Wellness | Kicking My Lip Balm Habit

It all started when I was in third grade. I can remember it with such sharpness. I licked my lips one day and it all went downhill from there.

Within days, I had a red ring around my mouth. My lips were sore, cracked and bleeding. I was embarrassed and made fun of. I continued this way for awhile, until my mom suggested using vaseline and a hydrocortisone ointment mixture on my lips.

That saved the day, or did it?

I became dependent on my little old grey poupon sample jar filled with my mixture. My pants pockets bulged, because I had to carry it everywhere. It worked, but I had to reapply constantly. Hello people, I played the Alto Saxaphone. I lost my mind during band class.

It became a running joke in my family that I had to “lube up”… it killed my self esteem.

Once I made it to high school I thought, wow, I want to be cool. I can’t carry this jar around in my pocket. What if some day a boy wanted to kiss me?! I’d taste like ointment! Em-barass-ing…

So, I weaned myself over to those lovely Bonney Bell lipsmackers. Fruity and delicious. I’d be ready one day when I had a boyfriend, you betcha.

They worked great, but I constantly licked my lips again. Ugh. I had to reapply constantly. When I did finally date at the end of my high school career, I hated kissing… he’d steal my lip balm! And so, reapply, reapply, reapply.

Later in college, I discovered Burts Bees and Carmex. The cooling sensation was wonderful and I continued on my merry way. Still to this day, Chris likes to kiss me before I reapply, otherwise I say, “you stole my lip balm!”.

I knew I had a problem when I found this video to be perfect for me.

A few months ago my mother-in-law mentioned she saw an episode of Dr. Oz where he discussed Chapstick Addiction and starting over. I forgot about it amidst having a newborn, but remembered it as I began my transformation this week.

With a little research, I found the best thing for weaning and fixing my lips is COCONUT OIL! Hooray, something I buy, eat and use a lot of… duh! We even use this on Miles’ bum, oh yes, people, on.the.tushy!

It’s amazing how I always looked at what went into my body, but not what went on my body. Glass shards, drying chemicals… really? That’s on my lips.

This isn’t going to be easy, but neither is Insanity. Why not torture myself all at once?

I’ll keep you updated on how it goes.