Disclosure: We received a complimentay product to facilitate our review. All opinions are strictly our own, formed through personal testing of the product. Your results may vary.
Both Clay and our youngest daughter suffer from horrible cold sores. In fact, our daughter has had quarter sized cold sores before that went from the edge of her lip out onto her face. They are really painful, itchy and plain old unsightly. I know our little girl is extremely miserable when she gets a cold sore and begs for something to make it better. Plus, they seem to take forever to heal. We recently received new Zim’s Advanced Cold Sore moisturizing protectant to treat and prevent cold sores.
The kit comes with two products. The first is an ointment that is used to help relieve the symptoms of the cold sore, soften it and promote healing. You use it at the first sign of a cold sore. The ointment contains Propolis which is made by honeybees and is used to keep the hive sterile. I know some people have problems with bee by-products (honey, royal jelly, etc.) and it does say not to use if you are allergic to bee stings or bee by-products but I, personally, love products that have honey or Royal Jelly in them. I find them to be very healing for me. So I was curious to see how using Propolis would benefit Clay and our daughter.
The ointment is a brownish color. It isn’t runny. You squeeze a little out of the tube and apply it directly to the cold sore. The texture is really nice. It rubs in easily and doesn’t leave an oily residue. It feels more like a moisturizer once you put it on. We didn’t get a chance to test the effectiveness of the ointment because, thankfully, neither of them had a cold sore. But we will have it on hand for the future.
The second product is a daily lip balm used to retain moisture and help prevent a cold sore from occurring. It is also a brown color and contains Propolis. The texture of the balm is also like a moisturizer. It goes on very easily and smoothly. A TINY bit is all you need to cover your entire mouth. It sort of melts on contact and really smooths across your lips. I didn’t detect any fragrance or odor in either product and there is no bad taste on my lips. The lip balm is to be used daily in place of your regular lip balm and it feels really good on the lips. My lips are really soft since using it. It feels really great on my lips!
Both products active ingredient is petrolatum which also works as a skin protectant. They also contain mineral oil. The ointment also contains lanolin so it isn’t vegan. (Some of my readers prefer vegan products so I’m mentioning it) While I”m not a fan of some of the inactive ingredients, I do have to say that so far, the lip balm is protecting our lips and we haven’t seen the slightest hint of a cold sore. So….
When either Clay or our daughter has their next cold sore, I’ll update this post and republish it with a full review of the ointment so you can see our results and how it works! For now, I wanted to go ahead and make mention of the products so you can try them if you have a cold sore/fever blister.
OINTMENT ACTIVE INGREDIENT:
Petrolatum 89.5% – Skin Protectant
STICK ACTIVE INGREDIENT:
Petrolatum 47.95% – Skin Protectant
OINTMENT INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Liquid Paraffin, Purified Propolis Extract ACF®, Ethanol, Lanolin.
STICK INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Paraffin Wax, Mineral Oil, Cholesterol/Lanosterol Esters (Super Sterol), Carnauba Wax, Propylene Glycol, Purified Propolis Extract ACF®
Currently, Zim’s Advanced Cold Sore is only available online for $19.99 but should be released in stores sometime this fall.
Check out our review of Zim’s Arnica Max products.
Do you suffer from cold sores? Have you tried Zim’s Advanced Cold Sore ointment and lip balm?
Hi! I’m Crystal Martin, a stay at home mom of 4, living in KY with my high school sweetheart husband of 20+ years. My husband and I are co-bloggers at Cinnamon Hollow where we write about homesteading, travel, beauty, our lives with our kids and pets, fun and free printables as well as the products and services that make our lives just a little bit easier – and a lot more fun!
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