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AS OUR daily grooming routines become a greater source of pride, it should come as no surprise that moisturising one’s lips is an essential step. After all, if we’re applying serums and moisturiser to our face, doesn’t it make sense to extend the same courtesy and care to our lips? Anyone who has suffered from dry lips knows it’s an experience not to be repeated. Given that the skin on your lips is thinner than the rest of your body, it demands protection. In the colder months, it’s natural for your lips to dry out, but sunburn, windburn and dry air can prove just as threatening. It makes the need for lip balm in your grooming kit an important one and with ingredients like castor oil, cocoa and shea butter, lip balm offers not only a source of hydration, but can also protect against the elements with the added benefit of SPF. Basically, it’s the do-everything product that’s too frequently overlooked.

If it used to be the case that lip balm was the one product you were forgiven for pinching from your partner’s purse, now there’s a whole plethora of brands catering to men’s lips. From small tubes to organic options touting natural ingredients, lip balms are now catering to personal preference and we’re here for it. Say goodbye to cracked lips and hello to a moisturised pucker that will command all attention with our picks of the best lip balms for men.


Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1, $21

A fan favourite for most, Kiehl’s lip balm contains ingredients like aloe vera to hydrate and soothe skin, and vitamin E to provide deep moisture. Whether you’re suffering from dry and cracked lips or are simply looking to lock-in moisture for a day of activities, this cult classic since 1960 is an essential everyone needs in their grooming kit.

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Aquaphor Lip Protectant and Broad Spectrum SPF 30, $15

When your lips really need some extra-loving care after days in the ocean, sporting field or simply weathering the elements, look no further than Aquaphor lip protectant. A little goes a long way with this product, as the combination of lanolin and purified petrolatum will heal even the most cracked lips. As a bonus, the product can also be applied to other areas of skin that are dry and in need of hydration.

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Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25, $14.95

When you need instant relief for dry and cracked lips, look no further than Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm. We’d expect nothing less from a product hailing from a men’s skincare brand that’s been voted one of the best, and they certainly deliver with a product that offers long-lasting protection with SPF 25 and protection against UV-A and UV-B rays. The lip balm also contains antioxidants for long-lasting treatment and softens the skin.

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Vaseline Lip Therapy Advanced Healing Lip Moisturiser Lip Balm, $4

An Aussie staple, Vaseline is always does the job when it comes to soothing dry lips that need a hit of moisture. At an affordable price, it’s safe to say Vaseline is one of the most popular lip balms and serves to lock-in moisture with its triple-purified petrolatum.

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C.O. Bigelow Overnight Lip Balm, $12

If your lips need some TLC, this lip balm offers a powerful dose of moisture. With shea butter, it nourishes the lips incredibly well. Simply apply it before bed and let it settle in, allowing you to wake up the next morning with pillowy soft lips.

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Bro-To Bits N Bobs, $10

If you’re going to invest in a lip balm for your grooming kit, why not add a pair of nail clippers while you’re at it? Hailing from the same genius that is Go-To skincare, the Bro-To line offers the daily essentials every man needs. And for a full-body preen, the ‘bits n bobs’ kit has you covered with a moisturising lip balm and nail clippers all at an affordable price.

Available to purchase here.