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Carmex Moisturizing Balm

September 3, 2012

My lips will be forever moisturized. Well, if the samples I got from Carmex mean forever, I can forget about weddings. When I opened the package from Carmex, the sweet flavor fills my nostrils. It is that yummy, that I want to suck the tubes and pot. No wonder, they are made for our lips. 

It’s funny thought that my friend who is not familiar with the brand thought that the picture I posted in my Facebook Fanpage is a bunch of packing tape or home materials. Well, what can I say? It’s probably because the brand is not pretentious. It doesn’t have anything girly on it. It is straightforward.
I’ve known the brand even before it has landed in the Philippines, and being me who’s a sucker for anything new, good and kikay – it would never escape my shopping cart.
Now, I got a pack to test and review.. and I know it took a while for me to write this, because I want to really test its performance (now, that sounded like a car..). 
Anyway, here you go.. I am not a certified Beauty Blogger, so don’t expect pictures of me pouting and kissing your monitor. 
Click Read More to read my review of each variant..

Carmex Click Stick 
4.25 g. net

In Strawberry Flavor

This click stick does click! It is like your favorite lip balm. I like this type because it is not messy and easy to apply even without mirror. It can easily fit in your clutch, kikay kit or pocket. 

My concern in using this type of stick, is when the roller at the bottom malfunctions – like it gets stuck. 
The Carmex Click Stick is more like a balm than a lipgloss
Carmex Squeeze Tubes
10 g
Like a toothpaste, this packaging gives you flexibility of how much you want to put on your lips or share. 
Although I have used alot of lip glosses on this type of container, I find it messy, especially if you lose or drop the cap – (it happens to everyone!) Since it is a squeeze tube, there is a big chance of getting it squeezed with your make-up, eyeliner and other kikay stuff. Plus, if you are traveling and flying in a plane, the tube tends to bloat, messing your bag and other stuff (and yes, it happened to me!)

The good thing is, that tiny drop is all you need to moisturize 
your lips! That’s all I needed, and I have some thick lips πŸ˜€

Carmex in Little Jar
7.5 g
Lipglosses/balms in little jars are my favorite so far. Sometimes I just buy them even without testing or checking what the formulation/ingredients are.
Probably because the act of dipping your pinky and applying the gloss in your lips is just so cute and sexy.. don’t you think?

But for practical reasons, the little jar is compact, yet it is not to small
that you will lose it. If you drop it, it won’t roll unlike the typical tube glosses.
It would also give you the freedom to control and swipe just the right
amount of balm you need.
I know the jar looks like a topical medicine but I find it nice and 
expensive-looking. True to its packaging, it is like a medicine because it relives
and moisturizes dry lips. 

Now, let’s get to what inside those packs and tubes/jars – the Carmex Formula. The first time I used it, it sends tingling sensation in my lips – as if it is burning, as if I just brushed my teeth, as if it is healing something. 
Here are the ingredients of wonder balm:
  • Menthol β€” Kills germs and relieves discomfort.
  • Camphor β€” Alleviates pain
  • Phenol β€” Kills germs, exfoliates and anesthetizes
  • Lanolin β€” Softens, lubricates and protects.
  • Cocoa Butter β€” Moisturizes and protects.
  • Salicylic Acid β€” Exfoliates and relieves pain.
  • Aloe Butter β€” Helps heal and soothe.
  • Vitamin E β€” Reduces damaging free radicals.
  • Shea Butter β€” Prevents dry, cracked lips.
  • Petrolatum β€” A moisturizing barrier that protects the lips.
Carmex is The Avengers with super hero ingredients. No wonder that it not just moisturizes but also protects. I used it during the hot weather, and it protects my lips, the same way it kept my lips moisturized in the cold temperature (office temp!). I am hoping to actually test it in a cold place – if opportunity permits. 
Since it has Petrolatum, I also use it to smoothen my elbows like Petroleum Jelly. 
Interesting enough, it also heals. As it has antiseptic ingredients, I even used it to soothe a mosquito bite, and surprisingly it helped heal the bite. Disclaimer, try at your own risk, but checking the site, Carmex does suggests it – including:
  • Using as an antiseptic for minor cuts, burns and insect bites
  • Relieving the itch of athlete’s foot
  • Drying out pimples for faster healing
  • Softening cuticles
  • Smoothing elbows and knees 
Amazing how one stick, tube or jar can work as lipgloss, balm and healing rub.
Have you also tried Carmex

What does your current lipgloss do?
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