Protect your mouth with Time Out's guide to the best lip balm's and creams available in Dubai
The natural mint ingredient in Jack Black’s Intense Therapy Lip Balm with SPF 25 not only has a refreshingly cooling effect, but the fresh scent actually lasts a good 20 minutes. Plus, men can apply a thick coat without worrying about a glossy finish. Dhs28, merzapothecary.com.
Besides eliciting a few giggles with its silly name (no, the ingredients do not include this species’ faeces), the citrus-y smelling Chicken PooP Outdoors comes cheap and lasts about two hours, but it does leave your lips a little white. The company opted out of getting an SPF rating (it objects to the testing process on ethical grounds), but two of the five natural ingredients – zinc oxide, which reflects sunlight, and avocado oil, which is said to filter UVB and UVA rays – should provide decent protection. Dhs10, merzapothecary.com.
French brand Labello’s Sun with SPF 25, has a cultlike following for its lip-moistening effectiveness, and we’ll agree that the stick kept our smackers satisfied. That said, you’d think with our appearance-conscious culture the company would figure out a way to mask that lifeguard-white-lips effect; make sure to pack a darker shaded lipstick to cover this one up. Dhs35, leading Dubai pharmacies.
Between the cotton candy–like scent, purple packaging and tinted, glossy balm (it comes in three barely-there shades), Tarte’s Slide-Tin Lip Balm, with SPF 15, is made for the girly girl. The only downside: By the time it wears off about an hour and a half later, it leaves a slight trace of dry, crumbly bits on the lips. Dhs45, sephora.com.
With a yellowy medicinal- ointment appearance, Kiehl’s Lip Balm SPF 15 is the most reminiscent of a tube of Vaseline; perhaps it’s that gooey texture that makes this one last so very long—we went a good three hours without even thinking about reapplying. Dhs35, Harvey Nichols (04 409 8888), Mall of the Emirates.