Here’s a bitter pill to swallow: Mask breath, unlike maskne, isn’t a circumstance-specific phenomenon. It’s just your regular breath—only now, you can smell it. Constantly. If you can’t stand smelling your own breath all day, it may be time to apologize to past and present loved ones and invest in a tongue scraper. (Alternatively, your new discovery may throw these most trusted relationships into question. Like spinach between the teeth and a trail of toilet paper stuck to a sneaker, surely stale breath is something those who truly have your best interests at heart should have pointed out before it was too late. A round of inquisition for those complicit may be appropriate, in certain circumstances.)
Short of actually addressing what may be lacking in the oral care department, or downing a donut’s worth of sugar in breath mints, there’s not much you can do for your funky oral aroma. Except, maybe, carrying around an easy-to-use, finger-free lip balm with a minty scent. It’s an instant jolt of freshness that will carry you through a grocery shopping trip, afternoon in the park, quick dart into the drugstore… without leaving goopy residue on the inside of your protective covering. Bonus points for moisturized, pillowy lips at the end of the day. It may not be a true solution, but it is a tiny, easy upgrade. And you deserve that.
This buttery vegan balm looks like something you might appreciate if you’re three years old or 30—it’s something about the jelly-esque neon under frosted plastic, for sure.
A budget pick with a creamy vegan formula, wide applicator, and tingly peppermint scent that make it feel much more luxurious than it is.
Don’t let the nostalgic packaging fool you—this balm, with a blend of six nourishing oils and vitamin E, is elevated. Nourishing in the way your go-to Chapstick never was.
A stick-format update to the original Lanolips balm that spreads easily and feels deeply healing. Collect ‘em all.
Love the tingly, minty-fresh feeling of Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint body wash? Try the matching lip balm, which smells (and feels!) the same with an added dose of hydration.
A sweeter take on minty balm, Elo’s vanilla-spiked version is handmade in small batches and uses shea butter, not waxes, to lock in lip moisture.
A lip balm that’s actually hydrating! In between the oils and waxes you’ll find hyaluronic acid, the hydration powerhouse your skin loves. The wide oval applicator is a comfort bonus.
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