Sunday, March 13, 2011

Carmex Moisture Plus Review

Gloria :)

Two weeks ago I was starting to run out of my Chapstick I had been using for some time. I was at a college town to hang out with some friends and I saw a Walgreens nearby so I just stopped inside because I had some time to kill. I ended up seeing that this Carmex Moisture Plus was on sale for 99 cents and I had to pick one up. I’ve bought Carmex products before and I loved them so I had I feeling that I wouldn’t get let down by this so I bought it and I started using it right away. I’m so glad I bought it and didn’t ignore it.

What They Say:

On the packaging:

We don’t think you need to sacrifice function to be fashionable. That’s why we came up with new Carmex Moisture Plus ™ ultra hydrating lip balm. It comes in a sleek, slant tip applicator that looks fabulous and works even better. It’s formulated with Vitamin E, Aloe, Shea butter, and SPF15 to penetrate, moisturize and protect your lips. Use under or over lipstick, or of course, the the satin gloss finish looks great by itself – keeping your lips soft, supple and smooth.

On their website:

Bathe your lips in moisture - With a little help from vitamin E and aloe, Carmex Moisture Plus™ lip balm helps nourish and moisturize lips leaving them so kissably soft they will be hard to resist.

Have fun in the sun - With SPF 15, Carmex Moisture Plus protects your lips from the sun so you can play all day and know you’re covered.


Apply liberally before sun exposure and as needed.


Their Active Ingredients are:

Octinoxate and Oxybenzone are both sunscreen agents.

The inactive ingredients are:

aloe barbadensis leaf extract (aloe butter), beeswax, butylrospermum parkii (shea butter) fruit, C10-30 cholesterol/lanosterol esters, camphor, caprylic/capric triglyceride, carthamus tinctorius (safflower) seed oil, cocos nucifera oil, ethylhexyl palmitate, euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax, flavor, isopropyl palmitate, lecithin, limnanthes alba (meadowfoam) seed oil, meadowfoam delta-lactone, menthol, olea europaea (olive) oil unsaponifiables, ozokerite, palmitoyl oligopeptide, paraffin, persea gratissima (avocado butter), phenol, PPG-3 benzyl ether myristate, ricinus communis

Some information that Carmex provided regarding some of their ingredients

Aloe Butter — Helps heal and soothe.

Aloe has been used for centuries for treating many skin conditions including the acceleration of wound healing and the reduction of inflammation. Because of its anti-inflammatory and anesthetic properties, aloe can alleviate pain associated with dry and chapped lips. Another potential benefit of aloe found in Carmex lip balm is its hydrating and anti-aging effects that can stimulate cell rejuvenation, and give lips a more youthful appearance.

Shea Butter — Prevents dry, cracked lips.

Shea butter is a natural oil that protects the lips from excessive dryness and sun-damage. Shea butter is a rich moisturizer that contains many fatty acids which are needed to maintain the elasticity and softness of healthy lips. Shea butter, added to Carmex lip balms, soothes dry and chapped lips and like vitamin E, helps prevent free-radical damage.

Camphor — Alleviates pain.

Camphor is a naturally occurring compound that shares many properties with menthol. The cooling, tingling effect of camphor is similar to that of menthol, and it too acts as a mild local anesthetic and antimicrobial agent against germs. Camphor is also one of the ingredients that relieves the burning, itching and pain associated with cold sores.

Menthol — Kills germs and relieves discomfort.

Derived from oil of peppermint, menthol is a common ingredient in over-the-counter topical products used for respiratory congestion, headache, skin problems and muscle pain. Menthol also has anesthetic properties and helps soothe the discomfort of dry, chapped lips and the pain associated with cold sores. Menthol elicits a cool, refreshing sensation.

Phenol — Kills germs, exfoliates and anesthetizes.

Found in a variety of mouthwashes and sore throat lozenges, phenol is an antiseptic that kills germs and provides a local anesthetic or mild numbing effect. In Carmex, phenol helps reduce the itching and burning associated with dry chapped lips and cold sores. The phenol in Carmex’s lip balms also helps to gently remove old, dry and peeling skin found on very chapped lips.

They also mentioned these but I couldn’t find them in the ingredients. Maybe I missed them, I’m not sure, so if I did miss them please let me know so I can fix it.

Vitamin E — Reduces damaging free radicals.

Vitamin E is an oil with a wide variety of beneficial properties. When lips are exposed to ultraviolet rays, vitamin E acts as an antioxidant and protects the lips against premature aging by preventing the formation of free radicals. Free radicals can damage the lips and cause them to stay dry, chapped and prematurely wrinkled. Vitamin E also has anti-inflammatory properties which can help soothe lip damage caused by sun, wind and excessive dryness.

Lanolin — Softens, lubricates and protects.

Lanolin is a natural substance that provides a soothing and moisturizing effect when applied to the lips. It is widely employed for the treatment and prevention of dry, rough, skin problems. Since lanolin is similar to the oil produced by our own oil glands, it may help reduce excessive moisture loss and restore the softness and elasticity of healthy lips. Lanolin in Carmex lip balm provides a protective coating that helps keep your lips soft and supple.

Cocoa Butter — Moisturizes and protects.

Cocoa butter is natural fat extracted from the cocoa bean during the process of producing chocolate. That creamy and smooth melt-in-your-mouth texture of chocolate is due to cocoa butter. Cocoa butter is a wonderful moisturizer and is recommended for the treatment of many skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis. When applied to the lips, cocoa butter helps lips retain moisture, which helps to prevent dryness and cracking, and protect from environmental factors, making them feel soft and smooth.

Salicylic Acid — Exfoliates and relieves pain.

Salicylic acid has been used as a pain reliever since ancient times, when a simpler form of the compound was extracted from the bark of the willow tree. Also known as beta hydroxyl acid, salicylic acid improves the overall texture of your lips by promoting very mild exfoliation of the outermost layer of the lip, allowing dead skin cells to slough off and enabling the other important ingredients in Carmex—menthol, camphor and phenol —to more effectively penetrate your lips. Only a small amount—less than 1%—is used in various Carmex lip balm products. Salicylic acid can be found in many skin care products such as cleansers, facial creams and lotions.

Petrolatum — A moisturizing barrier that protects the lips.

Petrolatum is perhaps the most effective moisturizing agent available. When applied to lips, petrolatum forms a moisturizing barrier which prevents water loss. By penetrating the outermost layer of the lips, petrolatum actually accelerates the healing process and helps repair damaged tissue. Petrolatum in Carmex lip balms 1) treats cracking and dryness by ensuring that the lips do not lose their moisturizing properties, 2) prevents the entry of germs into the cracks and cuts, and 3) protects the lips from external irritants such as dry air, cold temperatures, wind and sun.

My thoughts:

I can tell you that I love it to an extreme. The packaging is so cute. It looks like it’s a lipstick tube but it’s a bit taller and skinnier. The tip is slanted so the application is very easy and the product just glides on. It makes your lips feel really soft and smooth. It lasts for a really long time so you don’t need to be constantly bringing out your lip product to make your lips feel good. I used this product both under and over my other lip products just to see how it works and it works great both way. It also looks really nice when you wear it by itself because it has a nice glossy finished look to it. I like to use it as a base under my champagne color lip gloss because it ends up creating this really pretty nude color.


I would definitely repurchase this and I really do recommend this to others as well. I plan on buying the other two kinds they just made which are in a pink tint and a peach tint one. Especially since I got this product for 99 cents it was an incredibly cheap investment. Even at its original price of roughly $3 dollars I think I would still use it.

Overall: 13/15

Packaging: 4/5
Product: 5/5
Price: 4/5 (for the original price of roughly $3 dollars)

I hope I didn't kill you guys with info.... Comment and tell me if you used/are using it and what you rate it!

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