Talking, eating, and kissing—we really put our lips through the wringer! And when the winter months bring added wear and tear, we need to give our lips a little extra lovin’ to defend against the elements. Because a dry, peeling, or cracked pout is no fun for anyone.
These 9 Indies are lip lifesavers. They’ve got the balms, glosses, tints, and scrubs that will hydrate, plumpen, and nourish. Whether you’re an untinted minimalist or love eye-popping glam, you’ll find the lip-care product that’ll slot right into your beauty routine.
Pucker Up! Give Your Lips Some Love With These 9 Balms, Glosses, and Scrubs
Ranger Balm (NY)
Blue Chamomile Multipurpose Balm
Maker: Jaycee Hill
A weightless blend of vitamins, fatty-acids, and phytoceramides, this all-over balm is a moisturizing miracle for cuticles, untamed brows, beards, flyaways—and of course, your lips. Tuck this skincare multi-hyphenate into your bag for heavenly soft skin all over.
METTA GOOD (CA)
Tinted Lip and Cheeky Balm
Maker: Nicole Spear
When your lips need a little TLC and a kiss of color, pick up this Tinted Lip and Cheeky Balm. Alkanet root bark gives your pout a head-turning cherry red tint, while a cocktail of nourishing oils gets to work on softening your lips until they’re buttery smooth.
OIL + WATER (NY)
Maker: Erika Martins
Pop open this paperboard tube once, and it will instantly become a beloved daily ritual. Rich shea butter and tropical cupuaçu keep lips moist and supple, while a spark of spicy ginger root and sweet orange add to the moment.
Caley Cosmetics (TX)
Beachy Kiss Natural Lip Oil
Maker: Cindy Holland-Rodriguez
Nab that sun-splashed summertime glow anytime of year with this Beachy Kiss Natural Lip Oil. One sweep of this silky, moisture-drenched formula perks up your lips with a brilliant, juicy shine and a sweet touch of sparkle.
Lip Mermaid Cosmetics (CA)
Maker: Erica Taylor
This dual-sided stick is all you need when you want to be the star of the show. Solo, the shimmery cinnamon matte hue is pretty as can be. But when you’re ready for a truly out-of-this-world look, add a sprinkle of stars. In one show-stopping sweep, you’ll leave friends, fans, or secret crushes absolutely starstruck.
The Sheila Workshop (CA)
Floral Dreams Lip Balm
Maker: Mary Beth Benzing
Make prickly lips kissably plump with this ultra-moisturizing balm from The Sheila Workshop. Geranium, lavender, and citrus entwine for a light and floral yet perky scent. Plus, the environmentally friendly paperboard tube gives you even more reasons to smile.
Lavish by Lena Vera (NY)
Chocolate Almond Lip Balm
Maker: Laura Ruggirello
Mmm…this balm doesn’t only soften your smackers, but the nutty and chocolatey taste is a delicious treat for your senses. Gently sweep onto your lips for a light touch of tint or slather on the layers for a rich pop of color.
Aun Dolce (NY)
Valentine's Day Lip Bundle
Maker: Elizabeth Pichardo
Make lip-care part of your beauty routine with this all-in-one set from Aun Dolce. It comes with a duo of stunning glosses in nude-hued Giselle and ballet pink Blush, plus two sugar scrubs in fruity flavors. The one-two punch of softness and shine makes this kit your new go-to for glam.
Slay Naturals (MD)
Mango Sugar Scrub
Maker: Breonna Massey
Dry winter air can take its toll and when it’s time to pucker up, you don’t want a cracked, flaky pout to get in the way of your big moment! Whip your lips into kissably smooth shape with this nourishing mango scrub. You’ll always be ready to make your big move!
Questions for discussion and sharing
What are your favorite lip products? Do you like an untainted moisturizer or a show-stopping pop of color? What lip-care do you include in your beauty routine? Let us know in the comments!
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