Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Gaga for Guava

I have to admit, back in the mid 90's when I discovered the Guava Lip Smacker in the Tropical Treasures six piece set, my flavor palate was unfamiliar with such exoticness and it felt so posh to have. I will never forget the flavor either, it was very fruity and a little sweet, not like any other Lip Smacker before it. My original has lost quite a bit of its flavor but I remember it vividly. 
In 2010, Bonne Bell revived the fruity favorite, in original (alongside Pineapple and Coconut in a trio) and in a new 100% Natural Lip Smacker formula.  The formula sported a very different flavor profile than its 1990's one- this had a little more of a sour appeal, but still very different than any other Lip Smacker that has come around. The 100% Natural formula was very light but still had a similar fruity and sour finish. Guava is now rare again, so if you come across it, it's definitely a collectors piece.

Thursday, June 2, 2016


Butterscotch Topaz dazzled onto the scene in 2000 alongside eleven other jewel-licious flavors. I immediately fell in love with Butterscotch Topaz (and of course every other Jewel Lip Smacker!) but Butterscotch Topaz remained my number one favorite! An authentic butterscotch disc flavor- just like the old fashioned candy! So sweet, so buttery and so superb! After the Jewel Lip Smackers were discontinued, I hoped for years Bonne Bell would bring it back, even as an original Lip Smacker. Not until holiday 2012 a butterscotch flavor appeared sporting a Beauty and the Beast label, but the flavor missed the mark. It was a caramel flavor in disguise (which I love caramel flavors) not the distinct butterscotch I came to love with Butterscotch Topaz. Fast forward to last holiday 2015 when Butterscotch reappeared and so did the amazing familiar formula I waited years for! It's a little lighter than Butterscotch Topaz but VERY similar.