Stoked Goods Stoke Lip & Face Balm
A really good option to avoid or deal with chapped lips and face. I like that it's a particularly fat lip balm. Bonus for putting in a paper (can be recycled) container. A bit pricy, and no sunblock.
- Great for chapped lips and skin
- Reasonable odor
- Fat stick
- Paper container can be recycled
- No sunblock
Five ingredients: cocoa butter, shea butter, cocoanut oil, beeswax, and vitamin E. The manufacturer says it's all organic, if you care. It has a fairly thick consistency but still smears on nicely. It smells faintly of cocoa butter.
Photo above shows a view of the bottom.
The packaging is not complicated—a paper tube with a push-up bottom. The whole thing is apparently capable of being recycled (it's marked as such), and most of that paper is itself recycled. it's a pretty fat stick, as you can see from the photo of it next to my fingers. So, price-wise, remember you're getting more stuff in the tube (possibly three times as much), and it makes it easier to apply to larger areas like your face.
It's somewhat expensive—twelve bucks a tube, though consider it's a larger stick of balm. Look for online sales. I found a two-pack online for sixteen dollars. Compare that to Chapstick All Natural at about $6.25 a tube, Ski Naked SPF 30 Lip Balm at $5.25 a tube, or Rocky Mountain Sunscreen SPF lip balm as an extremely reasonable $2.29 for a small tube. (I don't think either of these alternatives have solely all-natural ingredients, by the way.)
No sun protection, so anyone concerned about that should also be using a good sunblock product. I suppose artificial sunblock would be contrary to the natural/organic ingredients, but they could have made a zinc oxide version, couldn't they?
The most important part: how does it work? Well, I was happy to see a run of cold, windy, and sometimes wet weather the past few weeks, including a Thanksgiving 8 a.m. 5K that was about 44 degrees and rainy at the start, followed by a cold front that brought gusts in the 20s and temps in the 20s/30s. We also have a puppy who walks close to an hour with me early every morning, cold and rain included, so I have been using this regularly.
Bottom line is that it has kept my lips and face happy in weather that could easily leave my face chapped or raw, my lips cracked and dry. A heck of a lot more pleasant and not nearly as messy as petroleum jelly (a winter go-to of mine for years in winter weather). I'm a convert, will be using this all winter.
Cool to cold weather, rainy and windy hikes, and walks over the past couple of weeks.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $16 for two tubes