Carmex Lip Balm Review – My Go-To Lip Balm!

Carmex is an all time classic when it comes to chapstick. Everybody and their mother knows what Carmex is- but it’s time to go more in-depth and really examine why Carmex is the best. Here’s the Carmex Lip Balm Review.

And for what it’s worth- I’m always sporting a bottle of Carmex. It’s just so good!

Carmex Lip balm Review, the front of the carmex tube.
Carmex Lip balm Review, the front of the carmex tube.

Does Carmex Work? Most Important Carmex Lip Balm Review Question

Obviously the most important question in this Carmex lip balm review is, does it work? There’d be no point in getting a lip balm that doesn’t work.

Carmex is actually one of the most reliable ‘working’ lip balms out there. For most people, it’s like a go-to such as Burt’s Bees.

Whenever my lips get chapped- I resort straight to Carmex.

As someone in the midwest who has severe winters every year- my lips get chapped often. Like, way too often.

Stepping outside in the frigid winter out here is a surefire way to get chapped everything.

This is why I have to use the best lotion ever, vanicream! (In combination with carmex, of course)

Carmex is my go-to lip balm. That’s why I wrote this Carmex lip balm review. The thing is, it’s super easy to carry around and easy to apply.

The mix spreads easily across my lips and works well.

Ultimately, Carmex works- and does its’ job well. However, some have criticized the lip balm for supposedly ‘drying out the lips’ on purpose. Let’s examine this claim.

Is it true Carmex Dries out your lips?

Some people say Carmex dries out your lips. The product was designed to well, NOT, dry out your lips.

So, theoretically, no, carmex does not dry out your lips.

I have found that if you start using Carmex excessively like 15-20 times a day, it starts to have an anti-effect. This means that more or less Carmex will not be moisturizing your lips anymore but rather drying them out.

This is different for everybody, but keep it in moderation and the product will work!

Truthfully, I Carry Carmex Daily

Look. The last thing you want on your job interview or college admissions interview is dry and chapped lips.

Sure- I don’t think you’d necessarily get disqualified for it. But it’s definitely something embarrassing.

And don’t lie, we ALL look in the mirror 40-50 times before an interview or something important to make sure we look good.

I’m sure we all know that feeling when we look in our car mirror and see that our lips or nose is completely chapped with dead skin. (And look, I’m a guy. This does matter to us men too!)

Carmex comes in CLUTCH. You can easily apply a tiny bit of it to whatever dead skin or area is affected and it will usually save you. Most of the time you apply Carmex to chapped lips or dead skin, it like conceals it or something magical.

I don’t really know the science behind it, but usually I won’t have to worry about that dead skin or unmoisturized skin showing. And that seriously helps.

A Life-Saver At School

I remember back in my high school days before I got allergy shots (Read: Are Allergy Shots Worth It? Do they work?) I would sneeze and always have a runny nose.

This meant I would often have dead skin around my nose. Gross, disgusting, embarassing. And it wasn’t dead skin that was easy to get off either.

Carmex was my life-saver, I could apply a very tiny amount to the affected area and nobody would see it (not even me or my girlfriend) and I felt confident again.

I might be some ‘manly’ ‘confident’ dude, but man can I get self-conscious at stupid stuff like that. Luckily, it can help my mood, anxiety, and beauty disasters go away before I even start my day.

Carmex Lip Balm Review, back side of the tube.
Carmex Lip Balm Review, back side of the tube.

Carmex Lip Balm Ingredients

Turns out, Carmex Lip Balm has a ton of ingredients. But, recently some of the formulae has changed.

Here’s a video from Carmex’s headquarters in Wisconsin talking about some of the ingredient changes!

And for the record, this is news to me that they make Carmex in Wisconsin! Who would’ve thought?

Here’s a list of all the current ingredients:

  • Petrolatum
    • Petrolatum or petroleum jelly is the bread and butter of any skin-care product. Petroleum jelly is used as a moisturizing agent.
  • Lanolin
    • Lanolin is wax in the product. It’s used to treat irritation of the skin.
  • Cetyl Esters
    • Gives a lubricious feel.
  • Paraffin Wax
    • Soft wax, colorless/odorless.
  • Cocoa Butter
    • Improve blood flow to the skin, makes skin softer, protects against aging of the skin.
  • Beeswax
    • Heals and softens the skin and is also antibacterial!
  • Salicyclic Acid
    • Increases moisture in your skin and causes old skin cells to die faster, boosting the healing process.
  • Phenol
    • Antibacterial.
  • Menthol
    • Cooling feeling.
  • Camphor
    • Relieves irritation, itching, etc.
  • Benzocaine
    • Numbs the skin.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some frequently asked questions that I’d love to answer in this carmex lip balm review. If you have any questions, leave a comment below and I will add it to this post!

Why Does Carmex Tingle?

You may be wondering, ‘why does Carmex tingle’? Well, the answer is simple, it is because the product has Menthol in it. Giving the cooling feeling and a tingling feeling like you’re chewing mint gum!

This is great when your irritated lips are blistering away and causing pain. I thought that menthol might be a bad chemical for you, but according to, it’s not.

Is Carmex Lip Balm Bad For You?

The general answer is: no. Carmex Lip Balm is not bad for you.

There are a few ingredients that can cause irritation with some people. Some ingredients can cause inflammation- but not really.

Overall, the only really ‘bad’ thing about carmex lip balm is if you use it too much. Some people can get addicted and apply it like 10-20 times a day, that is WAYYY overboard. Don’t do that!

Carmex Lip Balm Side Effects

Carmex lip balm doesn’t really have any ‘big’ or ‘worrying’ side effects according to their website.

However, if you feel like you’re dying or something after applying it, please see a doctor- immediately.

There are some problems where your lips can become more chapped if you use it too much. And certainly do not overapply it.

Also, be careful on applying it on lips that are cut- it may sting quite a bit!

Is Carmex Poisonous?

Generally speaking- no. Carmex is not posionous.

Carmex has come under some backfire after an ingredient inside it may be carcinogenic. This ingredient is called ‘moah’.

However, when you look at the ingredient list, none of these ingredients really match the description. And this warning was only issued in France.

It is possible that Carmex in France has some different ingredients, including moah. However, in the United States version it doesn’t seem prevalent.

Furthermore, some studies have come out and say it is nearly impossible to link ‘moah’ to cancer as it’s been used in many health products for years without really raising an alarm bell.

Regardless, as I say in all my posts- moderation is key. Don’t use Carmex 50 times a day and force your skin to be exposed to the chemicals all day.

Can You Put Carmex In Your Nose

Putting carmex in your nose is a really interesting question.

I’ve actually personally had to put Carmex on/in/around my nose to stop some cold sores and pimples. Plus, when you have dry skin it can hide it. Carmex isn’t only a lip balm- it’s also like a beauty product.

An official response by Paul of Carma Labs said there should be no problem with putting carmex in your nose at all.

Paul from Carma Labs explaining a question we all have, 'Can you put carmex in your nose'- he says: yes!
Paul from Carma Labs explaining a question we all have, ‘Can you put carmex in your nose’- he says: yes!


So, all in all, Carmex is a pretty solid lip balm. I have no complaints about it and it is a really solid product!

I highly recommend it, so get out there and try some!

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