Lip balm, or stuff that can be used as lip balm, that can be purchased in a big container?
November 23, 2011 3:44 PM   Subscribe

Lip balm, or stuff that can be used as lip balm, that can be purchased in a big container?

I spend too much money on lip balm and want to get a huge tub of lip balm, or something that can be used as lip balm, that will last me a long time.

I've been considering using Vaseline, since it comes in a big container, on my lips. But it doesn't work quite as well as the balms I use.

I did a bit of looking around and came across this interesting-sounding "Non-Petroleum Jelly" which contains some of the same ingredients typically found in the balms I use -- beeswax, castor oil, and vitamin E -- and it comes in a huge container (the stuff costs less than $8 and contains about 12 times more product than the balms I typically use!); do you think it would make an effective lip balm? If nobody here can recommend something more promising-sounding than this "Non-Petroleum Jelly", I'll probably take a chance on it.

Ideally, I'd like something which contains as great of ingredients as this balm (castor oil, sunflower oil, shea butter, olive oil, sweet almond oil, rosemary extract, beeswax, vitamin E, and vanilla extract) that is relatively cheap and comes in a container big enough to last a person who has chronically dry lips a year or longer.

Thanks. I await your responses.
posted by GlassHeart to Health & Fitness (26 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
 
Shea butter.
posted by brujita at 3:46 PM on November 23, 2011 [5 favorites]


They make lip balm base that people melt and pour into tubes, usually mixed with some kind of flavoring oil. I can't vouch for that one, specifically, but Googling "lip balm base" should give you some other options.
posted by cabingirl at 3:54 PM on November 23, 2011


Coconut oil? You can use it for about a million other things, too.
posted by esmerelda_jenkins at 3:55 PM on November 23, 2011 [2 favorites]


You can make your own.
posted by quodlibet at 4:08 PM on November 23, 2011


Aquaphor!!
posted by thinkpiece at 4:11 PM on November 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


I use lanolin (usually marketed for breastfeeding mothers) when my lips are dry/chapped, which comes in a 2 oz. squeezy tube for ~$8 and it could easily last that long, I think. It's very thick and sticky so I only need a little and it doesn't need reapplying often.
posted by flex at 4:12 PM on November 23, 2011


Sorry, I'll do that better: Aquaphor!
posted by thinkpiece at 4:13 PM on November 23, 2011 [4 favorites]


Yeah, lanolin is great. Frontier sells it in 4oz. tubs.
posted by bricoleur at 4:29 PM on November 23, 2011


I don't know about coconut butter as lip balm, but as a hand cream it kept my hands nice even when I was using Purell (which is really drying) about 50 time a day for my job.
posted by needs more cowbell at 4:29 PM on November 23, 2011


(castor oil, sunflower oil, shea butter, olive oil, sweet almond oil, rosemary extract, beeswax, vitamin E, and vanilla extract)

All that stuff is relatively cheap and available. You'd probably have to mess around a little to get the right proportions, but, then, I imagine you could do some of that messing around via Google.
posted by box at 4:55 PM on November 23, 2011


Plain olive oil works great, too. I would imagine putting some in an eyedrop bottle or similar would make it handy to carry with you.
posted by rabbitrabbit at 4:56 PM on November 23, 2011


Couple of ideas:

Cocoa butter stick
chubby chap
wonder balm

(all are slightly larger that a tube of glue stick)

The since-discontinued Naturistics line also had some awesome giant lip balm tubes I rocked a lot as a teen. :(
posted by Brittanie at 5:04 PM on November 23, 2011


I have to agree with Aquaphor. That's what I use - I keep a big-ass jar on my nightstand. It's similar to Vaseline but thicker and with more "staying power" on the lips.
posted by LaurenIpsum at 5:30 PM on November 23, 2011


How about paw paw ointment? They have big tubs of them generally at pharmacies, etc.
posted by latch24 at 5:48 PM on November 23, 2011


coconut oil/butter
posted by ibakecake at 5:55 PM on November 23, 2011


I buy Bag Balm for my feet, but it works on all dry chapped skin. It's $8 for a one pound tin here. It has a safe antiseptic, petroleum jelly and lanolin.
posted by halfbuckaroo at 5:56 PM on November 23, 2011


Nthing Aquaphor. If you want to test it, ask at the pharmacy for a sample.
posted by lookoutbelow at 6:38 PM on November 23, 2011


Seconding shea butter - neat. I started using it out of desperation (had some on hand as an ingredient in home-made deodorant, was out of other options, face was painfully dry), and it was brilliant. A bit sticky for maybe 30 seconds, then lovely, not too heavy at all. It is (also) wonderful as a lip balm - better, in fact, cos the sticky thing somehow doesn't apply, it just goes on like lip balm. (for on-skin use, I usually need to warm a wodge in my hands to get it to applicable consistency.)

I usually get a pound (costs between $5 and $20 iirc, lasts a year with a few people using it), which comes in a bag or a tub, and I decant it (by means of smooshing it with a knife) into little and big Badger Balm tins, old salsa jars, whatever, depending on where and why I'm applying it (cleaning and sterlizing containers first).
posted by magdalenstreetladies at 8:41 PM on November 23, 2011


Aquaphor is great stuff, but on the lips? I am surprised to see it recommended for such use.
posted by mlis at 10:13 PM on November 23, 2011


I heartily endorse Bag Balm.
posted by Bruce H. at 10:18 PM on November 23, 2011


Lucas Pawpaw Ointment. Crappy website but very very popular in Australia. I order it in GIANT tubs.
posted by jujulalia at 4:12 AM on November 24, 2011


I use shea butter, which is cheap. I don't have the sticky issue that magdalenstreetladies described, but I do the same thing - I decant it into small tins for my lips and larger ones for my body.
posted by sm1tten at 8:35 AM on November 24, 2011


Vaseline Petroleum Jelly.
posted by ThatCanadianGirl at 10:03 AM on November 24, 2011


Duh, sorry. Read too fast.
posted by ThatCanadianGirl at 10:04 AM on November 24, 2011


A&D Ointment, by far the best lip balm I have ever used.
posted by essexjan at 10:34 AM on November 24, 2011


Also nthing Aquaphor!
posted by oldtimey at 10:32 PM on November 24, 2011


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