The Perfect Lip Balm

1199742969Every other winter, my lips get seriously chapped. This time around, my dermatologist blamed it on my dry apartment, and sent me home with some free samples of Aquaphor. My naturopath had me detox my liver, which I promptly undid over the holidays. My mom made me gallons of escarole soup, normally a Giacobbe family cure-all. Nothing. Flaky, stiff, painful, embarrassing.

And then I found this gel lip balm from Malin + Goetz.

Thick, clear, and instantly soothing—the tube says it’s “scientifically synthesized”—this stuff unchapped my lips within days. There’s a reason it’s perpetually sold out at Barneys and Louis Boston (both stores get regular shipments, however). It’s good.

Malin + Goetz lip moisturizer, $12, Louis Boston, 234 Berkeley St., Boston, 617-262-6100, and Barneys, Copley Place, Boston, 617-358-3300,