Who exactly is this person? And what is her connection to Lip balm? I think we should be told. 18.104.22.168 (talk) 08:22, 15 February 2013 (UTC)
Miscellaneous discussion 2006-2007
The "addiction cure" section does not belong here. The writing is very opinionated, with terms like "back to normal" and "don't lick your lips or use lip balm." Basically, it's more of that ridiculous anti-lip balm bullshit. Still, the oils-from-forehead-to-lips-using-knuckles bit is both hilarious and disgusting... and rather interesting. Is this what people who are anti-lip balm often do? If so, it deserves a mention. But either way, it must be rewritten because it is currently too opionated.
- You find it more disgusting to apply one's own skin oil to the lips than to cover them with a petroleum derivative? That's interesting. Perhaps the topic could be covered if there are sources which discuss it. Jonathunder 17:27, 11 April 2006 (UTC)
- It's not bullshit, believe it or not my girlfriend is addicted to the stuff. I find it a bit ridiculous how often she thinks she needs to use it. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 22.214.171.124 (talk) 08:28, 6 December 2006 (UTC).
Could someone make it so that 'lip salve' directs here? Thats what I know it as, and I'm sure many other people do.
I suffer from this addiction myself... I carry lip balm with me 24/7. But my lips really do dry fast. I think I just have dry lips/skin. --Furwolf 05:33, 20 February 2007 (UTC)
I added a link to Bag Balm. Although it was originally formulated for cows, it seems like it belons under li balm since its page says it is sold in drugstores and is commonly used as a balm. malatesta 22:51, 8 March 2007 (UTC)
- I've seen it used on skin, fairly commonly, but is it really widely used on the lips? Would you call it a lip product? Jonathunder 23:12, 8 March 2007 (UTC)
I'm also addicted to lip balm.... I've heard that if you use it too much your lips don't produce their own moisture anymore, and judging by my own I think that's true. Going to try to go cold turkey--will let you all know how it goes. :P Sten for the win 00:01, 24 May 2007 (UTC)
I think perhaps some distinction needs to be made between addiction and frequent use. I mean, people aren't traumatized when they stop using it, are they? Yes, they get drier lips - which may possibly be why they *started* using lip balm in the first place. These people may also be "addicted" to moisturizer in the same way. Or hair conditioner. But they don't wind up hospitalized or in need of counselling, right? Let's save terms like "addiction" for substances that really are addictive. 126.96.36.199 (talk) 18:57, 3 January 2013 (UTC)
Anyone object to the link to lipbalmanonymous.com being put back into the article as an External Link? The site is mentioned but unlinked in the article. (disclosure: I own the site).Kevin Crossman 22:09, 18 May 2007 (UTC)
NN-site - I'd consider it spam and I'm not sure the inline mention is suitable either - if I find the time I'll have a go cleaning this article up in the morning and the mention will more than likely vanish at that point. --Fredrick day 22:12, 18 May 2007 (UTC)
Lip Balm's Addictive Ingredient
Many lip balm formulations contain ethyl alcohol-- a known addictive substance. For example, there is alcohol in certain Blistex products.
Interestingly, the Blistex website ("The Myth of Lip Balm") quotes this patently false statement: Excerpted from Columbia University's Go Ask Alice Web Site, December 20, 1996: There is no ingredient in any of the lip balms/moisturizers on the market that is physically addictive." Ridesbikes 05:06, 17 August 2007 (UTC)
lol. There's no addictive ingredient. But, people do become addicted to it because over time the body stops producing the normal oils on the lips, therefore, people feel a need to continuously use it to avoid the discomfort caused by this depletion.
I've removed this information again. As mentioned on the earwax talk page, this doesn't appear to be a reliable source, and it's also contradicted by another about.com article: "Dr. C. D. Fleet, a physician from Lynchburg, Virginia, invented Chapstick or lip balm in the early 1880s." Even if some people used earwax on their lips, it'd be a stretch to call it "lip balm".
Lip balm conspiracy theory
I thought I'd best link this since I found it. http://www.de-fact-o.com/fact_read.php?id=107 According to that link, lipbalm is designed to cause chapped lips, to encourage you to use more, and end up in some sort of addiction cycle. -OOPSIE- (talk) 16:26, 12 April 2009 (UTC)
I came to this page looking for a history of lip balm. Obviously, since I was looking for it, I can't create the section. Would anyone who knows about this topic care to enlighten the rest of us? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.8.131.52 (talk) 19:12, 8 February 2010 (UTC)