The smell of D.R. Harris’s Lip Balm will always remind me of winter in Paris. It brings back memories of a blisteringly cold trip up the Eiffel tower, late night taxis along the Seine and a bottle of champagne every night before bed. Winter may sill be a long way off, although perhaps not as long as some would like, but the need to start stocking up on your essentials for the season should be considered sooner rather then later. Dry cracked lips have a habit of sneaking up on you when you are least expecting it, and always when you don’t have something on hand to protect them with.

Our lips are under a constant barrage of drying environments, from the air-conditioned workplace to the heating of our homes, there’s not much that won’t dry them out and considering they are the one stretch of skin without sebaceous glands (the glands that produce oil), lip balm should be considered an essential item for the whole year to keep them protected.

D.R. Harris’s classic Lip Balm comes in a small inconspicuous pot, which seems more pleasing to the eye then the typical lipstick style applicator. It sits well in a bathroom cabinet amongst the usual suspects and should be considered an integral part of any morning routine. Adding a layer of its rich formulation after washing your face and shaving is always a good idea.

Out-and-about, the screw-on lid keeps the cocoa butter and menthol blend free from dust and pocket debris.

The lip balm’s fragrance is vaguely medicinal, but not so much so that you’ll be forever smelling hospital wards when you’re using it. It harks back to the days when formulations for the body were simple and effective, as is evident from D.R. Harris’s 200 plus years of experience as a chemists and perfumers. With experience like that it is no surprise that this balm remains an essential throughout the year, no matter where you are or where you’re going.

The D.R. Harris Lip Balm is priced at £5.50.