Borrowing from the boys has never really been my thing, at least when it comes to fashion. Sure, I love a white oxford button-down shirt as much as the next person, but baggy boyfriend jeans and backward baseball caps? Not for me, as much as I love that effortless look, at least, in theory.
So when I found myself frantically searching for chapstick at my parents’ home before heading to the pool, the last thing I expected to fall in love with in the medicine cabinet was Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25, my father’s forever stand-by. It comes in a little blue tube, perfect for squeezing a tiny bit out and giving it a try (unlike those waxy sticks, which the germaphobe in me is hesitant to ever share).
But honestly, lip balm really defies gender in the first place. No one escape chapped lips, especially in the summer sun or brutally dry winter. Packed with plenty of good ingredients like shea butter, avocado oil, green tea, and Vitamin E, Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm is not greasy on—just pleasantly, well, balmy. The original Natural Mint & Shea Butter is my favorite, but there’s Lavender, Grapefruit & Ginger, Mango & Mandarin, and more should you be a flavor connoisseur. It’s no Bonnie Bell Dr. Pepper Lip Smacker, but trust me, there's something for everyone, even the flavor-averse (straight-up "Shea Butter & Vitamin E"). And if you’re worried about a super shiny, sticky finish, that’s never the case. It’s a subtle gloss at best, perfect for anyone who feels like a clown in any non-nude colored lipstick (guilty!). The formula has an SPF of 25, which is important for skin cancer and windburn prevention. And if you aren't familiar with the brand, no, there is no affiliation with Jack Black, the actor, in case you were confused about that.
Yes, it’s a cut above a drugstore lip balm—and priced as such at $7.50 a pop. But a tube lasts all season long and leave your lips super soft for a while after every use. Trust me. You’re going to want one for your bag, your office, your home, your car. And hopefully, the dark blue tube will keep you from misplacing it in all of the above places. That’s all, folks. Well, other than thanks, Dad, for letting me “borrow” yours.