Ask the Addict: EOS

Jay B. writes:

Have you heard Eos lip balm?  My wife can go for a day or longer without thinking of applying more. Before that she was six times a day or more.
eosWe just added an EOS page to our website. It’s great to hear your wife is reducing her lip balm usage, though I’m not sure I’d assume it has anything to do with the ingredients in EOS. The egg-shaped container seems to me to be less portable than traditional tubes so it’s possible that’s a factor in the reduced usage.

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24 Responses to “Ask the Addict: EOS”
  1. Teresa says:

    Hi former lip balm users! I quit using Burt’s Bees lip balm 6 months ago. I have substituted in coconut oil, but my lips are still peeling — especially after going out in the cold weather or eating salty tortilla chips. But most days it isn’t such an issue and I just apply a little coconut oil and grin and bear it when they do peel. Yes, it is painful for the 1st month (I used vitamin E oil for a few months), but after that it slowly gets better. However, I’m still in recovery.

    Some people think recovering from this addiction is not a big issue but the most humiliating moment was walking around in public with a clump of blood on my bottom lip. Yes, the feeling of a peeling lip is just awkward . Sometimes while at work I file my lip with an emery board but I’m going to try exfoliating instead with 1 tsp of sugar mixed with 1 tsp coconut oil weekly since reading that suggestion here.

    By the way, after you eat anything salty, apply some water to a tissue and wipe off your lip ASAP. Occasionally, I apply a vinaigrette type salad dressing which I make with canola oil and vinegar if my lips are really dry and that helps, too, but I’m really looking forward to getting away from a lip issue/fetish. It just feels good to come clean after a 35+ year addiction. Good luck and just remember, all addictions are painful to quit and awkward at first but practice makes perfect.

  2. Pam says:

    Ok my question is HOW to stop. I’ve known for 30 or so years that I have a problem with ChapStick is there anyway to stop, other than just going cold turkey? Your site isn’t really user friendly for finding this info.


  3. Kevin C. says:

    Pam… look at the top navbar and click on the Recovery page.

  4. Martha says:

    Oh boy,,,,so I am 25 hours into no chapstick at all after 50,yes 50 years of using it multiple, multiple times a day.
    (probably every 15 minutes.)Wow, I am determined to make this work…but so far it is tough.
    I am trying to distract myself with getting involved with projects, but it just hurts so much.
    Can anyone tell me after how many days will this get any better? I don’t want to use anything to help because
    I want it to be over quickly. I am so sick of being strapped to that stupid tube of chemicals!!!!

    I have to have it with me every place I go and I won’t even buy pants if they don’t have pockets in them for it!
    All my jeans have always ended up with a worn out outline of my chapstick tube on the outside of the pocket!
    Any suggestions of how to make this time go by faster and maybe take some of the burning away?
    I don’t want to give in, but it feels like after you get stung by a bee, or burned.
    I must have really done some damage to my lips and have destroyed the moisture layer or something.
    Anyone with ideas let me know!!! desperate for some suggestions! Thanks!

  5. Janell2me says:

    I read the articles linked to this site about how they put a small amount of acid in the balm which takes off the layer of keratin on your lips and leaves them feeling dry all the time, which of course leads to using lip balm all the time.

    Here’ how I got off lip balm after about 20 years, and finding this site. I put little dishes with a small amount of olive oil in several places in my house with Q tips in them. I also put Q tips soaked in olive oil in snack size zip lock bags and put them in my car and in my purse. Whenever I felt the urge to use lip balm, I would dab the olive oil on my lips. I did this for about three weeks. It’ been over a month and I still have the olive oil available, but only use it a few times a day. My lips still feel a little dry, but I believe that’s because I’m still used to the waxy lip balm feeling I had for the last 20 years. I believe that the keratin layer has had a chance to grow back on my lips. I have no plans to ever use lip balm again. Give it a try!

  6. tbbs says:

    I soooooooooooooo badly want an eos but my mum and won’t ever let me…

  7. Kyle says:

    This is the dumbest thing I have ever heard. Get over yourselves. Yeah, the lip balm companies are really devils that want you addicted to their product so you apply lip balm every two seconds. You guys are pathetic.

  8. Carly says:

    You guys are all chumps. Toughen up and get a get life. I’ve went cold turkey for a week now, and you don’t see me crying like a little baby.

  9. Ariana says:

    i never use to use lip balm until I discovered eos.
    I bought the summer fruit one. I only used it occasionally but it seemed to dry out my lips ever so slightly. each time a applied I ended up wiping it off.
    It is organic but I have heard of many people with allergies to this lip balm.
    Anyone know anything about this

    (btw I before I used Vaseline and a 5 year old lip balm , which Is still amazing)

  10. Bree says:

    If I use this product more than once or twice a day, my lips feel like they are on fire and burn. I slowed my usage down, but now I have a huge sore/blister on my lower lip from using it. I do not recommend this product. My lips are more dry now than they ever have been.

  11. Julinormangel says:

    Wow Eos is so addictive. I also don’t like the blueberry one. It is absolutely disgusting. It’s not even addictive because it’s so gross. But the rest is so addictive. I can’t believe it. I have one everywhere. I use it every 30 minutes. I can’t stop myself. Please help me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. anna v says:

    I have a problem with eos . whenever I go to stores I stop to gawk at it and I look it up on google every time I come home from school but my mom is getting me it later this week

  13. j money says:

    i like balm eat my a$$

  14. Ale Ama says:

    Eos is not a good lip balm because it drys out so quick even though it’s so popular it don’t work.

  15. Hannah says:

    I LOVE LIP BALM XD xxxxxx

  16. Stephanie says:

    I own like every eos/baby lips/ chapstick but I think eos is the best among the other brand for idk reason and its sooooo sweet

  17. Ashley Moreno says:

    Pure Shea butter. I ended up with what felt like a chemical burn after using my Eos several times a day or a few days. It was so painful! Researched and found that Eos, and many others, contain an exfoliant, which is why they’re addictive. But too often, and you end up with the very tender layer of skin exposed. Nothing helped–coconut oil, other balms. Then I remembered I had a pot of pure Shea butter (Hill Country Haiku– online) that I received for Christmas. I put it on every hour– it soaked in, didnt feel greasy, and my lips started healing.
    And now, I put it on at bedtime or when I wake up (sometimes both), and my lips never feel dry. I never even think about lip balm during the day, because I’m not constantly noticing my lips, lol.

  18. Anonymous says:

    I think eos is great for my lips, I have eczema and cannot go even half a day and with eos, only rubbed it on for 3-2 mins every 10 minutes and I stopped using it. I only used it for two hours! I kept it on the whole night and then in the morning, which Is now I will rub it off and see how soft my lips are! They were soo soft and they were awesome! EOS: if it ruined your lips then it might just not be for your lipz just try another Chapstick and see what goes for you! btw, eos tastes delicious and it addictive to put on!!!!!!!! Trust me I was craving did the whole night.

  19. john doe says:

    hi. my lip balm problem has soared out of control. i had to startusing it subcutaneously, i found that this was the good shit cause your forum, so i immediately bought 40, and a perforated spoon(melts more clean, smooth faster) i find im applying this one every ten min, and now if i pinch both sides of my lip and rub up and down with both fingers my lip moves. why? -hank hill, strickland propane

  20. Bethany says:

    This is actually the lip balm that got me hooked. I remember only using it because every single person in my sixth grade class used it, so I decided to use it as well. I would constantly use it and I would run out so quick. My friend ended up making me a little lip balm pouch for all the lip balms I had. I never knew there was anything wrong, until one day my family was eating out and they noticed me putting on lip balm every 5 minutes or so. They ended up taking my only lip balm I had with me away, and I was miserable. It was so uncomfortable I ended up just putting butter all over my lips. My parents took away all my lip balms and then after a couple of miserable days I was cured.. The next year (seventh grade) I was completely clean of the addiction, I didn’t use any lip balm at all. After that year, in the eighth grade, it was my birthday and my best friend gave me a gift and in that gift there was a Burt’s Bees Pumpkin Spice Lip Balm. I thought that it would be ok to use it since I thought I was finished with my addiction, so I put it on. That was a huge mistake.. I was immediately hooked on it once again.. This time it was far worse than my past addiction. I would need to put it constantly. I would have a red ring around my lips most of the time, and if I didn’t have lip balm my lips would get extremely dry. After a while of all this, I decided I was finished with this and that I would just quit, cold turkey, like I did last time. So while I was at school I threw away all my lip balms. The whole day I was so miserable, I covered my lips with my hands throughout the day. I got many questions like, “Do you need chapstick?” So, I knew my lips were dry like they get when I go without lip balm, but once I got in the car I looked in the mirror and my lips looked terrible. They weren’t peeling which I thought was odd, but it looked like I had millions of thick white scales all over my lips and the skin above my lips. They were entirely white, there was no healthy pink lip skin at all, they looked like they had been dead for years. When I got home I was so embarrassed that I went the whole day like that and I wanted them to look at least slightly normal, so I grabbed an exacto knife and stated to shave off all the white scales, and that left my lips and the surrounding skin raw and bleeding with many small cuts. I still was trying to cure myself by going cold turkey, so I went through the days in so much pain I ended up self-harming to feel something other than the pain from the withdrawl. I was a mess.. I went three days and there was no change whatsoever and my lips looked terrible and I was extremely irritable and wouldn’t go out in public, so my mom ended up going to the store and buying me some lip balm, so I just started using until the end of eighth grade.In the summer, I tried using vaseline instead, but still it was the exact same situation for me. I ended up going to the doctor because it was taking over my life and she just told me to keep using the vaseline and there was nothing she could do. But the vaseline wasn’t helping at all so my mom made some special lip balm made from lots of essential oils and beeswax that I used for a while. It helped the condition of my lips for a little while, but after a while my lips turned exactly the way they were from the before. I remember waking up every morning and how my lip skin would just peel off in one clean sheet of dry dead lip skin. I ended up going to see a dermatologist for my lip problems, he said I had chelitis, which was quite obvious, and he prescribed me a steroid cream to put on every morning and every night. It helped a lot, I had to go back to see how everything was going, and he prescribed me protopic, and that’s what I’m using today. My lips still get mildly dry once the protopic wears off but they are doing so much better. Party. Yay. I’m so glad that the majority of my lip balm addiction has passed, because that was the most pain I have ever felt in my life.. It was terrible!! I would never wish this on anyone, for sure.

  21. Megan says:

    I find them very expensive, €9 each where I am! The actual balm is very pleasantly flavoured, but they are really just a bit of a novelty having cool, unique containers.

  22. Jose Matal says:

    I think this is FAKE NEWS!

  23. Ella says:

    You can’t get addicted to ChapStick or lip balm or whatever. although some brands do have ingredients that can irritate your lips, it isn’t addicting like smoking is. It is best to avoid ingredients like menthol and peppermint, but shea butter lip balm both moisturizes and helps regain elasticity to the lips. If anything, keep using lip balm, drink lots of water, don’t lick your lips, and remember that it does more good than harm.

  24. Cat says:

    I think that I am still in big denial that I have a lip balm addiction. Right now I am using Carmex. I go to sleep with it on and when I have to get up to use the washroom at nighttime, it’s still on my lips. The only time I don’t reapply lip balm is when I am sleeping. My lips don’t bother me then for some reason. I have decided to use pots of balm because my guess is that they have more emollients than wax, unlike lip balms that come in tubes. Its also like some kind of ritual, to unscrew the cap, smell the balm and then apply it.

    I have been using lip products (lip gloss, plumper, lipstick, balm, masks) since I was 12. I am 36 now. I don’t know what I would do if I forgot lip balm. I can forget my makeup bag at home but as long as I have my lip balm, all is well. I once asked my mother out of desperation for a hit of her Blistex Lip Medex, because my lips were so dry. I asked twice, once I used it, and the next time it was about 20-30 minutes later. It was kind of embarrassing, and I was very much in need. My lips bothered me so much because I could feel them shrinking from lack of moisture and the tightness that goes with it.

    I think it’s both physical and psychological. We have really harsh, bitterly cold winters in Ontario, Canada (where I live it can drop down to -30 or -40 degrees Celsius) and I need something for my lips. It’s gotten to the point where when I research “best lip balm” guess what I came across? Nipple balm, for breastfeeding mothers.
    I hope that works. Nothing like whipping out a 15 gram container or tube of that stuff and getting strange looks, lol.

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