A physician named C. D. Fleet invented the first lip balm in the early 1880s.
After have no success at selling it locally, he sold the rights of his ChapStick lip balm for $5 in 1912. Maybe that's hard to believe, until you learn the original inventor sold it in the form of a wickless candle wrapped in tinfoil.
Although most people use it for dry lips, ChapStick has many other uses, including:
- Grooming mustaches and eyebrows
- Preventing car battery corrosion
- Removing a ring stuck on a finger
- Lubricating zippers
- Shining leather shoes
Earlier this year after watching some videos on "wet shaving" and reading a great article on it I was inspired to switch from using disposables to this improved form of shaving. Getting a closer shave was the primary motivation along with eliminating the need for shaving cream, as wet shaving uses simple soap for lather.
Well, one of the side effects is that I now get a significant amount of cuts from the VERY sharp razor. This typically happens when I am in a rush in the morning.
So I was very pleased to learn of this simple way to stop the bleeding. It is far more elegant than wads of toilet paper coming off my face.
However, as the posts below indicate, I would NOT advocate ChapStick but would encourage the use of Burt's Bees, which you should be able to find at just about any health food store.
So use it to stop shaving cuts or many of the other great uses indicated in this article. There's also one rather morbid use that wasn't mentioned in this cheery article -- Lip balm can be used to help scientists perform DNA tests in order to identify unrecognizable bodies.
On Vital Votes, however, biochemist Russ Bianchi issued a warning:
Burt's Bees also gets my vote for a healthy alternative to ChapStick.