extract is an anti-inflammatory that also locks in moisture while vanilla extract protects your lips against environmental aging. This lip balm doesn’t just moisturise — it provides a whole lot of other benefits too.

RM60, KENS Apothecary

5
Kiehl's Facial Fuel No-Shine Moisturizing Lip Balm

This stick of lip balm is easy and fuss-free. Simply slip it into your pocket and use it whenever — no one is going to judge you. Formulated with shea butter and vitamin C, this stick will provide your lips with adequate moisture. Also, this is no-shine — meaning your lips won’t take on an oil slick look.

RM39, Kiehl’s

6
L'Occitane Shea Ultra Rich Lip Balm

Do your part in saving the world while saving your chapped lips when you get this lip balm from L’Occitane. 100% of the total ingredients are from natural origin; it’s Natural and Organic Cosmetic certified by Ecocert Greenlife and Fair Trade approved by ECOCERT Environnement according to the ESR standards.

RM47, L’Occitane 

7
The Aromatherapy Co Lip Balm 21g

Got sensitive lips? This paraben,fragrance, sodium laurel sulphates and mineral oils-free lip balm will have your back (or your lips). It’s fuss free and everything a man would like in a lip balm: hydrating, fast-absorbing, and long lasting.

RM78, Sephora.my

8
Bioderma Atoderm Levres For Lips

As a brand that’s known to help very dry to atopic sensitive skin, you can be sure that this lip balm from Bioderma won’t flare up any unnecessary irritation. It adequately moisturises dry lips with the help of shea butter.

RM67, Hermo.my

9
Huxley Lip Balm; Moisture Wear

This Huxley lip balm is a prick so you don’t have to be. In all seriousness, it’s formulated with Sahara prickly pear cactus seed oil and vitamin E to deliver optimum hydration to your lips. It also comes in a nice minimalist packaging that you can share with the one you’re planning on kissing.

RM80, Hermo.my

10
Jack Black The Stick Natural Lip Balm with Fresh Mint

Keep your lips as minty fresh as your breath with this Jack Black lip balm stick. It’s non-waxy but packed with hydrating ingredients such as cocoa butter and jojoba oil to nourish and hydrate lips.

RM35, KENS Apothecary

PohNee Chin
Editor, Kuala Lumpur
Poh Nee is the editor and writes about travel and drinks. When she's not living out her holiday dreams via Google Earth and sipping on an Old Fashioned down at the local bars, you can find her snug at home bingeing on Netflix and mystery fiction.