Carmex - Everyday Healing Lip Balm Original Formula External Analgesic - 0.5 oz. (15 g)
Not many lip balms have been around 75 years. But then, no other lip balm has Carmex’s time-tested formula. Generations have relied on Carmex's iconic white jar with its yellow cap to help moisturization, prevent dry lips and treat cold sore symptoms. No wonder pharmacists have ranked Carmex Original Formula Everyday Healing Lip Balm the #1 recommended external analgesic lip balm for 14 straight years.
- Formulas with camphor and menthol soothe severely dry lips and pain from cold sores.
- Carmex adds petrolatum because it creates a long-lasting water barrier, acting like a bandage while healing takes place.
- Your skin’s lipid bilayer is made up of two layers of fatty acids; its job is to help keep moisture in the skin. Carmex's Original Jar includes lanolin, which replicates the way the lipid bilayer in your skin retains moisture.
Because smooth, supple lips are better than dry, crusty ones. It’s a proven fact: soft lips are just more kissable. And since you never know when someone might want to nail you with a big sloppy one, you ought to keep Carmex lip balm with you at all times. Carmex lip balm restores the moisture that wind and dry, cold air can suck right out of your lips. One of the moisturizing ingredients in Carmex lip balm is cocoa butter, a natural emollient. Cocoa beans were discovered by the mysterious ancient Mayans. Whatever caused their great civilization to vanish, at least it wasn’t chapped lips.
If it seems like that world is out to get your lips, you're right. ot sun. Chafing winds. Frigid temperatures. Furnace-dry air. Unless you live in a damp cave, you’re exposed almost every day to elements that can suck your lips dry. Without their natural moisture, your lips become irritated and rough—a crispy husk of their former moist glory. But you can help protect your lips—the most fragile skin on your body—just by smoothing on a little Carmex lip balm.
Carmex adds natural emollients to your lips, while locking in your own body’s moisture to help protect against chapping and cracking. Lanolin, for example, is a natural substance that locks in moisture. The lanolin in Carmex is easily absorbed into the delicate skin of your lips, where it provides a temporary barrier against the drying effects of wind, heat and cold. Also, several of our product varieties include SPF 15 sunscreen to help protect your lips from the sun’s damaging rays. It’s effective protection you can wear every day.
It Helps Heal
The tingle tells you it's working. Carmex lip balm is packed with ingredients specially selected to help heal your chapped, cracked, burned and otherwise abused lips. Menthol and phenol, for example, both have antiseptic qualities, helping to speed healing by killing germs. And if you suffer from painful fever blisters, you'll be glad to know that Carmex helps relieve the symptoms of cold sores.
How Carmex Works
Wondering about that tingle, what gives Carmex its characteristic smell, the not-so-secret ingredients, and what they each do? Read on about Carmex lip balm and skin care ingredients, carefully blended to help moisturization and healing. Not all of these ingredients are found in every Carmex product.
- Allantoin - Helps with moisturization as it softens, plus helps heal chapping.
Acting as both a protective ingredient and a softener, allantoin soothes irritations plus helps reduce dryness and flaking. Allantoin also decreases itching by helping dead skin cells slough off, leaving new skin feeling soft and smooth.
- Aloe Butter - Plant-derived extract that helps heal and soothe.
Aloe has been used for centuries to treat skin conditions as well as wounds. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, aloe relieves the pain of dry and chapped lips. Another benefit of aloe is its hydrating effect that helps lips gain a more youthful appearance.
- Camphor - Alleviates burning, itching and pain of chapped lips and cold sores.
Camphor is a natural compound that shares many properties with menthol, such as a cooling effect that relieves burning, itching and pain. An antimicrobial germ-fighter, camphor also acts as a mild local anesthetic—a great help if you get cold sores.
- Candelilla Wax - Gives Carmex stick formula its staying power.
Candelilla wax is a plant-derived wax that slightly raises the melting temperature of our stick formulas allowing product to better maintain its stick form. Candelilla wax also helps lips retain moisture for a remarkably long time.
- Caprylic Triglyceride - A natural skin softener that helps prevent drying.
A natural fat that comes from coconuts, caprylic triglyceride helps prevent drying absorbs quickly and is so gentle it’s often used in formulations for sensitive skin.
- Cetyl Esters - Hydrate skin and give a silky feel to Carmex lip balms.
Providing a silky, non-sticky glide, cetyl esters are waxes that thicken our lip balms to give them staying power, plus help with moisturization and preserve softness.
- Cocoa Butter - An excellent natural emollient, helps with moisturization.
Cocoa butter is natural fat extracted from the cocoa bean during the chocolate-making process. Used to treat skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis, cocoa butter helps lips with moisturization, protects from environmental factors, and helps prevent dryness and cracking.
- Dimethicone - Relieves irritation and protects the tender skin on your lips.
Carmex uses a very low concentration of dimethicone in their Lip Conditioner, Hydrating Lotion and Healing Cream to help with spreadability and to protect lips and skin with a waterproof layer and preserving natural moisture while relieving itching and the discomfort of dryness. It combines evenly with their Lip Conditioner’s other ingredients, helping them glide smoothly across your lips.
- Lanolin - Helps protect skin and locks in moisturization.
This exceptional, natural ingredient locks in hydration, softens, and helps with moisturization as it restores elasticity. Your skin’s lipid bilayer is made up of two layers of fatty acids; its job is to help keep moisture in the skin. Similar to the lipid bilayer, lanolin functions as a skin protectant that provides the proper environment for healing, soothing lips and skin as it restores softness and elasticity.
- Meadowfoam Seed Oil - Adds moisturization and rejuvenates lips.
Derived from a flowering herb plant native to the Western United States, meadowfoam seed oil is easily and quickly absorbed by dry skin, plus it soothes irritations and adds a luxurious feel to lip balms and lotions.
- Menthol - Cool and refreshing, menthol offers relief from discomfort.
The source of Carmex's refreshing tingle, menthol is derived from natural peppermint oil. Its anesthetic properties helps soothe dry, chapped lips and cold sores.
- Petrolatum - The most effective moisture barrier available.
Petrolatum is recognized by the FDA for its effectiveness as a skin protectant. For generations, doctors have used it to form an occlusive barrier that preserves moisture, while moms even use it on delicate babies’ skin to treat diaper rashes. Petrolatum creates a “bandage” between skin and its environment, penetrating the outermost lip and skin layers to aid in healing and to help prevent irritants and germs from penetrating cracks and cuts.
- Phenol - Fights germs and eases discomfort as it gently removes dry skin.
The Carmex Original Jar and Original Tube formulas include phenol for its mild local anesthetic effect, reducing the itching and burning of chapped lips and cold sores. Its antiseptic qualities also kill germs, plus phenol gently sloughs away dead, peeling skin.
- Salicylic Acid - A mild exfoliant allows moisturizers to be better absorbed.
Carmex uses salicylic acid in very small, yet effective amounts to gently help remove dead, cracked, peeling skin from your lips while in no way negatively effecting the new layer of skin that is constantly renewing itself so that their soothing and healing ingredients (such as menthol and camphor) can soak in thoroughly and get to work more quickly.
- Shea Butter - Helps to moisturize quickly, relieving dryness and cracking.
Natural shea butter is rich with fatty acids that help to maintain the elasticity and softness of healthy lips. It protects against excessive dryness from free-radical and sun damage, plus soothes chapped lips almost immediately.
- Vitamin E - Helps prevent drying, chapping, and the formation of free radicals.
Vitamin E offers a wide range of benefits for lips and skin. It acts as an antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals, helping to prevent premature aging as well as dryness and chapping. Vitamin E also has anti-inflammatory properties, soothing lips that have been damaged by sun, wind or excessively dry environments.
*Carmex product formulas vary slightly around the world in order to comply with local regulations. Rest assured that no matter where you are, the quality and performance of Carmex remains consistent.
Carmex Frequently Asked Questions:
Has the shape of the jar changed recently?
Carmex is constantly on the lookout for ways they can bring Carmex to you in more environmentally-friendly fashions without compromising their product. Carmex was able to make the Carmex jar “greener” in 2010. Don’t worry, they didn’t change the product or the amount – you still get .25 oz. of the same moisturizing lip balm in each jar. Now, there is simply less jar. Carmex made the bottom of the jar more concave which uses 20% less plastic in every jar. This small reduction in waste adds up quickly: Carmex will reduce their plastic use by 70,000 pounds each year! That annual reduction of 35 tons of plastic also means that they’re saving 35 tons of freight from being shipped which means less fuel will be used.
Is Carmex tested on animals?
There’s no need. First, all Carmex products undergo diligent analysis and testing in their labs. And then comes the ultimate test: Woelbing family members try them out. If they’re not a success within Carmex's relations, it’s the end of the line.
What does SPF Mean?
Sun protection factor. SPF measures the level of ultraviolet protection, with higher numbers indicating greater protection. But SPF alone doesn’t provide the full story: be aware of not just how long you’re in the sun, but also the time of day, geographic location and weather.
UV rays are made up of multiple wavelengths; two of these wavelengths are UVA and UVB. Both of these waves can cause premature skin aging and cancers, especially UVA rays, which can penetrate clouds and glass and comprise up to 95% of the radiation your skin is exposed to.
Although less prevalent, UVB rays are the ones that cause your skin to turn red and burn. Your best bet for protection: Stay out of the sun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., shelter your skin with UV-blocking clothes and hats, and don’t be shy with lotions that include effective, broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection.
Why does Carmex tingle when you put it on?
Two natural ingredients—camphor and menthol—give Carmex a cooling effect and help relieve the irritation of rough, chapped lips.
Is Carmex addictive?
No, there’s nothing in Carmex that’s addictive. Take a look at the ingredient list on the label, per the Food and Drug Administration’s guidelines.
Does Carmex contain gluten?
Nope, not even a speck. There is no gluten in any of Carmex's ingredients. Carmex does not use flour in their manufacturing process, so there’s no chance of any trace of it on their conveyor belts.
My Carmex stained my clothes in the wash, what do I do?
Carmex recommends spot-treating with Era Plus laundry detergent or Dawn dish soap, allowing it to soak for about 30 minutes. Launder as usual, and repeat if necessary. You can also take your clothes to a dry cleaner. Be sure to tell them that the grease-based stains are petrolatum, lanolin, cocoa butter, beeswax and paraffin.
Does the formula change for the different forms of Carmex?
Although they are all based on Carmex's original formula from 1937, each product is slightly different. The squeeze tube includes a small amount of mineral oil to keep the lip balm soft in cold weather. Sticks have a bit of botanical wax with a higher melting temperature for the opposite reason: to prevent melting while being carried in a pocket. Some products also include sunscreen.
Has Carmex changed formula recently?
The Carmex formula remains faithful to the Alfred Woelbing’s original 1937 formula. Carmex is made in batches and some ingredients are natural, so the scent and color of each batch may vary slightly; the effectiveness will not.
Carmex always works to include the highest-quality ingredients in their formulas. The purity and consistency of their ingredients are, in some instances, better and more pure than they were years ago. This increase in quality can change some of the original characteristics of the ingredient. For instance, lanolin of years ago was darker and sometimes smelled musty; today’s light-yellow lanolin is almost odorless.
What causes chapped lips?
Lips get chapped because they’re too dry, usually because of exposure to the elements. The usual suspects: dry air, wind, sun, cold temperatures and even dust.
- Tempting as it is, don’t lick your lips when they’re dry—it just makes them more chapped
- Allergic reactions can cause chapped lips
- Lips are more easily prone to chapping if your entire body is dehydrated
Carmex lip balm was invented in 1937 by Alfred Woelbing, literally on the family stovetop. For the next 20 years, Alfred and his wife made Carmex by hand and poured it into the familiar yellow-capped jars.
Eventually production moved out of the Woelbing home and into a rented facility in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, where it remained until the move in 1975 to its current site in Franklin, Wisconsin.
Carma Labs employs about 100 people and is still owned and operated by the family: Alfred's grandsons Eric and Paul Woelbing. The Woelbing stove is now used for cooking things the family can actually eat.