Monday, January 20, 2014

Hudsalve - The Swiss Army Knife of Lip Balm

I'm addicted to chapstick. I always need to have one in my pocket - whether traditional favorites like Burts Bees EOS (which stands for "Evolution of Smooth" Sweet Mint, or random natural/herbal chapsticks picked up at Indian reservations during travels. This Hudsalve up for sale at Best Made has piqued my interest. Read up on the characteristics that has earned it the nickname of "The Swiss Army Knife of Lip Balm" after the jump.

Designed for the Dannish Military, adopted by mountaineers and adventurers, Hudsalve is hearty, no-frills skin protection for lips, face, hands, elbows, and feet. A staple of many European armies, and necessity being the mother of invention, its uses have now grown to near mythical status. It has been used to grease weapons, and condition boots. Swedish tank commanders use it to combat mosquitoes. Some say it is edible, that is a line we have not crossed...