Carmex Jar vs Stick lip balm


We've all seen these two products in the store (here it's Muller). And usually, we all think they are the same product, except in a different packaging.

But is it so? Let's find out!

Carmex in a Jar (Original)


The iconic medicated lip balm that generations have relied on to soothe and protect dry, chapped lips.
* Provides long-lasting protective barrier to help healing
* Glides on smoothly to help soften and hydrate lips with moisturizing cocoa butter
* Cools and soothes lips with camphor and menthol

INCI:

Petrolatum, Lanolin, Cetyl Esters, Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter, Cera Alba, Paraffin, Camphor, Menthol, Salicylic Acid,Vanilin, Parfum, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Geraniol, Citronellol.


How does it feel on the lips?

For me, it has a cooling effect. I usually apply it before bed so it has the time to heal all it has to heal. After application it feels slightly hot (a moment or so) before it feels cold and cooling. A sort of menthol feeling. At first, I didn't like it but then I got used to it and now I enjoy it.

Carmex Lip Balm Sticks (Original)

The original medicated lip balm stick with SPF 15 to protect lips from the sun
* Provides long-lasting protective barrier to help healing
* Glides on smoothly to help soften and hydrate lips with moisturizing cocoa butter
* Cools and soothes lips with camphor and menthol 

INCI:

Petrolatum, Lanolin, Euphobia Cerifera Cera, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Benzophenone-3, Ozakerite, Cetyl Esters, Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter, Cera Alba, Paraffin, Camphor, Menthol, Salicylic Acid, Parfum, Vanilin, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Geraniol, Citronellol.


How does it feel on the lips?

The first thought that comes to mind after applying the lip balm on my lips is IT BURNS! But after so many uses I can actually give it a more detailed description. It burns like I put cayenne pepper on my lips. Exactly like that. Not just pepper, but cayenne pepper. The feeling got me by surprise since I was sure both products were the same. It has a slight menthol feeling before the peppery tingling begins.


Are they the same?

Definitely not. The Carmex in a jar has a strong menthol scent and leaves a cooling feeling on your lips while the Carmex in a stick has other extra ingredients in it and it leaves a mostly peppery feeling on your lips. It's not pleasant and I am not a fan but with use, I got semi used to it.
I must add that finding the exact INCI ingredients online was impossible, so I had to type them out from the packaging. 

Since I prefer the menthol feeling I use that one the most but I do agree that the stick is more hygienic and easier to carry around.

So, which one do you like the most? Let me know in the comments.

1 comment

  1. Hey Tamara,
    lovely post! I personally always prefer lip balm stick since it just feels more hygienic to use it than the balm from the jar.

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