This is always going to be one of my all time favourite lip balms. There are so many reasons why, which is why I always come back to carmex after finishing my previous lip balm.
The consistency of the lip balm is just right. It is not greasy at all like many lip treatments instead it is very light and not gooey. It leads to an easy application and because you have to use your fingers to apply it, it does not leave them with a horrible greasy feeling.
When applied it works great. You get a slight tingle when you apply it to your lips which makes it feel as if it is working.
This lip balm lasts a good amount of time, I would say that it is very durable. The reason for this is because it is a lip treatment - unlike products like Vaseline which actually, on the surface, feel like they are doing a good job but underneath it all it is actually drying your lips out. Meaning that you do not have to keep reusing it repeatedly but instead you just use it when you need it. So even though this product is quite small it does last a long time, so the price is justifiable in the end. But to be honest this does not come with a hefty price tag anyway.
I love the smell of this, it makes it just that little bit more different to the original one. A little bit more exciting!
THE PRODUCT: I finished my most recent lip balm a few weeks ago and needed some more so I decided to try this product out to see what it was like. Carmex lip balm contains a unique blend of ingredients, including natural moisturisers such as cocoa butter and lanolin. These and other emollients give you healthy-looking lips by restoring lost moisture and preventing dryness and chapping. The lip balm itself comes in a round pot, of which the bottom half is made from plastic and is white in colour, whereas the top is made from metal and is a yellow colour. On the top of the lid it again tells you what the product is and what it does. The lid unscrews easily to reveal the lip balm which looks like a yellowish colour and has a nice light scent of cherries to it.
PRICE/AVAILABILITY: I purchased the lip balm from my local boots store for £2.69 which I thought was very reasonable.
USING THE PRODUCT: I ensure that my fingertip is clean before applying the product to my lips. I rubbed my fingertip over the surface of the lip balm lightly and carefully applied this to my lips. I then rubbed my lips together to ensure that the product was evenly over my lips. After doing this I was surprised to feel that my lips started to feel a little tingly which I have to admit felt a little odd at first and I immediately thought that I was experiencing a reaction with the product but upon reading reviews it seems as though that this feeling is normal. When I licked my lips I couldn't really taste anything from the lip balm and it didn't even have a slight sweet cherry taste which I thought it may have had. The tingly feeling in my lips went on for a good few minutes before calming down a little. My lips instantly felt moisturised and they looked moisturised as well. My top lip was actually slightly dry before using the product and I found that when applying this product regularly it really helped to soothe my lips and to also help with the dryness I was experiencing. I continued to use the product over the next few days and my lips did appear to look and feel a lot better and less sore/chapped than they were before I had started using the product.
I was never a user of carmex - I always thought it a little too expensive if I'm honest - until one winters day I happened to be in a chemist and had the worst chapped lips. It just so happened that on this day a carmex lip balm was reduced due to damaged packaging & I thought why not give it a bash! I was converted there and then. The smell of the balm is so delicious & it feels so soothing to sore lips, I can honestly say I've never used another lip balm since. I even got my sister in law one as part of a Christmas pamper hamper & she now says she couldn't be without it. It may be a little pricier than your pound shop lippy but it lasts forever as you only need a little & it stays on you lips for hours. I couldn't recommend it more highly if I tried!
I have tried and tested various brands of lip balms over the years, Vaseline, burts bees, clinique etc and have never been fully satisfied with them as they've never been able to get rid of my chapped lips completely.
I picked up some Carmex from Superdrug and my search for the ideal lip balm ended!
It comes in a small white round pot with a yellow lid, yet this stuff lasts for a long time. I Had mine for about 9 months before I had to repurchase a new one and that's from using it nearly every day.
It has a lovely sweet cherry scent which isn't too overpowering when you have it on, but if you aren't a fan of cherry or scented balms then they do have a strawberry and none scented one.
The texture of the balm is very smooth when applying and feels very comfortable on the lips, I found it didn't make the lips sticky or feel too thick which is great when it's a windy day so hair doesn't get stuck to your lips! When applying there is quite a mild tingle which I think is due to the menthol in it, it's more of a cooling sensation to the lips and is especially nice when you have sore chapped lips as it soothes them.
Overall this has to be the best lip balm I've ever tried and will always keep repurchasing it.
It's really made a difference to my lips, most of the time they feel soft and moisturised , even when I haven't used it for a few days.
It also has a SPF 15 which is another added bonus so you're assured that it'll help in preventing sun damage to lips.
What's also great about this product is that it's only £2.55!!! Forget forking out for expensive brands, £2.55 is all you'll need to get gorgeous soft lips!
It's honest extremely hard to think of any cons for this product, however if I had to find one I'd say with the pots you can get little bits of dust/hairs that fall into it over time and gets trapped in the balm. Not really an issue with me but if it bothers you I'd go with the carmex in the tube.
Carmex is a brand that is very popular and mention in many beauty blogs or Youtube films. I was looking for something to protect my delicate lips during winter and I listened to recommendations on Youtube. I bought it for something around £3 in Boots and straightaway I fell in love with its smell.
I love cherries and I always love everything that smells or tastes like cherries! It is my small obsession I admit. When I saw Cherry Carmex I had to get it:) It smells divine and applied on lips gives a bit or cooling sensation that is a bit weird but not annoying. Tastes with cherries, but perfect for me because not too much, I don't like to feel overwhelmed with something especially scents.
It hasn't got any colour, looks a bit like pure vaseline. It's not sticky at all, applied on lips stays there very long and doesn't dry them or creates that feeling of excess. I generally don't like to have anything on my lips, but because skin on my lips is very thin it breaks very easy, I need to use something and Carmex is the best or one of best for me. I have it almost a year now and I think I'll buy it again but in the other version, a lipstick form.
What I don't like much is the packaging and using fingers to apply product is not very hygienic for me, expecially when you are out somewhere and don't have time or chance to wash your hands. I don't like to touch the product with a dirty hands and than put it on my lips...brrr! It's only one minus I've found.
I can recommend this product to everyone who loves cherries and want their lips to look beautiful whatever the season is! :)
Anyone who knows me will tell you that I am really not a fan of putting stuff on my lips and I never have been! I own loads of lip balms, salves, glosses and lippies and I do apply them but once on they either stay on or disappear the choice is theirs and I very rarely reapply em cos I simply can't be bothered and usually can't stand the feel on them when on.
However...... my lips have been feeling really dry lately and bit flaky and so when I was nosing about on Amazon I decided to give this a whirl not only to help with my dry lips but to also protect them as this contains SPF of 15 and I thought it may help in the sudden warmer and sunnier climbs we've been having the in the UK lately!
I bought this in a tube which came on a bright yellow card and on that card we are clearly told that it is indeed Cherry Carmex Moisturising Lip Balm 'It soothes, it heals, it protects' and that its for the 'Long lasting relief for dry, chapped lips' and that it contains an SPF of 15 and there is a picture of cherries on there then on the back of the card other information listed includes being told bit about the product and what to expect from it, directions for use are given, ingredients are also given as are some warnings and contact details for the manufacturer are clearly stated. The tube is see through plastic with white and yellow labelling on it and a red cap/lid to the top of it and you twist it up and down to use it and basically the same information is on it as what's on the card it came on apart from the size is my product is given which is 15.OZ.
What you get is a tube of a sort of light creamy coloured looking wax. Its easy enough to apply as it comes straight out of the tube and onto the lips with no fuss at all and it has a really fresh and natural smell of cherries to it which is rather misleading cos sadly it really doesn't taste that way to me at all!
One slick over my lips and I'm good to go. I wear this under a little gloss, over or under or over a lippy or on its on its own and I can tell you using this has took me all the will in the world. It has a sort of musky taste to it rather than a cherry one to me, really odd. Its really greasy and I have trouble stopping my lips from sliding everywhere....it feels like an unnatural oil slick to me and I really don't appreciate it one little bit!
On the upside my lips do feel more moisturised even when not wearing this, too much so when its on though and I have to wipe it off after a few minutes of it being applied to my lips as it just feels unnatural but I lightly do so and I think that some must penetrate my lip skin as they are genuinely in better condition and they never burn even when I'm out in over 30c for long periods of time!
When on this stays really oily for a good hour and tastes rather bad and I really have to report that I'm not happy with this one at all.
Readily available in all sorts of shops and chemists I bought this for just short of £4.00 from Amazon.co.uk
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
I love carmex lip balm as its the only one that seems to actually work and not make my lips more dry. I like the fact that it has an SPF of 15 as well and think this is part of the reason that it works so well. After about two days of use my lips felt really smooth and soft. The cherry flavour is really nice as well and is not overpowering as its not really noticeable unless you lick your lips. This lip blam is a great price as it lasts ages. I have had mine for about six months now and its still pretty full. I use it almost everyday so it definitely lasts. I also like that its not really that sticky when putting it on and actually feels really soothing on my lips. I would definitely recommend this product.
I love Carmex lip balm, I've been using it for absolutely years and years now. We've just returned from a month long holiday to the US, and I stocked up whilst we were there. Carmex lip balm is a fraction of the cost in the US compared to here in the UK. Carmex lip balms are typically $1.29 in the US, but there's normally a multi-buy offer on somewhere. I bought mine from Walgreens where they had them on offer at 5 for $5, I ended up buying 10 as I always give some to friends when we get back. Boots normally sell Carmex lip balms for £2.69, so I've saved a fortune.
You can buy Carmex lip balms in either the original jars (a bit like a tin of Vaseline - and pictured above), the tubes (a bit like a small Lancome Juicy Tube), and the sticks (a bit like a Chapstick). I normally buy either the tubes or the sticks, however I do occasionally pick up the original jars too. Over the years Carmex have also brought out a number of different flavours to go along with the original Carmex; lime frost, mint, vanilla, pomegranate, orange, strawberry and cherry. I've tried all of the flavours and I really like them all. However the cherry flavour is one of my particular favourites.
This review is for the Carmex cherry jar. Apparently cherry is Carmex's best selling flavour. I can see why as it's definitely one of my favouites. This smells exactly like sweet juicy ripe cherries, the fragrance is really intense, and it does linger on my lips for an awful long time.
The jars are my least favourite type of packaging for Carmex as you need to apply it with your finger. I'm not the hugest fan of lip balms packaged like this as I personally don't think that they are very hygienic. Having said that though I think that the jars seem to last forever as the lip balm inside the jar is much more 'solid' than either the tubes or the sticks. I only ended up with the cherry jars as they had none of the cherry tubes or sticks left in the particular Walgreens that we were in. My husband was all shopped out by this point in the holiday and so I picked up the jars as I particularly wanted to get a couple of the cherry flavoured Carmex.
Carmex really is a multi-purpose lip balm, it helps to heal chapped or cracked lips, it protects your lips from the elements as it contains SPF 15, and it really moisturises your lips keeping them really soft and supple.
I find that Carmex keeps my lips wonderfully moisturised and soft and smooth, I don't need to apply it very often as it lasts for hours on my lips once applied, and even if I've had a drink I can fit feel the lip balm working on my lips. I like that it has the SPF 15, as most lip balms don't. If I do have dry or cracked lips then normally just one or two applications of Carmex will soon solve the problem. If it's a cold and wintery day and I'm wearing Carmex lip balm then I find that I can actually feel it protecting my lips in the harsh wind and cold. Carmex products are not tested on animals which I like about the products.
As well as moisturising, protecting, healing etc, Carmex also works really well just as a glossy lip balm. It looks very natural on my lips, it leaves a lovely glossy natural sheen, and it's not sticky or gloopy at all. It has enough of a shine to be noticeable, but not as much as say a Juicy Tube. I very often choose to wear Carmex as my lip gloss for the day.
One thing to point out that may not make Carmex suitable for everybody is its 'tingle'. It basically 'tingles' shortly after you've applied it, this is the active ingredients in the lip balm - the camphor, menthol and phenol - working to heal and soothe your lips. I actually really like this sensation and look forward to it, however I do know a few people that won't use Carmex as they don't like this.
I have various jars, tubes and sticks of Carmex dotted all over the house, in various handbags, coat pockets etc. I've even got my husband using Carmex if he ever has chapped lips. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it, I think that for the price it's the best multi-purpose lip balm you can buy.
CARMEX CHERRY LIP BALM
Hands up who knows anything about the Carmex brand? I admit I know nothing more than the famous little yellow pots (in recent years tubes as well) and that they were one of the few brands out there that is yet to taken over by the likes of P&G or l'oreal so I decided to have a little read up.
It appears Carmex was started in the 1930's by Alfred Woelbing when he started experimenting on making his own lip balms in his home. The company built up but has been passed down through the family and is still in the Woelbing family which is really refreshing to see. What has shocked me when looking into the company is that although I think most of us know the brand, the company still only employs around 100 employees not many when their sales state to hold around 9% of the lip balm sales market.
I love Carmex, I have been using the original blend for as long as I can remember, I actually do not think I have ever finished a pot, rather replaced them for hygiene reasons. With so many fingers going into the pots I do not like to keep them a massive length of time. This is actually my first pot of Cherry Carmex, I noticed that although there is no sun protection in the original Carmex the Cherry pot has a 15 spf so just incase we got a hot summer I thought this would be handy to have in my bag to give my lips a little extra protection.
THE PRODUCT ....
So I think we will all have see the small Carmex pots over the years, the design is so simplistic yet eye catching, the product comes in a small white plastic pot which is topped by a bright sun yellow metal twist cap lid. The Carmex logo is a bright red rectangle with Carmex in a white font. I think one of the things I love about Carmex is that it is really easy to recognise, they do not change the packing and the design is so easily recognisable that I can pick it out in a shop no problem. The Cherry scent has a small added image of two cherries and the word Cherry is added in a red font above the Carmex logo.
Once open you get an immediate scent of cherries, it smells a little sweet but not nasty. The product is a pale yellowy colour and is fairly solid in the pot. To use you simply rub a clean finger across the top of the product so that some transfers onto your finger then rub on the required area of your lips. I find that the product transfers really easily, it is a little greasy but not at all sticky. When applied to the lips it provides a nice smooth coat on the lips, if the lips are very dry I have known this to tingle a little but this is not a nasty sensation. I do find that the coating vanishes after about 20 minutes, I am assuming this soaks into the skin as my lips feel and look a lot softer after this.
There are instructions in a very tiny print on the side of the lid that say to apply the product liberally and evenly as required and to use externally only.
I will admit that there are occasions that I have used my Carmex to soften dry patches of skin a little during the winter when I have been unable to locate my hand cream, only on the back of my knuckles that can sometimes get a little chapped.
The ingredients for Carmex cherry are Petrolatum, Lanolin, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Ozokerite, Benzophenone-3, Cetyl Esters, Theobroma Cacao, Cera Alba, Cera Microcristallina, Euphorbia Cerifera, Limnanthes Alba, Camphor, Menthol, Salicylic acid, Parfum, Vanillin, Citronellol, Coumarin, Hydroxycitronellal, Linalool, Limonene.
PRICE AND SIZE ....
The price of the pots really does vary, I have in the past picked up the original scents in a £1 store but I bought the Cherry one from Boots for £2.69
I think this is the best lip balm there is, I do buy other ones but always have a pot or two of this on the go somewhere. It's stood the tests of time and keeps expanding. Over recent years they have started adding coloured balms and several different scents as well as hand creams.
Does it work? A resounding yes!
Would I recommend this product? Yes!
I have no issues giving this product 5 our of 5 stars. I have never had a single issue with any of the products I have bought.
This stuff is genius.
I always get really dry and cracked lips, especially when it's cold like it is at the moment! I also have a horrible habit of biting my lips to such a point that all the skin comes off and they bleed for ages. This leaves them very sore and they sting quite a lot.
I tried some cheap plain chapstick type things to try and help, but they never really seemed that effective. I also tried Vaseline, but that annoyed me because it was too thick and gloopy and I didn't like how it felt.
Then I discovered Carmex. This stuff is actually brilliant. Firstly- it's really cheap, so it's great value for money, and affordable for people on a tight budget, like myself.
After using Carmex for about two weeks, I noticed a big change in the condition of my lips, and they looked a lot healthier and less cracked. However, I didn't like the taste it left, and it made me feel a bit sick whenever I licked or bit my lips, which I guess helped prevent the lip biting for a while at least!
This is when I found the cherry flavoured Carmex and switched to using that, as it leaves a much nicer taste on your lips than the original one did. Also, it smells really nice! I love the tingling sensation it leaves on your lips, and it's just like a plain chapstick, in that it's thin and hardly noticeable, unlike Vaseline. My lips are in much better condition now, and when it's cold or windy, I put it on before I go out, to prevent dry lips before I actually get them.
I love lip balms. I actually LOVE them. Every time I go out shopping I pick up a new one and with that being said I have about a billion of them lying around my room! I've tested a lot of lip balms and with a good few having the wow factor, I thought I'd pick up Carmex lip balm in cherry to join the hype and see what it was all about. I'm prone to flaky, chapped lips and anything that softens and soothes them is a big must, which is what Carmex promised and guaranteed. So far so good!
Packaging: the lip balm comes in a convenient little pot that fits right into your pocket or handbag and barely takes up any room. The packaging is very attractive with its bright yellow lid, the Carmex logo and a contrasting white tub which jumps out at you on the shelf. One thing I don't like about the packaging is that it's in a tub and the consumer is required to stick their fingers into the product in order for application. I'm a big hygiene freak and hate anything that encourages cross infection and would encourage consumers to ensue that their hands are clean before applying, as the pot will be nice and warm in your pocket making the perfect little home for bacteria and other nasties.
Application: upon buying Carmex I suffered from badly chapped lips and figured that I would spend a little more and get a product that promises the best. I actually really liked the taste and smell of the product and it seemed to work well during the first day or two, until my lips started getting worse. Using Carmex every few hours left my lips horribly dry and irritated, and I started to develop what looked like a burn mark around the top of my lip. The more I used Carmex the more irritated my lips became and I found that when the product wore away my lips would hurt and become really dry, almost like they were addicted to the product! I stopped using it after that and changed to my normal Chapstick which dealt with the pain, burning and irritation, taking a full week and a half for my lips to go back to normal.
I won't be buying Carmex again. I felt annoyed at spending nearly £4 on a product which caused me so much hassle and definitely won't be recommending this to anyone with sore, chapped lips.
I suffer from dry lips and have tried numerous lip balms, none of them were ones I felt I could stick with but then I tried out this one by Carmex.
If you hate cherries, I would advise against this as its VERY fruity and has quite a strong taste and smell of cherry, which luckily I adore!
Its quite a small pot but it seems to have lasted me ages, I have had it around a year!
The balm is red in colour although it applies clear and it has one of the best textures I have seen in a balm, very smooth and quite thick and it works itself into your lips very well, you end up with soft lips that don't feel heavy, they feel light and moisturised and this last for a few hours, doesn't seem to transfer so you don't need to keep topping up every hour or so.
As for helping my lips feel better and more looked after, this really ticks all of the boxes, my lips have never looked better and the little pot is great if you're on a budget and very easy to carry around with you.
Would I recommend? I would indeed!
Over the past year or so, i've started to really suffer with dry chapped lips. It's something I really hate and i've tried numerous lip balms to try to stop it but nothing has worked. Whilst stocking up on my beauty products at boots.com I decided to take a look at what lip balms they had, I wanted a reasonably priced one (because of the past failures) and when I saw 'Carmex Cherry flavour lip balm' I thought i'd give it a go.
Although Carmex lip balm comes in different forms, I chose this little pot. The bottom is plain white plastic and the screw top is yellow with the Carmex logo and red, green and black detailing. My first impression of the packaging was that looked slightly 'old fashioned', however after going for pretty little lip balms in the past and being dissapointed with the results I decided to not judge a book by its cover and see what the balm did.
The lip balm has an SPF 15 which is great for summertime, Carmex claim the lip balm 'soothes, relieves, and moisturises' what more could you want from your lip balm?
The first thing that hits you when you open the pot is the smell, as the name suggests it smells of cherries but it is not overpowering, just a gentle scent that is lovely. With it being cherry flavoured I was expecting the balm itself to be red, which is normally the case with lip balms, however the balm is of a 'yellowish' colour and appears clear on the lips.
Anyway, on to the important bit... does it keep your lips soft? Well, I have certainly seen an improvement. My lips look and feel healthier and no longer have that tight feeling. The balm is a great replacement for lipgloss as it gives a shiny look when applied to the lips. It also has a slight tingle which I kind of like, to me it's a sign that it's working but some people might not like this. The only negative I have to say about this lip balm is that if you apply it too often you get a sickly taste in your mouth, a bit like when you accidentally get perfume in your mouth (please don't think i'm weird, it just sometimes manages to happen! haha).
Overall, its a good little lip balm and the perfect size to pop in your handbag to apply on the go.
I always seem to suffer from very chapped lips in the winter and like to keep at least one lip balm in each of my bags, not to mention another two by my bed and usually about three in my desk drawer at work! In the summer I still like to apply lip balm quite often but it's a much more frequent need in the winter... at least three or four times a day in order to avoid chapped, cracked and stinging lips which really aren't pleasant at all! One of my favourite (and most affordable!) brands of lip balm is Carmex who have quite a small range of products on the market.
The Carmex brand has been around since 1937 when it was first invented by a man called Alfred Woelbing who spent twenty years making Carmex lip balm on his very own family stove at his house with his wife as his assistant! It's still quite a small company and according to the website only employs around one hundred people, with several members of the workforce being Woelbing's family! Carmex products can be found around the world and are stocked in stores such as Boots and Superdrug within the UK as well as on numerous websites on the internet too.
Carmex lip balm comes in one of two containers; my personal favourite is the small white plastic pot with a yellow metal lid. It's just over an inch in terms of diameter and depth too. It's very sturdy and can take being battered around in your hand bag or pocket no problem and the screw lid also means that spillages are practically unheard of. In fact it's probably one of the best lip balm packages that I've come across. It's also available in a plastic tube, although these aren't quite as sturdy in my opinion but do have a lip applicator on the end to save using your finger.
Inside the Cherry Carmex pot you'll discover that the lip balm looks very similar to the original, it resembles light beeswax in terms of colour. It has quite a strong smell that has hints of cherry to it but, in my opinion, lighter hints of strawberry too. It's quite hard in terms of consistency, not malleable and soft like Vaseline, which means you do need to apply a little bit of pressure when rubbing your finger over the surface. The lip balm is quite compact and thick in terms of consistency but it does go onto my lips quite easily with the use of my finger for application.
After application I do experience a slight tingling sensation on my lips and the slightly astringent, yet cherry fragranced scent does remain. I always assume that the tingling must be a sign of the lip balm penetrating my lips and it's actually quite a pleasant feeling... after you get used to it! It doesn't really absorb into my lips instantly, like a face cream does for example, but sits on my lips for about an hour.... Hopefully doing its job! The lip balm has a very slight gloss to it which is noticeable yet subtle, and lasts for about an hour I find unless I rub it off.
I would say this is the best lip balm on the market that costs under £5, as I've got nothing but good things to say about it. It provides instant relief to my chapped and dry lips while with regular usage I find I can avoid chapped lips altogether! I used it today after doing a particularly long and windy playground duty at school and found that within seconds my lips had stopped feeling sore and stinging which was a huge and welcome relief! I've had my pot for about two months now and it's just about to run out... although I do use it about four times a day!
Carmex is an absolute wonder product because... well firstly it contains a property known as salicylic acid which is related to an ingredient found in normal aspirin, this means that it combines with other ingredients to act as an antiseptic and also has a cold sore drying property. The reason it tingles when you first apply it is because it contains a small amount of camphor and menthol which act as a cooling agent to calm dry and rough lips. There's also cocoa butter in the balm and also lanolin which is a natural substance that locks in moisture to your lips.
So would I recommend it? I'd recommend no other! I tend to use it about 3 or 4 times a day in the winter and a pot tends to last me a good 4 months on average so it's fairly economical. Another bonus is that it contains SPF 15 sunscreen to help protect your lips from the sun's damaging rays. It currently retails at various prices around the £2 to £3 mark although Superdrug have currently got it on offer at £1.99 while online at Fragrance Direct it's currently £2.25. I should point out that the tube is often the same price and contains 2.5g more!
Thanks for reading!
P.S. For all your avid Carmex fans out there... I've just found a new range of Carmex skin care products which I really want! This range includes a healing cream and a healing lotion which I haven't yet seen in UK stores.
My lips suffer from being dry at all times of the year and to combat this problem I always use an effective lip cream such as Blisteze. I always like to have a tube of this in my bag for when I'm out and about, and when I reached for it recently I was disappointed to see that it was almost empty so I headed to my local Superdrug store to buy some more which is handy for items like this as it's located close to my home (good - convenient, bad - bank balance).
On searching the shelves endlessly and unsuccessfully, I asked the sales assistant who told me they were waiting for the Blisteze products to be delivered and she recommended this item as an alternative - Cherry Carmex..
Carmex is a moisturising lip balm that is designed to offer long lasting relief for chapped and/ or dry lips (according the blurb on the packaging). It's been around since the 1930's, 1937 if we are being specific, and was invented by a man called Alfred Woelbing in the good ol'e US of A. Carmex is still a family business even now and apparently this is such a popular product that there are over 130 pots of this sold every every minute..which leaves me asking myself why have never tried this before?
The Carmex moisturiser I bought is in a little pot and is the original design so I'm told, though it is also available in different formats such as squeezable tubes which I suppose are more convenient for carrying around, though I personally liked the more unique and retro appearance of the pot.
Cherry Carmex is unsurprisingly cherry flavoured and though I won't be listing the full ingredients I will state now that it does contain amongst other things:
For a full list of ingredients then either check out the packaging or visit www.mycarmex.com
*~*Price, packaging & availability*~*
The price was very appealing actually and was (and still is Dec 11') £1.99 for a 7.5g pot. Though it may sound like awfully small it's the sort of product that only a tiny amount o is needed each time so it's actually quite an economical price and one that I was quite happy to pay.
The lip balm as mentioned comes housed in a diminutive pot which is white with a deep lid that is a dull yellow. On the lid there is a cartoon sketch of some cherries with the majority of the writing being in red. The whole appearance of the packaging is really quite eye catching and does immediately stand out as it's colorful and decorative compared to the more sedate looking rival products.
The pot of carmex is attached to an equally bright yellow card which has the same design on as the pot so there is no missing this whilst looking for it on the shelves.
*~*My experience of using this*~*
I honestly don't know why I have not tried this in the past as there is no real reason why it's evaded me for so long. I think it's down to the fact that I know and trust Blisteze products so tend to stick with what works best for me, so how did I cope using Carmex..?
The little pot of Carmex is very easy to gain access to as it has a twist of lid that is both secure when on and unscrews with ease when wanting to use the lip balm. Inside the pot I am greeted with a deep yellow substance which has a greasy appearance and the most beautiful accompanying cherry aroma. On scooping a small amount onto my forefinger ready to apply to my dry lips I can see the balm is of a much thinner consistency than I had first thought. The texture is like a thinner version of vaseline, whist the balm has a 'slippery' feel to it.
On applying a little to my parched lips I was met with instant relief as the balm just got to work straight away and soaked in effortlessly. My lips tingle each time I use this and I can certainly tell that there is menthol present as it leaves my lips feeling 'cold' like my beloved Blisteze does.
As mentioned this actually soaks into my lips rather than just sits on top of so starts to work straight away. The blurb on the packaging states "..it soothes, it relieves, it moisturises.." and I have to fully agree with each of these statements.
The lip balm melts into the lips, yet doesn't disappear completely as for up to one hour later I can still feel that my lips are ever so slightly greasy and have a sheen to them. If you are eating or drinking then you may need to reapply sooner though I found applying a few times per day seemed enough to suffice and after two days my lips were back to their hydrated self again and feeling super soft.
I really like this product and will definitely buy it again in the future. I'm not saying I prefer it over Blisteze but it is definitely on a par with it and it certainly seems praiseworthy as it does what it states so it gets top marks from me.
The cherry aroma is really quite strong and though it does fade once the balm is applied to the lips, it is still quite noticeable so if you are not a fan of cherry flavourings then this won't appeal at all. Personally I do like cherry scented things so for me it went down a treat as the aroma kept wafting up every now and then reminding me of what I'd used.
This is not only a fantastic lip balm that soothes sore and chapped lips, but has the added ingredient of SPF15 as well making it a very suitable product for the sensitive lip area,
I have been using this for several weeks now and the product looks barely touched despite being used several times a day so I can safely assume this will last for quite a long period of time.
My lips appear to be smooth and hydrated within a few minutes of application and though yes it does make them tingle, it certainly doesn't sting when using and the results speak for themselves.
I would highly recommend this lip balm as it does everything it promises and smells beautiful at the same time so is a perfect companion for my lips.