Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Balm for the soul

I just threw away my very first tube of Burt’s Bees beeswax lip balm. This is significant because I never, as in n.e.v.e.r., finish lipsticks or lip balms. No kidding, I have had this tube for years. I don’t know how many years, probably at least three. I know, it’s sick. The thing is, I’m so fickle that I am always trying to find the next lip product that will fulfill my deep inner longing for …well, I’m just fickle. I have TONS of lip products, but this is a first, actually using. one. up. I get this from my mother. But more on that in a bit.

So what usually happens to them, you might ask, as you picture a purse logged down by hundreds of lipsticks, glosses and balms? Well, my purse currently has 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8—9 lip products inside. It was 10, until I ditched the BB. And there are more all over my house. In my remote control basket thingie on my coffee table. By the front door. In my makeup drawer in the bathroom. On my bathroom counter. In my desk at work. Everywhere. And anything I’ve thrown away over the years has not been because I used it up, but because it started to look gross, it melted in the car (which shouldn’t happen now that I’m no longer in TX), or it started to smell like old wax. Unlike my mother, who still has lipsticks from the 70s, I throw away lippies when they begin to smell “off”. When they crumble as you try to apply them to your lips, it’s time to say bye-bye. Especially if they’re gift-with-purchase (read: free) lipsticks, MOM. :D I swear she still has lipsticks she inherited from my late Grandmother, because she never threw it away either. So you see in comparison, I’m MUCH better about it! I will throw it away, even if it pains me. [Incidentally, my mom/grandmother also horde/d other things, like shampoo, cleaning products, old towels – NOTHING ever discarded. But that could be a whole post unto itself: The Packaging Evolution of Windex, circa 1960 to Present” – just look under my mom’s kitchen sink.]

So, the point. The point is I’m heralding this using-up-of-the-lip-balm as a symbol of my new life in Colorado. I’m finally getting through my old stuff and truly starting fresh. Ta-da! See how neatly that all comes together??

Now I think I’ll break out the brand new, sealed tube of BB I bought last week, in anticipation of this dramatic event.

5 comments:

Crazy MomCat said...

How weird. I just bought my FIRST stick of Burt's the other day. Perhaps the universe gave me your used up balm, replenished?

I'm not usually a chapsticky/lip balmy kind of girl, but I like the smell of that stuff for some reason. I know, I'm weird.

But, I can safely say this--I have only 2 lip products in my purse--1 lipstick and Burt. And, only about 2-3 others in my house. Where this "lip product" abstinence has gotten me in life, I cannot say...

Lisabell said...

Ok, I don't understand how that's possible; do you wait until you completely use one up before buying another??

My mind. It is spinning.

Nicole said...

I love Burts Bees, too. In fact, that is the only lib balm I have..are you sure we're related???

Mom said...

Well, I guess it's obvious who will carry the flame when I'm gone...

Crazy MomCat said...

LOL at your Mom's comment!

Yep. I am a lipstick minimalist. I have 2 shades basically that I like...in two sets--in my purse and in my makeup stuff in the bathroom.

See, you just thought I was freaky before. Little did you know how freaky I really was! HA!