A Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask Dupe
The popular Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask is one of the very best of the many lip balms I've tried for my chronically dry lips, but it's very expensive (0.52oz for $26, or $50/oz). I rationed my tube very carefully to make it last for a whole year: only a tiny bit before bed to moisturize overnight, and sometimes in the morning.
The dupe I found is Lano Golden Dry Skin Salve (1.76oz for $26, or $14.77/oz). The tube is huge for a lip balm, and the price per ounce is much more reasonable. I can use it for dry hands and cuticles as well as for my lips, and even as an intensive face mask, and it'll still last me a long time! In addition to being a lot more product for less money, it's much easier to find discounts on Lano products than on Bite products, so if you wait for a sale or look for discount codes, you can be even more thrifty!
Like the Bite Lip Mask, the Lano Golden Salve smells faintly of vanilla and is slightly sweet, though I'd say the Lano is a tiny bit sweeter. The textures and moisturizing properties are incredibly similar, as you can see in the photos. A thin layer will leave a satiny balm sheen on your lips, and a thick layer will look more wet and can resemble a gloss if you use a lot. It's very difficult to tell the difference between the two balms once I'm wearing them.
The basic balm ingredients (lanolin, castor and other plant oils, honey/agave, beeswax and carnauba wax, and vitamin E) are very similar in both the Bite and Lano formulas. The only extras that the Lano balm lacks are the fancy ingredients like trans-reservatrol (which is supposed to be anti-aging). The Lano packaging has actually been more durable than the Bite packaging, which eventually split where it creased despite my careful handling of it. (I almost always kept it sitting on my vanity, so it definitely wasn't subjected to unusual abuse before it split. It was just used once daily for almost a year.)
Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask Ingredients
Lanolin, Castor Seed Oil, Agave Tequilana (Blue Agave) Nectar, Olive Oil Unsaponifiables, Beeswax, Flavor, Vanillin, Monk Fruit, Vanilla Fruit Extract, Carnauba Wax, Trans-Resveratrol, Grape Oil, Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E), Honeysuckle Flower Extract, Jojoba Seed Oil
Lano Golden Dry Skin Salve Ingredients
Lanolin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Carnauba Wax, Castor Seed Oil, Lanolin Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Honey, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Beeswax, Fragrance
- Lano Golden Salve is very thick and definitely will not come out of the tube easily unless you warm it with your hands a little bit, because lanolin responds to heat much like coconut oil does, but it's more viscous. It might take you a minute to get the hang of it, but once you know how much pressure to apply to the tube to get your desired amount of product out, it's really no big deal. The tube gets more pliable as you use it.
- When you use a little bit of Lano Golden Salve on your hands or other dry patches, it'll feel slightly tacky and will not absorb quickly, but you'll be able to touch things very soon because it isn't wet like a lotion would be; it bonds to your skin and forms a protective film over the dry patch. It heals my usually peeling fingertips better than anything else, and I especially like it on my cuticles.
- If you want something thinner that sinks in more quickly, the Lano 101 Ointment Multipurpose Superbalm is an excellent basic balm for cuticles, dry patches, lips, flyaways, and so on (0.52oz for $16.95, or $32.60/oz, also available at Nordstrom for $17 with no-minimum free shipping). I even use it as a very dewy, shimmer-free highlighter/face gloss sometimes. It feels similar to Glossier Balm Dotcom (0.5oz for $12, or $24/oz plus shipping), another cult favorite balm that contains lanolin, but the Lano 101 is pure lanolin, and you get slightly more in a tube.
If you'd prefer a vegan lip balm, the best one I've found is Dr. Pawpaw Shea Butter Balm (.85oz for $12 or $14.11/oz with free shipping). The texture is somewhat thinner, but (like the other balms in this post) it has both moisturizing and occlusive ingredients, so it works well. ↩︎
If you are allergic to lanolin or prefer a matte finish, I'd recommend Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm (.52oz for $13.50, or $25.96/oz, and free shipping for orders over $25) as a Lano substitute. I used a whole pot of this after my Bite Agave Lip Mask ran out. It works especially well under lipsticks. ↩︎