Product Type: Carmex Lip Care
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Carmex Every Day Ultra Smooth Pomegranate Balm
Member Name: missrarr
Carmex Every Day Ultra Smooth Pomegranate Balm
Advantages: Readily available on the high street, effective, protective, fruity
Disadvantages: I personally would prefer a butter-based product but this is still very effective
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.
Summary: A nice little lip balm, which will ease the pain of chapped lips!
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