Monday, January 2, 2017
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
During the holidays I was always SO excited to get a Lip Smacker cane or tin in my stocking (seriously my favorite part of opening gifts) but check out this 42 piece Lip Smacker Vault they surprised us with for Cyber Monday! Can you imagine being gifted with this!? It's very limited from what I am told, so grab it here while you can. There are 36 Original & Best (some novelty, vintage and cupcake) Lip Smackers and 6 Biggies! Here is the breakdown of what comes in it:
Original & Best singles:
Vanilla, Watermelon, Dr. Pepper, Berry Peach, Bubble Gum, Cherry, Cotton Candy, Tropical Punch, Mango, Strawberry Cotton Candy, Kiwi, Wild Raspberry, Orange Sherbet, Pina Colada, Strawberry Cheesecake, Ice Cream Cake, Strawberry Watermelon, Cookie Dough, Strawberry Vanilla, Strawberry Glaze, Strawberry Frosting, Strawberry Banana, Sour Apple, Sour Grapes, Cinnamon Sugar, Caramel Corn, Grape Jelly, Ice Cream Sandwich, Red Velvet, Berry Buttercream, Birthday Cake, Strawberry Sprinkle, Cherry Snow Cone, Blueberry Pancake, Maple Bacon, Salted Pretzel.
Cotton Candy, Vanilla Cream Soda, Watermelon, Dr. Pepper, Strawberry, Black Cherry.
This is a great way to stock up on all of your favorites for yourself, buy it for a fellow Lip Smacker/lip balm fiend or break them up and add them onto multiple gifts and keep the vault for your own Lip Smacker storage. I know any one I know doesn't go without getting a Lip Smacker added on to their gift ;). I hope next year Markwins will add exclusive flavors you can only get in the vault.
In 2014, Lip Smacker released a special-edition rotating flavor every 3 months (quarterly), giving us brand-new, never before done Lip Smacker flavors. Chocolate Hazelnut appeared late that fall in all its Nutella inspired decadent glory. Leave it up to Lip Smacker to be the first to innovate a Nutella-esque flavor to tempt you to wear on your lips all day- no more dipping a spoon it the jar! Chocolate Hazelnut is a rich and creamy flavor and a good balance of both chocolate and hazelnut, very true to its namesake. Although it is no longer sold in stores, I wouldn't be surprised to see it make a reappearance in future collections as I don't see the Nutella trend going anywhere any time soon.
Friday, November 4, 2016
40+ years of Peppermint Lip Smackers, from every decade since the 1970's
The Peppermint Lip Smacker debuted for holiday 1976 in original Biggy-size and was quickly a favorite to the masses! Long before Burts Bee's, was the super-cooling, tingly and intense peppermint flavor of this iconic Lip Smacker. There have been many different delicious peppermint variations of Lip Smackers over the years but the original has stayed the same up until the 2014 'Flashback Favorites' 1970's trio, featured alongside Peach and Piece-a-Cake. Us loyalists quickly realized that the formula did not smell anything like the original. I created this as a homage as well as a plea for Markwins to bring back the original super-strong and cooling peppermint flavor many of us love and miss!
Monday, October 3, 2016
The Merry Cherry Candy Cane Lip Smacker swirled into the holiday 2002 Lip Smacker collection along with five other flavors. Merry Cherry Candy Cane was my instant favorite and I still think about this unique flavor every holiday. This still smells really strong and has the most refreshing and delicious cherry peppermint flavor. The formula is a light peachy-red and it has that strong cooling peppermint tingle we all reminisce over. There are no Lip Smackers that have been made since that smell like this or resemble this formula whatsoever. I have so many great memories of this flavor and love everything about Merry Cherry Candy Cane down the the amazing label design.
Round 3 of the Tsum Tsum Lip Smackers have arrived and I'm really digging that Markwins went out on a limb and did the Nightmare Before Christmas' Jack and Sally Skellington along with Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland and Olaf from Frozen.
Sally- Peppermint Candy Corn- I was intrigued by this flavor the most out of this round and must say it's pretty good. I was thinking it was going to be the Mint Creme/Buttermint Frosting formula Markwins has been using a lot lately but it's definitely different. The peppermint is stronger (not exactly like 90's original Peppermint strong, but better than the recents) though the tingle is mild, the candy corn part comes through sweet and sugary, equally. This reminds me of the holiday 2002 Arctic Mallow Pet Pals Lip Smacker which was one-of-a-kind.
Jack- Pumpkin Spice Latte- Smells just like the Pumpkin Latte Lip Smacker which I always thought smells more like a sweet potato pie. I've smelled truer pumpkin spice latte flavors.
Cheshire Cat- Plumberry Wonderland is NOT the original Sugar Plum Lip Smacker mixed with something, it was very familiar at first sniff though. After taking some time I realized it smells very similar to the holiday 2002 Imaginary Berry Lip Smacker if you remember that. Also the same flavor Bonne Bell used for the Wildberry Starfruit Lip Fashion roll-on gloss if you had that. Good but not plum-y.
Olaf- Icy Truffle Treat is a creamy chocolate mint, very reminiscent of a York Peppermint Pattie. The mint is mildly tingly which I prefer my mint being very cooling but this does smell really good.
Overall a cute addition to the Tsum Tsum Lip Smacker collection and probably some of my favorite characters besides the Dumbo Tsum Tsum Lip Smacker. I did notice these ARE made in China, unfortunately, as I know many of you ask. The previous Tsum Tsum collections were 'Made in the USA with domestic and foreign parts.' I know this is a game changer for many but won't matter to Tsum Tsum collectors. As a Lip Smacker collector, I have accepted that these are more novelty balms than anything but I will not stand or support Original & Best Lip Smackers being made anywhere other than the USA which have been for their 43 years of existence.