5 Old-School Lip Products You Need

Are you a sucker for old-fashioned lip products?

Even while new products hit the shelves seemingly everyday, the traditional balms never disappoint.

From my collection of throwbacks, here are five traditional lip products that are great for anyone.

Village Lip Lickers: If you’re a fan of Village Lip Lickers, which came in a sliding-top tin and a lot of great flavors, you’ve probably been on a hunt for a while.

While the now-defunct Village Bath doesn’t produce the gloss anymore, you can get some on eBay. It’s going to cost you, though – you’ve got to be a hardcore beauty collector. I want it in grape.

Avon Lip Balm: Go to Avon for balms made by a company that revolutionized accessible beauty. Don’t shop for Avon via Amazon or other resellers – support your local Avon representative instead! They rock.

Carmex: This is the standout favorite of old-fashioned balm lovers, and for good reason. The balm has a "legendary formula" and a thick, medicinal scent that’s unmistakable.

It’s great when you’re feeling sick, or when you’re on the slopes in the dead of winter.

Smith’s Rosebud Salve: This could be Smith’s most famous creation in a line of equally amazing products from the century-old company. The salve is their best seller and a cult favorite, and one tin lasts forever.

Lypsyl: I’ll admit that I had never heard of Lypsyl until a rep got in touch with me, but it’s been around since 1905 and comes in the coolest container. This product has a light herbal scent and is made with pure beeswax. I have tried it (and in fact have it in my bag right now), and it has earned its place on this list.

Do you have a favorite, classic lip balm? Another discontinued lip balm that isn’t as popular overall, but which I am personally obsessed with, is Rachel Perry’s. When I found out that the company went bankrupt, I cried. It’s the only time I shed tears over beauty news.


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