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      02.05.2013 12:40
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      great product

      I bought this recently after someone at work recommending it.

      I have always suffered with dry lips especially in the winter months as I have a dog and go walking in the freezing cold and then come in and sit in front of the fire! Not great for my lips or skin. I have always used Vaseline which works well but sometimes looks a bit funny on my lips so if I am out somewhere I wanted something that would look good.

      I had seen my friend using this so thought id give it a try as she said it worked well. I bought it from Superdrug it comes in a little yellow tube with a red lid. You can get different flavor ones now but I opted for the original one. The one I bought was £2.50 so quite expensive for lip balm.

      I found the Carex easy to apply it can just be put straight on from the tube you just squeeze the tube and it comes out of the top or alternatively you can use your finger.

      The first thing I noticed was the smell it smelt a bit like a menthol flavor, when applied to my lips it felt good and applied evenly to them. I found that you can go a good couple of hours without having to reapply it which is good. The best thing about it is that it leaves a nice shine to your lips a bit like when you have lip gloss on. It really did work at protecting my lips they looked in much better condition after I had been using it regularly for a few days.

      Due to only needing to apply a little bit at a time the tube lasted me ages which is good news, I have kept buying it so always have some in my bag now. My son even uses it too!

      Id recommend this to anyone who wants lips in good condition that look good too!

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      20.11.2012 19:29
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      It's possibly the best lip balm ever

      Carmex Ez-On Applicator Lip Balm - around £2 to £4 available from Boots and Superdrug

      I am a massive fan of carmex lip balm. The original product has a wonderful thick consistency, and smooths onto your lips nicely. It lasts well, even when drinking or eating (it probably lasts around 2 hours if you aren't) and I personally find that it is wonderful in the winter months to help 'cure' and prevent chapped lips. When you first apply the carmex it has a wonderful tingly feeling to it that feels great.

      The original product came in a tin, which I have reviewed, but there tended to be issues with bits of bag fluff gathering under the lip of the lid. This product has combated those issues, and there is no need to apply it with your finger now as it comes in this wonderful squeezey tube. The tubes have a little red screw lid that stays in place firmly, and the tops of the tube (like a juicy lip gloss) has a small hole that the product eases out of. The rounded tip is perfect in my eyes to smooth the product across your lips, although I do know some people prefer to still use their finger. The tube itself is sturdy plastic that is easy to squeeze but I have never had issues with them splitting.

      The tubed product like the original tin is bright yellow, and comes in a variety of flavours (Original, strawberry, mint and my favourite cherry).

      Also it's supposed to help to treat cold sores - I've never had one so I can't personally comment and I have to admit I read that on Wkipeadia but if anyone could attest to it's efficacy it would be useful to know.

      I'd recommend this product as frankly it rocks it also has the benefit of not being too 'girly' so man can use it too - (I have to fight my boyfriend for this when he sees it laying around).

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        20.11.2012 19:16
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        A must have in my handbag

        As mentioned in my previous review of Carmex tubs, Carmex is my favourite lip balm brand. This review is of the Ez-On applicator Carmex, which is basically the same product as the Carmex tubs but in a different packaging.

        This lip balm comes in a squeezy yellow plastic tube with a red lid that screws on and off. It is easily noticeable on shop shelves due to the bright and distinctive colour of the packaging. When you screw the lid off, you will see the rounded yellow applicator top. This has a small hole in it for you to squeeze the lip balm out of. You can apply it directly to your lips using the applicator, or you can apply it to your finger and rub onto your lips. At times I find this lip balm difficult to squeeze out of the tube, especially if the tube has been stored somewhere cold, the balm seems to thicken up. On the opposite hand if the tube has been somewhere warm like your pocket, the balm loosens and if you squeeze the tube hard, too much lip balm is released.

        When you squeeze the lip balm out of the tube, the first thing you notice is the smell. It has a slightly vanilla smell but has a background smell that is menthol and medicated smelling. The lip balm is clear in colour. When you apply the lip balm to your lips either using your finger or the applicator, I find that it glides on smoothly and spreads easily to cover your whole lips. This lip balm gives your lips a tingly feeling, something that I found strange at first but got used to over time. I would say that children would probably dislike this and may find that it stings their lips.

        I don't usually suffer from very dry lips, however I have gotten myself into the habit of applying lip balm regularly throughout the day so my lips often feel that they "need" it. When I apply this Carmex lip balm, my lips immediately feel moisturised and refreshed. I find that it leaves a slight gloss on my lips but this quickly fades, within 30 minutes or so. The moisturised feeling lasts for a few hours. Any time I have had particularly dry or cracked lips, a liberal application of Carmex before going to bed always sorts them out. I think the fact that this lip balm is slightly medicated sets it above other lip balms when it comes to treating dry lips.

        The Carmex Ez-On tube holds 10g of product, compared to 7g in the tub. Despite the tub holding less, I find that it lasts me longer. Perhaps this is because it is easier to regulate the amount applied when using the tub and your finger, as I often squeeze too much out of the Ez-On tube and have to wipe some of it off on a tissue. For this reason I prefer to buy the tubs of Carmex but am happy to by the Ez-On tubes if the standard tubs are not available.

        This lip balm currently costs £2.69 in Boots but is also available in various supermarkets and other stores. It can also often be found on offer e.g. 2 for £4 which is a good time to stock up. I think this represents good value for a lip balm.

        Thanks for reading/rating, I hope you found my review useful.

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        06.09.2012 13:54
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        The original Carmex tube

        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.

        This review is for the original Carmex tube. 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 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 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.

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        13.12.2011 19:16
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        protect your lips this winter

        In the harsh winter, no matter how much lip balm I use, my lips always feel chapped. My usual stick lip balms become too cold in my pocket and therefore too hard, so are not much use on my lips. It takes 5 minutes to warm the balm enough to apply any. My little green tin which usually keeps my lips nice and supple just won't work and I have to reapply every hour which is annoying to say the least. So while I was in john Lewis I had a look at the lip balms they had to offer. I chose carmex because it wasn't in a stick or pot, but a tube so hopefully; it would stand up to the cold weather and not be useless in the freezing temperatures.

        The tube is bright yellow with a red cap so it certainly stands out with Carmex written along it. In the past I have found that lip balms/glosses with this texture come in a tube with a slanted applicator to make it easier to apply, however, this tube has a rounded top with a hole in the top. I found this made it difficult to cover my lips evenly and quickly, so instead I used my finger- which defeats the point of a tube being more hygienic.

        The consistency is similar to Vaseline but a little thicker. This does contain petroleum jelly but also has cocoa butter, a natural emollient, to moisturise and salicylic acid which causes the skin to shed more readily. Other ingredients are lanolin which locks in moisture, and menthol which has antiseptic qualities and speeds up the healing process. This is especially useful in the winter, as the skin on the lips only has 3 layers, so it is very thin and does not produce sebum therefore it needs to be kept moisturised and protected.

        As I have the original flavour, the smell of menthol was quite strong and did have a tingly effect, which wasn't unpleasant. After using it, I can go 2-3 hours without having to reapply and more often when I am eating obviously. The lip balm leaves a slight sheen; I think it's perfect for both sexes, especially as the smell is not too noticeable. I would say Carmex does live up to its claims as it does protect and soothe my lips more than usual Vaseline does. I haven't noticed my lips becoming softer over time due to this product but it does do a good job of being a barrier.

        Carmex can be found in superdrug/boots etc. Around £2/£2.50. The tube personally lasted me around 2 months with heavy use, which is quite good value. Again, not as cheap as your usual Vaseline but I think it's worth it.

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        14.08.2011 12:08
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        Treat your lips to Carmex

        One of my friends at university introduced me to Carmex lip balm, many years ago. She had the pot, and I borrowed a bit of it and loved it so much, that before catching my train home that day I went to Boots to get my own. When I found it on the shelf I decided to go for this one as I like tubes better than pots and always have done. I feel they last longer and are cleaner too, especially important if your lips are cracked and sore, why risk introducing infection to your delicate lips?

        I spotted it so easily on the shelf, as for one thing, I knew what colours I was looking for. And they are bright and easily visible! The packaging of this one appeals to me even more as I think it looks a bit retro, the way the Carmex logo is simplistic, right down to the fact most of the info in the front is not in English. It is a 10g soft squeezy plastic tube with a red screw cap; the applicator is a rounded smooth shape, with a very small hole through which the lip balm is dispensed when you squeeze. The applicator really does live up to it's name as it makes applying and spreading the balm over your lips so easy, and you don't even have to carefully go over one lip at a time since this will spread evenly over both lips at once! Great for quick application during lectures (oh, what a long time ago...).

        This lip balm is specifically intended to be used on chapped and sore lips; it is a more medicinal balm than a 'beauty' balm and as such is thicker so you don't need a lot of it. When you apply it, you get a lovely tingly feeling on your lips, that feels almost minty. It does have a rather medicinal smell, but this is not unpleasant. It doesn't taste particularly nice, slightly vanilla, but what I taste most is the cooling feeling, if that makes sense! I like that it doesn't have an artificially fruity flavour though, as balms with these sorts of flavours I find less effective.

        It contains camphor, which is what gives you the cooling, tingly feeling. This is also antimicrobial, so is good for infection prevention in cracked-open lips. It also contains salicyclic acid, which is commonly used to aid good general skin condition, and cocoa butter. Other ingredients include the usual things you may expect in a lip balm, such as petroleum, lanolin, and fragrance.

        When I use this lip balm, I really notice how well it works. If my lips get sore I will apply this freely before I go to bed and by the morning they are miles better. It really does make your lips lovely and soft, and they feel well hydrated. Even when they are cracked, or recovering from cracking and chapping, using this balm makes them far less prone to reopening; it also does not sting if applied to sore lips. I generally use different lip balms often to keep my lips in check since I have loads of different ones. I can't resist them! But this is definitely one of my absolute favourites and is the one I reach for all the time in Winter when I want something more than just a pleasant bit of moisture.

        I paid £2.69 for it from Boots the last time I bought it, which was not long ago, though you can probably get it a little lower elsewhere. I do like to buy things in Boots as I have an Advantage card (well, that's my excuse anyway!) Since you don't need a lot of it a tube does last a decent length of time too, so it's pretty decent value. Well recommended from me, this is a lovely lip balm and I really like everything about it!

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        16.11.2010 12:54
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        I can make my peace with the flavour if it gives me these results.

        I bought this recently from my local Superdrug priced at 2 for £4. Carmex lip balm is not a product I had tried before but I did recognise the brand name and I was desperate for a product to soothe my very dry and cracked lips caused by the winter weather. The packaging of this caught my eye as it's really retro looking and bright yellow and red so it sticks out. I initially wanted the cherry one but it had sold out so I decided to go for the original instead with no clue as to the flavour on the packet.

        The yellow squeezy tube is sealed with a red screw-off cap which when removed reveals a dome shaped applicator with a teeny hole in it for the lip balm to be squeezed out of. I find it nice and easy to apply and you can control the amount which comes out easily enough. One thing I was not prepared for was the taste.

        I have never used a lip balm with such a weird taste and smell to it as Carmex. It has a very faint smell of vanilla to it but this is vastly overpowered by a menthol smell and taste - it's like putting Vicks vapour rub on your lips! It does not taste nice and it doesn't smell all that nice either which instantly put me off it. However, I persevered and I'm glad I did so as I can see why it's one of the most popular and best selling lip balms. Upon application, your lips are left looking lightly glossy (it's a clear product and will not give a tint of red colour as the lid might suggest) and you get a tingling sensation which is actually quite refreshing! After 5 or so mins the tingling stops and the horrible smell fades leaving you with soft glossy looking lips. The lip balm doesn't absorb straight away which is good as the whole point of it is to act as a barrier to protect your lips. After wearing for 1hr and over, the gloss wears away and you are left with lovely soft and moisturised lips. The chapped cracked look had greatly improved and with several uses I felt like my lips were back to normal again. Although initially I thought of binning the stuff as I was so repulsed by the taste, after a few uses I have to say the smell doesn't bother me that much anymore and it only lasts a few minutes so do give it a few uses before deciding whether you like it or not.

        I think if I were to buy it again I would get the cherry version but if for whatever reason I couldn't get it then I would definately buy this again in spite of the, shall we say, unique, taste of it! This really is the best of the "bargain" lip balms you will find on the high street and is a must have in your makeup bag.

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        16.04.2010 16:17
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        try it!

        I have always have hundreds of lip balms, most are probably floating around in a long forgotten bag, yet I can never seem to find one when I need one! I have tried various brands of lip balms, half of which fail to live up to their claims, though this is one lip balm I have been using for a few years now and will always return to as it has certainly worked the best for me!

        Everyone looks for different things in a lip balm, to suit their own individual needs. I like my lip balm to be fairly cheap, to be moisturising and smoothing as well as being able to clear up very dry/ cracked lips. Along with this I also like it lock in the moisture, even after the lip balm has worn off and to also have a slightly 'gloss' effect so I can apply it over lipstick or on its own to achieve a 'gloss' look/

        Carmex comes in a yellow tube, with a red screw top lid on top and once you have unscrewed it on top of the yellow, half circle top of the tube there is one tiny hole for you to squeeze it out of. The packaging to me just reminds me of a glue or the likes of that, so I feel that this could be redesigned to make it look more appealing as this did actually put me off of it, nonetheless, it is very distinctive and does make it stand out on the shelf as it looks so different to the normal packaging of lip balms.

        To apply it is very simple in that you simply squeeze the tube so that it squirts out the top, this may sound like it will get messy, however it has a very thick consistency, which means this doesn't happen. It is a clear in colour and quite solid and you can apply it by simply running it along your lips.

        I have the original version, however this is quite a strong lip balm so it does often tingle when you apply and for the first minute or so that it is on. I think this is due to it being very medicated, rather than just a 'smoothening' lip balm, which only add moisture whilst the lip balm is on your lips.

        It does have a very unique smell which is hard to explain, it is a vanilla flavour, but I can also smell a very subtle amount of caramel, though the flavour of this one is just called 'original'. They have now expanded the range to the likes of mint, cherry and strawberry, so if the original doesn't take your fancy there are others to choose from.

        After wearing this lip balm for a few hours, my lips definitley felt smoother and softer. The lip balm has an even so slightly 'heavy' feeling on this lips, which I think is due to its thick consistency, though by no means is it greasy, yet it does have a slightly 'gloss'/ shiny effect. I find that even once the lip balm has worn off my lips still feel very soft and soothed and feel as it the moisture has been locked in, something which I had wanted it to do.

        Over the course of a week of using this lip balm the appearance of my lips had been considerably improved. They were not neccessarily in a bad state to begin with, however, were quite dry and had just begun to crack in the corners, yet within a week of using this lip balm they were left feeling soft, smooth and had even managed to clear up the cracks. My lips also felt more 'plump', not in a way like I had used a lip plumoing gloss, but just in a way that they felt much healthier.

        Although it does manage to lock in the moisture well, should you wish to reapply, I would suggest doing this every 3 or 4 hours as this is when it begins to wear off, which to me means it lasts for a very long time for a lip balm as most I have used wear off within the hour!

        It costs around £2.49 from places such as Boots and Superdrug and some larger supermarket stores. They can sometimes be picked up cheaper online, however they are often on offer instore where there are offers such as 2 for £3. So although this may be slightly more expensive than other lip balms, I feel it is definitley worth it.

        If you don't like the idea of the sqeezy tube applicator, there is also a small round tub (quite similar to that of vaseline, but narrower and taller) which you can also buy.

        Overall I would highly recommend this lip balm as it gives soft, hydrated lips within a very easy to apply tube. I don't repurchase many beauty products as I often find them not to live up to claims, or to be a waste of money, however, this is one I will definitley keep buying!

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        26.02.2010 14:00
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        Would really recommend for sore lips.

        I am an avid user of this lip balm, I used to use the carmex in the tub, but this is far easier to apply.

        It costs about £2.50 and I think the tub is about the same price but I would go for this one for ease of application.

        The smell of this product is slightly strange, it smells almost medicinal, which I suppose it is.

        It is a very thick consistency, so it can sometimes be a tad difficult to squeeze out of the tube, but it is good as you don't ever get too much out.

        It spreads very easily and evenly as it's in a squeezy tube, and you can put that straight on your lips.

        If you have severely chapped or split lips this does tend to sting a bit but it does heal your lips extremely well so it's worth the pain. It is only a bit of a sting at first it wears off very quickly.

        I find that I only ever use this if I have got chapped lips as it works really well, I don't need to use it unless it is really necessary. I find that if I have got chapped lips, if I use this for one or two days they will be perfectly smooth and normal again after those couple of days.

        The only slight negative thing about this product is that it is a bit greasy, so your lips do look quite shiny when you have it on, and you can feel it on your lips, but I don't find that too bad to cope with for the sake of nice soft lips.

        A great product that really helps dry sore lips. Beware of the slight sting though.

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        First aid for poorly lips

        After all this snow and biting cold, mixed with the drying effects of central heating, my lips were in a sorry state. They were cracked like nothing i had experienced before in the corners, making eating a chore, and kissing a no-no.

        I sent my beloved to asda quick sharpish to get me something to heal them. Expecting him to come back with a wispa gold and a milkshake, he actually remembered what I asked him to get and produced a tube of carmex!

        *Price*
        Very reasonable, less than £2.00 for a product that really works, and works fast!

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        The balm is very thick and soothing, and it stays put unlike vasaline. After intial application my lips felt less sore, I put some on overnight and by the next morning my lips were almost totally healed. No pain, no visable crust, I FELT LIKE A NEW WOMAN! The only downside for me was the taste. Yuck. Very medicated tasting, not good. However don't let this put you off (unless you compulsively lick your lips)

        I use this all the time now, under lipstick, over lipstick for a subtle gloss, on it own for a natural sheen and before bed for kissable lips!

        *packaging*
        The tube applicator is ideal for those who don't like the idea of putting germy fingers into a pot, also easier top use on the move as you don't have the greasy index finger to deal with. The design is retro, with bright colours so its easy to find in your bag.

        So, in short, this is a great product for problem lips (forget vasaline) and also for everyday beauty!

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        16.01.2010 22:20
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        Moisturising, antibacterial, protecting and glossy

        I only bought this lip balm because it was on offer but it's pretty amazing stuff.

        At this time of year I find it's a must in my handbag whenever I go out. The cold weather is very cruel to my lips and they usually end up really dry and sore in the winter but not with Carmex!

        Not only does it moisturise brilliantly but it acts as a really good barrier of protection from the elements - which are fairly harsh at the moment!

        It's very thick and stays on for a long time so you don't need to use very much at all. It feels lovely and smooth and not at all sticky but the thing that really hits you is the tingling! Not enough to be unpleasant but it is really tingly and cold. It feels like it's tingling because it's doing something good rather than an unpleasant tingling and you notice the difference straight away - nasty dry lips suddenly become soft and smooth and it even heals them if they're chapped.

        However good a lip balm is I think the taste is just as important and Carmex doesn't let you down in this respect. It tastes of menthol and although the smell is quite strong, the taste is not overpowering.

        It doesn't contain anything particularly nasty - menthol, cocoa butter, petroleum jelly, camphor, salicylic acid, beeswax and vanillin. The result is moisturising, protecting and antibacterial which is a pretty good combination.

        This is brilliant as a lip balm but I also find it works well as a lip gloss. I put it on over lipstick and it gives a really nice shine without being too glossy. I find most lip gloss looks a bit too shiny and can be quite sticky but Carmex gives a more subtle effect which I think looks better and your hair doesn't stick to it!

        So it protects your lips while giving a funny tingly sensation (only lasts for a minute) and making them look really good. You couldn't really ask more from a lip balm.

        The packaging is great too - I really like the retro look which looks like it probably hasn't changed since the product was first produced. The bright yellow and red is very eyecatching and somehow it looks quite medicinal which is fair enough considering the antibacterial properties - it claims to be very effective on cold sores and it feels like it would be but I can't say. The tube is a perfect size and the screw cap is nice and secure but easy to use. When you take the lid off the end of the tube is rounded with a small hole and you just squeeze and smear it on - easy and makes it feel even smoother than using fingers.

        It costs around £2.50 for 10g which is pretty good because it lasts a long time - I've had mine for ages and there's loads left.

        I would definitely recommend this if your lips are suffering :)

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          24.11.2009 19:37
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          Good product despite taste.

          Carmex has been a staple in my purse for many years. It used to be that when ever I needed some I didnt have any so I would buy a pot. Now I buy the tube's as they are so much easier to use and you don't have to stick your finger into them to use it.

          I will use this tube for a long time they really do seem to last forever. I have found that with the tube I can get the most for my money. I am able to use every little bit that is in the tube. With the pots you end up wasting so much having to wash it off your fingers.

          The first time I used carmex was when I was a very young child. I was on vacation with my grandparents and I got such a bad case of chapped lips my grandmother gave me her pot of carmex to use. I was from that day forward a user of carmex. It made my lips feel so much better and it kept me from licking my lips it taste awful and your not supposed to eat the stuff your supposed to wear it on your lips.

          I have since grown up and dont need to be reminded that its not a good idea to lick your lips but I still use carmex. I have given my daughter a tube of the stuff as well and you know what she dont lick her lips nearly as much as she does when wearing that fruity flavored stuff.

          So for me and my family we will stick with carmex its been used by my family for a very long time and its a good product I have no problem handing down to my own children. I can only hope its still around for my grandkids if they ever find themselves in need of a good lip balm.

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          14.11.2009 15:34
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          A tingly lip balm which your lips will thank you for.

          The Tube
          The tube is all yellow with a red screw lid. It's small in size and fits in the palm of your hand. The front of the tube has the name of the product written in white with trade name reg written in black. This writing has a red rectangular background with black edging along the left edge and bottom to make it look 3d. On the right hand side in the middle of the tube dry chapped lips is written in red and repeated below in French. On the left hand side in the middle of the tube is some black stripes with for pour written diagonally in black. On the bottom of the front is lip balm written in red and again repeated in French. Just below this is the weight which is written in black and is 0.35oz. or 10g. On the back there is some small writing at the top in black which says keep out of reach of children and directions for use, which is then repeated in French. Along the right side of the back of the tube there is the Carma Laboratories address, this is in black and vertical. Underneath this is the ingredients list which includes petrolatum, lanolin, theboroma oil, mineral oil, menthol, camphor, salicylic acid, vanillin, fragrance in a wax base. Underneath this is the barcode.

          My Opinion
          I wanted to try the tube version of carmex as I did have some trouble with the tub, but was worried the product wouldn't be the same. I checked the ingredients as I thought since it's in the tube will they have changed them and they had. Once I opened the lid though I soon discovered I had nothing to worry about it was pretty much the same. The balm came out easily and was of a thick, smooth consistency and was the same yellow opaque colour as the tub. The smell was the same as the tub too which is a menthol smell with a hint of vanilla, I like the smell but I can see some people not being that keen if they don't like strong smells. As I put the balm on my lips it started to tingle, it also glides on smoothly and isn't too thick. Once the tingling stops it soothes my dry lips and makes them feel fresh again. You do still feel like you have the product on and it takes a while to sink in which I like. I don't have to keep reapplying it, which is good in the winter months. I would defiantly recommend this product, this has to be my favourite lip balm and I always have a tube on hand. The tube lasts me a good three months, which is great as I fine some lip balms only last a couple of weeks as you have to keep reapplying them.

          The Product
          The Carmex tube is available in most good beauty shops, chemists, supermarkets and online. It is priced around £1.99 from www.amazon.co.uk but you would have to pay postage and packaging unless you were buying other things to total it up to £15.00. The best in store price was ASDA at £2.42.

          I have previously written this review on www.ciao.co.uk under the same username.

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            20.10.2009 22:02
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            Great product

            At this time of year, as the weather gets colder, I always suffer from chapped sore lips. I have tried many lip salves over the years with varying degrees of sucess. A few years ago I read an article where Carmex lip balm was recommended in a magazine, and decided to give it a try. It is now my firm favourite out of all of these types of products.

            Carmex is an American product, first developed back in 1937, when it was made in the home of its developer, Alfred Woelbing, and sold from the back of his car. It became hugely popular in America, and is now also available in the UK. Carmex is recognisable by its bright yellow packaging and red logo. It is available in several forms; the original pot, a cherry flavoured version in a pot, a stick and the form being reviewed here, the 10g EZ-ON applicator tube.


            ------------- The Packaging -----------------------------------------

            Having bought tubs of Carmex before, I was very pleased to see the
            applicator tube version of this product. The little tubs are very cute, but getting the product out, especially when there is not much left, can be tricky, and you can end up with more on your hands or underneath your finger nails than on your lips! The tube allows you to apply the balm directly to your lips making application much easier. The tube is the trademark yellow colour with a red Carmex logo, and red screw-on lid.


            ------------ The Product --------------------------------------------

            Carmex is a thick yellow coloured balm with a subtle smell of menthol. It contains menthol, salicylic acid and fragrance in a base of petroleum, lanolin, cocoa butter and a mixture of waxes. The thick nature of it means that it seems to provide a good protective layer on your lips, and it stays on your lips for a good time. Many lip balms seem to vanish from your lips almost immediately but you can still feel this one some time later. On application, Carmex makes your lips tingle slightly, apparently due to the camphor and menthol, and it has a cooling effect which is lovely on sore lips. I find it leaves my lips feeling really soft and moisturised, and a couple of applications a day saves me from suffering from dry chapped lips in the winter.


            -------- Summary-----------------------------------------------------

            Carmex is a lovely product which comes highly recommended to anyone
            looking to keep their lips soft and moisturised. Carmex is available in Boots where this 10g tube costs just £2.49 which is great value in my opinion.

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              29.08.2009 10:08
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              Would reccomend to anyone!

              Well, ever since being a child I have always suffered with dry and chapped lips just like most people -that was until I found this. This is the only lip balm I'll use from now as it really does it work and I cannot get enough of it! Like you I have tried all sorts of brands to try and get my lips looking soft and smooth including: chapsticks, nivea, johnsons and others but from now this is going to be the one that I'll stick to!

              The product:
              It is a lip balm, but not the 'solid' ones where yoou turn the bottom for the lio balm to come up, it is of a 'liquid' type form where you squeeze forr the lip balm to come up. The product is designed for people with very dry and chapped lips and need a quick soloution!

              The smell:
              The product has a very distinctive smell, but I am not sure what it actually is. You can also get this product in 'cherry' flavour, so that one smells of cherries. It is a very strong smell and smells a bit like vanilla, but has another very strong smell to it!

              The price:
              I think the price is very reasonable as this does actually work! It has a mid-range price of £2.49. I know this seems a lot more expensive than the 99p ones, but this one does work and lasts for a relativley long time aswell!

              The packaging:
              Tha packaging is very busy. It has many little things about the product on it, which does actually make it look quite untidy. The yellow bottle and the red lid can also only remind me of one thing -super glue!

              My experience:
              My experience has been fantastic, and honestly, it will be the only lip balm I use now, move away vaseline and nivea, you just don't make the cut anymore!

              When you unscrew the red lid you are left with a round surface with a single small whole in the top. If you squeeze the tube then you'll seel the lip balm come out the top, although I have said it is in 'liquid form' it is still very solid and can hold its shape. All I am saying is that it is not like a stick you have to rub from side to side.

              Once you have got a significant amount out then simply apply to lips and as this is quite a strong lip balm your lips will feel very so slightly tingly. It is after about 2 days when you start to notice that they are -oh so smooth lips!

              Great product and I'd give it 5 stars anyday!

              ****Also under the same user name CIAO*****

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            • Product Details

              Helps improve cold sores and dry chapped lips /