Humanities › History & Culture The History of Chapstick and Carmex Share Flipboard Email Print Jonathan Knowles/Getty Images History & Culture Inventions Famous Inventions Famous Inventors Patents & Trademarks Invention Timelines Computers & The Internet American History African American History African History Ancient History and Culture Asian History European History Genealogy Latin American History Medieval & Renaissance History Military History The 20th Century Women's History View More By Mary Bellis Inventions Expert Mary Bellis covered inventions and inventors for ThoughtCo for 18 years. She is known for her independent films and documentaries, including one about Alexander Graham Bell. our editorial process Mary Bellis Updated March 17, 2019 Dr. C. D. Fleet, a physician from Lynchburg, Virginia, invented Chapstick or lip balm in the early 1880s. Fleet made the first Chapstick himself that resembled a small wickless candle wrapped in tin foil. Chapstick and The Morton Manufacturing Corporation Fleet sold his recipe to fellow Lynchburg resident John Morton in 1912 for five dollars after failing to sell enough of the product to make it worth his continued efforts. John Morton along with his wife started production of the pink Chapstick in their kitchen. Mrs. Morton melted and mixed the ingredients and then used brass tubes to mold the sticks. The business was successful and the Morton Manufacturing Corporation was founded on the sales of Chapstick. A. H. Robbins Company In 1963, the A. H. Robbins Company bought the rights to Chapstick lip balm from Morton Manufacturing Corporation. At first, only Chapstick Lip Balm regular stick was available to consumers. Since 1963, a number of different flavors and types of Chapstick were added. 1971 - four Chapstick Lip Balm flavored sticks were added1981 - Chapstick Sunblock 15 was added1985 - Chapstick Petroleum was added The current manufacturer of Chapstick is the Wyeth Corporation. Chapstick is part of Wyeth Consumer Healthcare division. Alfred Woelbing and the History of Carmex Alfred Woelbing, the founder of Carma Lab Incorporated, invented Carmex in 1936. Carmex is a salve for chapped lips and cold sores; the ingredients in Carmex are menthol, camphor, alum, and wax. Alfred Woelbing suffered from cold sores and invented Carmex to find a solution to his own health issues. Carmex's name comes from the "Carm" from Woelbing lab's name and "ex" was a very popular suffix at the time, which resulted in the name Carmex.