I’m sorry about my extended absence the past couple of months! I know a lot of you have been wondering where I am and why I haven’t been reviewing new products or responding to comments.
After much thought, I’m sad to say I will no longer be reviewing new Lip Smackers on Bunnycookie. This brand means a lot to me but I am no longer passionate about it post-Bonne Bell’s ownership.
This is for a lot of reasons:
- Expense: Lip Smackers no longer have shelf presence in my local stores and I know I’m not alone in that. I’ve had to rely on the internet and in turn pay a significant premium. It has seriously begun to add up, in part because of:
- Quantity: The collections they’re churning out have gotten way too big. You may remember me complaining about the 20+ smacker Easter set this year. That’s far too much for most people and it discourages collecting. Instead of finding holiday releases exciting I started to dread them due to the sheer volume. Sure, I could be pickier about what I buy but I’m a completionist and I like to review the full set on the blog. I don’t want any more Disney products. I don’t want another Marshmallow Treat. I don’t want to pay for new art on old flavors.
- Quality: Formula changes, loose caps, mismatched tubes, weak scents, the Peppermint/Cin Sugar debacle, Smoochie Club not fulfilling orders, flavor reveals that never happen (Pink Lemonade biggy, Oatmeal Cookie), the list goes on. The rotten cherry on top are the Chinese-made tinned balms and dollar store collections, both of which indicate declining quality. No thanks.
- Mission: Bonne Bell didn’t just make lip balm, they were beacons of their community; they provided jobs (and to a demographic often ignored: senior citizens), supported health initiatives, and provided fantastic, small-town style customer service until the end. There was a ton of heart in that company, and growing up I always connected with and felt represented by the brand. Despite smackers insane popularity, the company never felt mass marketed. It paid off too; rarely do you see this type of brand loyalty. Rarer yet is honesty from a corporation.
That about sums it up. I don’t mean to bash Markwins, they’ve supported blog contests and sent me products in the past to review which I greatly appreciate. The truth is I would be saying this no matter what company acquired Lip Smackers, even if the transition was perfect and they were releasing flavors I’ve only dreamed of. Ultimately my passion for the brand stops with Bonne Bell, it just took me awhile to realize it.
As for the blog? There will be updates but it will only be older smackers from now on. The comment system will be the same as usual; everyone is welcome to discuss old and new smackers to their heart’s content. I’m so sorry BC won’t be your source for new reviews anymore. I’ve met a lot of collectors and made a lot of friends and I love you guys! Who knew something like lip balm could mean so much to so many people?
Psst, what’s this?
Is that what I think it is…? 😮
It is! The new Tsum Tsum Lip Smackers are here! And they might be the cutest yet.
We have the sweet kitten Marie (from the Aristocats) in Love in Pear-y, a hoppin’ Tigger in Bouncy Bubble Gum, an adorable Donald in Jelly Quackers, and an all too precious Dumbo in Peanut Butter Shake.
The Aristocats is one of my favorite Disney movies, and Marie’s Love in Pear-y might just be my favorite Tsum Tsum flavor! It’s a lovely floral pear that I wish I could bottle up in a perfume. Truly any cat lover will be over the moon with this balm 🙂
Dumbo’s little hat, trunk, and rosy red cheeks make him too cute for words, but his Peanut Butter Shake flavoring falls a bit short. I don’t pick up on much peanut at all! It’s a bit more of a burnt caramel if anything. A circus peanut flavor would have been a home-run here.
Lip Smacker always does justice to their bubble gum flavors, and Bouncy Bubble Gum pairs perfectly with Tigger. The formula seems a bit more mild initially but then the classic scent comes through.
And if you’ve liked the recent cranberries LS has put out, you’ll enjoy Jelly Quackers. The first note is similar to the burnt scent I picked up in Dumbo’s flavor, then it transitions into cranberry. I do actually like the ‘burnt’ scent, even though I can’t really identify it, it’s a nice change from the cookie filler every other formula had.
Another really fun collection! Keep in mind the Disney balms have never had a ton of scent innovation, it’s usually a re-imagining of past scents. I hope the Tsum Tsum family continues to grow, I’d love to see a princess collection (Ariel please 🙂 )
These will be available in stores this July and on Lipsmacker.com in August!
Hope everyone has an awesome 4th of July! Here’s a fun throw back: the Super Smacker in ‘Firecracker‘ flavor (a festive way of saying strawberry 🙂 ). It’s shorter than other biggies but much fatter, with double the amount of balm (1.15 oz)! Maybe that would have lasted all summer…?
The firecracker theme is perfectly done and really shows how smackers of that era went all out on their flavors and designs!
The birds are singing, the sun is out, everyone is in shorts… sure it’s only 59 degrees but it’s summer, darnit! And I won’t let a little thing like temperature tell me otherwise. Which is why, drooling in the ice cream aisle at the grocery store earlier, I absentmindedly threw a pint of Haagen Daz Pineapple Coconut into my cart.
What a great flavor to celebrate summer with, I thought. I totally didn’t grab this flavor because it subconsciously reminded me of a vintage Lip Smacker flavor, either. I independently chose this without any influence whatsoever! Oh boy. 😀
Well it took another 30 minutes before I figured that out, but here we are! And here are some pictures to document my delicious coincidence.
Say hello to these two screw-top 70’s cuties, Pineapple and Pineapple Cocoanut. Yes, that’s cocoanut with an A! Very vintage.
Pineapple smells very creamy and heavy and not nearly as tart as you’d expect, which is a nice twist on their fruity scents. Pineapple Cocoanut lays it extra heavy on the coconut, almost the sunscreen-y kind of coconut which defines summer for me. I like it!
And I must say, I’m pretty partial to that blindingly neon yellow tube and white lettering.
This picture made me hungry.
Strawberry: fruity, delicious, refreshing but still luxe. Perfect for layering, combining and continues to be full of surprises with every reinvention. It’s the flavor that started it all, drawing in a generation of lip smackin’ lovers. And it’s hard to imagine anything else being more versatile isn’t it? Not only the the iconic lip balm, but the mama of all balms 🙂 So in celebration of National Strawberry Month I plan on revisiting my (slowly dwindling!) stockpile of Strawberry Cupcake which also happens to be one of my most used flavors of all time.
A family photo of my vintage strawberry patch eyeing up the newcomers.
What is everyone else’s favorite Strawberry flavor? Do you prefer it simple or with a twist?