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A few weeks ago I was stuck at the train station with very chapped lips and no balm so I ducked into Boots. Not have an awful lot of time I just picked up the first thing I saw and it happened to be this.
The one thing I do not like about this is that it is in a 'tub' meaning that I have yo use my finger to apply to the lips. Even though this product leaves very little residue this is still a little inconvenient. That being said this little plastic tub with my metal lid could really fit anywhere. Due to the bright yellow I can always find this at the bottom of my bag. There is also a screw top! If you regularly read my reviews you will know how much I love these - they just keep things fresher!
Now the first thing I noticed about this balm was the scent. It is ever so slightly medicinal - like Jakeman's Cough Sweets. Once on the lips though I can not smell this at all, which really works for me. The balm had quite a thick waxy consistency that still spreads very easily onto the lips and leaves a matte finish. This leaves my lips feeling instantly refreshed within seconds though there is what I call the 'after effect'. This is very hard to described the lips go cool and there is a slight tingle - they feel as if they are being medicated.
I use this every night on my lips now and they are in best condition they have ever been.
I purchased this for £2.99 from Boots, but this is really available everywhere and it can be found on some Ebay sites for just 50p. This is a great product I would totally recommend.
A pot of Carmex moisturising lip balm was one of the items I discovered in my Boots Advent Calendar during the month of December last year. I knew the brand, having seen it on the shelves in Boots and Superdrug but had only really tried it around twenty years ago when we went to America and I can remember buying some then.
What is it?
The pot of 'classic' Carmex is a moisturising lip balm, providing long lasting relief for dry, chapped lips. You are advised to apply it liberally and evenly as often as necessary. Also not advised for children under 3 years of age.
The first thing you get with this lip balm is a hit of menthol which is one of the ingredients listed on the side of the lid. The lip balm has a light fragrance to it, which is a bit waxy in my opinion, and not something altogether pleasant.
The balm is quite hard and thick and a very different consistency to Vaseline (which I often use). It is a 7.5 g pot which I would imagine could literally last me years as I always lose lip balms in my cavernous bag! One application seems to stick around for a few hours if you avoid eating and drinking so it's a fairly long lasting lip balm.
It is not unpleasant, I really don't mind it but it is also not my favourite. I can imagine this is a lot more useful in the winter when lips need a little more help. The menthol is a little bit strange at first but you soon get used to it and it's probably quite nice when you have a cold and a sore nose.
You can buy this in Superdrug for £2.69 which I think is a reasonable price.
I like the cute packaging of this little lip balm, which I think has been rebranded since the dooyoo picture above. Mine has a yellow cap and the Carmex logo in red and white. The instructions and product remain the same though. I do think if I stick with this one it would be one that I would be likely to buy again. Some may hate the menthol ingredient but I believe this is also available in cherry although not sure if that's cherry menthol (quite likely!). I was pleased to get this in my advent calendar, even though it's a relatively low value item it is one that I will use so that's better than a £10 nail varnish in a colour I won't use. I can see me moving on to this brand provided the little pot doesn't do a disappearing act (is that just me??!).
Despite its popularity and having heard plenty of reviews for the stuff, I've only more recently tried Carmex lip balm. As a semi-addicted Vaseline user, I'm far more accustomed to softer lip balms or those in a stick format that are easy to apply, so I've found Carmex to be a little on the hard side in terms of consistency. Whilst it's not my lip balm of choice, it does definitely seem to work at restoring chapped, dry lips.
The 'Original' Carmex was first on US shelves in 1937, so it's been going for quite a while and has proved to be quite a popular lip balm. It's also quite the international favourite, as I've just found on the website that around 130 Carmex products are sold each minute across the world! Quite hard to imagine, but there we have it!
This comes in a small plastic white tub with a yellow screw top lid. On the top you can see the brand logo, 'Carmex', and on the side are the directions for you, which are quite self-explanatory. It's only a small tub at 7.5g so it's a good size for popping in your pocket or bag. The design of the tub, ie. What's on the top of the lid, has changed more recently I believe as it's different to the picture on here.
The product claims to 'Long-lasting relief for dry and chapped lips'. To use, it suggests you simply 'apply liberally and evenly as often as required'. I think the main point is 'liberally', though it can be a bit tricky to get enough from the pot due to the consistency, at least initially, being very hard.
As for the actual balm itself, it's yellow in colour and does have a slight smell, which is almost herbal or medicinal, though not entirely unpleasant. I can't really smell or taste it much when it's on, just slightly, and don't find it off-putting.
Perhaps it's partly due to the fact I've become so used to Vaseline Lip Therapy, which is quite soft, and other lip balm sticks that are easier to apply, but I'm not so keen on the Carmex tub. I find it drags across my lips and it's quite difficult to get much out at a time. The balm is hard and rubbing your finger over it doesn't pick up much of the product, unless you try really hard to get more from it. When it's on, however, you can feel it work because it tingles, ever so slightly.
Whilst I don't find it as easy to use or as instantly nourishing because it's not as soft or pliable, for lack of a better word, it does work well at restoring chapped or dry lips. From the first application, when you notice some tingling, it gets to work and over time it really does seem to help restore the condition of your lips. It really does depend on how moisturised you like your lips to be and how badly chapped they are as to how often you use this. I find that it doesn't leave my lips feeling moisturised particularly long, but again, that could be me being more used to Vaseline. Either way, the little pot seems to be lasting quite a while, despite me using it quite regularly when I've taken it out with me. I like the size and it's easy to use when out and about, with the screw top being quite secure too so I don't have to worry about it coming loose and popping off.
You can get various versions and formats of Carmex, for instance, the little tub can also be bought as a stick or in cherry flavour. I'd probably opt for a stick if I bought Carmex again for ease of application.
Overall, I would recommend this if you just want nourishment and repair for dry, cracked or chapped lips. There is a scent to it but it's not overly off-putting but it won't be very noticeable on in terms of shine or colour, so it's not a 'fashion' lip balm. I'm not a huge fan of it simply because it's harder to apply and doesn't feel overly moisturising to me. It does, however, do as it claims and for that I'll give it 4 stars.
Retails for around £2.69 (Boots)
~*~*~ Carmex Original Lip Balm ~*~*~
~ What is it? ~
This is a lip balm that has been around for over 75 years which I feel says something about the quality of this stuff.
It comes in a few different forms however this one is the Carmex Original in a little tub. The pot part is white plastic and it has a yellow screw on metal top.
~ Why I bought it ~
I am always looking for ways to keep my lips soft and smooth as they seem to chap and crack very easily, sometimes my lips can be fine for most of the day and then come the evening I will get a horrible burning feeling in my lips and they will start cracking and bleeding soon after, it's really uncomfortable and to be honest, quite unsightly too, so that is the reason I bought this tub of Carmex Original.
~ Using it ~
I use this stuff quite regularly through the day to prevent my lips from chapping but when I did purchase it I was out shopping when I felt the tell tale burn in my lips, my intention was to buy Blistex as this is usually my go to 'miracle' cream but I couldn't find it so bought this instead. I paid around £2.50 for it but can say that it was well worth it.
I opened up the card backed blister pack and pulled out the little tub, quickly unscrewing the top to get to the balm inside.
Having used the cherry Carmex in the past I sort of knew what to expect scent wise but it was different to the cherry one apart from the medicated scent.
The balm is a pale yellowy colour and has a medicated cocoa like scent to it, it's quite solid in the tub but rubbing your finger tip over it will get it moving a bit, I run my finger tip over the top of the balm and then apply it to my lips and it offers pretty much instant relief with no burning just comfort. It does feel quite cold on the lips so I am guessing this is a menthol ingredient in the balm?
~ Overall ~
I am sure you can see from what is written above that I rate this balm quite highly.
I like that it comes in a small convenient pot that fits easily in your bag or pocket, it's easy to apply to the lips, I use my finger tip but if you wanted you could use a brush.
I like the comforting scent and my lips feel instantly soothed when ever I use it, it also keeps my lips looking and feeling nice and soft which is so much better than dry, chapped and cracked lips.
I would recommend this, it's fab!
Thanks for reading :o) x
This review is really simple- Carmex lip balm is the best lip I have ever used for dry or chapped lips. I have tried many other lip balms but always come back to this one as quite simply it works and sorts my lips out in no time!
The balm has a slightly medical smell crossed with vanilla/ cocoa (to me!) but I absolutely love this. The balm is very easy to apply and spread on the lips- it has a really pleasing, creamy texture. The price is also really reasonable and it's available everywhere so it's really easy to get hold of.
The only downside for me is that the pot can sometimes get a bit grubby from being in a handbag/ pocket, but that's easily dealt with.
This is the best lip balm to be using all winter! It will cure your chapped lips, it tastes and feels nice, but most importantly you can feel it working immediately. It will sort out dry lips after just a few applications, which I have never found with any other lip balms- they just seem to stay on the top of dry lips, rather than actually help.
I am a big fans of lip balm and basically can't live without it, whether it's winter or summer. I was firstly introduced to this Carmex lip balm by my aunt who lives in the US and fell in love with it since then.
The Carmex lip blam is very easy to recognise. All its product comes in a bright yellow colour and you can never get it wrong! The original lip blam is stored in a little jar with a screw on top. It contains 7.5g each.
Applying the product
The lip balm is stored in the little jar. In order to apply the lip balm, you have to use your finger or a lipstick brush. I think that it's a little inconvenient because you will have to clean your hand every time before you apply the lip balm!
The lip balm claims to keep your lips soft, protects your lips from wind and sun and helps to heal chapped lips. I have to say that it is excellent in doing all. It is excellent in moisturising the lips and if you use it frequently, you won't have to worry about the problem of chapped lips, because it won't happen!
The lip balm has a little mint smell. Some of my friends who have tried this lip balm don't like this minty feeling but so far I am loving it!
A jar of the original Carmex lip balm is available online at £ 1.79
I'd tried a lot of other lip care products before I got to carmex... And I wish I had discovered carmex before! The balm come in a cute little pot that is easy to use and carry. I guess I was initially put off by the simple packaging at first and thought more welk known brands like nivea would work better... How naive.
The pot itself is approximately 35mm in diameter and 25mm in depth. This is an ideal size to carry in your pocket or handbag. It has a twist lid ensuring that the product is sealed tight when not in use.
The main features of carmex lip balm are:
Keep lips soft
Protects from wind and sun
Helps healed chapped lips
Key ingredients include:
Both menthol and phenol have antispetic qualities, allowing carmex to work well against dry chapped lips and heal cold sores.
This balm is a miracle worker. Upon first use my lips felt instantly soothed and there was a little tingling, it clearly gets to work straight away. By the way I no longer experience this tingling, it must be because my lips were very dry the first time I used it. I highly reccomend this product, it is guaranteed to work on all ages and especially if you have dry flaky lips. There is no better product out there for a better price and quality. Also it lasts ages and I actually finish the whole pot rather than throwing away half a pot of other brands because the product has become yucky. The pot usually lasts me about two-three months.
A couple of winters ago my lips became extremely dry and cracked and no other lip balm was helping my lips get back to their normal condition. I knew I needed something heavy duty to help me, but I wasn't sure what.
As I looked in Boots for something to save my lips my eyes kept being drawn back to the small yellow pots of Carmex on the shelf, however after never using it before I was unsure as to what it would be like. Taking the plunge and buying the pot has been one of the best buy's that I have ever made.
I applied the product religiously a few times a day and my dry and cracked lips cleared up in no time and my lips were in better condition than they had ever been before. I still use Carmex daily to uphold my lucious lips!
The compact pot holds 7.5g of product which looks hard to apply however as you rub your fingers over the surface of the product it becomes smoother but still has a thick consistency. Once applied to the lips a light shine is left on the lips.
Lip balm isn't something that I usually buy but after going without a pot of lip balm on an aeroplane around 3 years ago I knew that I'd never make the same mistake again my lips were so dry and cracked and red that it took me ages to solve the problem! Last year I took a holiday to Spain and one of the first holiday items that I checked off my list was lip balm.
My lip balm of choice was the Carmex original lip balm. The reason for my selection was because I wanted a lip balm that was branded and the brand was one in which I had trust as I didn't want history to repeat itself. I reasoned with myself that I'd rather pay extra for a lip balm and it keep my lips healthy than pay next to nothing for a lip balm that did very little.
The lip balm came in a small, round yellow pot much like the Vaseline pots. The sturdy pots ensure that the lip balm stays clean and fresh and the compact nature means that it fits perfectly into handbags, pockets and make up bags.
Inside the pots the lip balm is hard but you can gather a generous amount using your finger and rubbing the surface or using a brush. The substance of the lip balm is sticky, smooth and also quite thick but once you apply it on the lips it doesn't looked 'caked on' or out of place.
In fact, on the lips it looks quite subtle and just gives a slight sheen to the lips. It is also possible to apply the lip balm over coloured lipstick which again adds added shine to the lips.
During my 4 hour long flight I applied the lip balm twice each time adding a generous amount to ensure that the lip balm would act efficiently. The lip balm does seem to stay on for a long period of time but I reapplied due to past experiences.
The smell of the lip balm is hard to describe as the scent isn't strong nor is it distinctive so there is no way that it could be unpleasant, if you do happen to taste the lip gloss then again this isn't unpleasant but doesn't have a nice taste to it either.
The lip balm leaves my lips smooth and free from cracks or cold sores it also moisturises the lips and hydrates them which is particularly useful especially on aeroplanes!
I use the lip balm almost every day and have had 3 pots in the past 3 years. The pots contain 7g of lip balm in total and costs £2.69 from Boots. Given that the lip balm lasts for around 12 months in total £2.69 is a real bargain!
I have always suffered from cracked lips, and so have tried many many lip balms/salves. This has to be one of my favourites (carmex and blistex are the only ones I buy). Many lipbalms are so heavily scented that they seem to more damage than good, but this is fantastic. It doesn't really have a smell or a taste, but it really does leave my lips feeling 'calm' - soft and moisturised. It also leaves a slight tingling sensation once rubbed in - I find this calming to my lips - but I guess some people might not like it. Once applied it leaves your lips looking slightly glossy (so I tend to use it as a lip gloss too! - partly because my lips are so sensitive and so lip glosses don't do them much good). Carmex can be bought in a pot like this, or also in a squeezey tube applied direct to the lips, or in a click stick - personally I like the pot and the click stick the best. It also now comes in in a cherry 'flavour' (I'm less keen on that one as I don't find it so good for my lips - but it's good that there a choices for everyone). It also comes with SPF 15 - which I'm really keen for my lip balm to have (I'm not sure whether this applies to all the carmex range or just some - it seems to be written on the click stick and tube, but not the pot).
- My Experience -
I have always suffered from dry and chapped lips during cold weather but basic Vaseline has always seemed to fend off the rather unappealing chapped and even crusty look with about 4 small but very sore cold sores. However during the extreme weather conditions up here in the north which lasted for a ghastly 6 to 7 weeks my mouth was getting more and more unsightly and more annoying sore.
Having popped into my local beauticians to fit me in for an eyebrow wax, she advised me to buy one of the Carmex pots that she had for £2.50.
Not brave enough to say no yet thinking that she was just doing the general sales pitch, I purchased a pot of it and how glad I am that I did!
~ Packaging ~
This is the original carmex and comes in a very neat little tub with a screw top lid. Far easier and less messy than the Vaseline flat tin pots.
~ Smell & Appearance ~
On first smelling it, it has a definite antiseptic aroma to it and some have said that it also reminds them of peppermint ever so slightly. Smell is such a subjective thing but I quite like the smell although others have shied away from it.
When in the little pot it is yellow put when you apply it to your mouth it is clear so no danger of it clashing with any lipstick or lipgloss you may be wearing although my lips were in such a bad state that I wasn't adorning any cosmetics!
~ Does it work? ~
Indeed it does - Although slightly dubious about the great review about the product from the vendor, I have to admit that she was completely right in her ravings about it!
When applied to your lips it does tingle a little bit and gives a cooling sensation to them making them feel ever so slightly numb. This sensation lasts for up to half an hour as long as you don't drink anything and wet your mouth in the process so it's best to let the ingredients work their little bit of magic! It isn't greasy or too shiny and I had to put it on my lips and above them due to the bad state that they were in.
After just two days of regular use of this my very badly chapped and broken lips were healed and they were back to normal. Since then I have regularly used it, about twice a day to fend off a repeat performance of the ill-effects of the cold, frosty weather.
Not a great taste.... True, it isn't mean for consumption but I have a habit of licking my lips without even realising it until I get the taste of this - you never know it may even break this habit! Not a vile taste but not something I'd choose on the menu!
~ So what does it contain? ~
Menthol ~ contains anaesthetic properties, kills germs and relieves discomfort.
Camphor ~ acts as a mild local anaesthetic and agent against germs. It relieves the pain and discomfort associated with cold sores.
Phenol ~ this is apparently found in some mouthwashes. It is an antiseptic, killing germs and give a mild numbing effect. This ingredient aids in the removal of dry skin.
Lanolin ~ provides moisture thereby improving the softness of your lips.
Cocoa butter ~ helps prevent dryness and cracking.
Salicyic acid ~ something which I had never heard of!! Apparantly this is an ancient pain reliever..... Used to improve the texture of your lips by gentle exfoliation of old, dead skin.
Aloe butter ~ an anti-inflammatory used to relieve pain along with hydrating properties.
Vitamin E ~ used to prevent premature aging by weather conditions such as the sun, wind etc.
Shea butter ~ a natural oil that moisturises and soothes.
Petrolatum ~ I am assuming that this is like the 'petroleum' that is in Vaseline? Providing moisture and repairing dry, broken, chapped lips
- Overall -
In my ever so humble opinion this was well worth the £2.50 spent for the small, dinky little 7.5g pot. I have used it regularly for the last 6 weeks and I'm still near the top / rim of the pot as a little goes a long way.
The packaging is great, tiny enough to be able to be popped into a small bag and the pot style means that there is no waste as when I get to the bottom of it the remains can be scooped out which isn't always the case with tubes. Another advantage is that it's 'lifetime' is set as 24 months from first opening it so it should see me through a couple more winters!
It is incredibly effective and a rare occurrence for me to find a product that actually does what it promises to do! A definite recommendation from me and my long-suffering mouth!!
Available in strawberry and cherry flavours along with the original in tube pot and stick form.
Thanks for reading.
Review also appears on ciao
There is something about Carmex that never fails to bring back memories of the summer of 2005 which was the first year that I started to use it. I will always remember the lovely summer and the holidays that I had to various places in France where Carmex was always a regular in my holiday bag and still to this day just seeing the little yellow jar is enough to bring flooding back all the memories I have of that time. I love how a product can instantly make you think of something or someone and I am sure that it is nostalgia that keeps me using Carmex year in year out for the past 5 years.
Carmex comes provided in a little while tin that has a yellow screw top lid. The design of the pot is a little bit frustrating as there is a ridge underneath the indentation for the lid meaning there is a little bit of the lip balm that gets stuck under the ridge and I seem to spend all of my time using this product just trying to use up the balm in the ridge so that it's not wasted. The tin is ideal for ensuring that no dirt ends up in your balm if you have a tendency to throw things to the bottom of your handbag (as I do often!), however, I have managed to drop one of these before and get all sand stuck in the groove for the lid which just annoyed me so much that I ended up throwing out the tin and buying a replacement. The tin is quite simple to look at but there is just something about it that ends up catching my eye each and every time I want to buy a lip balm. I love the design of this tin as it's just kitsch, cute and something a little different to Vaseline!
The lip balm itself is similar in appearance to Vaseline and is a fairly thick consistency. It's very simple just to rub a clean finger around in the pot and then smear this on to your lips. I find the consistency to be remarkably smooth and light once it's applied to lips and within just a second or two of applying Carmex I can feel the distinctive tingle that lets me know it is Carmex on my lips and not an imitation product. My lips seem to soak up lots of moisture and from the first application they start to feel hydrated, smoother and healthier.
My lips always feel soft, supple, smooth and protected when I am using Carmex. I do find myself reapplying this a few times a day but then I have a tendency to lick my lips a lot when I am in a dry or cold environment and this is generally what I would be using a lip balm to protect myself again. I have used this in very harsh snowy temperatures and also in hot countries also and I have always found that Carmex offers me the protection that I require to keep my lips looking soft and supple. Also, I love the tingle that comes with using this product.
There is a light scent/taste to this when applying but it's fair to say that this would be suitable for both men and women to use as it's a light, unisex kind of scent. It's hard to say what one thing keeps drawing me back to this product but there is just something about it. I'm not sure if it's the quality of the product, the tingle, the scent or the nostalgia but I just find myself returning back to Carmex time and time again and continually remembering just how much I loved it the first time I used it and just how wonderful it is for my lips.
If you are in the market for trying something new or just looking for a different lip balm then why not give it a try? A 7.5g pot is available for around £2.49 at it's usual price but I recently paid £1.99 for this in Superdrug. I would definitely recommend this to anyone on the market for a new lip balm whether you are male or female as this should be something that suits most people.
I tried a lot of lip balms but this one definitely comes up top. Most of the lips balms I've tried are too sticky or don't last very long and as I suffer from dry, chapped lips throughout the year I needed something with a bit more oomph! I found Carmex in Waitrose for £2.25 and what drew me too it was the retro style design and the fact that it looked more medicinal than other lip balms. I love the consistency and it's non-greasy formula and the tingling senstion it gives off makes me feel like it's actually working. I've been using it now for four months and my lips have never felt softer, usually at this point in the year my lips have started to dry out and crack quite badly with the change in weather but upto now this hasn't happened, I hope this lasts throughout the winter.
I've tried most of the various lip balms around but find they are either too greasy, smell horrible, wash off the lips quickly or just don't do the job. Carmex seemed to be the only one that I hadn't tried - mainly due to it being more expensive then the other brands - so I gave it a whirl.
I'm please to say that the cost is worth it. The consistancy of the balm is quite thick but it smoothes on nicely and isn't too greasy. My lips get cracked quickly and I found that this soothed them straight away. The tingly feeling you get is a bit strange at first but once you're used to it its fine. I found it also worked over lipstick in place of gloss - as it's less sticky and makes your lips nice and shiney. Also, unlike some lip balms this is one that my boyfriend likes to use as it 'doesn't smell girlie'.
I've now had mine for about three months and I seem to have hardly made a dent in it. So it looks like although it's more expensive I'd say you definantly get value for money.
The only drawback is the shape of the pot, as it gets wider just below the lid. Although it takes so long to use that the small amount that would be wasted won't be noticed.
I call this my Christmas Lip Balm as I first purchased it one Christmas many years ago and it's so wonderful I've re-purchased every Christmas since!
The balm comes in a cute little pot with retro-style lettering on the top. It's a little yellower than vaseline but is much more solid in texture and doesn't go all gooey like vaseline - it does soften a little if it gets warm though. I can't describe how it smells as it's very unique - if you've ever tried it you'll know what I mean. It's not in any way unpleasant and as the balm is slightly mentholated it does have a bit of a mentholly fragrance. To me it just smells like Christmas Lip Balm and I'd know that smell anywhere!
On application to your lip it smoothes on well and it's not difficult to obtain enough from the pot for a good application. Even if I have chapped lips they immeadiately feel better once I've got some on. It takes a couple of seconds to set in but you also get a strange tingly sensation from the menthol. It feels just like a lot of lip-plumping products I've used (and I imagine that it's exactly the same ingredient causing it). The balm seems to moisturise intensely, not just sit on top of the skin and this is the main reason I like to use it in the winter. If I haven't got chapped lips it will prevent chapping. On the other hand if I have got chapped lips it eases that 'tight' feeling on contact and seems to speed up the healing process considerably.
At £3-4 a pot I'd normally moan about it being expensive but I'd happily pay twice the price for this product. My only tiny niggle is that you can pick it up for $1 in Wal-Mart - makes me feel a bit sick every time I hand over my card!