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With Winter fast approaching I needed to stock up on lip balms and the like because as soon as the weather gets cooler my lips start cracking and this is not nice at all.
Last week the middle of my bottom lip cracked and I could find no lip balms in the house despite me owning a load of them, so I went shopping and bought a ChapStick type lip balm, I wasn't too keen on this one so when I went to town today I was really pleased to notice that Poundland had these Carmex Moisturising Lip Balm sticks in store. I would have happily paid more for this as I know Carmex is great and is a favourite of mine anyway.
My lips are dry and cracking, and hurting. It's a burning sensation that is really uncomfortable so I need something fast acting to stop the pain. I ripped open the little blister pack and applied opened up the balm, it comes in the typical yellow and red Carmex colours. You twist the bottom to reveal the balm and with a few clicks it was high enough for me to apply it to my lips, you apply in the way you would a lipstick.
The colour of the stick of balm is slightly yellow and it has that unmistakable mentholy Carmex scent. It's quite thick and stopped the pain in my lips straight away so I was really happy.
I have been using this all day now and have applied it a good few times and despite this I haven't had to twist more of the stick out and it lasts really well on the lips too.
I love it.
Fan-lippy-tastic - Carmex in three short weeks you've made me feel like I've got loveable lips and yet it stinks!
From a lip balm I want to have soft, good-looking lips - tick, and tick, for Carmex.
You can buy this in a tube, stick, or tin but I don't like dipping my fingers in a tin which gets messy. I got the tube. I prefer chapstick, as I should think this is more hygienic than taking the hand to the mouth.
I put this on at bedtime and my lips are not drying out during the night. When the tube is squeezed the substance comes out quite thick. It gives a nice sheen to the lips and does not feel overly greasy. It does not make the lips redder just glossy.
Oh, but there is always a problem with each and every lip balm that I've ever tried and I remain on a mission to find the holy, of holy, lip balm. Carmex - I'm sorry you are not the holy one.
The reason I put this on at bedtime, and not during the day is due to the rather intoxicating smell, and the taste, on my lips. It's better to pull faces in the dark than when out and about in public view. My dislike of the scent doesn't mean to say that you will object to it.
Whilst lanolin makes the lips soft the menthol makes the lips tingle, feel cold, and smell unpleasant. The range of flavours consists of mint, strawberry and original. These are the ingredients for the cherry flavour which also has sun protection for SPF 15:
Petrolatum, Lanolin, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Aroma, Benzophenone-3, Cetyl Esters, Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter, Cera Alba, Paraffin, Camphr, Menthol, Vanillin, Benzyl Alcohol, Hydroxycitronellal, Eugenol. Contains Oxybenzone.
This tube costs an expensive £2.89 in Boots. Yes, it works to heal dry and chapped lips but for me it is not worth investing in because I don't like the chemical smell. Research studies suggest that petrolatum can be toxic and potentially cause cancer. I think it is a chemical best avoided if you remember to check the ingredient list. However, I think this Carmex product can be very helpful for occasional use when lips are in a bad state. I will give it three and a half stars as it does the job but comes with other issues.
In winter, when lips get dry, it's essential that every girl has her Carmex Lip Balm in her handbag, as it is such a necessity for sore and chapped lips. For those of you who don't know Carmex Lip Balm is a very famous brand which has been around a very long time. A 10g tube of this currently costs around £2.
Using the lip balm is very easy, simply squeeze a little out and apply straight onto your lips. A little really does go a long way. To begin with, I find that my lips do tingle a little bit, but not for long. I do find that it has a funny taste, which is a bit yuck at first, although I soon got used to it and now it doesn't bother me.
I find that after using this lip balm, my lips are lovely, smooth and soft, and gone are the awful cracks and dry skin. It instantly soothes my lips relieving the 'soreness'. It also moisturises lips well.
I find that a tube of this can last a good few months and so I consider it to be good value for money. I find it's good to stock up on them and it's good to have one at home, in your handbag, in your car, at work etc.
If you suffer from, dry, cracked and sore lips, I would definitely recommend this.
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Recently my Mum gave a pot of Carmex Lip Balm that she didn't want, its a brand that I have heard of but not one that I have ever tried. Lip balm is something that I tend to use more in the winter months during the cold weather so I was keen to give this one a try and see if it lives up to my expectations.
Carmex Lip Balm is basically a yellowy coloured lip balm, it comes in a small round pot and has a standard consistency for a lip balm, basically the same as Vaseline. The lip balm has a lovely vanilla fragrance to it and you can even taste this slightly when applied, some lip balms that taste can be horrible, however the mild vanilla of Carmex is quite pleasant. When the lip balm is applied to your lips it is easy to spread and creates a film over your lip to help protect them, one thing I was not expecting when I applied this lip balm is that a few seconds afterwards you get a slight cooling/ tingling sensation on your lips, almost as though you have applied a minty lip balm which there is no hint of in Carmex.
Carmex Lip Balm is described as a moisturising lip balm, it is long lasting relief for for dry and chapped lips. I have definitely found this to be the case, after applying a small amount of the lip balm my lips feel soft and moisturised especially if it is particularly cold and my lips are feeling dry. Once applied the lip balm does not feel overly greasy and is certainly long lasting, I can feel the lip balm on my lips for several hours after first applying it.
When it comes to applying Carmex Lip Balm the directions are simple, you just apply a liberal amount, although I find you do not need a huge amount of this product at a time, it can be applied as often as you like. The lip balm comes in a small pot with no applicator, I just apply my with my fingers, this works perfectly well.
The 7.5g of Carmex Lip Balm is available from online beauty retailers as well as Amazon, it is sold for just over £2.00 which personally I think is excellent value for money. You only need a small amount of the product at a time so it is very long lasting and economical.
I have been using Carmex Lip Balm regularly for a little while now and I have been extremely pleased with it, when wearing the lip balm it really feels like my lips are being protected and they feel extremely well moisturised without leaving them feeling too greasy. The reason my Mum gave me this lip balm was that after using it a few times she started to get a really sore dry patch of skin next to her lips, as soon as she stopped using this product it healed up very quickly, so if you do suffer with sensitive skin this may not be the best lip balm for you, however personally I haven't had any problems with it. Overall I would recommend this lip balm as it is of an excellent quality and does exactly what it says it will.
My Lip Balm is in a small pot rather than the tube shown in the picture.
I suffer with dry lips during the winter and have always stuck with vaseline, even though I haven't ever found it to be helpful. I decided to go for carmex this year, after having never used it before. I have been pleasantly surprised. The price of a tube of carmex is around the same as the cost of a tin of vaselin, but it works 1000 times better! Vaseline is very greasy whereas carmex is thicker and stays put on your lips after applying it. I had very bad lips and after around a week of using carmex everyday they were back to their healthy norm! I recommend it to anyone that suffers with dry lips. I have been spreading the word to my friends and family and many of them have gone and bought their own tube, and have been just as imoressed as I have been. I will most certainly be replacing my tube with another when it runs out.
I have a massive collection of lip balms. Like, seriously, I can't even count on two hands how many I own. This might seem ridiculous, trust me I know! But now it is coming into the winter months, I am using lipbalm multiple times everyday. So I am trying to curb my addiction and just use the ones I already own. Recently, I found my Carmex tube and I have fallen in love with it all over again. It costs £2.69 from Boots.
+ How does it look? +
The lip balm comes in a bright yellow tube with the Carmex logo on the front. The yellow tube contrasts with the bright red lid. I have the flavour strawberry, and so there is a small picture of strawberries on the tube too. I like the squeezy tube that it comes in because it means I can use the product to it's full potential and force the last little bits out of the tube.
+ Good Things +
There are lots of good things about this balm but my favourite is the smell. It smells so sweet and has such a concentrated strawberry smell. It is not the most natural scent, but I still love it. It reminds me of Calpol but much stronger, sugary strawberries. It also tastes sweet, which I much prefer to some of the more 'soapy' tasting lip balms. The look of this balm on my lips is really nice too, it gives a shiny look, almost like a clear gloss.
+ The Bad Things +
There aren't too many bad things about this product. There is menthol in it which does mean it tingles when it is on my lips. Sometimes, this irritates me, but when my lips are really dry I have to admit it is quite soothing. Another thing is that occasionally it crystallises on my lips and I find it feels a bit grainy. This is annoying but it doesn't effect how the balm works.
Overall, I really like this balm, it leaves my lips feeling hydrated, super soft and soothed. It is my favourite balm to use on my cracked lips as it restores them to full health.
This is my ultimate lip moisturising product and I have tried them all, from high end products, through to the 99p ones. The taste is not the nicest, so licking your lips when this is on is not really advised; unless of course, you like the taste. Having said that, you should not really be licking your lips any how's, as this in itself can cause dry, chapped lips! When you first apply this product, your lips may tingle a little. It is certainly not unpleasant and I rather quite enjoy it. Your lips will look as though you have applied a clear lip gloss. However, that is where the similarity ends, because what this product does not do is: become clumpy, gloopy, or heavy. This is the only lip product I have found that absorbs into the lips. Other products such as lip salves can leave either a greasy film or an almost plastic like coating on your lips. After a while the product will have absorbed and what is great about this, is that when you feel your lips, they are actually smooth and soft. This is the only lip care product I have found, that does not dry my lips out.
=Carmex Lip Balm=
I have always got lip balms on the go, in the car, in my handbag, make up bag, the house, I always try different brands.
During the winter months I was having some problemd with cracked lips, the trouble is butters would soak in but I needed something with a bit of oomph to heal the cracks up.
=Rescue Remedy - Carmex lip Balm - Cherry Flavoured=
What I really liked about this was that rather than be a pot where you had to dip your finger in or a stick like a lipstick that it was a squeezy tube.
I paid around £2.50 for the lip balm from Superdrug, although it is available from many other retailers. It is also available in original flavour as well as the Cherry.
=The Cherry Tube=
The tune was yellow with a red top, the cherry one does not smell like cherries, it reminds me of artifical sweet liquid, although I think I have weird taste buds though.
Even asking a couple of friends to smell the tube, they couldn't tell it was cherry either, so glad it was just not me.
You just unscrew the lid, and there is a small hole in the tube that dispenses the balm from, although you have to be careful as too much pressure and you can get into a mess. I tend to squeeze some onto my lips then rub in with my finger so I know that it has gone into the cracks.
=A little goes a long way=
You only need a small blob of the balm for it to cover both lips, and once applied I could feel the immediate effect of it, although I did have a slight panic as soon as I had put the balm on i had a tingle feeling, then I looked at the tube and saw it had menthol in the ingredients.
if I have put too much on, (which I did the first time as the tube does not have a diagonal slant so it can be trial and error squeezing straight out.
Although it is cherry, automatically I to lip my lips, it was horrible, so after that I knew it would work better as I wouldn't be licking it off.
For me, I felt my lips drying up after a couple of hours so needed to re-apply, it didnt colour my lips like a tint.
The tubes are 10 grams, and mine lasted about 3 months, I seemed to be using it daily for a month, then an occasional top up, so value for money you can't really go wrong with it.
=Would I recommend=
I would recommend the balm as it is a really good product, i can't comment on the original flavour as I have not used that, so based on the Cherry it would have got 5/5 for the quality and the improvement to my lips, but due to the nature of the cherry flavour, i am sorry I have to knock 1 star off it.
I must admit I am a little obsessed with lip balms and have bought far too many, but I just cant resist buying them especially when I spot a particularly delicious looking "flavour". However, my absolute favourite lip balm has to be Original Classic Carmex and whilst it isn't a particularly exciting lip balm it is one that works quickly and efficiently and therefore one of my handbag essentials.
Carmex comes in cardboard packaging with a clear plastic front to display the product. The 10g tube itself is bright yellow in colour with a red screw on lid. The brand and product name are clearly shown on the front along with the claims that this product will sooth, relieve and moisturise lips.
On the back of the tube general information is given including an ingredients list, directions for use and warnings. The product has a nice long use by date of 24 months.
The lip balm itself is a clear - yellowish colour, it has a quite thick sticky consistency. It doesn't really have much of a fragrance but it does have a faint petroleum smell to it - similar to Vaseline.
Using the product is simple, you simply unscrew the top and squeeze the tube to dispense a small amount of the lip balm which you then massage gently onto the lips. I really like the tube packaging as I find it much more hygienic then standard lip balm pots which you have to actually stick your finger into. I also really love that the tube is so bright, as it makes finding the product in my messy handbag really easy.
When applied to the lips the lip balm feels a little sticky but it soon dries in and leaves the lips feeling really soft and well protected. It works wonders on chapped dry lips and repairs them really quickly leaving them looking and feeling well moisturised. It can be worn on its own or underneath lipstick.
Carmex lip balm is a product I have bought for many years and one which I will continue to buy in the future. It may not be the most exciting lip balm you can buy but it is simply the best at moisturising even the most driest lips.
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Boots (10g) £2.69
Super drug (10g) £2.69
My lips get really dry and sore unless I keep them moisturised so I always make sure that I have a lip balm handy. I have a few of the Carmex lip balms including the cherry flavoured one and the original one. Both of the ones that I have come in the cute little squeezy tubes and I use them all the time.
I must admit that although I like the Carmex lip balms, I do prefer the lip balms that come in a waxy, solid sort of form rather than a thick gel like substance like these ones do. Nevertheless though they're really moisturising!
I think I paid about £2.50 for each lip balm which is a bit on the pricy side compared to some of my other lip balms which were only a pound but it isn't too expensive either and they're good quality and a tube lasts for ages so I think they're worth the price. I got both of mine from Superdrug but because they're a well known brand you will be able to find them in almost any shop.
The yellow tubes with a red top make them really stand out from my other lip balms and in my opinion the packaging is quite unisex which I think is good because a lot of brands seem to forget that men need to use lip balm too! My fiancé loves the cherry scented one but I personally prefer the original one.
The cherry flavoured one doesn't smell natural or really very much like cherries or fruit, it just has an artificial sweet smell to it. The smell doesn't hang about for long though so I can't complain too much! The lip balm when you screw the lid off has just got a little hole which the product comes out of when you squeeze the tube but because the tube is really easy to squeeze it can be easy to dispense too much by mistake. Rather than squeezing it straight onto my lips from the tube I squeeze it onto my finger as I find it easier to apply this way due to the tube not having a slanted tip.
I only need quite a small blob of it for both of my lips and if I do use too much it feels sticky, heavy and greasy but with a small amount it makes my lips feel instantly moisturised and it gets rid of any dryness and soothes any soreness. It contains menthol so it also gives my lips a tingling sensation which I didn't like at first but I've grown to love it! The tingling sensation doesn't last for too long and it isn't that strong so it's not uncomfortable or painful or anything! The taste of the lip balm isn't too nice and it has a bit of a weird, chemical taste so I try not to lick my lips after I have applied it.
After using the lip balm my lips look a lot smoother and moisturised and I don't need to re-apply it very often as the moisturising effect is quite long lasting - I'd say it is usually around 3 hours or so before I feel like I need to re-apply it, though in the winter I usually use it every hour or whenever my lips feel like they need moisture. A 10 gram tube is long lasting and I have had both of mine for about 2 months now.
The original one which I use most often is about half full and the cherry one which I use a little less but still pretty frequently is a bit fuller. I think that it'll be at least six months until they run out because I only use such a small amount each time.
All in all I really like the Carmex lip balms and I recommend them. I am going to give them five out of five stars. I was going to knock one star off because of the artificial smell of the cherry scented one, but to be honest I think that most fruit scented lip balms smell quite artificial!
==Carmex Moisturising Lip Balm==
Since I was 9 years old my lips have always been dry & they chap & split really easily, also most of the time I bite my lips with my teeth during the night then I wake up with blood stained pillowcases & blood stained teeth, along with very sore lips. If something hits my face, my lips will bleed & it takes a lot to stop them bleeding as they do so quite ferouciously. Whilst being very sore if I try to talk then they split open again aswell which is not a good thing!
Over the years I have tried countless lip balms, from Nivea, Derma V10, Wilko's Own, Boots Essentials, Superdrug's 'The Little Green Tin', Tesco Medicated & Vaseline in the tin. I would have expected the last one to work but it does for a short while & I don't like having to put my finger in the jelly to apply it to my lips. I do prefer products that apply but recently I have stopped using the Wax Stick Balms. Due to the cold weather I now apply lip balm every night & stick versions absorb so fast they don't do anything! Plus if you have a stick one in your pocket it melts then solidifies in the lid so then it's ruined & that's another hate of mine! Recently I have tried lip balms that are like the tinned stuff but they're in a tube with an applicator on the top & you squeeze some through a little hole & apply it using the nozzle. These are quite good & are better than the Stick ones.
I've seen Carmex before. It's small circular tins & squeezy tubes can't be missed in Drugstores & Supermarkets. My Sister is a very big fan of it though, she always has a tin of it somewhere in her house & she always used to buy a tin all the time. I would have been a big fan too then, except the high price put me right off. £2.69 for a little tube or pot that'll be gone within a week! The way my sister used to get through it, she had to buy a new one every week!
So anyway last Thursday I finally succumbed the Carmex twist & bought one, from Morrisons for £2 which I thought was reasonable. It was reasonable until I went into Savers a few days ago & I saw the whole range there for £1.49 each! So for the price you pay for the tube you get a nice bright yellow tube with a red screw lid. It actually looks really retro & wouldn't look out of place in a 1950's style house! The Carmex logo is white & is displayed in a red box, the same colour as the lid & other writing. This is the 'Classic' version & it '''Soothes, Relieves & Moisturises'''. I can say from daily use that it does all 3 things & MORE! I will say though, due to the yellow finish, you will have no problem in finding it should it be lost in a handbag or very deep pocket!
On Thursday as I went shopping with Mum as soon as I saw the Carmex on the shelf I immediately went to the till, ran to the car & as soon as I was in I literally TORE OPEN the packaging as if I was in rage but really I just needed it so badly! After that I opened the lid by unscrewing it I squeezed the tube & saw some of the lovely cream come out. It smelt very pleasant, almost like Shea Butter. I applied the cream to my very - bad - shape lips & immediately I jumped when all I felt was a very fuuny feeling tingling sensation. This was due to the Camphor & Menthol listed in the ingredients which give a mild cooling & tingling sensation. MILD they call it, it was far from mild, but that was probably due to my lips being in such bad shape.
An hour or so after applying & my lips felt much better then they were. There was no loose skin, no bleeding, no splits in my lips & I could talk easier too. The lip balm absorbs easily into my lips, only leaving a slight bit on the surface. With daily use since then, my lips feel & look much better than what they were & despite the cost, it's very effective
Overall this is a very good Lip Balm. But please don't let the price put you off. Yes it is expensive, but it really does work when it comes to repairing lips! The bright yellow tube or pot is very hard to miss on the shelf & if you're after a good lip balm, then pick one of these up & join the massive force of Carmex Lovers!
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I have to say I swear by Carmex lip balm i will use no other. For all my life i have suffered with dry chapped lips winter or summer it doesn't matter! Carmex was mentioned by a friend about 6 years ago i used to use the conventional stick chapstick however i was continually applying it with no real effect. Since then i have not changed.
I find the Carmex range of lip balms really moisturises my lips however my favorite is the Cherry flavour. I find with some lip balms they don't taste or feel nice however the cherry one is both i find it hard not to lick my lips. I use it on a daily basis with perfect results every time. If i leave it at home and i go away, when i return my lips will be chapped and swore however no matter how much of carmex i apply it does sting and instant results.
My uncle also suffers with chapped lips however he has a the added problem of cold sores, for a small present i bought him some carmex and he hasn't looked back since and he finds he is no longer getting cold sores.
The tube design is really easy to use, glides over your lips and stays really clean. I find the tub version when it has been in your bag it can get a bit dirty with bits in your bag over the tube version doesn't. In addition it is easily to apply and you dont have to wipe your finger after using it.
Overall this product is fantastic, cheap, easy to use and it really works! There a few different flavours in the carmex range so if cherry isn't your taste there are many more to choose from.
I really make sure my lips are well looked after especially during the winter months. No matter what balm I apply, they go dry after a few hours. I tried blistex and liked it a lot, because carmex usually gets compared to blistex, I wanted to try it. I got it in the strawberry scent and it was pretty OK. I didn't love the smell, but it wasn't horrible.
Like blistex it gave a tingly cold feeling to my lips and I really found that it worked. I apply it as much as I can and I have to say, my lips have never been so hydrated during the winter months. I have been having a lot more water though as well, so I won't say it's just because of Carmex. One thing I would say though is that you really have to spend a minute rubbing it into your lips or else it just sits there like a thick layer! Not pretty.
It comes in a yellow little tube with a red cap. It's easy to slip in your pocket. I bought it for 2 pounds 69 pence at Boots, not the cheapest of balms but for something that actually works, it is worth it. I regret buying Vaseline now to be honest!
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.
A few months ago I was complaining about dry, chapped lips and how I've tried so many lip balms but nothing under the sun seemed to work. A colleague recommended Carmex lip balms to me and at the time I was unaware of their existence.
-- THE BRAND --
Carmex have actually been around a lot longer than I thought. The first lip balm was cerated in 1937 by Alfred Woelbing in the family home. He and his wife continued to make the lip balm by hand for the next 20 years which they poured into yellow capped jars, as they still appear today. It is still a family owned company that has been passed down through generations, although it isn't made at their house anymore, surprisingly!
They have since developed a somewhat extensive product range, all of which seem to have the focus of moisture in them somewhere. As well as their lip balms (including lip balms with a hint of colour), there are also healing lotions and creams that are suitable for use all over the body, not just the lips.
The products by Carmex are not tested on animals, and instead, they joke that they are tested on Woelbing family members instead (although that is probably closer to the truth!!). Similarly, all their products undergo chemical experiments and analysis to ensure they are safe.
-- THE PRODUCT --
I purchased the cherry moisturising lip balm that comes in a little pot. However, as silly as it sounds I never really read the lid and I didn't realise until recently that it was the cherry version at all. When I realised, I gave it a good sniff and at that point it became obvious that there is a hint of cherry in there but until then I was completely unaware!
Visually, it is quite attractive. The 7.5g pot has a plain white bottom, but is distinguished by its bright yellow lid, on which 'CARMEX' is printed in white with a rectangular red background. Above it, it says 'cherry' in quite a small font and there is a picture of two cherries printed on the right of the lid (I regret admitting that I didn't realise it was cherry now). Underneath is the brand slogan, 'it soothes, it relieves, it moisturises', followed by their website written very small at the bottom. It also contains SPF 15, which is an added extra benefit if you're keen to protect your skin from the sun.
Around the side of the lid states the usual information such as directions for use, shelf life and ingredients. All Carmex products, including this one, contain camphor and menthol which give a cooling effect and help relieve irritation, however it is more easily recognisable by a 'tingle' sensation.
-- PUTTING IT TO USE --
I was very keen to try this lip balm out when I purchased it, particularly as it was during the winter when I suffer mostly with chapped lips. The pot has a lid which can be twisted to come off and similarly to put it back on. The product inside is quite thick and largely similar visually to the look of Vaseline in terms of the 'gel' like consistency that a lot of these products seem to take the form of. The lip balm itself is a yellow colour, similar to the lid.
Although I didn't notice before, the balm does faintly smell like cherries although I think the menthol is the most powerful scent, probably overriding the cherries (explains why I didn't notice, sort of...). I found it easiest to apply with scooping a bit out on the upside of my nail and then putting it on my lips from there. I have found though, if I try to apply it carelessly it can get stuck under my nail which is annoying and can be difficult to get rid of.
The texture is quite heavy but it actually feels like it is working unlike other balms like Vaseline, which feel as if they are just sitting on your lips. I found it very easy to use too much product in any one go and so after some practice, I found it works much better if you apply the balm to your top lip and then rub your lips together which then avoids wasting any.
-- RESULTS --
Once the lip balm is on, it doesn't feel uncomfortable or as if it is getting in the way at all. Within around 30 minutes, I usually find that the product is absorbed into my lips, although it will usually leave a thin layer on the surface which I quite like, but my lips will always be left feeling smooth.
Although it makes my lips feel nice and protected when it is on, I like the scent and the tingling sensation that I experience after I have applied it as I feel like it is actually doing something. I have also found that it looks quite nice on and gives a nice shimmer to my lips particularly if some foundation has found its way onto my lips before applying the balm, as it gives a nice shade of colour then too.
I usually find that once the balm has been absorbed or I have forgotten that I applied it, my lips will be left feeling soft and they will appear much smoother.
-- PRICING AND AVAILABILITY --
This product can be found it many high stores, although I actually came across mine by accident when I was in Topshop, Knightsbridge as it was sitting near the payment counter amongst lots of other products in a little packet. Similarly though, it can be located in Boots and Superdrug with prices varying but it seems to retail at around £2.69, but I have seen prices as cheap as £1.80.
As ever, it is worth shopping around for a bargain on websites such as Amazon or eBay or waiting to see if you can pick up a sample to see if you like it before purchasing it.
-- SUMMARY --
All in all, this is one of the best lip balms I have purchased. I bought it in October 2011 and with almost daily use, I haven't even used half of it because so little needs to be applied each time.
The price also seems very reasonable, especially considering the amount of time it'll last, with similar products often costing twice the money.
It is a great product to guarantee smooth and soft lips and to combat any dryness! I am very pleased with my purchase and it still works great after 9 months of using it, showing that my lips haven't built up a resistance of any sort to it.
This lip balm deserves 5/5 Dooyoo stars and I can't wait to try out some more products from the Carmex range. For more information, visit 111.mycarmex.com.
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