Zim’s Advanced Cold Sore

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.

Zims Advanced Cold Sore

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.

Propolis ACF® that acts as a preservative and has been used in traditional medicines for over 2,000 years. Propolis is a substance collected by the honeybee from the leaf buds and cracks in the bark of various plants in a defined region rich with poplar trees. Bees use Propolis as a protectant for their hive.

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.

Zims Advanced Cold Sore Ointment

Zims Advanced Cold Sore Ointment

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!

Zims Advanced Cold Sore Lip Balm

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.

Petrolatum 89.5% – Skin Protectant

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.

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Do you suffer from cold sores? Have you tried Zim’s Advanced Cold Sore ointment and lip balm?


We are not doctors and this is in no way intended to be used as medical advice and we cannot be held responsible for your results. As with any product, service or supplement, use at your own risk. Always do your own research before using.

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