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Carmex was originally recommended to me by my big sister, who has used it for years. Although I first off had the original scent, I was quick to experiment and try out the other flavours - and my favourite has to be this one, cherry.
it comes in a little plastic tube (which lasts better than the metal ones of other brands which end up breaking after being bent so often to squeeze the product out) with the distinctive red cap and yellow base. It costs around £2 - £3 which is a little more expensive than other brands but totally worth it.
The first thing that hit me when I opened it was the amazing smell. And then after I'd applied it, the amazing taste. No worries if you 'accidentally on purpose' lick it off straight away, it tastes amazing. Also, when you apply it, your lips begin to tingle a little bit, without being sore. I see this as a plus, because you feel like the product is really working.
As I have dry chapped lips, I am looking for a product that works at healing my lips as well as smells and feels good. After a few daysof applying Carmex whenever I remember (and I am pretty forgetful so this wasn't all the time) I began to see a clear improvement in the overall condition of my lips. They were smoother and far less painful in the cold weather that chaps them so easily!
Overall, I would highly recommend this product, even though it is a little more expensive - it is worth the extra.
I have been using Carmex lip balm for as long as I can remember, first being introduced to it by my sister who has also been using it for years.
I LOVE this stuff, for someone that gets dry, chapped and sore lips very easily, Carmex does everything that it says on the tin. It's moisturising for the lips and has a unique staying power (at least 5 hours) that helps for the busy people that forget to look after their lips when they are out and about. It also smells divine, with a hint of cherry taste that really reminds you what you're using. I feel that during a cold winter that it can sometimes get quite greasy but I feel this is mostly due to its high melting point. It's very helpful in prevently the chapping and cracking of lips, which is so prevalent in extreme climates and weather.
I would recommend that you only use it as a prevention balm though, as I feel that if you are already suffering with sore and cracked lips, it can make them sting from the active indregients within the formula.
Overall, Carmex is my go-to lip balm and I would recommend it to anyone and everyone!
WHAT IS IT?
Carmex lip balm in cherry flavour has been sold for many years and not just in England. I am Italian and it was very popular when I was growing up with teenagers because it was very cheap to buy and none of us had very much money because in Italy parents do not give their children pocket money like in England. Carmex used to cost 1000 Lire and that was about less than 60p so I think it was a bargain then, in England it costs about £2 for a tube and that is still value but not as good as in Italy so many years ago!
WHAT I THINK
I think the flavour of this lip balm is very beautiful and it is cherry like I have never been able to find in any other product. It is sweet and fruity and you can tell that the flavour and smell is of cherries even if you haven't read it on the tube.
I have always like Carmex because it makes my lips feel very soft and if they are cracked I like that Carmex will make them better as long as the cracks aren't too bad. This lip balm sinks into my lips fast and gives me the feeling of health, my lips feel glossy and smooth after I have applied it and I like that this effect lasts for a long time and I do not have to apply it again as fast as if I used a different lip balm.
You can buy Carmex in Boots but I have not seen it in many other shops so I don't know how easy or hard it is to find because I do alot of shopping in Boots so have not had to look anywhere else for it.
5 Dooyoo Hearts.
I found this product extremely helpful when I was taking medication which made my lips awfully dry sore and cracked, they instantly felt less dry and sore when I used. It also smells lovely!
Carmex Cherry Lip Balm heals dry, cracked lips and acts as a sunscreen with the added protection of spf15. It's priced at £2.69 in Boots, but I have seen it cheaper elsewhere.
I'm not a big fan of the garish packaging, I think it looks quite cheap and nasty, but it does make it easy to spot in the bottom of my handbag. The applicator bit on the top of the tube is a domed shape which I don't find very good for applying it with, but I prefer to apply it with my finger anyway as it's just more hygienic.
The balm has a lovely juicy cherry scent which you can smell as soon as you open the tube. It really is a gorgeous scent, probably the nicest I've had in a lip balm, and it smells good enough to eat!
The balm is thick in texture and when you squeeze it out of the tube you get kind of a solid little line of balm rather than a blob like you would if it was more liquid-y. It feels quite thick when you apply it to the lips and it does leave a very obvious layer, but it doesn't feel sticky or greasy, it just feels protective.
This does a really good job of keeping my lips soft and smooth. I find it really seems to absorb into the skin of my lips instead of just sitting on top like some balms do, and moisturises them really well. When I have dry and chapped lips this is the balm I reach for because it sorts them out in no time.
I don't have to reapply it as often as a lot of other balms because it really does keep my lips feeling soft and hydrated for hours. You also get a lot in the tube so it lasts a long time and works out at great value for money.
Absolutely, just like the original Carmex this is an excellent balm at a great price. I'd recommend it to anyone who doesn't like the peppermint scent or tingly sensation of the original balm but still wants the same effective moisturisation.
Why did I get this product?
I bought this lip balm as I didn't have one (of course I had about 8 million of them hidden away in drawers and handbags, but I had dry lips and couldn't find any of them). I chose this one as I had already tried the regular carmex tube and the regular carmex pot, and I tend to like cherry flavoured/scented things.
The lip balm comes in a yellow tube, which in my opinion looks more like something tile grout or superglue would come in, not something you're going to put on your lips! The tip of the tube is rounded with a hole in the middle which the product comes out of. It's easy to apply using this tip - you can either squeeze some out onto your finger or apply it to your lips directly from the tube. The downside of this tube is that it's very difficult to get all of the product out - I resorted to cutting the tube in half once I had squeezed out as much as I could. There was still a lot of balm in there, so had I not done this it would have been very wasteful.
This product is quite similar to the regular carmex - quite thick (although this depends on the weather - in winter it can be really hard to squeeze out and in hot weather it sometimes practically runs out). The only difference is the scent -obviously it is cherry, but it is not just cherry, it still has the classic carmex menthol in there as well. Personally I found this a bit odd - menthol and cherry just don't go together very well in my opinion.
It is very effective though. If I have very dry lips and make sure I apply this every hour or so, within 24 hours my lips are almost back to normal.
Price and availibility
This product is available for between £2.50 and £3 in chemists. It is more expensive than a lot of lip balms, but it is an intense moisturiser, not an everyday protecting lip balm.
Would I recommend it?
Maybe. The product itself is really good at its job - it moisturises chapped lips. I do really like the Carmex brand in general, but the cherry & menthol is a bit of an acquired taste, I much prefer the regular carmex products.
I was caught in town a few weeks ago and realised I'd left my trusted lip salve at home, a real pet hate of mine so I decided to buy this. I have used carmex for years but always the original in the little pot, so I decided to give this a whirl.
It is horrible! When I applied it, the applicator hole seemed too large so quite a lot came out. After wiping most of it off, I then noticed a perculiar taste in my mouth. It was a bit like the taste of a nut that's gone off. I actually had to spit on the floor (very lady like!) to get rid of the taste. It was very unpleasant.
Now, not one to be easily deterred, I tried it again a couple of days later. after all, I'd bought it by now ans I don't lik waste. I was very careful this time to put the correct amount of lipsalve on my lips. I was still quite heavy and gunky. The strange taste also returned, so I have come to the conclusion that cherry really isn't for me. Now, to be fair, it may just be the cherry flavour, although I doubt that as with their original product I've always been fine. Maybe cherry just isn't for me!
I would not recommend this product as I believe it's too think and tastes horrible.
Unfortunately, I suffer from dry chapped lips. The winter months are obviously the worst time for me, but I also recently suffered from the effects of dehydrated and flaky lips whilst on holiday in Morzine, France. I use an array of various types of lip salves and balms and I have been using the Carmex range since goodness knows how long now. Up until recently though I had only been using the 'original' Carmex but last time I went to Boots I bought a small 10g tube of their cherry flavour. I bought it because I love cherries and thought it might make a nice change from my usual plain lip balm.
This teeny tiny little bright yellow, quite distinctive looking tube, cost me £2.69. I don't think that's an unreasonable amount to pay though as Carmex have been making some great lip salves and creams for years and they are always great products which work extremely well for me. I love this lip balm especially though as it also contains SPF 15, which means that not only does it help my poor dry chapped lips during the colder winter months, but it will also offer some sort of sun protection when I go off on my jollies again!
This lip balm is super easy to apply, and to be honest I prefer it in a tube, as I find it a bit more hygienic than popping my ring finger into a pot over and over again. The balm is of medium consistency and clear in colour. I was actually expecting a bit of colour to it, I'm not sure why - possibly because it is cherry flavour! Once applied to my lips it gives me a sheer glossy finish and I quite like to wear it on top of a matt lipstick as it gives me a great looking sheen.
It works very well at hydrating my lips as well as offering me good protection from extremes of weather. If my lips are flaking and chapped, just a day or so wearing this balm will soon put things right again and my lips will be looking and feeling super smooth, moisturised and kissable again. The smell of cherries is quite intense and I love the rich fruity aroma as it sits on my lips.
This is a great little product which I am rarely without now. It's handy to pop into my bag before I leave for work and a tube seems to last a lifetime as I never need to use much for fantastic results.
Cherry carmex - from £2 to £4 so shop around
Carmex is an absolutely wonderful product. I have been using it for years and when I discovered the cherry flavour - happy days!!! The cherry flavour is there coupled with the carmex goodness. I find the product lasts well, and will remain on my lips for around 3 hours - unless I am eating or drinking regularly. The best thing about this product is that it will heal dry and chapped lips really quickly.
I personally feel that it is much more effective than Vaseline, as it's much more of an intensive moisturizer and it seems to work for hours. It also lacks the sticky feeling meaning that your hair won't get stuck in it.
When I first started to use it was only available in the U.K in pots, and bits of bag fluff used to gather between the lid and pot. It would never get in the product, but it was off putting. Also due to the shape of the pot it was difficult it get to the bottom without getting it under your finger nails which resulted in wasting some of the product for me. Not so with these wonderful little tubes. They have a small hole in the top, and can then be used to smear it across your lips.
Carmex has an SPF of 15, and according to Wikipedia it can be used to treat cold sores (I've never had one so cannot personally comment). It leaves the lips feeling tingly, and it works really well on sore lips to relieve them. It comes in other flavours, such as original and strawberry - I think around Christmas they may have it in other flavours, and you can get them in places like Topshop (but watch out in Topshop Carmex is pricey).
I am a regular sufferer of chapped or dry lips especially in the winter months when I spend a lot of time outside. I of course try to use a suitable product to keep them nourished and moisturised. Of course when I see a product I haven't tried before I do tend to buy it whether or not I actually need it! Of course there are plenty of lip treatments available and I probably haven't even tried a third of them that are on the market but I am giving it a good go! Months ago in Boots I bought the Carmex Cherry Tube as I hadn't seen it before and thought it be worth giving a go.
Carmex is a brand that I have used before, remember the little white pot with yellow lid with the balm which had quite an usual scent to it well now Carmex has obviously expanding wanting to meet the needs and demands of its customers. Carmex Cherry Tube is the more fluid version of the balm in a pot and is just the cherry version which according to their website is their best selling flavour. I had previously had pretty good results with the original Carmex balm so didn't think I'd have any problems with the cherry version. I had high hopes for it especially as I didn't like the taste the original Carmex left behind after application.
Carmex Cherry Tube comes in a small, plastic type tube complete with a cherry red screw on plastic cap. The tube does originally come on a cardboard backing and plastic protective cover which give a bit more detail about the product should you take enough care before ripping it open to actually rad it! On the front of the tube there is the Carmex logo together with an image of cherries and an image of the sum with the 15 spf showing. On the back of the small 10g tube there are the ingredients together with a little sentence on how to use it as well as contact information should you want to write to Carmex over in the US.
So what is it intended to do? The main job of Carmex Cherry Tube is to help get rid of the roughness of dry and chapped lips. When we get chapped lips it is because we have lost the moisture that they need to be and to look healthy. Carmex uses natural emollients in the Cherry Tube which help to lock in the moisture which is vital to help reduce chapping. The key emollient is lanolin which is easily absorbed into the delicate skin of your lips helping to keep them moisturised and crackle free! Of course beeswax is also used which is known for its softening properties. To help sooth abused lips Carmex Cherry contains two germ-killing ingredients namely menthol and phenol which apart from helping to speed up the healing of your chapped lips they both have antiseptic properties which are the main reasons why they kill any horrible germs wanting to damage your lips further and cause more discomfort.
Another plus about Carmex Cherry is that it contains SPF 15 sunscreen which of course helps to protect your lips (the skin on your lips is the most delicate) from the sun's damaging rays. The two sunscreen agents used by Carmex are Octinoxate and Oxybenzone - of course this lip balm should not be relied upon as your sold use of SPF and should you be using it on holiday then it will need re-applying throughout the day. Not just for looking after chapped/dry/damaged lips but if you ever suffer with cold sores (I have one once in a blue moon if incredibly stressed) the antiseptic ingredients in Carmex will help sooth not only the tingly sensation you get but will also help dry out the cold sore therefore making it heal and disappear a lot quicker as lets face it who likes having a cold sore!
After using the original Carmex I was pleased they had a fruity flavour to their range as I didn't particularly like the original version. The Carmex Cherry obviously comes in a tube and is therefore far more thin in consistency than the potted version. It is however, a yellowy colour which is slightly opaque to look at. It squeezes easily from the tube in normal temperature conditions. However, please note that should it be kept in very cold temperatures it does solidfy but once warmed up it will return to its natural state and to the extreme if left in the heat it's consistency does tend to be quite thin and runny - therefore if you are taking it on holiday with you try and keep it in the shade or a cool area for as long as possible for it to keep a decent consistency. The texture of Carmex is incredibly soft and silky making it easy for application. The key to applying this lip balm is to apply a thin layer regularly throughout the day for it to be absorbed completely, there is no point in applying a thick layer as apart from not absorbed and leaving you with lips which resemble a frying vat of oil it just won't work.
What I first noticed about this lip balm as soon as I applied it was the slightly menthol aroma teamed with a rather synthetically sweet cherry scent which at first was perfectly pleasant. I did have a slightly tingling on the lips which was expected given it does have menthol ingredients. I first used this in my office and as soon as it had been applied my colleagues who sit next to me both said "is somebody eating sweets" to my slightly embarrassment I explained it was actually my lip balm! Needless to say I now only use it at home or popping into town! The smell does remind me of a cherry throat sweet and almost has that medicinal type scent to it which tends to be coupled with a fruity aroma to mask the smell. Now of course despite its cherry aroma it does have a very pale colour to it (when I first bought it I did think it may have a pink hue to it) it does give a neutral, clear shine on the lips which is nice and natural looking.
But the main thing is whether it works or not. Well I can safely say it does work and gives pretty good results. I now only use this when I go to bed at night once I have taken my make up off, cleansed and moisturised I apply a thin layer before going to sleep. I do this simply to help keep my lips moisturised and this really does manage to keep them looking great, that and it manages to soften any chapped skin and make it nice and soft again which is what it is supposed to do so I have absolutely no complaints there. But I would say I don't like the taste of it, now don't get me wrong I don't eat the lip balm deliberately but when you apply it, it is inevitable you will manage to get a taste of it and I personally find it horrible and it takes a while for that taste to disappear and this is the main reason why I use it before I go to sleep as by the time my head hits the pillow I tend to be fast asleep (97% of the time!) so I can't taste it and I don't want to throw it away and waste it!
Overall, I can't say that I absolutely hate this product as it does work and works very well as my lips are soothed and moisturised all in one go. I just cannot stand the taste it can leave behind in your mouth and I am not particularly keen on the cherry aroma which is a shame as I normally like cherry scented products. It actually reminds me of the chewing gum you can get in the cherry menthol flavour the likeness is uncanny! May be it is just down to my personal opinion but once my tube which is nearly all gone has finished I won't be buying it again despite it working well on my lips. Therefore, my rating is only going to be 3 stars - yes it works but I just don't like it enough to give it any higher.
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Size: 10g tube
Price: £2.69 at Boots (July 2012)
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I love Carmex lip balm, I've been using it for absolutely years and years now, and I always stock up on it when we go on holiday to the US. Carmex is a fraction of the cost over there, compared to the extortionate prices they charge here. Carmex lip balms are $1.39 normally in the US, I bought mine from Walgreens last time where they had a buy 3 for $3.00 offer, so I ended up buying 12!! Compared to the prices here in Boots where just the one tube is £2.69, then I've saved a fortune.
You can buy Carmex in either the original jars (a bit like a tin of vaseline), the tubes (pictured above), and the sticks (like a chapstick). I always buy either the tubes or the sticks. Over the years Carmex have brought out a number of different flavours to go along with the original Carmex; lime, mint, vanilla, strawberry and cherry. I've tried all of the flavours and I really like them all. However the cherry is one of my particular favourites.
This review is for the Carmex cherry tube. 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 your lips for an awful long time.
I like the tubes of Carmex for a couple of reasons; they seem to last longer than the sticks, and I find that if it gets really hot then the stick can melt a bit and go a bit gloopy so that when you go to apply it you can end up smooshing most of it all over your lips. With the tubes the lip balm will still melt and go a bit liquidy in really hot temperatures but because you are just squeezing a small amount out of the hole at the end of the tube then it is easier to control it and use it. The lip balm in both the sticks and the tubes will 'harden' up again once you take them into cooler temperatures.
With the tubes I find that it's easier to apply the lip balm with my finger as the end of the tube doesn't have a slanted end for application like say a Lancome Juicy Tube does. I find that because the tube has a rounded end then the lip balm will kind of collect on the rounded end and not really glide over my lips evenly. I just normally squeeze a small amount on to my ring finger and then apply the lip balm with my finger, I get a much more even application that way, and also the end of the tube stays nice and clean.
The tubes seem very sturdy, I've never had one that has cracked or split, and they've been buried at the bottom of a handbag crushed under various books or my laptop.
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 menthol, phenol and camphor - 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 tubes or 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.
When I was younger I used to suffer from dried chapped lips quite regularly and this winter I seem to have reverted back to that. I so think that the very changeable weather has been a massive factor in this and so I knew I needed some form of protective product and in boots I chose the carmex cherry flavoured balm.
What grabbed my attention about this product was the fact that it claimed to sooth, relieve and moisturise chapped lips. As my lips were quite sore and red I knew I needed something more than an ordinary balm and this looked like it would be just the product I needed. The balm comes in a bright yellow tube which has a red lid and I have to say that I think it really stands out on the shelf due to its bright colouring. The tube has the carmex name and a large picture of some cherries so you are in no doubt as to the flavour of the product. We are also told that the lip balm has a SPF factor of 15 which is always a good addition to a product like this in my opinion.
To use the product you need to unscrew the lid and squeeze some of the balm out. I personally squeeze it on to a clean finger and apply it that way. I have found that if the tube is quite cold that it can be tricky to get some of the balm to come out and so I just squish the tube in my hands for a few seconds warming the balm up inside so that it comes out quicker. Be mindful not to squish it too much or it will just pour out once it is warm!
The actual balm is a clear coloured product which smells strongly of cherries. Many people have actually enquired what it is I am using when I apply this product telling me that it smells lovely and I have to say that I certainly agree with them. When I apply the balm to my lips it does make them tingle for a little while and when my lips were chapped and sore it was enough to make my eyes water in all honesty! The balm is incredibly soothing and moisturising though and it did really help get my lips back in to tip top condition. When I use this product on a day to day basis it gives me lips a lovely but subtle shine and leaves them feeling incredibly soft and cared for too.
You get just 10g of carmex cherry flavoured lip balm in a tube but the beauty of it is that you need very little to moisturise your lips effectively and so a tube does last quite a while. You can use the product for up to two years from purchase too according to the packaging but I don't think mine will last anywhere near that time!
The tube of carmex cherry moisturising lip balm cost me £2.69 in boots and I am incredibly happy with my purchase as it helped to treat my sore chapped lips and has then kept them in tip top condition. I have always been a Vaseline lip therapy girl but I feel I have found my new wonder product in carmex!
Thank you for reading my review!
This winter I had a real problem with my lips. They were cracked, they were sore and they were causing me a lot of pain. I had always used Vaseline in the past but for some reason it just didn't seem to be cutting it and so I decided to try Carmex because it has been so widely raved about.
Now I have to admit that even with all the positive things I had heard about this product I had always thought it was quite pricy for a lip balm and so when I saw it in one of those discount beauty stores for a little over a pound I picked one up straight away feeling quite pleased with myself. Both Boots and Superdrug sell this tube for £2.69 normally, so at less than half price I got a bargain!
The lip balm comes in a small squeezable tube and you get 10g of product. The packaging is quite simple featuring a bright yellow tube and a red screw cap. The tube is a nice size to just throw in your handbag and the bright colours make it really easy to locate when you want to use it. I hate having to rummage around for ages to find what I am looking for!
Now, to use this product you just squeeze a little out of the tube onto your finger and then rub it in to your lips. I was quite surprised when I first used this product because it turned out to be quite a thick, clear gel consistency whereas I had been expecting something slightly runnier. The packaging states that my tube is cherry flavour and there is a smell of cherries that is quite nice, although nothing particular special. However, once applied to the lips this is completely overwhelmed by a smell and taste of mint, one of the ingredients is menthol, which was a bit of a weird combination.
Carmex is jam packed full of ingredients that all seem to have some sort of healing properties such as moisturising, killing germs, exfoliating and anaesthetising and it does feel like it is actually doing something when it is applied. When I have rubbed the product into my lips I instantly feel a cooling sensation and my lips feel a little tingly, as if the Carmex is working its magic! The products sinks into my lips incredibly fast meaning no sticky lips. I am immediately left with softer and more moisturised lips that no longer cause me any pain. This product also includes an SPF 15. Although this isn't something that I was necessarily looking for it was an added bonus.
On the whole this is a lovely product that did provide me and my lips with a lot of relief. I did stop using it in the end because I grew to dislike the weird cherry and mint combination but it is something that does work and I could always just try the original flavour!
Carmex keep their promises simple - to keep lips and skin happy. With such longstanding products, surely they must be doing something right!
The weather has a massive impact on your skin - not only can sun damage your skin but also the cold, harsh weather can cause your face and lips to take a beating. This results in dry, chapped skin that can appear at any time. It is for this reason that it is important to shield and protect as well as soothe the symptoms of dry, tired skin. Carmex have formulated a product for your lips that they believe does just that. This long standing lip therapy comes in a variety of forms and flavours; cherry being the most popular flavour among their product portfolio. They describe their Carmex Cherry Tube as "sweet and popular" and Boots describe the product as "A favourite with celebrities and make up artists all over the world, Carmex now comes in a new juicy Cherry flavour! Not only does this fruity balm heal dry, cracked lips, it also acts as a sunscreen with the added protection of SPF 15." But being indorsed by celebrities doesn't make it a product that actually works..
Alfred Woelbing founded Carma Laborities Inc in the1930s. After experimenting with cosmetics, Woelbing created Carmex on his family's stove top. He continued to spread word about his new found product by selling it out of the boot of his car. He increased popularity byword-of-mouth because the product that he was selling was a quality product which worked to remedy problem lips. The liquid which he sold found its way into yellow capped tubs through the help of his wife - and they have kept this signature packaging ever since. In 1957, the family finally moved their business out of th0eir kitchen and into a rented building.
Carmex began producing the product in squeezable tubes in 1988, and shortly after this they followed it with a traditional stick form - that of ChapStick and Blistex (Carma's major competitors in the lip balm market. Carmex is a family driven business and Alfred Woelbing continued to head their offices until 1997, when he suffered a stroke. After his stroke, he continued to work in the office at least once a week until his death in 2001. In 2002, Mint flavoured Carmex with SPF30 was introduced and then in 2006 internet voters picked strawberry and cherry as the newest Carmex flavours. Carmex is still highly popular to this day and it still remains under the ownership of the founding family. Carmex have a great website which contains lots of useful hints and tips about lip and skin care along with descriptive list of all their available products (www.mycarmex.com/)
*What attracted me
In order to clear my problematic skin I began a serious course of medication that I was prescribed my dermatologist. The medication cleared your skin by drying up all the natural moisture that is transported to your pores. Unfortunately this meant that for sometime my skin, eyes and lips were dry and particularly sore. This meant that I needed products which would not only moisturise my skin but also heel the damage that the medication was causing for a short period of time. My mum and dad mentioned a lip balm that one of their employees used by they (annoyingly) couldn't remember the name of it. They described it with such enthusiasm that I pestered them for weeks to discover the name of the product which eventually transpired to be named Carmex. I rushed out to get some straightaway and I have never looked back since. I first purchased the original Carmex in a small tub. I loved the product but I found that the tub was relatively difficult to prise the product from and the taste was also slightly off putting (yet both these things were both made up for by the quality of the product and the results it produced).
I tend to purchase Carmex at Boots, simply because I do most of my cosmetics shopping there and I will often pick up a tube of Carmex as an impulse purchase at the counter. Boots charge £2.69 for a 10g tube (plus some trusty advantage points). However Carmex is widely available and therefore retails at Superdrug for £2.54, Tesco will cost £1.99 and ASDA charge £1.80. You can also buy Carmex Cherry online from ASOS for £2.55. I don't often see it on any price deals but I am guessing this is because it is such a successful product that they do not need to marketing their products through price promotions.
The thing that I love about the design of this product is that it eliminates the problem that I found when I first used Carmex. Because it was in the small tub this meant that it was really tricky to get out and I always ended up with lots left at the bottom that I couldn't manage to get to. I also found that because this design allowed a lot of air to get at the product it would often dry out quickly and means having to buy a new one. This particular Carmex comes in a squeezy tube and this means that it is kept fresh in the tube and you do not have to struggle to get the product out. The tube is the trademark Carmex yellow with red and white writing and a red lid. The Carmex is dispensed through a pin prick at the end of the rounded tube and this means that it glides along your lips smoothly. Precise and efficient application means that you lips receive a great conditioning treatment through the even application. The plastic is particularly flexible meaning that you will not struggle to dispense the product and you will be able to make use of the whole product throughout its lifetime.
The thing that makes the cherry Carmex different from that of the original Carmex is that it masks its sometimes unpleasant scent with that of one which is far more in keeping with your regular lip balms. Though it will never smell as sweet or appealing as that of the Bodyshop Lip Butters, for a medicated product, I think that Cherry Carmex does provide consumers with a great product. I may not want to lick it from my lips but I am not finding myself squirming upon application while I wait for the lip balm to sink in. The Carmex does still have undertones of a medical product which is somewhat menthol, but it is masked by a classic cherry scent and this allows for those who find the original scent of Carmex unpleasant to take some comfort in its more regular appearance with a Cherry twist.
Carmex treatment balm has a thick consistency in comparison to most lip balms. Though this may at first appear to be a disadvantage, this characteristic actually proves to provide the product with many strengths; it means that the lip balm coats the lips well, it is absorbed by the lips effectively and it means that it leaves lips looking healthier for longer. The balm doesn't leave the lips looking greasy or feeling slimy and equally it won't leave your lips feeling sticky. This is perfect because mixed in with the SPF that it contains it is the perfect lip balm for use in harsh sunlight as it won't cause a sheen that attracts sunlight and burns your lips. So as well as healing you lips it is also protecting them.
The lip balm is particularly easy to use because the tube that it comes in is so easy to use and allows for the simplest of applications. There are no tricky instructions or precautions that you must follow and therefore you can just apply the treatment, rub your lips together and you are on your way to healthier, happier lips! The lip balm is very effective and I have found that when I am suffering with chapped lips, after just a couple of daily applications between 2-3 days my lips are back to their healthy norm. As the product states that it is for external use due to its medicated properties I will tend to use it around once every 2-3 days - only altering this temporarily to more frequent application if I find that my lips become dry for any reason. This allows me to have healthy lips all year round without having to shell out obscene amounts on high-end products which make false promises. I do not tend to suffer from cold sores however Carmex is also claimed to be medicated to relieve those who find themselves suffering from such. I also find that as your lips can sometimes become sticky and your lips colour/gloss becomes worn in parts after you have been wearing it for a couple of hours, Carmex can remedy this. If you put a layer of Carmex below your colour or gloss this enhances its longevity and can also give your make-up look a whole new image.
Carmex - in each and every form - will always be one of my beauty must haves. It is an inexpensive product which I swear by to keep lips looking healthy and moisturised no matter the weather. With SPF and a handy compact case this means that your Carmex Cherry Tube is perfect for taking away and carrying on you all the time. As Carmex say "I am never caught without my Carmex" and it gets a huge recommendation from me!
I popped into Superdrug the other week and there were so many bargains that I went a bit crazy and picked up a huge amount of things. One of the bargains that I managed to get was this Carmex Cherry lip balm, which was reduced from £2.54 to £1.27. This lip balm is really popular - it even states on the Superdrug website that 130 of these are sold every minute (worldwide), and I can see why. I had never used it before as I was always put off by the price, but now it will definetly be one of my regular purchases as it's brill, although I do think it's a bit expensive at the full RRP. This is sold from a huge variety of shops including Boots, and it's also available online via sites such as Amazon and ASOS. Prices vary but i'd say that the average price is £2.50-£3.
The packaging for this lip balm is very simple, it comes in a 10 gram squeezey tube. The tube is attatched to a recycable piece of cardboard. The cardboard has a see-through window in which the tube can be seen. Once the tube is free of the cardboard packaging you can tell that it is squeezable. It's quite an eye catching lip balm as it's yellow in colour with a red Carmex logo on it and a red lid. It also has a picture of 2 cherries which represents that it is cherry scented. I do like the packaging as it's nice and compact, it can easily fit in my makeup bag, handbag or pocket. The only thing is, when I put it in my handbag I have to make sure there's nothing heavy in there or else it'll get squished and explode everywhere due to the design of the tube. The lid is also quite awkward as it's not very easy to grip - I had to use my teeth to open it the first time I used it.
This lip balm smells gorgeous. It smells like cherry scented sweets and you can smell it even when it's not open, which means that it makes my makeup bag/handbag smell gorgeous. The smell is definetly noticeable and very pleasant. A man would not like this (to use on his own lips), well, I doubt it anyway as it's such a sweet, candy-like smell. The smell tones down when it's actually on my lips but an extremely subtle cherry scent remains. The texture of the lip balm is very gel-like, which I really like as it's not as messy as the liquid lip balms and it's easier to spread. It's very lightweight and feels nice on my lips, giving them lots of moisture and making them feel soft and healthy. When it's on my lips I definetly get a whiff of mint mixed in with the cherry smell and it makes my lips feel quite 'cool' and tingly if you get what I mean, it is hard to describe. Taste wise it doesn't taste sweet or like cherry at all, it tastes pretty much of nothing but with a very slight tone of peppermint with no nasty chemical undertone taste.
The lip balm absorbs into my lips really quickly, it doesn't leave a thin layer of residue and is not sticky or greasy, so it's great to use as a lipstick base to avoid my lipstick drying out my lips. It also smoothens my lips, making cracks less noticeable which also makes it brilliant as a lipstick base. It feels really nice on my lips so I can't fault it, it is not the kind of lip balm which feels really cheap and heavy and it feels natural on my lips. It doesn't make my lips swell or feel like they're burning or anything like that, so it is good for anyone with sensetive lips. The lip balm's also moisturizing and makes my lips feel soft and hydrated. The lip balm also acts as a sunscreen for your lips in the warmer weather as it contains SP 15. Overall I really like this lip balm. It smells good, doesn't taste too bad and does a good job in hydrating my lips. I give it 4/5 stars because the price is a slight let down considering that you only get 10 grams of product which doesn't last long with daily use, but i'd reccomend it.
Carmex cools and soothes, dry, chapped lips leaving a tingling sensation once rubbed in. Carmex moisturises and protects your lips..