For many years the best–kept secret of models and make–up artists, Carmex lip balm is now available in high street stores across the country to soothe the dry, chapped lips of the nation. Carmex is a top seller in the US where its no–nonsense appeal and effectiveness has earned it cult status, Carmex is now fast becoming a must–have for Brits. Celebrities don’t leave home without it, and Sarah Jessica Parker and Kate Winslet swear by it. Carmex is a topical lip balm which claims to reduce cold sores and dry chapped lips, supplied in a characteristic white glass container with a yellow cap. Carmex has been manufactured by Carma Laboratories in Franklin, Wisconsin since 1937, and is also available in a screw-capped tube. Its active ingredients include menthol, camphor, and phenol (an anesthetic). Also included are fragrance in petrolatum, natural lanolin, cocoa butter, salicylic acid, and a wax base. Many users find the menthol and camphor produce a warm, soothing sensation when applied. Carmex was voted the number one recommended over-the-counter lip balm product by pharmacists.