Natural, handmade lip balms are easy to make and so, so....did I say so? so much better for those luscious kissers of yours. Store bought lip balms usually have a petroleum base, which is good for that immediate relief you need for your chapped lips, but if you've noticed, the more you use the more your lips stay dried out.
Natural, handmade lip balms made with moisturizing vegetable oils are better for your lips because the oils are able to soothe and soften your lips, and protect against moisture loss and those harsh wintery cold days.
Vegetable Oils you will find in the lip balms that I produce:
Sweet Almond Oil - conditions
Coconut Oil - moisturizes and softens
Avocado Oil - moisturizing, healing, and contains large amounts of vitamins A, D, and E
Cocoa Butter - retains and restored moisture to your skin
Shea Butter - nourishes
Sources for my research: The Soapmaker's Companion: A Comprehensive Guide With Recipes, Techniques & Know-How, 1997, by Susan Miller Cavitch