My name is Leann, and I’ve been using (lip balm) for as long as I can remember. I’m not sure how my addiction came about, but I do remember when this pseudo-addiction was brought to my attention.
Some time during my early high school years, my best friend and I would visit BigW after school and I would go home with a new SoftLips lip balm every couple of days.
I had 4 or 5 lip balms already lining the compartments of my school bag as I lined up at the cashier to pay for another one when Hilda coolly pointed out the amount of lip balms I’d bought in the space of a fortnight. That was the first time I’d questioned myself, “why do I keep getting more?”
I also remember the time when a teacher actually told our class that lip balm was implicitly bad for your lips, but I was too busy lathering my lips with some balmy goodness to even entertain his uncouth claims.
I mean, how bad could it be to be addicted to lip balm? Surely I could be addicted to far worse things than deliciously scented tubes of lip stuff?
But I guess I was wrong.
Back then, I didn’t know about the following ingredients in lip balms that do more harm than good for your lips:
- Artificial colours
- Artificial fragrances
- Menthol and camphor
- Salicylic acid
Now I can confidently say most of the above ingredients can be avoided by simply switching over to lip products labelled ‘natural’ or ‘organic’! Just be sure to read the ingredient labels because some companies are super sneaky and label their products ‘green’ or ‘natural’ even when they’re not.
What will I ever do with all these freaking lip balms though?! I guess now that I’m truly aware of how bad the lip balm collecting situation has gotten, I’m going to have to be more mindful when I’m out shopping.
I guess it also doesn’t help that they’re more affordable than most cosmetics products, and lasts longer than I cheeseburger too.
Do you have a collection of something that others might consider ‘strange’?