Another Way to Get Caffeine in Your Mouth

by Casey Lynn
Contributing Writer, [GAS]

I was just reading an article in PC World about “geek cuisine,” which apparently means caffeinated drinks/candy. I’m not sure why geeks are the only ones who have trouble staying awake; I know just as many law students as programmers who are chugging red bulls at 2am.

In any case, I am a big supporter of, in particular, caffeinated mints. Every few months I put in an order at Chemical Evolution and it’ll last me for quite a while. There’s just nothing quite as convenient as a cup of coffee the size of a dime that tastes like an altoid (though for some reason caffeine sometimes scares people in this form… I’ve had a co-worker berate me that I may as well just be doing speed as she drank her third cup of coffee).

In this last order, however, I decided to try something new and different: caffeinated chapstick. I think that I’ve seen at least one other brand at some point, but the kind I’ve tried is Spazzstick, apparently developed by an Alaskan police officer. It comes infused with caffeine and in a variety of flavors.

The problem is, I have no idea if it works. It’s sort of like that cold prevention stuff that you take when you feel the first signs of illness–does it really make your cold shorter or is that just how long it would have been anyway? It’s not as if I’m going to replace my morning coffee with lip balm, so I’m really not sure if it’s giving me an extra buzz or not.

So have any of you tried any unconventional forms of caffeination? I know that there’s soap as well, but I’ve never tried it. It seems like that might be even more effective than chapstick, given sheer surface area of coverage.

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20 Responses to Another Way to Get Caffeine in Your Mouth

  1. Why geeks need caffeine — because we're up late hours doing who knows what. Gaming, programming, blogging.. A plethora of things to do.

    I have tried the caffeinated body wash, but I didn't really feel any different afterward. bust.

    Wouldn't the caffeinated chap stick keep your significant other caffeinated more than say yourself? Just a thought.

  2. Why geeks need caffeine — because we’re up late hours doing who knows what. Gaming, programming, blogging.. A plethora of things to do.

    I have tried the caffeinated body wash, but I didn’t really feel any different afterward. bust.

    Wouldn’t the caffeinated chap stick keep your significant other caffeinated more than say yourself? Just a thought.

    • Actually, I heard that a shot of Espresso has LESS caffeine than a cup of regular coffee… Since water goes through the grinded cofee very quickly when brewing a cup of espresso, the concentration of caffeine isn't as strong apparently.

    • Actually, I heard that a shot of Espresso has LESS caffeine than a cup of regular coffee… Since water goes through the grinded cofee very quickly when brewing a cup of espresso, the concentration of caffeine isn’t as strong apparently.

  3. Could be, Kiltak… I once read that the highest concentration of caffeine is in drinking Instant Coffee, since there you ingest the coffee grounds in their entirety, nothing left behind. Sure doesn't feel that way, though…

  4. Could be, Kiltak… I once read that the highest concentration of caffeine is in drinking Instant Coffee, since there you ingest the coffee grounds in their entirety, nothing left behind. Sure doesn’t feel that way, though…

  5. We have one of those one cup coffee makers at work that uses the little round "cartridges" – Ive taken to just drinking the cartridges.

    saves multiple trips for coffee and so far the boss hasn't noticed

    Rob

  6. We have one of those one cup coffee makers at work that uses the little round “cartridges” – Ive taken to just drinking the cartridges.

    saves multiple trips for coffee and so far the boss hasn’t noticed

    Rob

  7. I've seen that kind of stuff before, but I've never used it. I tend to fall asleep rather then stay awake when ingesting caffeine, but I wouldn't think that it would work all that well. You need to drink a cup of coffee to get a kick out of it, and there can't be that much caffeine in the amount of lip balm it takes to coat your lips.

  8. I’ve seen that kind of stuff before, but I’ve never used it. I tend to fall asleep rather then stay awake when ingesting caffeine, but I wouldn’t think that it would work all that well. You need to drink a cup of coffee to get a kick out of it, and there can’t be that much caffeine in the amount of lip balm it takes to coat your lips.

  9. This is actually great for those who work on night-shift jobs, like call center agents – especially those who can't leave their desks all throughout their shift. Note, however, that relying too much on caffeine would be bad for your health. If you want to stay awake while working, just keep a healthy lifestyle, sleep early, and everything will be fine~

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