I inherited some fondness for Carmex lip-balm from my husband's family. The problem with Carmex, though, is that no matter what format you buy it in, it makes your lips a slimy mess and leaves a distinct, rather unpleasant after-taste. But hey, it heals your lips nicely, and an application at night will bring soft lips in the morning. Cue this product, which I bought because I refuse to wear the slime during the day. Burt's Balm begins with a freshening/soothing feeling that clearly stems from pleasant peppermint oil- and is that a hint of chamomile?- which gently fades into simple, healthy skin. No abrasive, lingering, highly chemical aftertaste. My sole complaint is that I feel like I have to reapply it more than I'd like, but let's be frank- the feeling of application is great enough it's hard to care, and in light of the chemical-slime from before it's barely worth noting as a price to pay.