Lip balm traditionally gets a bad rap. It conjures up childhood memories of mom plastering your lips with a medicinal tasting wax before you’re shooed out the door into the blistering winter weather. But lip balm has evolved over the decades into a useful accessory to keep your lips soft year-round. So don’t forget to pick a brand and apply it soothingly before heading out into the heat, the cold, salt water or even pool water. Here are four brands that have earned our respect.

Burt's Bees Lip Balm

This three-pack of balm hydrates lips with beeswax and a dash of peppermint extract.Amazon

Burt's Bees has so many loyal customers for many reasons, but we're pretty sure the balm's 100 percent natural ingredients is a big attraction. Burt's uses responsibly sourced butters, oils and waxes in its products. But the not-so-secret ingredient is beeswax, a natural emulsifier that binds the butters and oil. (It also adds that wonderful scent).

Rocky Mountain Canadian Made Scents

This balm comes in maple, orange brandy, vanilla coffee and peppermint scentsAmazon

How can you resist lip balm with Canadian flavors? (The maple one was an obvious one!) These balms are made with natural ingredients including shea butter, beeswax, grapeseed oil, avocado oil, coconut oil and more. The balm is manufactured in Canada in small batches to ensure quality and attention to detail.

Nivea Hydro Care Lip Balm Sticks

This twin pack of 4.8-gram sticks offers a balm that’s non-greasy and soft to the lips.Amazon

Longtime chapped lip sufferers swear by Nivea's balm. Aloe Vera and pure water are the key ingredients here, providing a non-greasy and smooth application. Use it year-round to give your lips comfortable protection.

EOS Strawberry Sorbet Lip Balm

EOS balm is 100 percent natural and packed with vitamin E to keep lips moist and smooth.Amazon

We could talk about the sustainably sourced ingredients, but Eos is probably best known for its unique container and dazzling array of flavors. Strawberry sorbet obviously caught our eye first, but longtime fans of the brand also swear by other flavors, including pomegranate raspberry, vanilla bean, sweet mint, wild berry and tropical mango. (If you're a purist, there's a "pure and free" option as well - and each balm is also available in stick form.)