Five Fun Facts About Lip Balm

Yesterday, I wrote about 5 things we can learn from chapstick. As I researched that post, I learned some interesting things about lip balm. Here are a few things I learned:

  1. In the 1800s, a woman named Lydia Maria Child recommended earwax as a treatment for cracked lips in her highly-popular book, The American Frugal Housewife. This book is still available on Amazon today and is described as “a ‘must’ for every bride of the mid-1800s.”
  2. Lip balm was first marketed in the 1880s by a pharmacist and inventor named Charles Browne Fleet. Also the inventor of laxative and enemas, this guy’s interests were apparently very different from the cartoon character who shares a similar name.
  3. In 1912, the rights to Chapstick were sold to a guy named John Morton for five dollars.
  4. In the early 1950s, a commercial artist named Frank Wright Jr. was paid a whopping $15 to create the Chapstick logo, which is still used today.
  5. One of the main ingredients is something called Carnauba wax. This is also called Brazil wax, which I was afraid to Google, but I am hoping is very different from a Brazilian wax.

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