Carmex® Classic Lip Balm Original Jar


4.4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars67%
  • 4 Stars19%
  • 3 Stars9%
  • 2 Stars3%
  • 1 Star2%


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

Active Ingredients:
Camphor 1.70%.................................................................External Analgesic

White Petrolatum 45.30%.................................................................Lip Protectant

Inactive Ingredients:
Lanolin, Cetyl Esters, Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter, Paraffin, Beeswax, Menthol, Salicylic Acid, Phenol, Vanillin, Flavor

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  • This is what I used when my lips are deshidrate specially...2 Answers
  • Does it leave your lips even more dry after?7 Answers
  • Is it worth the price tag ?6 Answers
Carmex® Classic Lip Balm Original Jar
Carmex® Classic Lip Balm Original Jar
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  • "I swear I'm addicted to the smell of Original Carmex. This lip balm is my jam during those cold, dry winter months! Great protection from the elements. " in 4359 reviews
  • "CarMex has been a lifesaver for me since I started getting cold sores. I usually will use CarMex daily and I can tell it helps reduce the chances of getting a cold sore and the healing time." in 823 reviews
  • "I have been using Carmex for forever. Nothing I've found even comes close to the moisturizing and healing this gives. Recently, I found the original version in tube form (I'm not a fan of the flavored one) and it made my day lol!" in 697 reviews
Brittany M.
Newport News
17 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Carmex is an absolute classic! In the winter nothing is superior in preventing and helping heal chapped lips. In the United States the active ingredients in Carmex are benzocaine, camphor, menthol, phenol and salicylic acid and the inactive ingredients are petrolatum, lanolin, cetyl esters, paraffin wax, cocoa butter, beeswax and flavoring. The reason I listed the ingredients is to point out what works so well. The benzocaine is a local anesthetic which helps reduce pain topically. So if your lips are sore this will help. Camphor is also used as a pain reliever and is the same stuff found in Vicks. Menthol, phenol and salicylic acid all help to make that minty, tingly sensation. They may also exfoliate the lips, causing them to peel. You may think this is bad but if you have chapped skin it will need exfoliation. The inactive ingredients contain 2 things. The first is a few ingredients to help moisturize but the second and honestly the majority are compounds to help seal and protect your lips. So even if the skin has vecome thinner do to exfoliation the rest of the product will help keep the moisture inside the skin. This is best used when trying to heal and protect not just for casual use. If your looking for an everyday lip moisturizer look for something without exfoliants and something that has more moisturizers like cocoa butter rather than a sealer like petrolatum (vaseline). Carmex® Classic Lip Balm Original Jar
Allison L.
Huntington Beach
82 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
I usually buy the tube for personal use but my family kept stealing my tubes!! I had to buy a jar to keep in my makeup drawer for the rest of the family to use as needed with a q tip or freshly washed finger. We all get very dry lips and I have never had or heard a complaint out of our family. I keep tubes of this at my desk at work, purse, vanity, car... this is my go to lip treatment. My step kids say it burns for a minute but then feels better, I think the burn feels good. I guess it’s just preference. I would highly recommend, but even further recommend the tube of this 5 out of 5! Easily!
Chantel R.
3 reviews
It does have a strong medicated smell, but it's medicated! Don't know what people were expecting. It leaves a minty tingly feeling on your lips, like menthol but not as strong; very nice, I can feel it working. As far as effectiveness, it's not the BEST balm out there because it comes off if you eat or drink, so I just wear it when I go to bed and it works great! I still feel minty lips the morning after and my lips are SUPER soft, so wear it to bed! For the price you get a pretty darn good product.
Catherine C.
Cincinnati, OH
16 reviews
This product is an old school stand-by. If you’re an 80s baby like me, this product always reminds me of the smell of a freshly hatched Cabbage Patch Kid. 😊 It always moistures well and is easy to apply. Although the drawback to any kind of a jar product is that you really should have clean hands before you use the product. It’s not always practical to think that you’re in a place to wash your hands when you want to apply a lip moisturizer. I’ll use this, but it’s not my go-to.
Meli F.
Lincolnton, NC
61 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
Ever let your lips get damaged so bad that they crack if you even smile? I have... Twice. Like to the point that all the cute glosses in the world couldnt help them. When that happens this is the only one I know will patch me up.

This product has never been a beauty item for me, but as a medication I love it.
Kathryn M.
132 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
Carmex is a solid choice for lip balm. My other 2 go tos are Kiel’s and Jack Black, so Carmex has stiff competition. However, it stands up well for a much lower price point. The product itself is much thicker which I don’t like as much on my lips during the day. However, this is great at night. It does a great job moisturizing and healing. On a personal note, I love the little tub! Everyone seems to be going away from the tubs! :(
Raelynn C.
Bowling Green
49 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
I love this product it is just like an original squeezy tube Carmex except for in a jar the only thing that I do you not like about it is that you have to use your fingers but that is kind of the point to this product so that’s just my personal opinion other than that it does the same thing that any squeezy to Carmex would do gives the same hydration and text me all of the chapped lips.
Laura G.
4 reviews
Purchased at: CVS
I like the balmy formula that coats my lips nicely and you can feel a slight tingly warmth when it’s applied, so you know it’s working to heal chapped lips! I’d give it 4 stars if it weren’t for the jar! Ladies...if you have long nails it’s a pain to stick your finger in the jar to apply it because it gets stuck underneath and makes a mess! It also smells a bit medicine like to me!
I'M S.
2 reviews
I don’t particularly care for it I don’t like the smell or the taste it has a heavy feeling on my lips and it’s pretty hard to wipe off.the tub is convenient but I don’t care for it.I have used it on several occasions when I don’t have anything else,however i perfer blistex.although I don’t like carmex  I would recommend it to others I know a lot of people who love carmex 
Rhonda M.
Charlotte, NC
404 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 5
Purchased at: Walgreens
It’s the season... my lips are dry. No complaints on the weather though because women with “hot flashes” enjoy the cooler weather. My hot flashes came on much earlier than expected because of surgeries but my goodness it’s rough people. Ok, so this review is about lip balm so sorry I kinda went off on something else. I bought this on a whim because I am not familiar but had read reviews on here regarding it. Everyone here seemed to love it. I’m not loving it. First of all I have to use my fingers to put it on because that’s the kind I bought. My fingers took about nine different things to remove the impossible grease that was on them that I was applying to my lips. My lips did immediately feel hydrated but if a good wind came by I would have been in serious trouble with my hair landing all in it. I guess this stuff helps and provides your lips from drying out or getting chapped but I think I’ll take a hard pass and keep using chapstick or Eos.
Kayla K.
297 reviews
Is this better then Burt's bees and what is the scent?
Raych P.
Fremont, NE
221 reviews
Anyone else ever hoard Carmex tubes?
Kayla S.
Plainfield, IL
25 reviews
Does your lips get zoo use to it, they become more chapped?
Gown C.
73 reviews
This is better than the ones in the squeeze tube?
Crystal G.
784 reviews
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