Remembering your first …

For many of us, lip balm is one of the most essential items in our everyday lives. We use it day and night; it is not uncommon for people to carry one pot or tube of lip balm inside every bag and/or in the pocket of every coat they own, or keep one in every room in their home. Many of us will have heard someone (or ourselves) making the bewildering cry of “Argh! Just where has my lip balm gone? I need it now!”

Some of us like to stick with one particular type of lip balm, while others are happy to try out different kinds and brands. Over the years, I’ve tried so many different lip balms that it’d be very hard to list every single one I’ve used. I have no difficulty, however, in remembering the one that started it all for me: that would be the Body Shop’s apricot lip balm I purchased with my precious pocket money, all the way back in 1994. If I concentrate hard, I can recall its scent in my mind: sweet, rosy, slightly woody – and with it, the bittersweet memories of my early teenage years. (I failed to find an image of it on the internet; the closest one I came across is this kiwi lip balm, which was sold in Body Shops across the UK at the same time as the apricot one.)

Credit:, by Gmonkey, reproduced under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Credit:, by Gmonkey, reproduced under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

At some point, I’ll try and see if I can create a version of my apricot lip balm from the past. In the meantime, let’s hear about your first lip balm memory. 🙂

Featured image credit:, by tinawirely, reproduced under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

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4 thoughts on “Remembering your first …

  1. I think one of my earliest lip balm was a peach one from Boots. I also had a mint one from the Body Shop but it was too tingly.

    1. Tingly mint lip balms – I remember those! 🙂 One of the most memorable lip balms I had from Boots was a stackable one: three stackable mini pots of lip balm in different flavours. It was a good product for indecisive teens like me!

  2. Cocoa butter! pretty pure, in a small stick. It came in different flavours, my favourite was the banana one and the strawberry one. They used to smell so nice and feel amazing, not sure it looked amazing though.

    Nowadays The Body Shop makes one that’s pretty close so I keep a stick as it takes me back to my childhood. And it’s very good too!

    1. Thanks for sharing, V! So far I’ve only used cocoa butter to make body butters, not lip balms… maybe I’ll give it a try some day and share the recipe with you ?

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