It all started back in 1997, when, as a young skateboarder, I found that I could not, no matter how hard I tried, do a trick without licking my lips. You know the expression: "It's all in the way you hold your mouth!" I swear it was written for me. The only thing I could do to protect myself from chapped lips was to liberally apply lip balm before a trick - and if you know anything about young boys and skateboarding, you'll know that each trick can take up to 70 or 80 tries before it's landed - so lip balm was used like it was going out of fashion.
When I was living in Toronto in 2006, I went to a cafe with my good friend Andrew McCann Smith III and was astonished when, after downing a cup of coffee, he hit me with a blast of the mintiest, freshest breath I'd ever smelt. "My god!" I exclaimed. "I want what he's having!" It took a bit of cajoling, but he finally told me his secret - Burt's Bees. I went straight out and bought it, and I've never looked back. It's made from coconut oil with sweet almond oil, peppermint oil, lanolin and rosemary, and as well as softening AND moisturising, it makes your lips go really cold and tingle, (just like after that first kiss), AND it gives you the freshest breath ever, no matter what you've just eaten. I'm hooked. It's available in North America from any drug store, and I've just found out that the range is sold at Askew gift stores in New Zealand too. No more need for $2000 flights just to restock!