A long time ago in a prior life, I discovered that my lips don’t like being outside and in the sun nearly as much as I do! I struggled using first one lip balm product and then another. None seemed to last. Then I wandered into a snow ski shop, don’t ask what a cruiser was doing in a snow ski shop, and displayed right by the register was a little blue stubby stick called “Dermatone Lip Balm SPF 23“. Curious, I asked the checkout people. They couldn’t not recommend it highly enough. So OK, I bought one stick. Used it for a couple of days and promptly went back and bought three more — one cannot have too many lip balms – one for my purse, one for my desk, one for the bathroom drawer, one for the bedroom dresser, one for the car…. I already didn’t have enough.
We returned home and I went to the local sporting goods store to buy more. Nope, they had tin tubs of Dermatone stuff, not no stubby blue stick. Aaarrrggghhhh…. I bought a tin tub and promptly discarded it as not anywhere close to the Dermatone I had come to know and love.
What to do… I literally looked all over Indianapolis – my original hometown – for a Dermatone Blue Stubby Stick, but there were none to be had. I bought Blistex, I bought Burts Bees, I tried everything, but couldn’t forget the fond memories of a lip balm that actually worked, kept my lips moist, never chapped, never sunburned and lasted infinite times longer than the closest other brand. 🙁
Then the internet came into its own. I typed in Dermatone on google and voila! Now I order them in volume directly from Dermatone. I just placed another order because all of my 5 stubby sticks are down to the hard plastic casing holding the very bottom of the stick. And heaven knows I couldn’t possibly go cruising without my Dermatone Blue Stubby Stick SPF 23 Lip Balm! 🙂
As I understand it, some people prefer the chapstick size version, but I like the big stubby one because I can also use it on my nose or whatever needs a bit of extra protection in a pinch. Just for your information, the stubby version contains .3 ounces while the chapstick size is .15 ounces.
And these days Amazon carries a lot of the Dermatone products … you can even buy my stubby blue stick lip balm at Amazon, but it’s less than half the price (even paying their $6.95 flat fee shipping) to buy it directly from Dermatone! Of course, I buy them in bulk, 10 at a time — if I’m going to pay $6.95 for shipping, I might as well get several. They’ll last a couple of years if I don’t leave them on the boat during the summer and melt them!
What lip protectant is your favorite? Leave a comment and share! THANKS! Jan