Pat Shingleton: "Mind Your Own..."
In the 1880s, Dr. Charles Fleet invented Chapstick. The tubular ointment contains camphor, beeswax, menthol, petrolatum, phenol and aloe. Chapstick sales increase during the winter months and one of its ingredients was used in the past for another application. Obviously, personal hygiene, years ago, was no where near necessary procedures today. Scars from smallpox and acne scars that developed by adulthood were treated with bee’s wax. Women would cake their face with bee’s wax to fill and smooth their complexion. During episodes of “gossipy” conversation or “staring” at another’s face, a customary retort was “mind your own bee’s wax.” A smiling female face, loaded with bee’s wax initiated the term, “crack a smile” and finally, sitting too close to the fireplace began the expression, “you’re losing face.”
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