In the long cold winter days can play havoc with your skin. One of the worst things I find is, that it can dry your lips. This can make them crack and become sore and painful. The next thing you know a cold sore will appear.

It does not have to be like that though.

These days there are many products, such as balms and creams, which will help, protect your lips from those harsh winter winds.


Vaseline is a tried and tested brand. When I was a child in the fifties, in the UK, I had an old maiden, great aunt who thought that Vaseline and Beecham pills could cure anything. Along with a drop of brandy in your morning tea and a regular dose of Epsom salts, you would ail for nothing.

Of course, this is bunkum but I must point out that she lived to the ripe old age of 88, having survived two serious motor accidents, whilst in her sixties and seventies. She also rarely had any illness, even a cold.

I am relating a little of this background to stress just how trusted the brand Vaseline was in the UK. A few years ago, as most established brands do from time to time, Vaseline widened their range of products. Amongst all the variations of Vaseline that were now on offer, there was also a range of lip balms.

The first tin of Vaseline Lip Therapy, which I owned, was purchased by my Hubby, for me. I had a particularly bad cold and chapped lips. I asked if he would bring some lip balm in with some shopping, and this is what he purchased.

Vaseline Lip Therapy

Vaseline lip therapy is sold in small round tins. They are perfect for keeping in your handbag or pocket for quick application. The lip therapy is made from the traditional petroleum jelly but comes in a few different varieties.

  • Aloe Vera lip therapy is a yellow product in a green tin
  • Plain lip therapy is a clear product in a blue tin
  • The yellow tin contains a bright yellow product, with an SPF15, for added sun protection.

I have tried them all now but prefer the Aloe Vera, which was the first one I tried.

The advantages of Vaseline Lip Therapy are-

  • The product lasts a very long time and so works out to be really good value at around 99p a tin.
  • The brand name has a good reputation.
  • It is easy to use.
  • Lip therapy is convenient.
  • The tin is compact.
  • I like the taste of the Aloe Vera lip therapy. I do find that some lip balms taste like lard or something similar.

The disadvantages are-

  • The contents of the tin can become infected. If you have cold sores, for example, you will need to be very careful about your hand hygiene. If you touch your lips where there is a cold sore, and put your finger back in the tin to reapply, you will spread the infection along your lips. Of course, you should always wash your hands but when you are out and about this may not always be possible.

How to use Vaseline lip therapy

Simply remove the screw top lid, and apply a little of the lip therapy along your lips. It can be used on a small dry patch of skin also, such as your face or elbow. This is handy in an emergency at work. A little of the lip therapy on unruly eyebrows can tame them pretty quick.

The smell

For me, only the Aloe Vera variety has any smell and I do like it. It is a slightly fragrant smell.


There is no discernible taste except, again, for the Aloe Vera and that is not unpleasant.


These small tins of Lip Therapy can be so handy. As it says on the tin, the product 'Soothes dry skin and lips' and so it does.

If you want to add sun protection to its uses, you need to make sure that you buy the lip therapy in the yellow tin. Just be careful, whichever one you buy, especially if you are prone to cold sores and obviously never share your tin of lip therapy with anyone else.