With a recent trip back home to Canada, among the items I always have on hand is a trusty lip balm. I am from Alberta, Canada which is one of the driest places I've ever lived and because of this, despite my best efforts to keep my skin as soft as a baby's bottom, reality is such that I am always scaly and chapped. Especially during the winter, my skin gets so dry that within a day of landing on home turf, I always get 'The Joker smile' which is just not a good look to have.
One of my favorite lip products is the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant.
I have been using this balm for years now and it's one that I always recommend to my clients, ladies and gents alike. For brides in particular, I always tell them to make sure they moisturize their lips religiously in the months leading up to their wedding day as lipstick just does not sit well on chapped lips. This should be a staple for every single human (and non-human!...more on this below) as it really is just an incredible product.
The Eight Hour line was introduced to me by someone who worked for Elizabeth Arden. She had said that Elizabeth Arden developed the Eight Hour formula after her stable caught fire and many of her horses were badly burnt. She used it to treat and heal the horses' burns and later introduced the formula to the masses in her Eight Hour line. While I really love this story, I looked it up to verify its accuracy and the only credible information I found was that she did indeed use Eight Hour Cream on her horses' legs and hooves but nothing on the fire being the reason that she developed the line.
The first product I tried from the Eight Hour family was the cream itself. I really do like and continue to use it but the lip protectant is definitely what I use more regularly. It has a soft, balm-like texture.
What I love about this product is that you do not need to reapply it constantly. A little goes a long way and it lasts for hours. It treats, soothes and heals chapped lips instead of just that instant gratification you get with many lip balms. It does have a slight sheen to it but nothing too glossy-glossy.
Don't expect it to smell like vanilla-cookies-sunshine-and-
I do want to mention that I believe these lip protectant 'tins' are available only during the Christmas season as this is when I have been able to find them from Elizabeth Arden counters but...
...you can purchase the balm year round in a small jar, stick or tube.