Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Chapped lips

Over on the Consumerist, a great debate rages about lip balms and their addictive nature. I had a friend in high school who was TOTALLY addicted to Carmex. I don't know what the biological basis of this is, but I agree it is addictive.

Lots of people supported Burt's Bees lip balm as the best lip balm out there. I almost agree. I like it too. For some reason I prefer it in the little metal tub than in the tube. Application messier, but it seems like a little different product and I think it works better. I could just be making that up though.

For real lip balm action (not to mention an unbeatable price), I vote for Bag Balm. If you live in New England you can buy this at the drugstore. If you're not so lucky, you can buy it (seriously) in the horse section at Petsmart. Or I bet at some like, feed store or something. You'll notice at the top of the Bag Balm website that none of the suggested organisms to use it are people. Cows? Yes. Horses? Of course. Pets? Certainly. A big tub of it costs like, $15 tops? It will last you forever. Seriously. I have one that is like five years old and its only half empty. And my mom gave it to me partially empty. It also makes a good treatment for dry skin, in which case you'd use it quicker. But it is, hands down, the best lip balm on the planet.

11 comments:

Adrienne said...

My fave is softlips, but I had a friend who was totally addicted to Lipsmackers. Wasn't everyone?

Karl W Broman said...

Hmm..."I had 'a friend'...", followed by lip balm by the tub.

Nathan said...

Do you know why it is called "bag balm"? Because you are supposed to use it on a cow's teats.

Go ahead...put it on your lips if you like but...

Ha ha.

Heidi Ellis said...

For really chapped lips I like using Blistex Lip Medex that comes in a little blue pot. I like the burning sensation it gives. :)

peppersnaps said...

I'm a huge lip balm addict. And I do agree that its addictive. My guess is that your natural oils in your skin down-regulate production after lots of balm-use. (OMG, I'm a huge dork.)

In fact, just reading your post makes me reach for my ever-handy tub of balm... need it... right now! :)

Nathan said...

I would just like to say that, while I'm ecstatic that I got the opportunity to post the phrase "cow's teats" to your blog and still be on-topic, I'm disappointed that no one else has jumped on the opportunity to work blue.

Well, except for perhaps that Karl fellow but I'm not exactly sure what he was driving at... ;)

Lisa said...

Hee. Well, it really was 'a friend'. I'm sure Mel can guess who it was. If they made a Bag Balm-sized tin of Carmex, she would have been ALL OVER THAT.

Heidi Ellis said...

Ok I have absolutely no idea who the Carmex person was. Was it me?!

turducken said...

Just bought Burt's Bees the other day for the first time and I can't stand it. I keep thinking, what's that nasty smell? Oh yeah, it's my lips.

Lisa said...

no. jenny! girl had a PROBLEM.

Heidi Ellis said...

Oh yea!!! But her lips always looked nice.