Product Type: Carmex Lip Care
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Carmex Ez On Applicator Lip Balm
Member Name: adilade
Carmex Ez On Applicator Lip Balm
Advantages: moisturising, protects lips, reasonably cheap, colourful packaging
Disadvantages: needs applying quite often
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.
Summary: protect your lips this winter
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