“ Brand: Carmex / Balm / Type: Lip Balm / Subcategory: Balm / What it does: Smoothes, regenerates, „
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 saved a fortune. A friend recently brought me back the new pomegranate Carmex lip balm from a trip to LA, and I've been using it religiously ever since as I love it.
You can buy Carmex in either the sticks (a bit like a chapstick and pictured above), the original jars (a bit like a tin of vaseline), and the tubes (a bit like a small Lancome Juicy Tube). I always buy either the sticks or the tubes. Over the years Carmex have brought out a number of different flavours to go along with the original Carmex; lime, mint, vanilla, strawberry, cherry and now the new pomegranate. I've tried all of the flavours and I really like them all. I especially like the new pomegranate flavour, and I'm definitely going to be buying plenty more of these next time we're in the US.
This only has a subtle hint of a pomegranate fragrance, and I can still smell the typical menthol and camphor 'medicinal type' Carmex fragrance too. I really like that it's quite a subtle fragrance though, as it's not too overpowering. The subtle pomegranate fragrance does linger on my lips for quite a long time.
I like the Carmex sticks as I think that they are the most convenient to use on the go, just flip the top off and slick it over your lips. I also think that this makes them the most hygienic as well, as there's no need to dip your fingers into a jar, or rub your finger over the top of the tube. However I don't think that the sticks seem to last as long as the tubes, and they certainly don't last as long as the jars. Another couple of small gripes that I have with the sticks are; if it gets really hot then the sticks 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 - the lip balm sticks will 'harden' up again once you take them into cooler temperatures though, and secondly, with the sticks you can't see when how much lip balm you have left and when you're running low - it's possible to peel the label back and check how much is left but once you do this a few times then it won't stick back down properly and starts to attract dust and dirt from rattling around in my handbag or pocket.
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 normally always 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.
I've had a problem with chapped and split lips all autumn and winter, a problem exacerbated by the fact that my ongoing stress levels have caused me to develop a very bad habit of chewing and pulling at the dry skin on my lips, worsening the splits. I seem to do this without realising for hours every day, and as I seem incapable of making myself stop for long enough for significant healing to take place, I have at least been able to indulge in my love of lip products!
Amongst those I have been using was a Shea butter-based Neutrogena balm that I reviewed last year - after stocking up, sadly I have finally run out. It might actually be the first time I have used a balm right down beyond its base in effort to use all of it, which is a recommendation in itself! But as that product seems to be discontinued, I popped into Superdrug looking out to see what was on offer to replace it.
***CARMEX ULTRA SMOOTH POMEGRANATE LIP BALM STICK***
Superdrug had an offer on Carmex at the time; this was not a brand I had used before but I was aware of it and read flattering reviews. As it was a busy London shopping centre the stock remaining was low, but there was one sole tube left, in a blister pack on a brightly coloured cardboard background. This was Carmex's Pomegranate-flavoured Ultra Smooth Lip Balm Stick. The offer listed said half-price, but I noticed at the tills that it came up full price - I was annoyed as I recall thinking it was a bit much at full price (I believe still sub-£3) but in a rush so just paid and left. I can't find the product on Superdrug's website, only on Carmex's own, so I can't accurately record the price I paid or it retails at, but it is basically at the higher end of the lip balm, Nivea-and-Blistex scale in my recollection and opinion.
The product's web page claims that it replaces moisture from wind, sun and dry air - it certainly didn't have any drying tendencies on me - and that it contains germ-killing menthol and lanolin, also known as wool wax, which would go towards explaining both the substance texture and how it adds moisture in my opinion. Carmex claim to be cruelty free, with no animal testing - your bunny conscience can rest easy on this one which is always good.
The stick itself is quite small and is a twist-up mechanism style. The tube is brightly coloured, based on Carmex's usual yellow branding with pink details to denote the fruit. The balm inside is a semi-opaque, Vaseline-style semi-firm substance. It seems to loosen up if you hold it against your lip and apply gently for a second, utilising your body heat.
I am not surprised to see Carmex's website claim this is based on a formula including extra moisture from meadowfoam seed oil and capric triglyceride - the latter is the telling addition as it has that glycerine look and feel as opposed to a creamy, gentle balm. It applies well - not overly thin or full - and smells fruity although I got raspberry before I looked at the tube and remembered it was meant to be pomegranate. Initially after use, my lips tingled as they are dry, which is a sensation I soon started to overlook although Mr Rarr borrowed it a few weeks ago and noted that it made his lips tingle also, so it may also apply to less dry skin. The glycerine-style base acts as a nice barrier against the elements, and whilst I wouldn't describe this as "tasty", it has a pleasant scent and it stays in place quite a long time. It did ease my suffering from painful split lips and did improve their condition, but I am largely just not a fan of this style of lip balm any more and prefer a butter-based product.
However, to offer further due credit to this product Mr Rarr complained of a split lip recently and instead of the running joke of borrowing some lip balm by kissing me as he knows I virtually always wear it, he got lazy and just nicked this. So it no longer resides, convenient and small, in my coat pocket on the my journey to work but has vanished, and the other day not only did I notice his split lip looked healed but he commented that the product was pleasant, effective and quickly so. So it clearly works, and if you don't mind your lip products being a glycerine-style stick treatment, then this does work, boasts a pleasant scent and is still far cheaper than the likes of Burt's Bees products, which I admit I am dying to try. I wouldn't say it screams pomegranate but it has a pleasant fruity scent, no notable taste and doesn't vanish within seconds like some lip treatments. So, all in all, I'm glad I picked this up and in the same situation would probably choose another Carmex product as I find this far superior to the equivalent offerings of Nivea et al.