Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Giants of the lip balm world! Berts Bees lip balm Versus Carmex lip balm Review

Yep its Winter again and the cold wind and rain has taken its toll on my lips and they are suffering, dry and...just...ucky.

So I decided this year once and for all Im going to find a lip balm that works for me. I have tried the gentle fancy tasting, pretty ones with no effect or just lasting a few hours. Some I even reacted too and looked like I had a bad case of suburn...on my lips as I have eczema.

After a bit of research I found that these are the top 2 in the lip balm world so decided to buy both and see how they go head to head.

Carmex Lip Balm
This award winning lip Balm has become the worlds favorite with over 130 sold every minute, so I had to try it.
But be honest the name puts me of, it sounds like something medicated you put on your warts, not a nice lip softener. But I so need to give this a go.

The bright yellow and red packaging cheapens it slightly and you lose some femininity, but then it works well as a unisex product. On the back it explains that Alfred Woelbing invented Carmex lip balm in the USA in 1930s; and the family still run it today.

 This little plastic tube holds 10grams of lipbalm but goes a long way.

Petrolatum, lanolin, Cetyl Esters, Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter, Cera Alba, Paraffinium Liquidium, Camphor, Menthol, Saliclic Acid, Vanillin, Parfum, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Geraniol, Citronellol.

What they do....

CAMPHOR — Alleviates burning, itching and pain of chapped lips and cold sores.
CETYL ESTERS — Hydrate skin and give a silky feel to our lip balms.
LANOLIN — Helps protect skin and locks in moisturization.
MENTHOL — Cool and refreshing, menthol offers relief from discomfort.
PETROLATUM — The most effective moisture barrier available.
SALICYLIC ACID — A mild exfoliant allows moisturizers to be better absorbed.

Some ingredients for those allergic to watch are; 
Petrolatum, lanolin, Paraffinium Liquidium.

Carmex comes in a compact easily squeezable tube, when kept in your pocket or in a warm room, it squeezes out easily as a translucent squiggle. But when its kept in a cold room its hard to squeeze from the tube. At its best texture its soft not runny and absorbs easily into your skin as seen above and you can apply liberally as often as you want to.

It does exactly what it says on the packet, it absorbs quickly and last for a few hours, and yes it really works. The menthol and camphor are pretty strong tasting as it makes your lips feel cold initially and actually stung a little as my lips are quite chapped. But it feels like its doing something.

Berts Bee Beeswax Lip Balm

Berts Bees Beeswax LipBalm

I was really drawn to this lip balm as its 100% natural and made from bee wax and I adore anything that is produced naturally and in particular to do with bees. Its also become one of the most popular lip balms in the world.

This natural lip balm is loaded with coconut and sunflower oils, rich in vitamins and essential fatty acids, to nourish, condition and soften lips. The beeswax seals in hydration. They have even added peppermint oil for a refreshing tingle. Take your pick of this lipstick style, an old-fashioned yellow tin or a recycled plastic tube.

Cera alba (beeswax, cire d'abeille), cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, mentha piperita (peppermint) oil, lanolin, tocopherol, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, glycine soja (soybean) oil, canola oil (huile de colza), limonene

All natural products

Simply twist the bottom to push up some of the balm, you get no waste this way and when applied it melts slowly and leaves a lovely cooling peppermint tingle sensation on the lips. Its perfect for both Summer and Winter and it really works fast within minutes my cracked lips felt instantly soothed.

Perfectly white bees wax with no added fancy colour just a natural product. It melts and absorbs fast and still felt smooth after four hours and ITS WORKING!

I loved the fact both lip balms are family run and have been going successfully for years. They are both hugely successful companies and have sold millions of their lip balms.
So the choice is down to personal preference.
The Carmex certainly improved my lips, it absorbed fast, but felt a bit gloopy and messy and it has a very slightly thinner consistency and I had to reapply every few hours.

Drum roll.......

The Carmex worked well BUT it has been pipped at the post by Berts Bees due to the gorgeous gradual but firm melting as you run it over your lips leaving a lovely cooling sensation; despite Carmex also having a cooling sensation this felt nicer; but it was very close.
It also lasted over 4 hours before I needed to apply it again.

Both companies use the same red and yellow colouring so its perfectly unisex; these really are the super giants of the lip world. I also really like Berts bees because its more natural ingredients and less preservatives.

I have to admit however I prefer the Carmex packaging as bits of lip balm get stuck round the edge of the lipstick container when you wind it back down to put on the lid on. I quite often have to wipe the edges; its easier to use the tube.....and....

....I have just found Berts bees do this version, not only in a tube but a slightly more moisturisation one too, so I will be trying this one next.

But my Lip Balm Winner is today Berts Bees with Carmex as a close second. To sum up the Carmex has a more medical feel to it and Berts bees has a more natural feel to it. I will be sticking to this now throughout the Winter. But I can wholley recommend both these lip balm giants it has to be personal choice.

Berts Bees Beeswax Lip Balm tube £3.69 Directly from Berts Bees with the choice of 8 flavours.

Carmex products and lip balms £2.00 Superdrug and most chemists.

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