A little holiday throwback for us. These are over 15 years old now, aren’t they? They’re teenagers!  😛


  • Crystal Wintergreen
  • Golden Butter Cream
  • Kaleidoscope Candy
  • Strawberry Sequins
  • Silver Snowball Cookie
  • Berry Beads


The scents have turned on mine but I still remember loving Golden Butter Cream and Crystal Wintergreen. It’s a bit bittersweet thinking back to these old sets, isn’t it?


13 Thoughts on “Holiday Jewels

  1. Honey Bee on December 23, 2016 at 9:15 AM said:

    WOW!!! I never got to own this set- but they are soooo pretty! Happy Birthday Jewel Lip Smackers.

    ***Such a shame that Lip Smacker will never be this amazing again.

  2. Laura B on December 23, 2016 at 1:02 PM said:

    Thank you for continuing to update your blog. I am an avid lip balm collector.

  3. I loved the Sour Grape Amethyst and Butterscotch Topaz

  4. sooo beautiful

  5. I will never forget the deep love I had and still do for Golden Butter Cream and Crystal Wintergreen. Take notes Markwins, this is what dreams and holiday Lip Smackers are all about. Not the same flavors repeated for 3 years in a row.

  6. Honey Bee on December 30, 2016 at 10:43 AM said:

    I saw that Lip Smackers released the coffee house set- but naturally they can only be ordered online. Why won’t this company sell their products in stores? I know the Rite Aid stores by me only has the old stock still sitting around, Target just sells some stuff during the Christmas season and that’s it.

    Also, the are making a big fuss over their pink lemonade with the inside balm being yellow. It’s supposed to be pink- hence the name “pink” lemonade. Markswin is botching the company.

    • They’re brand new maybe they just haven’t made it to the stores yet. They do sell Smackers in the cosmetics section at Target but they cut back the last year on what they carried HOWEVER, good news! I did check today when I was there and all the cheap Hello Kitty and other stuff were all clearanced out and Lip Smackers were spread out all over that section which tells me they’re about to reset and it looks like they’re going to carry more.

      I wish Markwins were more grateful for the dedicated fans they acquired when they bought LS from the Bells. Seriously, the world doesn’t revolve around Disney branding. Also I saw that about Pink Lemonade–REALLY!?! If it’s not broke DO NOT fix it. Their new lemon flavor they use is disgusting and a smack in the face to all the amazing lemon formulas the original Bonne Bell chemist made. Just discontinue a flavor in that case, not completely change it and try to peddle it like it’s back. The people are Markwins are idiots.

  7. Wow, some of these flavors seem familiar, but I don’t remember the jewel caps at all. My memory must be getting pretty bad. Lol.

    Today I bought the 2 heart tin trios at Walgreens and even though I like them, I feel it was a missed opportunity to do a chocolate themed set. I’ve always wanted like a party pack or something of Chocolate Strawberry, Chocolate Banana, Chocolate Cherry, Chocolate Blueberry, etc. That would be awesome. My other dream was the coffee set, but I have yet to find it in stores.

    • On the later part- YES Tanya! Markwins sticks to about 8-10 flavors and renames them 20x’s. *Eye rolls* With all the money they’re making from the Tsum Tsums WHY aren’t they spending it on R&D for new and AUTHENTIC flavors!?! I would of loved a chocolate theme and even a proper Red Hots cinnamon type flavor. Markwins is SO LAZY.

      • Technically, Markwins isn’t going to cater to collectors. We’re a tiny fraction of the company. Here’s some proof for you.

        This question was raised on the cosmetic science forum and I thought it was so good that it warranted a full treatment here on the blog. Many of our followers here on Chemists Corner are people who are interested in creating formulas and possibly producing their own line of products. Almost every good cosmetic chemist that I’ve known has said they wanted to start their own line.

        But should they?

        Reality of the Cosmetic Industry

        Before answering this question, it is important to face facts about the cosmetics and personal care industry. Big companies have significant advantages over small and start-up companies.

        More money

        Big companies have more money than small ones. They can outspend you in every way from R&D to performance testing to safety testing to advertising and marketing. They can use the money to get their products in stores and get price breaks on packaging and raw materials. More money naturally leads to other advantages.

        Less expensive products

        Big companies can make less expensive products. Even if a small company copies the formula exactly from a big company they will not be able to produce the product as inexpensively as a big company. In fact, the product costs to a small company will be 2 or 3 times higher than a big company. This means that big companies can charge less for products that perform every bit as well as the ones you can create.

        More scientists

        The additional money available to big companies means they can hire more cosmetic chemists and create better formulas. A small cosmetic company just can not create a formula that will be as optimized and tested for superior performance.

        More advertising

        More money also means more advertising. Big cosmetic companies will buy TV commercials, magazine ads, and radio spots. They will host events for bloggers & beauty editors and they will have an advertising agency working to promote their brand. A small cosmetic company will not be able to outspend the big guys in advertising.

        More distribution

        Finally, the additional money and size of a big cosmetic company means that they will be able to get their products on more store shelves and in more locations than a small company. There is just no competition when it comes to mass market and drug stores.

        Are big cosmetic companies unbeatable?

        With all of these advantages, you might start get the feeling that Big cosmetic companies are unbeatable. You might also think that starting your own cosmetic line is a waste of time.

        Well, that isn’t necessarily true. Think of companies like Burts Bees and Aveda who started small and built huge brands. It can happen because small companies have a few notable advantages over big companies.

        Small markets

        An advantage small companies have is that big companies want to make big money. If a brand is not going to sell at least $100 million with the potential to reach $1 billion, the big cosmetic company won’t even investigate the idea. When I was working in corporate America we discontinued many products that were bringing in over $2 million a year in sales because it just wasn’t enough money. While $2 million in sales is nothing to a big company, to a small company that is huge! Small companies can dominate small markets because big companies aren’t competing. And if you are a small company you can make a great living in a small market.

        Niche markets

        One problem with big cosmetic companies is that they try to make products which will appeal to as many people as possible. This means that they are going to ignore niche consumers who have needs that are different from most everyone else. Just as a small company can dominate a small market, a small company can dominate a small consumer niche.

        Experimental products

        Big companies need successful products. They need to justify to their management why they are launching a specific sku and also need to show data supporting the launch. This means that the products they launch are going to be very similiar to other successful products in the past. This is why there has been only incremental change in the cosmetic industry in the last 20 or 30 years. New, innovative products are risky and most of them fail. Big companies don’t like to fail so they try not to.

        Small cosmetic companies are in a better position to try new innovations and off-the-wall products. Products like dry shampoos and no foaming shampoos would not be launched by big companies but small companies can do it. This is a big advantage.

        Faster development

        It takes a big cosmetic company at least a year and a half to develop an idea into a product and get it on the store shelf. Small companies can do this much more quickly. If they have a good idea, they can have a completed product available for sale in 6 months or less. A big cosmetic company can’t.

        Online distribution

        Right now the Internet has created an even playing field for small companies to compete with big companies. Big companies are good at traditional distribution but they are not good at online sales. A small company can compete and even beat the big guys on things like Search Engine Optimization, Social Networking, and online distribution. Big companies can not afford to put too many resources towards this area of distribution because they have to maintain their presence in big box stores and drugstores. This area is wide open for small cosmetic companies.

        Bonne Bell was a small company so they were able to target to a small niche group. They weren’t making a billion dollars a year like Revlon or Loreal Paris. Yes, Markwins is privately held, but they’re not going to target the minute 0.00001% of a company. They’re going to target the general public. I’m sure they’re laughing at us that we think we know better than them when they actually know better than us. A company wants to make money, and us collectors aren’t going to give them $200+ million dollars a year. So, just accept it and move on. The Bonne Bell era is done and over with, and it’ll never come back.

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