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How You Can Help Lip Balm Anonymous

Lip Balm Anonymous is a volunteer organization, and as such it relies on members and associates to survive. You can help the organization in the following ways.

  • Come to our Bay Area meetings. For the latest times and locations, please send us email. If you would like to start a Lip Balm Anonymous chapter in your area, feel free to do so. If the meetings are held at a regular time or place, we will provide that information here on the LBA Web pages.
  • Encourage others that you know to contribute to our testimonials or comments online.
  • Continue to support Lip Balm Anonymous members with love and compassion. Spread the word about our organization.

Please send email to Lipbalm@kevdo.com.


LBA in the Mass Media

Members of the press may contact Lip Balm Anonymous at our regular email address at Lipbalm@kevdo.com. One of our members will be happy to return your message or call you if you leave a phone number. We are always happy to cooperate with others who tell of our organization.

  • On January 17, 1996, we were the Weekly Web Wonder from Evansville Courier.
  • LBA was briefly mentioned in John G. Taylor's weekly "Health Science & You" column in the Fresno Bee on January 28, 1996.
  • LBA was briefly mentioned in the C.A. Eye section of the January 29, 1996 issue of the Memphis Commercial Appeal.
  • LBA was briefly mentioned in the February 20, 1996 issue of the Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph.
  • Internet Underground magazine wins the race to be the first publication to print a review of Lip Balm Anonymous! The March 1996 lists us in the WebGuide Amusements section. They have awarded us 4 stars (out of five).
  • The Internet Underground April 1996 issue lists us on page 27, in the Weird on the Web section.
  • Mr. Media's list for April 8, 1996 reviews Internet Underground and mentions LBA as a representative of the sites you find in the magazine.
  • On April 9-11, 1996 we were mentioned in Dan Gleister's Jackdraw column in the British publication The Guardian. They reprinted some of the LBA Self Test and printed testimonies from two dependents (including our own Kevin C.).
  • We were prominently mentioned on the April 30, 1996 issue of Suck.
  • We were featured in the May 1996 issue of Paper magazine.
  • On May 20, 1996, LBA was awarded a thumbs-up Yippee award at Yahoo! Internet Life's Web site.
  • On May 29, 1996, we were featured on the Netsurfer Digest
  • We were briefly mentioned in a review of Center for the Easily Amused in the June 24, 1996 issue of the The Bipuck Guardian.
  • We were reviewed in the August issue of Online Access.
  • We were reviewed on August 16, 1996 in the Sacramento Bee Webby site.
  • We received 4 stars in the review of our site in The Web Magazine. Look for us on page 114 of their premier October/November 1996 issue.
  • We were listed in the October 1996 issue of Sweden's Internetworld. They rated our site 8 out of 10 and said "You can see them everywhere, in the street, in coffee-shops, buses - you might even have one at home! People who abuse lip balm! Show them this page, and they might have a normal life again." Thanks to LBAer Elisabeth E. for bringing this to our attention.
  • On October 7, 1996 we were featured on the Norwegian Dagbaldet net guide. Our translator says the article states "Finally there is a site (Lip Balm Anonymous) who focus on the problem with 'over-balming'. Written by people who has been in trouble because of their addiction. Also it says in the article - that the page Lip Balm Anonymous is very American and ironic." Thanks to Kim S. for the translation!
  • We're listed in the Blue Pages-Bizarre in the November issue of The Net magazine. The reviewer praised our content and appearance and rated our techno-smartness as excellent.
  • We were featured on the Web Review Unreal Sites for November 8, 1996.
  • We are proud to announce we were listed as one of the Weirdest of the Web in the year-end December 1996 issue of Internet Underground magazine. Here's what they said: Since we first reported on this site, LBA has blossomed from a clever notion to an extensive warehouse of anti-lip balm propaganda. The weirdest aspect of the site is that even though you know it's a joke, it all sort of makes sense. Don't miss the hilarious "The Industry of Addiction" section which features detailed rants against all of the leading brands of lip balm from Chap Stick to Blistex to Vaseline Lip Therapy and Bonne Bell. We always scoffed at the notion that Carmex was actually habit-forming, but after looking over the evidence at Lip Balm Anonymous, we'll all think twice before applying another coat of waxy ointment to our dry and cracked kissers. They got it pretty much all correct, except for the joke part!
  • We were once again listed in The Web Magazine, this time in the January 1997 issue, complete with the LBA logo.
  • We are listed on The KLBK Internet Guy's home page.
  • LBA was mentioned in both the December 1996 and January 1997 issues of Fashionstance.
  • We were reviewed in the December 3, 1996 issue of the Glasgow Herald. Here's what they said: POTENTIAL addicts can find comfort in this non-political fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope to recover from addiction. The organisation hopes to rally people into lobbying congress to ban balms, but stresses that it is not a sect. Testimonies are plentiful here, such as Rachel F's, who confesses to not being able to leave the house without at least three of them on her person. A self-test is included - worried balm bandits need to ask themselves whether misuse has interfered with their job, or whether financial difficulties are arising due to over-use. InterNerd staggered from this site, wondering whether the whole world is going balmy.
  • An extensive article on chapped lips from the January 10, 1997 Burlington Free Press featured information about Lip Balm Anonymous and quotes from our very own Kevin C. (who was interviewed for the article). In addition to linking to our page, the article also quoted some material from our pages and gave testimony from Tom Messner, a local meteorologist, and former lip balm addict.
    This article was reprinted in the following newspapers:
    • Gannett News Service on January 20, 1997.
    • Lafayette Journal and Courier on January 23, 1997.
    • Lousville Courier-Journal on January 30, 1997.
    • Binghampton, New York Press & Sun-Bulletin on February 10, 1997.
    • Chicago Sun-Times on February 23, 1997.
    • Lansing State Journal on June 24, 1997.
  • LBA's Kevin C. appeared on the WGN radio's The Kathy and Judy Show on February 26, 1997.
  • Lip Balm Anonymous was mentioned in the April 17, 1997 issue of the Colorado Springs Gazette. Among other things, they called our site "stunningly complete."
  • The April 25, 1997 episode of The Internet Cafe television show featured LBA's own Kevin C. being interviewed about our site and lip balm addiction. The theme of the show was "Weird Web."
  • Jon Carroll mentioned LBA in the San Francisco Chronicle on May 5, 1997. This was a follow-up to his article on Chap Stick addiction which was previously Testimony of the Week here at LBA.
  • LBA's Kevin C. appeared on the Mancow morning show on WRCX (103.5 FM) in Chicago on May 6, 1997. Sadly, Mancow used the serious problem of balm addiction as an object of ridicule. He is, of course, in serious need of help and even admitted that he uses lip balm himself.
  • LBA was mentioned in the May 20, 1997 issue of Woman's World in an article entitled "Lip Service." They said this about us: It seems as if there's a 12-step program for everything these days. Now there's even on for lip balm users! Yes, some now claim we can get addicted to the stuff. When Kevin C. found himself waking at night for an hourly fix, "I knew I was headed for trouble," he says. "So I quit cold turkey." Then he started a support group called Lip Balm Anonymous. And it's members can be completely anonymous -- meetings are held on Kevin's website. Doctor's remain wary. "So far, there's no medical evidense of balm addiction," says Vermont dermatologist Glen Goldman, M.D. Still, he admits, "People can develop habits from anything."
  • LBA's Chap Stick Conspiracy page was mentioned on the June 18, 1997 (or June 20, 1997) edition of CNN's American Edge episode on conspiracies.
  • LBA was listed as one of the "most bizarre" Top 50 Web sites in the August 1997 issue of New Zealand's Netguide magazine.
  • LBA was profiled in an article from the August 8, 1997 issue of the Boston Phoenix. The article featured quotes from LBA's own Kevin C., along with ridicule of those who hate LBA.
  • "Addictive Chapstick" was the theme of the day at The Hub's Urban Legends area on American Online for Friday, August 29, 1997. AOL users can go to keyword:"urban legends" to check it out. LBA's Kevin C. spoke with the Hub's Legs Urbano, and the report seems very favorable to our cause!
  • LBA was mentioned in the September 1997 issue of Computer Shopper. Here's what they said about us: Take the Lip Balm Anonymous home page , which uses no interactive features aside from e-mail, yet has generated a loyal following of people who send in their testimonials of addiction and recount apparent physical side effects. Though the site uses a hefty dose of humor, my wife was on the verge of calling a doctor when she read other balm users' experiences and quit cold turkey.
  • The September 6-7, 1997 issue of The Weekend Australian featured hot sites on the net, including LBA. They included a color photo of our site logo and said this: "The world is full of sorry tales of addiction but is there any sadder than this page?"
  • The respected news program The Daily Show did a two-part investigative report on lip balm addiction called "Lip Smack". The reports aired on September 25, 1997 and September 29, 1997. The report included interviews with our own Kevin C., along with Suzy Chaffee (Chapstick), Cindy Crawford, John Leguizamo, and Janeane Garafalo. Sadly, the folks at Comedy Central chose to plug Dianetics as away to get off the balm when we all know that the 12 steps are the way... But we appreciate the hard work of the Daily Show staff and correspondent Brian Unger for bringing this important problem to light.
  • LBA was shown briefly on the KNTV-11 (San Jose, CA) News on October 28, 1997. The story featured author Jeff Greenwald and said "you can find anything on the Internet" while pointing to LBA's page.
  • LBA was featured in the Mixed Media section of the November 1997 issue of CMJ New Music Monthly. Their review said: Though the Web has opened up a new medium for those who attempt to solve the world's problems with information (the Free Tibet movement, the Weather Channel homepage, etc), few have made such a stab as the pioneers of the Lip Balm Anonymous page. While lip balm addiction is a problem seldom admitted to, the LBA page shows that not only are we sufferers not alone, we are being programmed, propagandized, and manipulated into our dependent states! The LBA page details the marketing and potentially addictive factors of 13 major bands of lip balm, and offers a way out by attempting to enlighten addicts as to exactly how much they are being played. While garnering lots of flak from the hard-core 12-step community, who think they are being satirized, and the manufacturers of Blistex, who are really, really pissed, LBA shows no signs of weakening along the slippery, kissable slopes of this hard fight.
  • LBA was featured in a lengthy story in the November 13, 1997 issue of The Alestle, the Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville campus newspaper. The article features extensive coverage of our site, along with an interview with our own Kevin C.
  • LBA was reviewed in the Washington Post on November 20, 1997. They said this about us: Before the brisk winter winds send you combing your pockets for a soothing piece of wax to smear across your blistered maw, ask yourself this: Could you stop using it for just one day, or even one hour? If your answer is "no," chances are that you (like me) are a Chap Stick addict -- and a good candidate for the Lip Balm Anonymous club. We may have lost our dignity in exchange for soft, supple smackers, but now, thanks to the Web, we have hope: a 12-step program, testimonials, and a forum in which to share our success in kicking the habit. (You didn't hear it from me, but there are also some good addict tips, such as ditching the drug-less Chap Stick for harder aspirin-spiked stuff like Carmex.) There I go again. Hey, has anyone seen my lip balm?
  • LBA was mentioned in May 3, 1998 edition of Aftonbladet, a Swedish newspaper. According to LBAer Karin B., the article said "The lip-savers. On this site there is the saving for you who's depended on lip balm. On this website, you can have advice and help to get out of your abuse and more."
  • On June 16, 1998, LBA's own Kevin C. appeared on the Karen Buck and Jim Gill show on Perth, Australia's 720 6WF radio station. Karen said she was a user, so let's all wish her well towards starting her recovery from lip balm!
  • Kevin C. appeared on the Lynne Haultain show on Melbourne, Australia's 774 3LO radio station on June 30, 1998.
  • LBA was mentioned in the July 4, 1998 issue of Australia's Sunday Herald Sun.
  • LBA was mentioned on the July 15, 1998 KGW Channel 8 news, as part of a review of "That's Useful, This is Cool".
  • LBA was mentioned in the July 22, 1998 issue of  USA Today. They said "Some Web sites tell us how to kick the tobacco habit. Or how to overcome an alcohol problem. Someone called Kevin C. decided his contribution to the world of online public service sites would be Lip Balm Anonymous. Don't laugh; you could be an addict and not even know it."
  • The Yakima Herald ran an extensive article on lip balm addiction in the Saturday, September 25th edition.
  • LBA was mentioned in the Montomery Advertiser on October 18th.
  • LBA was mentioned in the November 3rd edition of the New Jersey Star-Ledger. Unfortunately, this was the reference: "Since anyone can put anything on the Web, content ranges from mainstream publications like Men's Health to fringe sites like the urine therapy page (don't ask) and Lip Balm Addicts Anonymous."
  • LBA was reviewed in the December 3rd edition of the Tacoma News Tribune.
  • From Rhymes with Orange on October 6, 1998
  • LBA and our Self-Test featured in an article called "Lip Fix" in the January 1999 issue of Seventeen magazine.
  • LBA was featured on Memepool on July 30, 1999.

Awards

Lip Balm Anonymous thanks all of the following who have awarded the LBA site. We thank you for the notice. If you have awarded LBA in some way, we'd love to link back to your site, so let us know.

  • On December 21, 1995 we were named the Humor Site of the Every Other Day (sadly, the HSEOD is no longer with us). Nick S. from HSEOD told us "Congratulations on a really bizarre site. I am quite addicted to Carmex myself." We think it was Nick's common addiction which caused our nomination since, frankly, we still don't think there's anything funny about lip balm addiction.
  • On December 28, 1995, we were the Jim Rao FanClub Site of the Day. Jim's listing says this about lip balm: "Just take it off the shelves." He also told us that "Your site rates an 8 in my book. Very nice!" Thanks for the kind words, Jim!
  • We were named the Cool Site of the Day-Bizarre on January 11, 1996. Though listed in the Bizarre category, LBA will proudly accept this award since we admit this topic is a little bizarre to most people! Special thanks to selector Richard Grimes, a self-described lip balm addict himself.
  • On January 17, 1996, we were the Weekly Web Wonder from Web Courier of Evansville, Indiana.
  • On March 1, 1996 we were the Cool Thing at Teleport's One Useful Thing and One Cool Thing.
  • On March 16, 1996 we were the Crack House Hit of the Day. Lip balm addiction must be just a minor problem for these people.
  • On March 27, 1996, we were listed as the Tres Bizarre, the stranger side of the web site of the day. Dave from Tres Bizarre says: While this honour may not be much, it's the most I can do for someone who has made me smile, scratch my head, and say to myself, "there are some wierd people out there." Besides, while the strange often get noticed, they rarely get rewarded. Thanks, Dave.
  • On May 15, 1996, we were added to Links Ahoy! the treasure map to the Internet.
  • On May 20, 1996, LBA was awarded a thumbs-up Yippee award at Yahoo! Internet Life's Web site.
  • On May 30, 1996, we were the Cheesy Site of the Day. They say that "CheeseWorthy brings fame to sites that may not be recognized for just how great they are." We'll take that as a compliment, I guess!
  • For the week of July 22, 1996, we were one of five sites at The Frenzic Site of the Week.
  • On July 30, 1996, we were the Site of Excellence at The Daily Double Awards.
  • On August 1, 1996, we were the site of the day at Wave.
  • On August 21, 1996, we were Geoffrey's Geek Guide - Geek Site Of The Week. Goeffrey provides a great review of our site and says "Honestly, if the United Nations doesn't give these people some sort of humanitarian award I just don't know what the world is coming to....."
  • On August 22, 1996, we were nominated for eViliVe-The Twisted Web.
  • Lip Balm Anonymous ranked fifth in the Entertainment category of I-Way's (now Web Now) Fall Directory of the Top 500 Web sites in the world, announced on August 26, 1996! We're happy the evaluator noticed our depth and design. But the Entertainment category? What's entertaining about chapped lips? Well, thanks anyway...
  • We were Badger's Pick of the Day for August 31, 1996.
  • For the week of September 23, 1996, we were the site of the week at The Weird Wired Web.
  • From October 5-8, 1996 were Vistar's Weird site of the Day.
  • Starting on October 18, 1996 we were featured on The Daily.
  • Starting on November 14, 1996, we were listed at the Crème de la Crème Awards.
  • We are proud to announce we were listed as one of the Weirdest of the Web in the year-end December 1996 issue of Internet Underground magazine. Here's what they said: Since we first reported on this site, LBA has blossomed from a clever notion to an extensive warehouse of anti-lip balm propaganda. The weirdest aspect of the site is that even though you know it's a joke, it all sort of makes sense. Don't miss the hilarious "The Industry of Addiction" section which features detailed rants against all of the leading brands of lip balm from Chap Stick to Blistex to Vaseline Lip Therapy and Bonne Bell. We always scoffed at the notion that Carmex was actually habit-forming, but after looking over the evidence at Lip Balm Anonymous, we'll all think twice before applying another coat of waxy ointment to our dry and cracked kissers.They got it pretty much all correct, except for the joke part!
  • During January, 1997, we were site of the day at Portsmouth, New Hampshire's Port City Online. They said that "You'd think that this page, like some movies, would be one joke. However, the home page of Lip Balm Anonymous, a fellowship of men and women united in their desire to give up lip balm, goes on and on."
  • On January 12, 1997 we received the Chicken Head's Award for outstanding Website. Chicken Head's Webmaster, Peter Imes, says "I want you to know that this page kept me rolling for awhile. Good luck!" Thank you, Peter.
  • On February 7, 1997 we received an award of 3.5 Biscuts from the CheeseDog, who said he thanks God he has no lips - otherwise, yes, addiction would be eminent. Bad Dog's CheeseDog - the WebHound sniffed out your site, marked his territory and decided that you deserve the Cheesedog 3.5 biscuit award! Congratulations. Your site was chosen for its innovation, visual appeal and content-- Bad Dog Press.
    P.S. Jim (of Jim and Tim the duct tape guys) is addicted to Lip Balm. So far, I don't admit to be. - Tim
  • On Februrary 8, 1997 we were awarded the Dr. Webster's Web Site of the Day. Here's what they said "I really enjoyed Lip Balm Anonymous. The doctor's review of your site follows: Hi---glad you could visit me down here in my dungeon laboratory, where I'm plotting a devious conspiracy to crank my Web page up from around 6,000 hits a month to 5 quintillion per second---boy, won't those folks at the Link Banner Exchange be surprised! Sorry, it's dark and gloomy down here---that just helps me plot my conspiracies better! So, grab a torch and head out with me to check out some strangeness on the Web I've stumbled across. Be careful around the bubbling lava and don't feed the severed heads! Today, we've got a site I'm not sure what to make of: Lip Balm Anonymous. Man, we're talking major strangeness here. We're talking everything from the "Chap Stick Conspiracy" and "Vaseline Lip Therapy" to the "Lip Balm Drug Connection." But it's not as gloomy as all that---there's plenty of help and a 12-step recovery program for those caught in the vice of this addiction. Only on the Web! And as long as there are sites as funny as this, the Web will continue to be a lively place.
  • In late May 1997, were were named the Craziest Site of the Week.
  • On June 23, 1997 we were the site of the day at the 7 Wonders of the Web. We were picked in the category "Weird and Unusual."
  • On September 17, 1997 we were the Internet Cool Site of the Day.
  • We were listed at #9 on the Internet Chart Show Top Ten for the week of September 19, 1997. Here's what they said about us: Autumnal winds and feet-stomping cold weather are enough to send most folk diving for their lip balms in attempts to keep chapped lips at bay. However, for some this innocent action can soon turn in to addiction and at Lip Balm Anonymous their "primary purpose is to stay free from lip balm and to help others achieve the same freedom". So if you're someone who can't leave home without a lip balm you'll find plenty of like minded self confessed addicts here. Plus information on the history and advice for the ubiquitous lip glossing substance.
  • LBA was the Cruel Site of Day for October 22, 1997.
  • LBA was the Cybersmith Hot Site of the Day on May 22, 1998.
  • Lip Balm Anonymous was mentioned on Beefcake Hall of Wack starting on June 4, 1998.
  • July 13, 1998: The Weekly Bookmark list.
    "Though others had mentioned to him that he had a problem with lip balm, Kevin figured that since it was legal there was no problem with his usage. But, deep down, Kevin knew that his lip balm use was unhealthy--both physically as well as mentally. Kevin followed traditional 12 step programs and was free of lip balm in 3 weeks and started this site to help others."
  • July 17, 1998: USA Today Hotsite
    "Some Web sites tell us how to kick the tobacco habit. Or how to overcome an alcohol problem. Someone called Kevin C. decided his contribution to the world of online public service sites would be Lip Balm Anonymous. Don't laugh; you could be an addict and not even know it."
  • July 17, 1998: That's Useful, This is Cool
    "TUTIC admits to having a lip balm problem, specifically Bonne Bell Lip Smackers. She has those little puppies stashed all over the house, in the car, two in her purse, one in the diaper bag. Leaving the house without one is not possible. She found help, and you can too, at Lip Balm Anonymous, where people recover from addictions like this. (Please don't make TUTIC put a smiley face on this.)"

World-Wide Web Links

If you would like to provide a link to our pages, please feel free to do so. The LBA URL Address for purposes of publication or site linkage is http://www.kevdo.com/lipbalm/. If you let us know about your site, we will provide a link here.

Our Special thanks to LBAers Kevin C., Julie C., Dirk B., Greg B., Howard W., Sharon B., Doctor R., Jennifer L., Rachel F., Elisabeth E., Ron B., Kim S., Joanie M., Jennifer W., Caroline M., Lisa H., and Maria B. for adding material above and beyond the call of duty.


Last updated on April 23, 1999

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