#Review – Carmex, The Ironman of Lip Balms Comes in a Bright Yellow Tube


#HaikuAttempt – Hottie by the bar | Drink in hand looking at me | Give me your lip balm

About a year ago, my best friend – Shreya, introduced me to a magic balm, that could do fabulous things to my lips (dear husband, no offense to you at all, with love).  We were stealing glances at a guy next to the bar, one evening at a stereotypical Delhi house party, when amidst incessant bantering, I found my lips to be furiously chapped, and out came the bright, yellow and red color tube, from the depths of Shreya’s golden clutch. While the night didn’t make way with the bar guy, the yellow tube made a lot of headway with my chapped lip condition.

Two years hence, and I, till date, have struggled to identify a suitable replacement to the Carmex Lip Balm, that seems to have beaten down the more popular choices of chap sticks available (sorry Body Shop, your INR 299/- worth of balm just went to the back bench), hands down. For a product that was first developed over a stove, in the hinterlands of Wisconsin, US, back in the 1930s (by its founder Alfred Woelbing), Carmex has since then, established itself as one among the top choices for the dried lips.


Therefore, a great personal usage experience with the balm prompts me to pen down my experience in detail.

Carmex Original Lip Balm | 10 grams | INR 495/-

What I Loved About the Product?

  • Powerful healing capabilities
  • Most effective moisturizer for the lips, and does not need reapplication for 3-4 hours

Why do I need a lip balm, firstly? Obviously to protect my lips from excessive dryness. And frankly, I couldn’t care less whether a strawberry flavored chapstick looked better, over a plain white vaseline tube, as long as vaseline kept my lips moisturized. And while the ever popular, podgy vaseline tub meets customer expectations, Carmex provides sheer customer delight.


What are its Ingredients?

When you first apply the product over your lips, there is a tingling sensation that erupts, similar to the experience of applying a pain relief spray, to an injured area of the body, or a muscle relaxant. Combined with a similar pop of coolness, experienced while consuming menthol.

The reason for this is because the lip balm contains Menthol, Camphor, Salicylic Acid and Phenol. Salicylic acid is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) with similar properties to aspirin. The ingredient helps in prevention of clogging of pores, and encourages new cell growth.


What I Didn’t Like So Much?

  • The Carmex tube is not readily available in the beauty stores, or chemist stores (But can be bought online)
  • When you first read, “External Analgesic”, it may throw you off at first (but the explanation has been given above), for regular use

The struggle of finding the tube had been real, till recently – thanks to amazon.in, (even though the price is still a sore issue).

What were the Results Like?

I applied the lip balm, at about 10.00 AM, and did not feel the need to reapply till about 2.30 PM, great, considering most chap sticks, start wearing off in about 1-2 hours. 3 days of regular use, had taken care of tiny bits of dry skin, that form the inner line of the lip (if you don’t know what I am talking about, try applying a line of lipstick, and observe the inner part of the your lip carefully, you could potentially see a line of dry skin, crumbling in between).


Was it Value for Money?

INR 495/- for a 10 grams tube. Definitely, Ouch.

But then again, chapped lips are expensive as hell.

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