Deciphering Labels ~ What's Really in Chapstick® brand lip balm?

January 30, 2019

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If you had a choice would you put turpentine, petroleum, brake fluid, arsenic or head lice

treatment on your lips?  YOU DO HAVE A CHOICE and, without knowing it, you may be applying these toxic chemicals on your body every day. Do your children or your parents use Chapstick brand lip balm?  Adults can immediately stop using these cancer-causing ingredients and hopefully reverse the effects they have taken on our bodies.  More importantly, we can teach our children about the risks and reduce their exposure now. Ironically this was on Chapstick's website: "Life's Short!  Buy more Chapstick®!"


Ingredients in Chapstick® from


 1. Camphor (Also in Carmex)

Camphor is manufactured from Turpentine.  Similar to menthol, it makes nerves tingle. WebMD states: "Camphor is not in foods. It's very dangerous if swallowed...Taken orally, camphor can cause trouble breathing, seizures, and death. High doses of camphor, either inhaled or on the skin, can also be risky. They can cause skin irritation or seizures... Swallowing camphor can be deadly -- especially in kids. Camphor poisoning in children is a serious risk. Parents should consider not having camphor products in their homes. Never use camphor on cuts or broken skin. Children and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not use camphor."


2. Isopropyl Myristate

A strange and scary result happened when I searched Isopropyl Myristate. WebMD said only to contact your pharmacist and Medscape says it is used to treat head lice infestation. It dries skin so it is used to dry up head lice.  Is this why we feel t