So I realized that I have like 7 different types of lip balm sticks, so thought of writing a short review. Its not that I am obsessed with them, but most of them don't do the job well, and you are required to apply them every now and them, so I end up buying one whenever something interesting appears on the shelves.
Here is the list:
1. Chap Stick ( $1-2)
2. Neutrogina Lip Balm ( $3 )
3. Blistex Lip Balm ($1-2)
4. Some 'Nature' Aloe Vera Lip Balm from Trader Joes ($1-2)
5. Jamba Juice 'Aloha Pinapple' Lip Balm ($1.5)
6. Loccitane Shea Butter Lip Balm ( $10 )
7. Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm ( $3 )
Of all these, the first 3 just feel like solidified petroleum jelly. They just form a layer over the skin, and are far away from any sort of moisturizer. You have to apply it very frequently, and it does not really help a lot. The Aloe Vera one does have something added to it which gives a slight cooling effect, but its the same. Jamba Juice one is more for the 'flavor' ;), isn't really helpful for the purpose it is made for.
I would say that the Loccitane one was quite good, it does have a decent amount of 'moisturize' effect. However, its price is quite steep at 10$ a piece. Also, the actual 'stick' has a wierd plastic case, which tends to crack. I think the clear winner in this is the Burt's Bees Beeswax. It contains peppermint, which is really awesome, and it has a good moisturizer in it, so has to be applied less frequently. Its also reasonably priced at around $3 a stick. Its available at most of the stores in malls and other places.