Sunday, March 15, 2009

The Great Lip Balm Debacle

"The LORD has made everything for its own purpose, Even the wicked for the day of evil." --Proverbs 16:4

Everything, even lip balms. Nothing on earth is useless, in such the same way that no lip balm is completely useless. They all have their plus and minus points, and if you are clever enough to study these points, you'll know the right lip balm to use for every ocassion.

Let me focus on the four brands that I and my friends use the most though. In no particular order...

Burt's Bees

Tastes oh-so-good. They smell the best of all these four brands. And they cost the least, too. It's great to use when you know you'll be in a kissfest. It makes your lips feel plump, while they're still sitting on the surface. But they don't last long. And the feeling of plumpness is gone soon after the layer of lip balm vanishes on your lips.


Not as creamy as the other three brands, so it is absorbed faster than any of them. It can't boast of scent or flavor, but you feel the moisturizing effect long after the cream on the surface has been transferred to your coffee cup or wine glass. So even if the shine is lost, you feel that the moisture is retained, for hours.


Considered as the "best" in the western culture. It sits on the surface long after your facial moisturizer has faded. Having said that, it is best used in the extremes of climates: doesn't dry up easily whether you're enjoying the dry, freezing temperature of winter or frolicking in the humid summer sun. Its downside, it tastes awful. Imagine Omega Painkiller.


All the qualities of Carmex, only better. And a bit more expensive too.