There's a reason you've never seen menthol, beeswax, phenol, lanolin, cocoa butter, salicylic acid, and shea butter in your favorite recipes. "While there have been no cases of ingested lip balm harming anyone beyond maybe a minor stomach upset, these ingredients are not meant to be eaten regularly or in large amounts," explains Arleen K. Lamba, M.D., medical director at Maryland's Blush Med Institute. Luckily the amount you consume from licking your lips every so often isn't going to do much harm.
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