This blog post is one in a 12-part series. We asked fans to submit their best Bag Balm story in an effort to unearth the best stories about our salve as it approaches its 120th birthday.
It all started on a blizzardly frigid day in 2007 sitting in the dental office, waiting for my first (and hopefully last) root canal at age 17. As I was anxiously flipping the pages of Cosmo, a green vintage-esque tin caught my eye. What in the world is Bag Balm?! It claimed to be the perfect remedy for chapped lips - so why not give it a try. After the anesthetic wore off, I marched into CVS and bought my first tin of “cow utter cream” along with extra strength Tylenol. I got home and dug my finger into the smooth surface of yellow goop and smothered it onto my lips. From that moment, I was hooked.
As an obnoxious 18 year old, I proudly toted around my sequin purse filled with my Bag Balm tin just in case I had a case of chapped lips. My friends caught onto the trend and would often ask for a swipe. That monster of a tin got me through the rest of high school and into my career.
It was there for my first kiss, for soothing my hands during Chicago winter months and for alleviating my sunburn during the summer. It lived a good life and every last section of the container was accounted for.
This past October I purchased my first home. I broke the news to my close-knit group of friends by starting off that I have major news and that being I finished my first tin of Bag Balm.
Last winter, I was shopping along the Magnificent Mile downtown when in Urban Outfitters a mini-sized Bag Balm appeared. What a great moment. That cute little tin replaced every Chapstick in my possession.
I work at a nursing home and Bag Balm is just as popular there as it is in my own house. “Slap a little Bag Balm and see what happens,” Dr. C. tells me. Miraculously, given a day or two, improvement is definitely noted.
Bag Balm is my go-to first aid remedy and the first thing I use in the morning and the last thing I use at night. Thank you and keep it coming!