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?


22 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.

  8. Emily on March 13, 2017 at 5:48 PM said:

    I found this on the web.

    “‘Oh my gosh, your office smells so good! How do you not get hungry?'” is often the first thing people say when they meet with Maritza Aispuro, Product Development Manager at Markwins International, she tells me. As the person who heads up flavor development for Lip Smackers, a large part of Aispuro’s day consists of sniffing donut-scented essential oils and licking vanilla-flavored balm off her lips, with the scents sometimes seeping through the glass walls of her workspace into the cubicles nearby. She keeps candy on hand to soothe her coworker’s cravings.

    In the world of nostalgic beauty products, there is arguably none more universally loved than the classic Lip Smacker. With just enough color to be considered makeup (which upped your middle school cred) and just enough moisturizing ingredients to be considered a lip balm (which upped the chances of getting your parents to let you buy them) Smackers truly were a winning combination for ’90s teens.

    Users’ passionate ties to the brand are only strengthened by the fact that the company was wildly successful in accurately replicating flavors and scents, like Dr. Pepper and cotton candy, with incredible accuracy. Psychology Today reports that familiar smells can trigger more powerful memories than visual stimuli, which could explain why a whiff of Watermelon Lip Smacker instantly brings you back to getting ready for a middle school dance in your best friend’s bedroom.

    Source: Courtesy Lip Smacker

    According to the Lip Smackers website, they became the first brand to launch scented lip balm back in 1972 when they released their strawberry flavor. But even in the ’90s and early ’00s, when when most competitors were sticking mainly to red fruit flavors, Lip Smacker stood out with their Dr. Pepper, Moon Rock Candy, Butterscotch Topaz, Birthday Cake, and other more adventurous scents. And they didn’t smell like “Dr. Pepper mixed with some weird plastic or chemical” — they smelled like pure Dr. Pepper, the soda.

    But while Lip Smackers is often considered a beloved brand from the past, especially for millennials, they actually continue to roll out new balm flavors every season. In January 2015, Markwins International acquired Bonne Bell and Lip Smacker from Aspire Brands, the same month Aispuro started sniffing her way through all those essential oils to create brand new Lip Smacker scents. The process is very elaborate. “I’m probably smelling and tasting and testing flavors a good three days out of the week, every week,” Aispuro says. “So it’s a lot of flavor, it’s a lot of formulas. We have tons of flavors, like over 400, that we make available.”

    Source: Courtesy Lip Smacker

    Turning familiar food and beverage flavors into a safe-to-use lip balm isn’t just a matter of pouring some coffee into a blender with a little shea butter. “Our team utilizes equipment such as gas chromatographs and mass spectrometers to isolate some of the ingredients found in the drinks to give an indication of the materials that may be present,” Aispuro explains, speaking specifically about Dr. Pepper’s familiar 23 flavors. Aispuro’s background is in more general beauty industry marketing — though she did take a course in fragrance before starting this job. That class gave her “a background on the nose and on what the top layer, middle layer, base layer of notes are.”

    It’s not a simple task, and not every treat has a corresponding essential oil, which is why a lot of other brands stick to those tried and true fruits. “The most difficult part in formulating scent that replicates an edible fragrance is that ingredients do not exist to create every food experience,” Aispuro tells me. “For example: Strawberry Shortcake is comprised of the smell of real strawberries, whipped cream, and fresh baked pound cake. There is no such thing as strawberry oil…so when a Scent Specialist is tasked with creating a Strawberry Shortcake scent they use their vast knowledge of aroma ingredients, what each smells like, and how they smell blended together, to recreate that same sensory experience.” Most scent specialists have a background in chemistry, so they know “which flavors can and can’t go into a lip balm format,” Aispuro explains.

    All that is to say: Aispuro is eating and smelling a lot of lip balm to make sure the final product comes out just right. She’ll submit a product development request to the brand’s flavor partners (which is where the chemists who know exactly which flavors are safe for your lips work) who will then send back three versions of the scent to test. Once Aispuro is happy with the way the oils smell, she’ll blend them with the base Lip Smacker formula. “That way we’re not just smelling the flavor out of a glass tube, but we’re actually putting it on our lips, we’re actually, like, licking to taste it.”

    Source: Courtesy Lip Smacker

    When I ask Aispuro if consuming all the lip balm and smelling all those oils ever makes her feel a little queasy, she laughs. “I mean, I lick it. I don’t technically eat it,” she says. It might technically be safe to take a bite out of a lip balm, but that’s not something Aispuro practices on the reg. “Again, having a bunch of candy around helps quell any urge to munch on a Smacker,” she says.

    Her nose often needs more rest than her stomach. “Sometimes I will get like, ‘Well my nose needs a break because now I can’t tell the difference between vanilla or like mango,’ like they smell the same. Which, you know, they shouldn’t,” she explains. Aispuro also keeps coffee beans at her desk to reset her palette, ensuring your vanilla frappe Lip Smacker doesn’t hit the shelves as a mango frappe due to any fatigued sniffers.

    Source: Courtesy Lip Smacker

    Aside from the coffee bean breaks, there are other roadblocks Aispuro and her team has run into. Lip Smacker’s tagline is “Best Flavor Forever,” she tells me, which means they’ll only put scents as authentic as that infamous Dr. Pepper to market. And there is one trendy flavor you might be disappointed to hear likely won’t ever make its way to the lip balm aisle: avocado.

    In 2016, Lip Smacker added Horchata and Sriracha to the brand’s Wacky Flavor collection, two flavors Aispuro cites as some of the most fun to create. During that testing period, they also tried to make a guacamole balm. Speaking about the process, Aispuro says that the final scent defintiely smelled like “something green with a little cilantro,” but that they ultimately couldn’t really get the smell of avocado. A rep from the Research and Development Facility for Lip Smackers explains that the distinct sensation you get from eating avocado comes more from its buttery texture than any real flavor, which made it difficult to replicate, even with their library of over 1500 materials.

    Plus, any flavor that’s made into a lip balm needs to be stable at a high temperature, so it can withstand being heated during the pouring process. “Avocado is a very mild flavor and would be heat sensitive so it would be technically difficult to achieve and keep stable in a lip balm,” the rep explains. Clearly, they’ve put a lot of thought into this.

    As for now, Aispuro is already prepping the yummy flavors Lip Smackers will launch for Holiday 2017. While she won’t give me any hints about what to expect, she assures me it’ll all taste exactly like the real thing.

  9. Honey Bee on March 31, 2017 at 3:27 PM said:

    Has anyone tried the newer flavors: Coffee House, Floral, and I can’t remember the rest?

    I’m kinda curious to try but I cringe at the shipping cost and stores stopped carrying them.

    • Tanya on March 31, 2017 at 5:02 PM said:

      I finally got around to getting the Coffee House party pack (had to order from Amazon), and I was mostly happy with them. I was most surprised that the Pumpkin Spice Latte one actually smelled like coffee this time. Green Tea Lemonade smelled very similar to Breezy Tea-zy, Watermelon Lemonade was somewhat like the Watermelon Twist Chillerz, but other than that, I thought the other flavors were a bit more unique.

      I’ve also been wondering about the floral flavors too.

      • Honey Bee on April 4, 2017 at 5:25 PM said:

        I wished they would have made a plain coffee flavored one. I have sweet ones that I wanted to be able to pair with it.

        I saw they are FINALLY making the oatmeal cookie one, not in a TSUM TSUM body. I’m waiting to hear from the Lip Smacker facebook page about people’s opinions on it before buying.

  10. Emily on April 5, 2017 at 5:41 PM said:

    I was recently searching through the instagram pictures of LS and came across this picture of the LS drink cup things that was named Cinnamon Churro. The username is syun10906.

    • OMG, ABOUT TIIIIME!!! Is Markwins listening??? We shall see…. If they make this accurate I’ll be one happy camper. There’s not one scent they could recycle atm that could smell like a Cinnamon Churro so this has to be a new formula. Hopefully this makes up for the 2014 Cinnamon’s Sugar fail.

      • Emily on April 7, 2017 at 10:30 AM said:

        Well, refinery29 just released a press release about the LS Frappe Coffee Flavors. It’s the drink-type balms they’ve been doing (like with the soda flavors). The flavor releases are: vanilla chai, cinnamon churro, caramel, mocha chip, and pumpkin spice.

  11. Emily on May 1, 2017 at 5:25 PM said:

    CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. — Lip Smacker­­­­ on Monday announced a product collaboration contest wherein fans have a say in what flavor gets made next. Dubbed the “Official Tastemaker 2017 Search”, the brand is highlighting their appreciation to its loyal followers as well as newer Lip Smacker enthusiasts.

    Fans can submit their suggestion – to include flavor name, three key ingredients, descriptors (salty, sweet, etc.) and #LStastemaker – via Lip Smacker’s Instagram page between May 1 and May 19. After narrowing down to the top five flavors, voting opens on May 30 and the winner will be announced June 28.

    The winning flavor will be made into an actual Lip Smacker lip balm and sold exclusively on the brand’s website, with credit to the creator. More importantly, winner earns bragging rights as Lip Smacker’s First Official Tastemaker – a tradition the brand plans to honor annually – as well as a personalized case of the Tastemaker lip balm and a custom, crystal-encrusted “Biggy,” which is four times the size of a regular balm.

    The contest is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada (excluding Quebec).


    • Heather T on May 1, 2017 at 6:10 PM said:

      Yes let me rush as fast as I can to tell them good flavor ideas so they can continue making insane profits on poorly made products. They’ll just $#@! up the flavor anyway lol.

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