25 Perfectly Bookish Lip Balms You Need To Get On Your Face

Books are fun. A bag full of beautifully-scented chapsticks and lippies? Also fun (especially during moisture-wrecking winter). So, I decided to combine the two and found so many great, pun-tastic bookish lip balms to choose from. Like “As I Shea Dying” and “Tarte of Darkness.” *giggle snorts*

Gird your wallets, or don’t. These bookish treats are less than $5 each and I certainly won’t judge you if you decide buy all 25 of them. One for almost every day of the month?


YA and classics–inspired bookish lip balms from Lit Balms (they’ve got loads to choose from—this is only a sample)

The Cruel Prince red wine and fruit lip balm, inspired by Holly Black’s book

Cinnamon and chocolate “Currently Reading” lip balm

Bubblegum lip balm inspired by Marie Lu’s Warcross 


Pun-tastic bookish lip balms from Read My Lips Apothecary 

Lime and Punishment” *snorts* inspired by Dostoyevsky’s classic

Love in the Time of Coconut” from Marquez’s classic

As I Shea Dying” lip balm from Faulkner’s classic *cackles again*


Disney-inspired bookish lip balms from castle minis

(okay and it’s not bookish, but they’ve got a Dole Whip one and SHUT UP TAKE ALL MY MONEY)

“Be Our Guest” champagne

And, “The Grey Stuff

Coconut and peaches lip balm for Ariel 


Absolutely geeky and slaying bookish lip balms and glosses from Merchant of Gallifrey

Life doesn’t frighten me“—a blueberry and peach Maya Angelou inspired lip balm

Kingslayer, a spiced apple and orange sangria homage to Game of Thrones

Lady of the Lake, a strawberry-peppermint Merlin-inspired lip gloss


Sweetly named and scented lip balms by From the Page 

Oh BotherWinnie the Pooh honey lip balm

Thornfield Kiss“—a passion fruit- and rose-flavored balm inspired by Jane Eyre

Second Breakfast“—apple lip balm inspired by Lord of the Rings 


Aptly-named literary lip balms from Cedar Chest Press’s Book Balm line

Murder On the Orient Espresso” inspired by Agatha Christie’s classic

Tarte of Darkness,” a cherry-flavored lippie based on Joseph Conrad’s classic

Finnegan’s Cake,” a birthday cake–flavored lip balm from James Joyces’s novel


Oriandle’s choose your own character/series choices based on classic books 

Hogwarts Houses lip balm, because of course.

Game of Thrones lip balms, with different scents for different houses.

Alice in Wonderland lip balms where you can choose from Alice, Mad Hatter, Cheshire Cat, and Red Queen flavors.


YAs and classics alike feature in Behind the Pages’s literary lip balms

Mint, smoke, and cardamon flavored lip balm inspired by The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Bibliophiles,” an homage to bookish people everywhere

Gardenia, honeysuckle, and peppermint lip balm based on Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me series


And finally, because a list on bookish lip balms wouldn’t be complete without it, Snows Cut Soaps’s stylish butterscotch-flavored Butterbeer lip balm

Did I miss any of your favorite literary lip balms? Hit the comments to share your favorites. Or, if you want more bookish self-care items, check out “Essential Items for a Bookish Sick Day.”

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Nikki VanRy: Nikki VanRy is a damn proud resident of Arizona, where she gets to indulge her love of tacos, desert storms, and tank tops. She also writes for the Tucson Festival of Books, loves anything sci-fi/fantasy, drinks too much chai, and will spend all day in bed reading thankyouverymuch.   Twitter: @nikkivanry