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Whish Lip Balm Review: Does It Moisturize Enough?

Out of all of the lip balms out there, the Whish Lip Balm is probably the most underrated. This lip balm is made with bakuchiol, a plant extract that offers many skincare benefits. It’s an antioxidant that moisturizes your skin and reduces the appearance of aging symptoms.

Even though it’s expensive, it’s definitely worth every penny. This lip balm will be your new go-to lip balm and lip gloss. This lip balm is intensely moisturizing and leaves a lovely glossy look on your looks. The moisture benefits last all day — I literally only apply this lip gloss twice at the most. It’s also available in the delicious flavors watermelon (the one I have), pink champagne, and vanilla.


  • Hydrates your lips
  • Clear in color
  • Gives a glossy finish


  • Moisturizes your lips, especially if they’re dry and cracked
  • Practically colorless
  • Watermelon flavor smells and tastes fantastic
  • Easy to apply


  • Expensive
  • Not worth it if you over-apply lip gloss

Who Should Use This Product?

Well, virtually anyone. This is a great lip balm that intensely moisturizes your lips. It doesn’t have much color, so you can even wear it over lipstick. The applicator is slightly slanted, so it’s easy to apply. It’s available in a variety of delicious flavors that you’ll love. I have sensitive skin and had no issues with this product.

Who Shouldn’t Use This Product?

If you’re pregnant or are nursing, ask your medical provider if you should use this product. Otherwise, everyone else should be fine to use it.

What Is the Whish Lip Balm?

Whish says this lip balm intensely moisturizes lips while smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles, overall improving the appearance of your lips. Your lips will feel softer all day for the ultimate kissable lips. In addition to bakuchiol, Whish formulates their lip balm with coenzyme Q10 and cucumber butter for moisture.

This lip balm is free of parabens, cruelty-free (though I can’t find anywhere stating it’s vegan), DEA and TEA free, sulfate-free, phthalate-free, and petrochemical free. It’s made in the USA and made with organic ingredients.


So I ordered this product after visiting my brother in Texas. I’m from Florida and go between here and Montreal, two places that have very humid weather. This is what my skin is used to. So after visiting my brother in Texas, the dry heat made my dry skin freak out. I got a dry patch on my chin, and my lips were so dry they hurt.

The minute I got home, I purchased this lip gloss and rubbed it all over my lips. They were as good as new.

You can credit bakuchiol for its extremely moisturizing benefits. As stated previously, bakuchiol is an antioxidant that delivers intense moisture to the skin. It’s a natural alternative to retinol because of its anti-aging effects. It also seals in hydration, so your lips feel soft all day.

This lip balm has a jelly-like formula to cover your lips. The glossy look lasts a long time and continually moisturizes your lips. Even when the gloss wears out, your lips still feel hydrated. Again, I applied this once and noticed dramatic effects. I only have to apply it twice a day to maintain soft lips.


As you can see from my swatch, this lip gloss is colorless. It applies like a clear gloss with a very shiny texture. The gloss doesn’t feel sticky at all, which is exactly what I was looking for.  I don’t have fine lines and wrinkles around my lips, so I can’t see a noticeable difference there. But it does give my lips a nice shine and makes them look pretty, which is what matters to me.


I slather this lip gloss on first thing in the morning, right after I brush my teeth. This keeps my lips soft throughout the day. Even after the shine fades, my lips still feel hydrated. I also apply it as a lip mask before I go to bed, again right after I brush my teeth. Occasionally I will apply it throughout the day, but not often. 1. I don’t need it because my lips haven’t been dry, and 2. I wear a mask, and my lips will stick to the mask.

However, I did buy a second one that I plan on taking with me to Canada. I’ll be there when it’s cold, and I predict my lips will get dry. I was using a medicated lip balm when I was there, but my boyfriend wouldn’t want to kiss me because the lip balm irritates his lips. So I’m definitely bringing the Whish one with me!

Do I Recommend This Lip Balm?

Absolutely! I’ve said it multiple times, and I will keep saying it. This is probably the most hydrating lip gloss I’ve ever used in my whole entire life. As stated previously, I have dry skin and dry lips. My lips especially get dry when I’m in a dry climate and especially when it’s cold. Yep, I get dry lips so bad to where they’re all cracky, and they hurt.

I apply this twice a day: in the morning and at night. I wear a mask when I leave the house, so there’s no point in re-applying it throughout the day. But applying it morning and night will keep my lips moisturized all day. And in case I spend the holidays in Canada again, this lip gloss will save my lips during the cold season.


I absolutely love this lip balm! But let’s face it, it’s expensive, and not many people are willing to spend that much money on lip gloss. So here are some alternatives I found.

Burt’s Bees Ultra Conditioning Moisturizing Lip Balm

Ultra Conditioning Lip Balm With Kokum Butter

Don’t get this confused with the original Burt’s Bees. I’m sure I’m going to get enemies for this one, but I don’t like the original Burt’s Bees at all. I like this Ultra Conditioning one much better. It glides on silky smooth on your lips and doesn’t have that gross taste that the original has.

While this one isn’t as moisturizing as the Whish one, it’s still very hydrating and makes your lips feel luxurious. This lip balm is infused with shea butter, kokum butter, and marula oil. And one lip balm is $4! You can’t beat that price.

Chapstick Total Hydration

chapstick total hydration

Instead of linking one chapstick, I’m linking the entire page. This chapstick has a variety of flavors, tints, essential oils, and even some have a minty effect. It’s worth it to scroll down and see all of the options you have. I have the one in Soothing Vanilla. While I don’t think it tastes like vanilla, this chapstick does keep my lips feeling soft. While this doesn’t have a glossy finish, the shine does give your lips a subtle plumping effect.

Plus, this chapstick has 100% natural ingredients. It’s made with avocado butter, argan oil, and omega acids 6 and 9 to keep lips moisturized and healthy. It’s also paraben and cruelty-free. One of these costs about $2-$3, so you really can’t beat that.

SoulSpring CBD Toasted Coconut Lip Balm

SoulSpring CBD Toasted Coconut Lip Balm

I actually found this at my local Earthfare when I was looking for a lip balm. While I was first taken back by the $10 price tag, I 1. love supporting small businesses and 2. love CBD everything. And I’m a sucker for coconut, so I was curious to try this.

First, this lip balm is extremely hydrating. It’s made with moringa butter, hemp butter, argan butter, and of course, CBD to keep lips nourished and to lock in moisture. The packaging is a little awkward; it’s an oval shape, so you have to apply the lip gloss sideways. But it does spread on your lips well.

Whish Lip Balm Review: Bottomline

The Whish Lip Balm is my new go-to lip balm! This is by far the most hydrating lip balm I used, and it saved my lips. I had dry and cracked lips in Texas, and my lips turn 180 degrees after using the Whish lip balm. Even though this lip balm is expensive, I think it’s worth every penny. I highly suggest everyone use this product, except if you’re pregnant or nursing.

Image credits: Stephanie_Jensen


Question: Is Whish Lip Balm Vegan?

Answer: This is something I’ve been trying to research. While Whish is a cruelty-free brand, some of its products are made with beeswax. In addition, most lip balms aren’t vegan because they’re made with either beeswax or lanolin.
The full ingredients list is on Amazon, and I’m not seeing either of these ingredients in there. But it’s one of those things where the ingredients are long, complex words, and they could be disguising animal products as one of these words. I say if you only use vegan beauty products, don’t use this lip balm unless the brand comes out and says it’s full vegan.

Question: Who Do People Use Lip Balm?

Answer: The obvious reason is to moisturize the lips and heal chapped lips. But there are other reasons to use lip balm. For example, many of the hydrating ingredients protect the delicate skin on the lips. Some lip balms are formulated with SPFs and even have anti-aging ingredients to prevent fine lines and wrinkles.
And, of course, there are aesthetic reasons. Many people like the way glossy lips look and feel. My mom loves the feeling of sticky lip gloss. I personally can’t stand sticky and tacky lip gloss, just enough product to cover my lips and make them feel softer.

Question: Is Lip Balm Bad for You?

Answer: It depends. Certain ingredients found in lip balm actually make your lips drier. These include menthol, phenol, and salicylic acid. Some lip exfoliants can also be too harsh, irritating your lips. I personally exfoliate my lips with my toothbrush.

Question: Should I Use Lip Balm Every Day?

Answer: I do! While there’s no recommended time period to use lip balm, many suggest you use it in moderation. Some dermatologists believe that overusing lip balm may cause your lips to stop producing natural oils and will be dependent on lip balm for moisture. However, most dermatologists agree you can use lip balm daily.

Question: Should You Apply Lip Balm at Night?

Answer: I do! And I’m actually doing something right! After some digging, I discover we tend to lose moisture at night. Applying lip balm before going to bed protects your lips from being dried out. Not only will the lip gloss also keep your lips moisturized, but it will also cause cell renewal to further protect your lips.

Question: What Are Symptoms of an Allergic Reaction to a Lip Balm?

Answer: If you’re like me and have sensitive skin, not all skincare products will work for you. Some symptoms that you’re having a reaction to a lip balm include:
• Inflammation
• Rash
• Acne
• Burns
• Other irritation around the lip area
If you experience any of these symptoms, wash the lip balm off of your lips and throw out the product.

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