With all the options available, it is still hard to find a good lip balm that doesn’t merely sit on top of the lips. This little jar is the exception. The Nuxe rêve de miel ultra-nourishing lip balm is a cult favorite for a good reason. I’ve been using it for years now and I love it.
The problem with most lip balms
Do you ever feel like your lips feel drier after you’ve applied your lip balm? I know I sometimes do. At first, I didn’t make the connection with the product itself, believing that my dry lips were to blame. However, when you try your fair share of lip balms, you come to realize that some of them just form a greasy or waxy layer (depending on the formulation) on top of your lips that serves no purpose. In the meantime, your lips only get drier underneath.
Nuxe rêve de miel, the exception
This little pot (you’ll later see why I stress this point) is amazing. It strikes a nice balance between a balmy and waxy texture. This means that it envelops and grips the lips very well, and so the hydration provided lasts a long time.
Also, it doesn’t only moisturize the surface of the lips but nourishes them deeply. They feel supple and comfortable afterwards. That’s why it’s such a great replenishing treatment.
It is mainly composed of beeswax, shea butter, a blend of plant oils and honey. One of the unique characteristics of this balm is its matte finish. It is thus a great base for makeup because it won’t make your lipsticks bleed. It’s a good feature even if you’re not wearing makeup, especially when you simply don’t like the sheen left by some lip balms.
Plus, it has a nice scent (a mix of honey and grapefruit) that I now associate with its restorative action.
The only drawback, perhaps, is the packaging. Indeed, the pot isn’t practical for reapplication throughout the day. There is also the hygiene aspect to take into account: I don’t like to dig my fingers into a pot when I’m outside!
You might be thinking, well Nuxe has a stick version in the rêve the miel line… Save yourself the expense, it doesn’t work! I feel like it further dehydrates my lips. I don’t recommend it.
The drying ingredient to look out for in lip balm sticks
Speaking of sticks, the way most of them are formulated make them dehydrating. Microcrystalline wax, in particular, is a common component in stick lip balms. It is used to create this specific shape and set it. However, this ingredient is actually drying which defeats the purpose of the product entirely!
Of course, there are exceptions. Two products in particular work well for me. First, if you enjoy a waxy texture, I like the Caudalie lip conditioners or if you prefer an oilier texture, Hurraw offers great organic and vegan lip balms. The latter are the ones I’m keeping in my bags at the moment.
You can also go for tube packagings which are convenient to travel with and enable you to moisturize your lips on the go without having to use your fingers.