I did go back to a cherry chapstick (that didn’t take me long, did it?)
But, hear me out. I’ve just found out that Carmex partnered up with quirky accessory brand Skinny Dip for a wardrobe makeover. Those lip balm jars have gotten a whole lot cuter!
It was a summer collab, so I’m not sure how long they’re gonna be on the shelves. If you want one, better grab it now.
You can choose between the Classic flavour decorated with pop lollies or the Cherry Flavour SPF 15 embellished with cherries (I’m partial to the cherries).
Here’s what I think of them:
Classic Flavour + Lolly Packaging
How cute is that pot? It’s so cheerful and summery.
The lip balm inside is lightweight and just the littlest bit sticky. It’s a concoction of petrolatum and lanolin, two ingredients that have long suffered from an undeserved bad rep.
Yes, petrolatum is derived from oil, but it undergoes a strict purifying process to remove all the toxic crap in it. The end result is safe and super moisturising.
Lanolin is derived from the sebaceous glands of sheep. It’s what waterproofs their bodies. Thanks to lanolin, they can stand for hours in the cold without feeling the shivers. Lucky sheep!
Both work in the same way: they create a barrier on the skin that locks moisture in and protects it against the harsh winds and irritants that want to suck it all out.
These ingredients are totally fine. What’s not so fine are two regulars in lip balms you all love to use: camphor and menthol. I known I’m in the minority here but I’m not a fan. I’ve never particularly liked that refreshing, tingling feeling they give your lips. Plus, if your skin is sensitive, they can be irritating. 🙁
Mine isn’t so the lip balm didn’t do any harm. It keeps my lips moisturised for three or four hours before I have to retouch it.
Cherry Flavour SPF 15 + Cherry Packaging
The cherry flavour has a similar formula to the classic flavour. Same key ingredients (petrolatum and lanolin). Same lightweight but slightly sticky texture.
It even has camphor and menthol, although here they’re more subdued. That’s why I like it more. I do get the minty feeling, but also the cherry taste.
The cherry scent is also the first thing to hit your nose when you open the jar. A bit synthetic, maybe, but I still dig it (in case you didn’t get it already, cherries are my fave fruit 🙂 ).
I just wouldn’t rely on it for sun protection. Both ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate and benzophenone-3 protect your pout from UVB rays, but they still let some UVA rays through (mind you, wearing this alone is still way better than wearing no SPF at all).
Aren’t the new designs super cute? Let me know what you think in the comments below.
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Carmex Classic Ingredients: Petrolatum, Lanolin, Cetyl Esters, Paraffin, Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter, Cera Alba, Camphor, Menthol, Salicylic Acid, Vanillin, Parfum, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Geraniol, Citronelol.
Carmex Cherry Flavour SPF 15 Ingredients: Petrolatum, Lanolin, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Parfum, Benzophenone-3, Cetyl Esters, Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter, Cera Alba, Paraffin, Camphor, Menthol, Vanillin, Linalool, Benzoyl Cinnamate, Geraniol.