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Ever since I was small if I spent too long in the sun I would come out in cold sores which would sometimes put a bit of a downer on my holidays. In 2009 I went to Australia and this is where I first came across Carmex for cold sores.
I started using it at the beginning of my holiday and this is the first time I've been away and haven't suffered a cold sore break out and this is now an essential every time I go away. It is a great way to prevent them.
I generally get quite dry, chapped lips anyway and this is a great way to repair them quickly. It works far better than any other lip balm I've tried and is an absolute bargain at around £3.00.
It's quite a thick lip balm in comparison to Vaseline so when its warm always keep it in in the shade otherwise it will melt. You can put it in the fridge if this happens and it will return to normal. I quite often keep it in the fridge anyways so it retains its hard, thick texture.
I think that I use lip balms so much that my lips have now become accustomed to them to the point that if I am not wearing one then my lips feel dry and uncomfortable. This is really annoying but I have a stash of lip balms so that I never have to be without.
One of my favourite lip balms is Carmex as I love the feel of it on my lips and also the fact that it actually penetrates my lips and leaves them feeling more comfortable for longer than most other lip balms which just give an immediate relief for the dryness but when they have rubbed off the dryness is just as bad.
I like the fact that it comes in a little pot instead of a tube as I think that it lasts longer this way and I also like the fact that it isn't just a balm to give a quick fix for dry lips but it is medicated too to help my lips heal and recover when they are chapped and sore.
The texture of the balm is greasy but it doesn't make my lips too sticky and in fact it gives them a really nice shine and gloss and I actually like putting this over a lip stain to lock in the colour and give my lips a little sheen and it also makes the stain last longer too.
A little bit of this on my finger is enough to make my lips feel much more comfortable straight away and it is great for those times when my lips are feeling sore as it really works quickly to make them feel better. It tingles slightly when I apply it but this fades quickly and when I have flaky skin on my lips this gets rid of it almost straight away and if my lips are sore then this makes them feel better within a few minutes of applying it.
The balm does have a strong smell of menthol because it is medicated but when it has been on my lips for a few minutes it fades and I can't even smell it anymore. I think that this is so much better than most other balms as not only does it give the same benefits it also heals lips and makes them look better it the long run. It costs about £2.60 for a small tub so is good value too.
As a person who suffers through the winter month with severe dry, chapped lips which make me look as though I'm wearing red lipstick when I'm really not, I find Carmex a life saver when it comes to lip care.
From my early teenage years, throughout the winter months I've spent about 75% of the time almost crying in pain with the severity of my dry, chapped lips. I first came across Carmex when in the Army Cadets. In the Army Cadets you find yourself outside whatever the weather. One time I was suffering from my sore lips and my friend offered me to try some of her Carmex. I remember her pulling out a tiny yellow and white pot from her uniform and unscrewing it to reveal a yellow like lip balm.
When I applied the lip balm to my lips I felt instant relief and you get a tingling sensation. Call it psychological, but the tingling sensation assured me that the Carmex was helping. I continued borrowing this tub of Carmex for the remainder of the weekend and my lips had improved a great deal. They weren't as sore any more and the redness had mostly disappeared.
After returning home from the weekend away, I immediately bought myself a little tub of it. I remember the price being £2-something and even though I thought it was a little expensive I didn't care because the relief it gave me was priceless. It also lasts a very long time. I had one little pot for months and months before it ran out.
The only bad thing I can think of about this little product is the fact that if you have any little bits in your pockets they will slip inside the lid and will just make it look a little dirty. Like, for example, I'm a smoker and I'm constantly picking off bits of tobacco after having my Carmex and my cigarettes in the same pocket.
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 Carmex lip balm 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 - and pictured above), the tubes (a bit like a small Lancome Juicy Tube), and the sticks (a bit like a chapstick). I normally buy either the tubes or the sticks, however I do also have a few of the original jars kicking around too. 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 jar. The jars are my least favourite type of packaging for Carmex as you need to apply it with your finger. I'm not the hugest fan of lip balms packaged like this as I personally don't think that they are very hygeinic. Having said that though I think that the jars seem to last forever as the lip balm inside the jar is much more 'solid' than either the tubes or the sticks.
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 jars, tubes and 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 have always suffered from dry lips and nothing has been able to stop them drying out overnight or during the day - well that was before I discovered Classic Carmex Moisturising Lip Balm. This product is absolutely amazing! I would never now use another lip balm as this one does it all.
Classic Carmex Moisturising Lip Balm is designed for 'long lasting relief for dry, chapped lips.' It was invented in the 1930's in the USA by Alfred Woelbing and the company is still run by the family to this day. History aside the product contains:
Petrolatum, Lanolin, Cetyl Esters, Theobroma Cocoo Seed Butter, Cera Alba, Paraffin, Camphor, Menthol, Salicylic Acid, Aroma, Vanillin.
It comes in 7.5g pots and now in squeezy tubes.
With the pots you have to put some of the balm onto your finger and then apply it to your lips. With the tube you can put that straight onto your lips.
The actual balm itself is not that different in texture from Vaseline and actually looks the same. However, it does have a faint paraffin smell which you do not notice when you put it on your lips.
You can find this product in any supermarket, department or drug store. It mostly retails at around £2.69.
There have been new 'flavours' added to the range - cherry, mint and strawberry.
Why I would recommend
As I have mentioned before I really did struggle with chapped, dry lips before I discovered this lip balm. Now I put a bit of lip balm on in the morning and do not have to put any more on until bedtime. The balm soothes and moistens my lips throughout the whole day but does not feel too sticky.
When I do not apply this every morning and night I do notice that my lips feel very dry and it has now become part of my morning and bedtime routine. I really do recommend this product to anyone who has sore lips and it is amazing and after a few days use you really will notice the difference.
So, for lips that are lush and moisturised use Carmex!
Carmex lip balm is my old time favourite. I have tried various lip balms.
Top advantages of carmex:
- has a nice tingly feeling when you apply it to your lips
- absorbs quickly and easily
- does not leave your lips feeling greasy
- it isn't 'addictive' like some other lip balms. I find some lip balms end up making your lips feel dryer in the end
- each pot lasts for ages
- it is a great base for under lipstick/lip gloss
- it treats dry, cracked or chapped lips
- some people also use it to treat cold sores
- has a slightly medicinal smell, I don't mind this but I know others do
- some find it too tingly for their lips, especially children in my experience
It comes in a little yellow pot. Can be bought in most pharmacies and supermarkets. Price varies from £1.50 - £3.00 depending on where you buy it. I personally always stock up when it is on offer!
Out of all the lip balms I have tried, this is my favourite. I am never without a pot of carmex!
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I love carmex. I was a user of vaseline for years but this stuff is so much better.
-It's not too greasy and absorbs easily and quickly. My main problem with vaseline was that it just doesn't really absorb very well.
-It tastes nice but doesn't have an overpowering flavour or something that makes you lick your lips all the time. As nice as fruity lip balms are, I find I just lick them off and they go to waste.
-It makes your lips feel nice and tingly. It leaves your lips feeling soft and moisturized for ages. I don't feel the need to constantly reapply like with some other brands.
-It is also great for healing cold sores (something that vaseline and other balms don't really do) and I use it for other things like shaping my eyebrows and rub it on patches of dry skin, particularly my knees and elbows. I also use it around my hair line when dying my hair to prevent the dye staining my skin. It is an incredibly versatile product that does more than just help your dry lips.
-I don't like colour on my lips but this gives a nice natural finish as it is clear. When I am at work, I like to keep my make up natural but hate having nothing on my lips so this is a nice alternative.
-It's pretty cheap (usually under £3 for a pot) and a little pot (7.5g) lasts for ages so it really is great value. As I said above, you don't need to reapply it all the time so you don't use very much each day.
-It's a nice size to just slip in your pocket or handbag or even in a small clutch bag if you are going out.
-The packaging (which has been updated since the photograph above) is really eye catching and attractive and looks like you are using a more luxurious product.
Some of my friends don't like the tingly feelin on your lips but that is down to personal opinion- personally I really love it.
This is my beauty must have!
This is a good quality lip balm but I dislike the smell of it so I doubt that i'll buy it again.
The lip balm comes presented inside a small yellow pot with black writing. The pot looks quite retro and cool and the lid easily unscrews. The colour of the lip balm is yellow. The balm itself is quite thick and waxy. You simply scoop up a small amount of it with your fingertips and apply the balm to your lips.
The balm feels nice upon the lips and the added menthol provides your lips with a tingly cool feeling. The taste/ smell of the balm isn't very nice and that's what puts me off it. It's quite a menthol scent with a hint of peppermint. I usually like peppermint but I like a sweet peppermint scent, this one is far too menthol for my liking.
The lip balm is good quality though. It's easily absorbed and it doesn't sit on the lips, it soaks in completely and it doesn't leave your lips feeling greasy either. It protects your lips from the elements and it's ideal for use during colder weather when your lips are exposed to the cold and wind.
The lip balm lasts ages as you only need a small amount each time and it keeps well too. The pot is also strong and sturdy and it doesn't dent when it's in your bag.
A good quality lip balm but a poor scent. Make it smell better Carmex!
I get extremely dry / chapped lips because of the medication im on (roaccutane), hence need a very strong lip balm to help sooth the dryness. I bought Carmex as I had been advised by a friend that it was very good. I got mine from boots for £2.54, which I think it about average for a good lip balm.
Firstly the packaging is very simple, it comes in a yellow/white small tub which contains 7,5g of product. I apply using my finger. I find that the lip balm is quite hard (especially if it has been stored in a cold place) and simply rubbing my finger onto the top of the product is just not enough, I have to dig a little out by pushing my finger into it to get enough for my dry lips. The lip balm smells slightly minty and when applied to lips give a slight tingly sensation....I like this as then you know it's working (well it must be doing something). The tingling probably last about 10minutes, it makes lips really soft and also give a slight gloss, great if you want a lip gloss effect (if not it can easily be rubbed in more so that the glossy effect disappears).
The instructions say to 'apply liberally and evenly as often as necessary.' Personally I have to apply the product approx once every 2 hours for my lips to be fully smooth, but i'm sure this is due to my medication and the severeness of my dry skin...and I do apply quite a lot (this will depend on the size of your lips and how dry they are, it's easy to find out what will work for you). I tend to apply even more before I go to bed so that my lips do not dry out in the night. This lipbalm is excellent for my dry chapped lips, but would like it to last more than 2 hours before needing to reapply again, the product does not seem to get rid of dry lips totally but helps to soothe the skin that is affected.
Even though I use this product several times a day it is longlasting, I am about half way through my tub and i've had it for about 6weeks, this is quite good considering my usage. Overall the product does sooth dry chapped lips and moisturises them, but the effects do not last very long.
I am going to take a big risk when writing this review, and hope that I don't jinx myself...
I have been a cold sore sufferer for as long as I can remember, and recently they are becoming quite uncontrollable. I heard about Carmex cold sore reliever, here on Dooyoo so searched the internet for some. I could only find it on ebay from a seller in America who had a pack of 2 for £7 including delivery which I thought was pretty good especially if it turned out to work. Considering Zoviroax and the like cost around £6 per treatment, I was unsure how well this Carmex would work for such a good price.
I have been using this Carmex daily for just over a month now and have had no coldsore outbursts (touch wood). I have had the odd tingle but the actual blisters have been kept away, I am hoping, due to the cream. I am very susceptible to coldsores usually after lack of sleep, colds, too much alcohol (and drinking from glasses in pubs) and stress. As I am in my final few weeks of University you can imagine that I have been stressed and had lack of sleep and as a special treat have had one or two big nights out recently, without getting a coldsore!
I am hoping that this magic Carmex actually works and that I haven't just reviewed having a bit of luck!
The coldsore reliever is very similar to the original and well trusted Carmex, which is a similar texture to vaseline but with a menthol sort of smell.
I bought some Carmex after a friend had recommended it to me for my dry lips, and I have to say, it worked brilliantly! I even bought my brother a pot because he kept on stealing mine.
It's easily available from most chemists at a relatively cheap price (usually about £2.50) which is great, especially as one pot lasts for absolutely ages. It comes in a little white pot with a bright yellow lid, so it should be easy to spot on the shop shelves if you do decide to go out and buy it.
The balm is solid in the pot so you have to get it out with your finger which makes it a lot easier to get just the right amount out so then none gets wasted. It has quite a strong medicinal scent to it which some people might not like, but personally I think is quite pleasant.
It moisturises the lips well, especially when they are particularly dry or you have a cold sore. I would definitely recommend it, it does what it's meant to and is still cheap!
Carmex Lip Balm
This balm is relatively cheap and available at most chemists
This balm in advertised as a relief from cold sore, fevers and blisters. However, I don't tend to suffer from any of the above so mainly use is as a lip balm to moisturise my lips as I do tend to have dry chapped lips. I used to used vaseline all the time but decided to buy this instead and I won't look back. Its definitely by far the best lip balm that I have ever used and solves my problem of dry chapped lips. I am constantly re-applying throughout the day to keep my lips soft and moisturised.
As well as applying throughout the day I tend so smothers lots on before I go to sleep so that when I wake up my lips are soft and supple. I would definitely recommend this lip balm and I go through lots of it. Just as well its really cheap. I don't know what I would do without it.
The tub is of a very simple design. It has a green lid with black writing on the top and around the sides plus the barcode. The bottom of the tub is white with a sticker on the bottom with the City Heights Ltd address on. The writing on the lid is the product website, then the name of the product Carmex, under this is a strip of black with yellow writing which say's lip balm a dot then it is repeated in French. Next up is the directions for use and to keep it out of children's reach. This is also repeated in French. Next is the weight of the product which is 7.5g. On the side is the ingredients list which includes petrolatum, lanolin, cetl esters, theobroma oil, beeswax, paraffin wax, camphor, menthol, salicylic acid, vanilla and fragrance. After the ingredients it says not to be used for children under three years of age. This is yet again repeated in French. The last thing on the side is the carma lab, inc. American address.
I own a lot of lip balm, it is dotted around the house and in every handbag. But this is my go to lip balm in the winter when my lips dry out from the weather and all the central heating. The balm is yellow in colour and smells slightly menthol with a hint of vanilla. It goes on smooth but feels slightly thick which I like. Once it touches your lips it instantly soothes your dry chapped skin. It also tingles slightly which makes it feels like it's working nicely. I don't have to reply all the time which is good. The only trouble I have is the fact that I have long nails and have to scrap it out; otherwise I get it stuck in my nails. I also tend to get to much out so I have to try and get the excess back in the tub. I have now gone on to the tube instead but have a tub for emergencies.
Carmex is available in most beauty stores, chemists, some supermarkets and online. It is priced from around £1.99 onwards. This product has been available since 1937 and has sold over a billion tubs.
I have previously written this review on www.ciao.co.uk under the same username.
My lips get chapped and dry every winter without fail. I usually stick to Vaseline (the little tubs) or Nivea lip balm, and although they tend to improve the condition of my lips for a couple of days, they don't tend to relieve the itching and redness and to be honest, I think my lips have become sort of immune to them!
However, my Mum recently picked up this product after a friend recommended it to her. It cost £2.39 for a 7.5g tub (this doesn't sound a lot but it does go a long way!) The Carmex tub is full of a pale yellow balm, which has a texture similar to that of Vaseline although a little thicker.
The smell and taste of Carmex is not by any means wonderful, but the effect of the balm can be felt immediately after application. My lips start to tingle so you can tell that the balm is working effectively - deeply moisturising the lips and working to heal the dry areas.
Although Carmex comes in a small tub, it does last quite a while even if you do apply it plenty times a day as I do. The size means it's perfect for your handbag too or even your coat pocket, which means you can take your personal little lip doctor everywhere with you!
My dad first introduced me to Carmex a few years ago, telling me it was an even better lipbalm than Vaseline and I was understanably sceptic as Id never heard of this before and Vaseline is such a huge brand name that everyone has heard of and everyone knows works. I was going through a really bad rough patch at the time and had let my whole beauty regime go, so my lips were so dry the were actually bleeding as I talked and I had 2 colesaws and after about a week of using this miricle balm I was left with the smooth lips Im used to!
Appearance & Packaging:
The lipbalm comes in a small yellow and white tub with a screw off top, easy for you to just stick your fingers in and get just enough to cover your lips. The product can come in a small tub (7.5G) or a slightly larger one containing 10G. The underside of the tub has all the necessary information you may need to know such as ingrediants and an address to write to should you have any questions or complaints.
What Does The product Promise?:
It promises to completley heal dry and cracked lips leaving them soft and smooth again, help with the healing of colesaws and now even contains SPF 15 protecting them from the suns harmful rays.
Does It Deliver?:
It definatley helped my cracked lips, as they were the worst I have ever seen and they felt like new again after using this for about a week and using it even helped to get rid of my colesaws. Im not to sure about the SPF factor as to be honest I didnt even know that the product contained that.
What Did I Think?:
I thought it was brilliant, maybe even better than vaseline if Im honest.
I would completley recommend it to both woman and men if you have problems with dry chapped lips as it really does work! Its cheap and cheerful and really does work wonders, so Id say rush out and get a pot!
I cannot understand why this product isnt as well known as most as it's a lot better than some of the quick fix lip balms Ive tried!
After a quick peek at boots.com I found that you could get a 7.5G tub for £2.49 and the slightly larger 10G tub for £3.32. That to me is great value for money and Id seriously suggest you rush out and buy some!
Use Carmex for cold sores, fever, blisters, and chapped lips