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Denial of Addiction to Lip Balm

Many visitors to the Lip Balm Anonymous pages have told us they use lip balm, and some even admit they are addicted. The people listed here admit to both, yet continue to use! Why? Remember, the first step to stoping the problem is admiting that you have one! If you would like to contribute your own story, please send email to Lipbalm@kevdo.com.

Return vistors to this page can go straight to the new testimony.

Testimony from Lip Balm Dependents in Denial

Doug F. is prone to exaggeration... a sign of denial!
Hey, I don't care what you say, I DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM. Sure I buy lip balm whenever I'm in the supermarket or corner market, but hey . . . who doesn't. Sure I stash it in my glove box, and in the nightstand next to my bed, but you never know when your lips are going to be dry. And I could stop if I really wanted to . . . but it's not a problem, understand. Sure I got reprimanded at work for using my lip balm to much, but with that air conditioner blowing on me all the time, my lips got dry. I did the same thing anyone else would do. A lot of people do it. I know that a tube of lip balm was found inside the broken laser printer, but it wasn't mine, I swear. It was probably the secretary. I saw her using once. But my lip balm use in UNDER CONTROL. Got it. Don't be making accusations if you don't know the whole story.
My parents . . . may they rest in peace . . . both used lip balm, and they never had a problem. OK. I DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM.

Kay B. has a classic lip balm tale.
This isn't MY testimony. I don't have a problem. I like my dry, cracking lips. The occasional taste of blood is quite appealing too (to me at least). I'm 55 years old (this is very stimulating, right?) This story began in 1956 when Willena and I (best friends) were double-dating at the drive-in. Although we were virginal Catholic school girls and knew practically NOTHING, I knew enough to be embarrassed when Willena yells from the back seat, "Dew yew have enny vaseline?" Well...she used it only on her lips, but how did our dates or people in the other cars know that??? Willena and I are still best friends...through divorces, remarriages, myriad boyfriends, etc. We went out to dinner and a movie a couple of weeks ago. After dinner, she pulls out a little blue plastic container of Pina Colada LIP BALM!!!! The woman has never worn lipstick...only lip balm all these years. Surely this is the oldest (true) lip balm story online so far!

Phil P. provides textbook denial!
As a USER (NOT ABUSER) of Chap Stick I would just like to say, come on lemme have my piece of solace. Is it so bad to come home after a long day at school, and sit down with some iced tea, a cigarette, and go ahead and put on a little Chap Stick. How could something that feels so good be so wrong. I am not addicted, it just feels so good, who wants to walk around with chapped lips, do you know what that feels like? IT is horrible. Gimme some strawberry Chap Stick I say, soften my lips You will hear me shout, MOISTURIZE ME I exclaim... the ecstasy of Chap Stick has no bounds... IT just feels right... it is good, and correct and even dare I say godly to apply this divine ointment to my parched and needy lips.

Jennifer F. at least admits she is in denial!
I think your Denial idea is great. To this day, I even occasionally deny that I am in denial, and although I know my flavored lip balm addiction is a slight problem and a financial hindrance, I am not yet ready to give it up. It's so hard! I think your Denial is a great idea for those like me who need support from others who know how it feels.

Marc B. is waiting for evidence:
Hello, my name is Marc and I've been using Carmex for at least 15 years, even though I don't actually need it for chapped lips or anything. It has, thus far, caused no significant or noticeable personal, professional, or psychological problems. I need to see some medical studies before I'm going to give it up, so until I hear LBA outrageous and libelous claims given some credence by Dateline or even American Journal, I'm not going to listen...

Bruce H. doubts our mission.
I would think that this page is suppose to be a joke, except that I can't find even one instance of anyone contributing to the page that seems to be joking. I am not aware of anyone who has a "lip balm addiction", but I am willing to concede that someone might develop a mental habit of using lip balm or even a possible physical habit of using it. But I find that the basic premise of this page, that someone would have to use something like a 12 step program to stop using lip balm extremely hard to believe. I quit smoking without anything like a twelve step program and I know that there is a real physical addiction with smoking (despite what tobacco company executives are willing to swear before Congress).
I would think that the positives of lip balm for legitimate lip chapping control and prevention hugely outweigh any slight negatives even if they truly exist. Most everything in life can be addictive for somebody if they can't exercise any control over their actions. I saw a program on TV about a guy who ended up getting brain surgery because he had a compulsion to wash his hands over and over again, does that mean that we need a support group to get over hand washing?

George P. needs help... quickly!
To this date, I'm not sure if your website has been a Godsend...or a plague...but here's my denial story.
I started using Chap Stick about one year ago, during the winter months. Before that time, I was a lip-licker with mild dryness of the lips-if any (living in Georgia doesn't present TOO many cold days).
Well, winter rolls around again, and I'm having a particularly bad case of chapped lips. I'm in a drug store, and *hey*, what do I see in front of me? A shelf-full of lip balms!
Chap Stick, Blistex, Carmex, you name it...not realizing the addicting qualities of the products that you so "eloquently" tout, I bought my first lip balm: Chap Stick - medicated.
It's been a year, and we've just been through a cold spell again. Where would I bee without my Chap Stick? Is it addiction to use it on a regular basis to avoid dryness? In that case, wouldn't driving your car to work every day be a "motor-transportation" addiction?
That's right. I've got my Chap Stick on the desk beside my keyboard. After submitting this message, I think I'll apply some...hmmm...much better!

Choey is still hanging on!
I have been accused of being a lip balm addict by my loved ones, and I must admit I have panicked at being lipbalmless and have turned my car around to return for lip balm left behind. It all started with Carmex when I was a teenager. A friend actually gave me a whole case of it for my 18th birthday because she knew how much I hated not having it around. Now I'm off all the stuff with mint or menthol in them, and prefer the natural "LIP TRIP" product. (If that isn't an apt name, I don't know what is). BUT, I do not want to quit this habit. I LOVE LIP BALM, and it does not interfere with my ability to love or to work, and so I'm sticking with this nasty little habit until it does. It does feel weird, though, to realize how into the stuff I am. Thanks for helping me realize I am not alone. LIP BALM LOVERS UNITE!

Thanks to Katherine P. for providing a text-book case of denial!
I cannot believe you guys, I just saw one of the people who runs this on the Internet Cafe and so I thought I would check it out. I love lip balm, and maybe I am addicted to it, but I don't really care, I have some of the nicest lips around. I can not believe how you down Autumn Harp and especially Bonne Belle, who both I might add make some of the best lip balm in the world!
Kids enjoy lip balm, its different and fun, and tasty. I CAN NOT BELIEVE THAT YOU THINK KIDS ARE GOING TO START DRINKING IF THEY ENJOY PINA COLADA LIP BALM, IF I HAVE EVER HEARD ANYTHING SO MADDENINGLY STUPID, IT'S THAT!!!!!!!!!!! Lip balm feels good, usually tastes good and is a lot of fun to use and buy. Companies like Bonne Belle know this, recognize it and give us products that kids, teens and adults love to use. You guys are sick and stupid, and I can't believe you would ever thing of putting down some of the BEST chap-stick companies in the world!
Proud Owner Of:

  • 4 Bonne Belle Lip Balms
  • 1 Sponge on Sparkler, Bonne Belle
  • 2 Autumn Harp Lip Balms
  • 1 Carmex
  • 1 Autumn Harp Jelly Lip Balm
  • And two other non-name lip balms, and I use them very heavily, many times a day, and I'm doing fine.
Very Moisturized, Tasty and Happily Yours, Katherine P.

Matt R. writes:
I started using Chap Stick when I was about 10 years old, to combat dry skin caused by a prescription drug for severe cystic acne. My acne is gone, but my Chap Stick addiction remains. But I like it. In this time of uncertainty and unease, that little cylinder in my left rear pocket gives me something tangible to cling to.
You can take my Chap Stick when you pry it from my cold, dead, fingers.

Micah doesn't understand the meaning of "negative consequences."
You are going to have a hard time proving me wrong. When you are done reading this letter, you may even convert to my opinion... so I'm warning you now: I embody all that you fear. I am the devil of temptation...
I became addicted to lip balm at an early age. I bought some for a known lip balm user's birthday, and bought some for myself at the same time. I was immediately drawn into the balm world.
At first, I was in denial: deep down I thought that it was a problem, but I refused to believe it. I would go through the stage of "justification." I would justify why I needed the lip balm. The lip balm was good for me. It was healthy... reasons like that. Then I would give in to temptation and use it. It felt good but the feeling lasted only a moment and was then gone. Immediately, guilt would replace the good feeling and I would be down on myself for a long time. Then, I would go back into the justification stage, realizing that guilt was a pointless figment of my imagination, and so the cycle of sin would go on and on... for years.
Then, one day, I finally realized what was keeping me from being happy. It wasn't that I needed to kick a habit. No, I needed to EMBRACE it! There was absolutely nothing wrong with being addicted to something that had absolutely no negative consequences! The more I thought about this new revelation, the more happy I became. Right at this very moment, my lips, nose, and chin are fully protected, and I am in bliss. I no longer hang my head in shame when guilt comes, I wallow in it. I can now eat the entire tube of lip balm in one bite and retain my dignity. I am not effected by what anyone thinks about lip balm... because I know and embrace the truth. It is the truth that sets you free. The lip balm mistress is waiting for you in her bedchambers. She weeps for most of you who are too caught up in that devil in sheep's clothing that calls himself guilt to realize that she loves you. Come back to her and embrace her for the rest of your life. The rest of your life shrinks the more you say, "I have a problem." The rest of your life needs to be spent in complete respite with your one true love. Come to her all who are weary. She will not disappoint, and there is no eternal fire waiting for you after you die.... only her.
I see and sympathize with people who are kept up late at night, who are constantly aware of their need for it, and so on. I did read the testimonials and wept for these people. However, I did not weep because I feel sorry for them and I am distanced from the habbit. No, in fact, I am totally involved with my lip balm. My point about no longer just being aware of guilt, is the answer. Being aware of guilt and that you are doing something negative makes the user nervous and start doing "unusual and extreme" things with their lip balm night and day. If they would only become ONE with the balm, they will no longer suffer these self inflicted negative consequences. They can live their lives free of thinking it is a negative thing forever and ever... living and using lip balm as they please. It is a fact that lip balm is a more intellectually stimulating activity than watching television or even surfing the internet. There is nothing wrong with taking up lots of time to play with lip balm. If people did this instead of watching television, society today would be better off.

Meghan is a very sick individual.
My name is Meghan, and I am a seventeen-year-old Blistex addict. However, I am not looking to solve this "problem." In fact, the only reason I came across your page was because I was looking to see if Blistex had a web site because I wanted to write to them and tell them how much I loved their product.
My lip balm addiction started when I was in Colorado (high altitudes = chapped lips) when I was 8. I started on Chap Stick, but I was not a fan of the rather thick texture. I tried Carmex, but I was never a big fan of the jar thing. And then I found Blistex, and for about five years now, nothing can come close. I am proud of this. I have gotten several of my friends addicted. It sits on my nightstand while I sleep, in case I wake up with chapped lips. It goes with me everywhere, and I save all my empty containers and put them on my window sill. A photo opinion poll in my school newspaper asked us what holiday we would like to create if we could. I chose to create National Blistex Day, and posed for my picture holding my beloved green bottle. It is a unique quirk of mine and I am proud of it. Maybe it's not a good thing to be psychologically and physiologically dependent on a product, but it amuses me that I am, it amuses my friends that I am, and I think that it is kind of nifty to have such a wonderful product attributed to me. And hey, no one has died from too much Blistex.

Donna C. writes:
I am totally addited to blistex lip conditioner. I have been frequently using it for about five years. I have already gone to the doctor about my lips and he just said that my condition was from the weather.
My condition is all year round. If I don't have a tube of Blistex in my pocket where ever I go, my lips will start to sting, then go bright red, then swell up and crack and sting and sting and sting**!!!** If I don't smother it on before I go to bed each night I wake up in the morning with bright red burning lips!!
My boyfriend thought I was mad so I proved it to him by not putting it on my lips one afternoon. Now he leaves me alone and lets me put it on all the time. I have tried Bonne Bell, Chap Stick, Vaseline and every other brand of lip gloss but Blistex is the only one that works temporarily for me.

Christina B. refuses to live without...
I can't really remember when I first started using lip balm, I couldn't have been more than five when I used my father's original flavored chapstick. It tempted me with its cocoa buttery scent. I grew up in the mid to late 70's, the height of the lip balm era. Bonne Bell was fairly new back then, and I've been lining her pockets ever since. I've used every brand out there and in quantity. In 20 years I've seen the rise of an industry. I HAVE NEVER GONE A DAY WITHOUT LIP BALM! I am afraid to quit, and I don't think that I can. What would become of my precious lips? What do you do when they get chapped? How can you quit cold turkey? It's sad to say but lip balm is a part of me, I can't imagine a life without it.

Erin D. has a psychological addiction.
Hello. I'm an addict, and I'm proud. In the past I would joke about my need for the stuff, but I realize now it's no laughing matter. You see, as I've been reading testimonies from other, recovered addicts, I found my thoughts drifting to the tubeful of heaven which I knew was inside my pocket. My lips were not dry (I had a hit not long before), but just reading other's descriptions of all the luscious flavors and formulas out there made me want it bad - this was scary. I began to reflect back - as with many other victims, my problem began young, with Maybelline "Kissing Potion". I vividly recall the sensation of power that came with each generous application (if you looked like you'd just eaten a bucket of fried chicken, you were doing it right). The fact that the stuff was called "Kissing Potion" conjured up images of allure - if I wore this potent cherry aphrodisiac, even at the age of nine, I would be the recipient of all the boys' affections (you must be right about the sex / balm connection). That tube represented my coolness and kissability, and I wielded it with attitude. But I digress. Surely there are valid, scientific reasons to keep one's lips well-lubed. For instance, sunburn and even lip cancer can be avoided if your product of choice has SPF. Justification? Denial? Maybe. But darn it, I don't WANT to quit! Even after the physical addiction was kicked (I shudder to think of how my lips would revolt when denied the precious moisture), I think the psychological addiction would persist and worsen! No, I'm sorry, too much pleasure is derived from glossing my lips with layer after layer. I appreciate that the 12 steps are there if I need them, but at this point I must resign myself to the fact that I will go to my grave moist and fruity.

Martha S. wrote a little ditty
I would just like to let you know how much I hate and despise you for insulting my little cylindrical friend. Little Chappy and I go back a long way. It all started two years ago. The winter was harsh and my lips were in an awful state. I had run all the way from work and was very tired. So I ran upstairs and into the bathroom and there it was. A small beacon of light!.
As if it was a cool minty flavored lighthouse guiding me safely away from the rocky cliffs of Chapped Land. Now, Chappy and I do everything together. We laugh, we play, we frolic.
We've had some good times together and some fab times. I think I'm in love!. I heard in some states in America you can get married to household objects. So that's where Chappy and I are going!. Oh I'm so excited!!!. I must go, or I'll be late for my 5.05 application and Mr. Chappy gets ever so grouchy when I'm late. But I shall leave you with a love poem I gave to Chappy on my 1 Year Anniversary.

Oh Chap Stick, oh Chap Stick
My one and true dear love.
Your soothing balm really does stick
To my top lip above.
You come with me everywhere
On buses and planes.
Even when I'm streaking
Across Highways and lanes.
I've bought thousands of your little friends
And cut off their balmy bits.
To stick on your revolving head
And smother on my lips.
To stop at my lips is to
Say that I've failed.
You go in my room and face
And on the Mental Institution rails.
The doctors tried to take you away
And I nearly died.
If we were to part again
It would lead to suicide.

Gerald shares his forbidden fruit
I've been addicted to lip balm as far back as I can remember in my childhood, I always new I was different from the other boys in this regard.
For the longest time, in high school and while in college, I hid this grotesque weakness of my personality. I lived in constant fear of being discovered, but I could not stop. I would secretly steal glances at the other members of my football team in the locker room before a game---is he wearing Vaseline Lip Therapy?? That shimmer! That shine! He's wearing Vaseline Lip Therapy!....No! ....NO!....It's Blistex. It's definitely Blistex!
Then, one year in college, my roommate showed me that I was not alone in the world suffering from this affliction. One night he put his hand on my shoulder and gently pushed me down onto the edge of the bed. In his eyes I saw an emotion I had never seen before from another man. When he pushed me down onto the bed, after I had gotten comfortable, accepted what was about to happen and eased into it----he pulled it out of his pants.
And there it was. I was stunned. Oddly though, I always thought it would be bigger. My moist lips parted with puckering anticipation. There it was! A half ounce pot of Carmex and he was giving it to me to share, a bond between grown men, utterly unasked for! We dipped and rubbed and dipped and rubbed all night long! A veritable orgy of mentholatum heaven! Later, when the pot of Carmex was spent, we heaved our last heave and collapsed in ecstasy.
I'll never forget that night as long as I live, long ago as it was. I share my Carmex with others now. Friends, strangers, it makes no difference to me. I'm proud to be out of the lip balm closet. I know now that I'm not alone. I shout from the highest rooftops: "I'M A LIPBALM ADDICT. I'M HERE, I'M PROUD, GET USED TO IT!"
Thank you LBA. You have given all of us a forum, a place to meet in the digital ether, a place for support and mutual love. Peace be with you.

We kick off 2003 with this rant entitled "What Consequences" from GSloan: new!
I'm sure you'll just use this as fodder, but having waded through the majority of your site, I couldn't let this pass.

First, a little summary of my lib balm use. Am I an addict (or an addict in denial)? No. Need proof? I own a tube of Vaseline Lip Therapy Medicated Lip Ointment, menthol flavored. I don't even think they make the stuff anymore. I've owned the same tube for approximately 10 years. I use it when my lips get chapped to relieve the cracking (I have a split lip from a childhood injury and when my lips get dried, I gush blood). When they are no longer chapped (usually a day or two), I stop using it. So this is NOT an email from a bitter addict in denial.

That being said, I am fully willing to believe that lip balm can be addicting. Pretty much anything can. I'm sure if I examined my life I'd find some things I'm addicted to. I'm also willing to believe that companies do make an effort go get people addicted. In a way, that's the job definition of marketing.

But my question is this. What are the consequences? What harm does a lip balm addiction cause? This ain't exactly a $100 a day coke habbit. The absolute worst side effect is spending $2 a month on the stuff. No medical damage is done. No psychological damage is done. No one is injured by the product. So while maybe it's not particularly preferable to be addicted to something, it's hardly something to get worked up into a vehement frenzy over.

This question is posed multiple times on your site, and you have never responded with a satisfactory answer. Other than the addiction itself, what are the consequences? The only time I found any sort of response, it was laughably flawed. This is the quote:

"Doctors Ongley and Bruckheim sure sound like authority figures. They realize that people habitually use yet they laugh it off like some sort of minor problem--"there is no consequence to applying lip balm more frequently except the cost of renewing the supply as it rapidly dwindles". Would the good doctor say the same thing if we substituted heroin for lip balm in that sentence?"

What? You have completely missed the point. Heroin causes massive physical damage. It causes massive psychological damage. It causes massive social damage. It costs exhorbitant ammounts of money and sends people into poverty and dispair. Lip balm makes your lips shiny and costs $2. I fail to see the connection. No, of course they wouldn't say the same thing about heroin, because heroin has identifiable consequences. Lip balm has none.

I applaud an effort to help people who are addicted and do not want to be. That's a worthy cause. I'm not saying that just because there are no consequences that there is no reason to discuss the addiction. However, to compare it to dangerous and damaging narcotics is patently ridiculous and makes it kind of difficult to take you seriously.


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