Dr. Dan’s Lip Balm: The Chapstick For Anglers & “Chapstick Addicts” [Independent Review]

By: Joseph Simonds on September 17, 2015
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As a recovering “Chapstick Addict”, I am always interested in the best lip balms out on the market.

And earlier this year, I kept hearing our friend Peter Miller (from Peter Miller Fishing) talk about how he couldn’t go out on the boat without his Dr. Dan’s lip balm… so I set out to meet the Dr. Dan team at ICAST in Orlando this June to see what the Dr. Dan hype was all about, and ultimately, put their lip balm to the test and find out for myself.

Below is what I discovered…

In fact, I will cover the pros and cons to all three of the popular Dr. Dan’s Lip Balms (aka Chapsticks) in this review:

  1. Dr. Dan’s Natural Lip Balm
  2. Dr. Dan’s SunBlock SPF 30 Lip Balm
  3. Dr. Dan’s Cortibalm (with hydrocortisone)

Important Note: Salt Strong and/or Joe Simonds were NOT paid or incentivized monetarily in any way to do this review, and each of these lip balms were tested over a 2 month period by Joe Simonds from Salt Strong.

Quick Overview Of The 3 Dr. Dan’s Lip Balms

(Pros and Cons)

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Dr. Dan’s “Natural”

dr dan's lip balm review

  • This is the chapstick that us “Chapstick Addicts” would use every day. I have been using this pretty much every day for over two months, and I really like it. It definitely kept my lips smooth (from what my wife said), it has kept them moisturized, and I didn’t feel like I was having to use it as frequently as normal.
  • This chapstick is all natural, hypoallergenic, and it has no harsh chemicals (the only ingredients are petroleum jelly, beeswax, mineral oil, and Vitamin E).
  • Priced right at $2.95, this natural lip balm is an excellent “daily”, keep in your pocket chapstick.
  • The only downside is no SPF in this chapstick (I would personally prefer to have SPF in my daily chapstick even if it is a day where I barely make it outside in the sun).

Click here to learn more about Dr. Dan’s Natural lip balm

Dr Dan’s SunBlock SPF 30 Chapstick

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  • I really liked this chapstick because it has SPF in it.
  • Even better news is that it has Zinc Oxide (an absolute must to reflect the UV rays and not absorb them like most chapsticks without Zinc do).
  • This SunBlock formula from Dr. Dan’s contains clear Zinc (because the one bad thing about Zinc Oxide is that it can be like pure white motor oil), but there is still a slight white tint to it on your lips if you apply it liberally.
  • This chapstick is PERFECT for being out on the water all day, and I used this as my daily chapstick when I know I am going to be outside in the sun.
  • The only downside is the slight white tint (but barely noticeable expect probably to yourself up close in the mirror) right after you apply it on your lips.
  • Priced at $5.59, it is slightly higher than the normal SPF chapstick you would find at a grocery store or drug store, but then again, it is one of the only chapsticks with clear Zinc oxide, no harmful chemicals, and that was developed by a leading dermatologist.

Click here to learn more about the Dr. Dan’s SunBlock Chapstick

Dr. Dan’s Cortibalm

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  • The Cortibalm is Dr. Dan’s patented formula that has 1% hydrocortisone.
  • Now if you know anything about hydrocortisone, you know that it works (and it works fast). However, you also do not want to have hydrocortisone on your skin every single day if you can prevent it.
  • I used this a couple of times (you don’t need much because it really does heal your lips very quickly) after some long days of diving in the saltwater all day, and it cooled and repaired my lips better than any lip balm I had ever tried before.
  • You can feel the hydrocortisone working, and they claim it reduces inflammation of cold sores, and that it has had huge impacts for acne and psoriasis patients using drugs such as Accutane, Amnesteen or Soriatane.
  • It’s priced at $5.49 which seems like a great price considering this stuff works like magic and should last you a really long time since you won’t be using it on a daily basis.

Click here to learn more about the Dr. Dan’s Cortibalm.

Dr. Dan’s Lip Balm


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These Dr. Dan’s lip balm products are really solid overall.

Personally, I plan on continuing to use the “Natural” lip balm as my everyday chapstick, and I keep the “SunBlock 30 SPF” on my desk to have it ready for action every time I head outside.

I love the fact that each lip balm has a special use, and that the Dr. Dan team has created a “best in class” chapstick for every situation and person.

On the other hand, it can be a pain carrying around 3 chapsticks depending on what your need is that day, but as long as you keep them on all your dresser, counter (or wherever the heck you keep your chapstick), it shouldn’t be much of an issue.

At any rate, I was impressed with the quality, how they made my lips feel (most importantly), and how quickly the Cortibalm healed my chapped lips one afternoon after diving all day in the Florida Keys.

Big thanks to Keith Pittman from Dr. Dan’s for taking the time to answer my questions about each lip balm, and for taking some time to chat with me at ICAST.

And I will be doing a review on the other Dr. Dan’s products soon (like the Anti-itch stick, the “SunStick”, and the Dr. Dan’s lotion), so stay tuned.

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