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Pat Shingleton: "Waxing Poetic"

3 years 8 months 3 weeks ago Monday, January 19 2015 Jan 19, 2015 January 19, 2015 3:00 AM January 19, 2015 in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

In the 1880s, Dr. Charles Fleet invented Chapstick. The tubular ointment contains camphor, bees wax, menthol, petrolatum, phenol and aloe. Chapstick sales increase during the winter months. One ingredient was used for another treatment. Personal hygiene, couldn't match today's regimens, as acne and smallpox scars, developed in adulthood, were treated with bee's wax. Women would layer their faces with bee's wax to fill and smooth their complexion. During "gossipy" conversation or "staring," a customary retort was "mind your own bee's wax." A smiling face, loaded with wax dried wax initiated another term, "crack a smile." Finally, sitting too close to the fireplace began the a similar expression, "you are losing face."

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