UPDATE 2.1.16 — The EOS lawsuit has been resolved and the brand has issued the following statement: "We are pleased to announce that the class action lawsuit brought against EOS earlier this month has been resolved. Our lip balms are hypoallergenic, dermatologist tested, made with the highest quality ingredients, meet or exceed all safety and quality standards set by our industry. Our products are safe—and this settlement confirms that."
This week, CNBC reported that a "substantial number" of consumers filed a class action lawsuit against the brand, citing "devastating adverse reactions."
How devastating exactly, you mutter to yourself while squeezing your strawberry sorbet smooth sphere so hard that your nails cut into your palm, surely this is not the end? I'm sorry to say that, based on the adverse reactions below, it's probably the end:
A substantial number of consumers, upon information and belief in the tens of thousands, and potentially in excess of hundreds of thousands, who have purchased and used the product — spanning all gender, ages, and race — have experienced devastating adverse reactions to the product, consisting of mild to severe rashes, dryness, bleeding, blistering, cracking, and loss of pigmentation, lasting from a few days, to a few months, and some consumers with long-lasting and perhaps permanent symptoms.
Luckily for us at xoJane and anyone who has panicked on the checkout line at Target and tossed a dozen EOS smooth spheres onto the conveyer belt to the horror and dismay of surrounding shoppers and Target associates, you have options — lots of options — including these xoEditor favorites.
Before we dive into these xoEditor approved less litigious lip balm options, let's establish just why we're talking about chapstick in the first place.
This time of year blah blah blah winter skin blah blah blah dryness blah blah blah seal in moisture blah blah cracking, peeling lips blah blah — le fin. We know you know your lips get dry in the winter. We don't have to talk about it. Moving on...
Described by Dan only as "a lip serum by Skinn that is divine," this serum replaces chapstick, balm, and any sugar-based molecules you might be considering injecting into your lips. While Dan was in a meeting that was arguably more important than lip balm, I texted him until he gave me more information. This is that information: "It's a serum that's not a serum...it's thicker like a Chapstick, but feels like a serum. Not sure how they make that happen but it's amazing."
Working with Jane involves equal parts guess work and extrapolation. Kiehl's Lip Balm #1 is a perfect example of this joyful process. When I asked everyone for their favorite chapstick-ish product, Jane responded that she likes "Kiehl's in the tube," — which I assume is the Kiehl's lip balm above. Life's an adventure, n'est–ce pas?
Jane's first choice for absolute favorite non-EOS lip balm, however, is not Kiehl's-in-a-tube. "The best of all," spake Jane, "is Dr Pepper Lip Smackers. The tint is perfect on everyone!"
Thus spake Jane. Go get yourself some Lip Smackers and read some Nietzsche so my jokes are funny.
Marci, beauty maven that she is, has a lot to say about lip balm. Her wisdom includes, but certainly isn't limited to, the following:
My favorite lip balm is rarely my favorite lip balm for more than a couple weeks. I romanticize the stuff, so I'm always looking for one that will somehow change my life, starting with my dry-ass lips (not to be confused with dry ass lips, which are not a thing — at least I hope ass lips are not a thing).
Currently, I'm using The Body Shop's Honeymania Lip Balm, not because it's such a miracle moisturizer, but because I love how the entire Honeymania collection smells, so I like having that fragrance right under my nose. Its ingredients are pretty similar to typical lip balms in its price range, but I guess it's pretty neat that it includes fair-trade honey from Beza Mar beekeepers.
I passionately believe in being fresh to death forever and always. As such, I have a special place in my heart — and my skincare regime — for Fresh products. Also, they smell amazing.
In all seriousness, though, I am a lip biter, chewer, and picker. I have had to, on more than one occasion, use manicure scissors to trim a ragged bit of dead skin off my lower lip because they've gotten that chapped. (If this puts you in mind of that torturous scene from Goodnight Mommy, I apologize and promise it's nothing like that.) In any event, my favorite lip balm recommendation is two-fold: The Fresh Sugar Advanced Lip Therapy Treatment and Lip Polish.
The best way to combat flaky, bloody lips — aside from not used products that make your lips flaky and bloody — is to keep them exfoliated. If there's no dead skin on your mouth, there's nothing to pluck at, irritate or exacerbate. There are a myriad of DIY ways exfoliate your lips — sugar or salt in coconut oil is one of my personal favorites — but, you know, this is a lip balm round up. So there.
How are you coping with the end of an EOS era? How do you keep your lips squeaky clean and scab-free? Blow us a kiss in the comments — unless you have bloody sores.