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This $11 Balm Let’s You Enjoy Your Pinot Without Getting ‘Wine Lips’


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We love to kick back with a good glass of Merlot, but what we don’t love is the purple tinge it leaves behind that can build up and discolor our teeth over time. What’s a wine-loving woman to do? Enter WineBlock ($10.95, Amazon), the red wine stain preventing balm. 

How does WineBlock work? 

WineBlock is a pocket-sized balm designed for use on both the lips and teeth to prevent the dreaded “wine mouth.” The secret is its tannin- and acid-blocking agents that protect your teeth and lips from staining. So how do you use it? It’s easy: Simply apply a dime size amount to your lips and teeth before drinking red wine and you’re ready to go. Best of all, because of its conspicuous size and shape, it looks just like a lip balm so you won’t get any funny looks at your next wine tasting. 

What is WineBlock made of? 

Since you’re putting this product on your teeth, it’s important to know what’s in it. Unlike other balms that contain things like petroleum and parabens, WineBlock is made with 100 percent all-natural ingredients, including coconut oil, sunflower seed oil, castor seed oil, beeswax, rice bran extract, and, most importantly, natural orange blossom flavor. 

Now you might be wondering, will the orange blossom flavor mess with the taste of wine? On the contrary, the flavor was actually designed and selected by a taste chemist to be subtle and quickly dissipate so that it never affects to flavor of your wine. 

So, is it worth the pre-imbibing prep time? We polled 100 FIRST readers and staffers to weigh in and 87 percent said they would! “It was a little hard to spread over my teeth at first, but I quickly discovered the trick was to dry them with a tissue before applying. It really worked and left my lips soft,” said FIRST senior editor Rebecca Haynes. 

With a couple quick dabs of WineBlock, your pearly whites will remain bright even after a few glasses with the gals. Here’s to enjoying your next glass without the stains. Cheers! 

Where to buy: $10.95, Amazon

We write about products we think our readers will like. If you buy them, we get a small share of the revenue from the supplier. See more of our best product recommendations. Portions of this piece were originally printed in First for Women, with additional online reporting done by Sarah M. Vazquez.

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