Lip Balm vs. Chapstick

Lip Balm vs. Chapstick

Oct 25, 2022Plabon Bhuiya

Ah, the pain of chapped lips—a universal one that spares no one, regardless of age or season. In winter the air is cold and dry which removes the lips moisture, whereas in summer the sun’s UV rays damage the skin especially of the lips since they are the most sensitive and delicate part of our body. And let's not forget the persistent licking, the result of a habit that exacerbates the lips dryness. 

When it comes to treating dry chapped lips, the one thing that will instantly come into our mind is lip balm. Well, everyone is aware of the benefits of lip balm but other than lip balm there is one more skincare product which is chapstick. These two lip savers may look the same and therefore some might think that the terms “lip balm” and “chapstick” are interchangeable, but just like hand lotion and hand cream, lip balm and chapstick are different from each other as beneath the surface, they harbour subtle nuances. 

Then, how to set them apart? This is the topic of our blog, comparing lip balm vs chapstick to reveal the differences between lip balm and chapstick.

What is Lip Balm?

Lip balms, usually made from wax substance or containing wax, treat dryness and heal chapped and cracked lips by creating a protective barrier on your lips. The barrier that the lip balm is providing maintains moisture and protects the lips from sunburn and the sun's harsh rays.

There are 5 types of lip balms to answer every preference and need. From tinted lip balm to SPF lip balm or medicated lip balm without forgetting natural lip balm, vegan lip balm and flavoured lip balm.

Take, for instance, MaGéAu Naturel's Vegan Lip Balm SPF 30, completely cruelty-free that protects your lips for the whole day, keeps them moisturised, and heals them.

Ingredients in Lip Balm

The alchemy of lip balm lies in its ingredients, each selected to nourish and hydrate our lips from within.

The common ingredients that lip balm contains are natural wonders working in harmony to restore our lips' lustre and vitality: beeswax (not present if vegan), cocoa butter, castor oil, carnauba wax, petroleum or vaseline jelly, honey (not present if vegan), coconut oil, Shea butter, vitamin E, lanolin (not present if vegan).

MaGéAu Naturel's lip balm is the ONLY 100% Natural and Vegan, with an SPF 30, completely cruelty-free. It protects your lips for the whole day and keeps them moisturised, and heals them. 

What is Chapstick?

Chapstick is a type of lip balm or you can say a brand name for the lip balm that was invented in the 80s by the company “Pfizer.” Chapstick is a mixture of wax and oils which softens and gives moisture to the lips and prevents them from dryness. It heals chapped lips and protects them from cold windy weather. The best about chapstick is that it gives a soft and smooth feel without making your lips greasy and sticky. Chapstick is also available in different flavours and you can find it in any drugstore and supermarkets. Chapstick can only relate to one specific type of lip balm, the natural one.

Ingredients in Chapstick

White petroleum, camphor, carnauba wax, lanolin, and light mineral oils are common ingredients found in chapstick skincare products. 

Difference Between Lip Balm and Chapstick

In the lip care ranges, distinctions abound. Lip balm, a broad category encompassing various formulations, offers versatility and choice. On the other hand, chapstick, synonymous with natural lip balm, boasts simplicity and ease of use. Yet, both lip balm and chapstick share a common goal as they work the same way and mostly contain the same ingredients: to lavish our lips with tender care and protection.

Lip Balm characteristics

  • Lip balm is a general term that describes all types of lip ointments and sticks
  • There are different types of lip balms
  • Lip balm is mostly applied with the index finger
  • Lip balm mostly comes in a small glass or plastic jars


Chapstick characteristics

  • Chapstick is a popular term that only describes natural lip balm
  • There is the only type of chapstick, the natural one
  • It’s easy to apply; you just have to roll the rotator
  • Chapstick comes in plastic roll-on packaging

Lip Balm for Soft Lips

Despite small differences, both lip balm and chapstick are great for the lips. 

No matter which one you choose, give your lips an extra tender loving care and the protection it needs and deserves. There are so many choices in the market so you might get confused. In order to clear your confusion there is one good option which is MaGéAu Naturel Vegan Lip Balm that contains SPF 30 that protects your lips from the UV rays in every season. Our lip balm is the ONLY one being 100% natural, vegan and with SPF. Its main benefits is that it repairs your chapped lips and protects them from dry air and low temperature. 

Order it now with the code MAGEAU10 and save 10% on your next order.

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