Periodic Graphics: The Chemistry Of Lip Balms | January 11, 2016 Issue - Vol. 94 Issue 2 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 94 Issue 2 | p. 31
Issue Date: January 11, 2016

Periodic Graphics: The Chemistry Of Lip Balms

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning spreads the molecular news about how these winter must-haves protect and moisturize.
By Andy Brunning
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Materials SCENE, Organic SCENE
Keywords: lip balm, chapstick, menthol, sunscreen, petroleum jelly, epidermis, occlusive material
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This is an infographic describing the chemistry of lip balm.
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A collaboration between C&EN and Andy Brunning, author of the popular graphics blog Compound Interest ( To see all of C&EN’s Periodic Graphics, visit

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Ted McKinney (January 13, 2016 4:11 PM)
There is an organization called "Lip Balm Anonymous" that is a spiffy send-up of AA. The trouble is that many people take it seriously, just like some articles in The Onion.
Link to this article in Salon
to learn more.
Searching for the name of the organization reveals some cringe-worthy insights into the "addiction".
Joy (January 24, 2016 9:59 PM)
WOW!!!! I am teaching high school students to examine molecular structures of fascinating, everyday compounds. Thanks for feeding their fancies!
Pamela (October 5, 2016 11:07 AM)
is this lip balm have disadvantages or harm brought? thank you to reply.

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