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.

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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!

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And I must say, I’m pretty partial to that blindingly neon yellow tube and white lettering. 

 

Here are some fun 90’s Easter-related goodies I dug up that I thought I would share!

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This cute little collection came with Easter themed tattoos! Flavors: Jelly Bean, Bubble Gum, Raspberry Chocolate, Passion Fruit

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Check out the matching crayons! The back says “Have a hip-hoppity Happy Easter with SMACKS of fun flavored lip gloss. DON’T FORGET! Color and send in your cool kickin’ color creation. You could win tons of fun lip smackin’ stuff!” 🙂

Flavors: Jelly Bean, Pink Lemonade, Bubble Gum

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These Friendship Collectibles are some of my favorite Smacker products <3 Check out Passion Fruit and her lovable doggy, Kiwi on this Pink Chocolate flavored lip gloss.

The back says “Kiwi is a silly dog who loves to make Passion Fruit laugh. Passion Fruit can’t help but giggle whenever she sees Kiwi wearing bunny ears.” Aww.

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Here’s a yummy Wild Berry Jellybean lip gloss, featuring Starfruit and her pet monkey, Muffin.

Muffin the Monkey is adventurous and full of energy. Muffin loves to paint Easter eggs and give them to Starfruit as a special gift.

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Bubble Gum and her pet bunny Sugar are too adorable with their Bubblegum Egg gloss.

Sugar the Bunny is sweet, kind, and very cuddly. Bubble Gum and Sugar both love pretty things, like flowers, butterflies, and Easter baskets.

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Cupcake the kitty and her owner Candy Confetti are one of my favorites. This “fun flavored shiner” comes in Marshmallow Chick flavor. And just look at the wittle chicks at the bottom 🙂

Cupcake the cat is clever, curious, and loves attention. Cupcake loves to get into things. Once she broke one of Candy Confetti’s large Easter eggs.

As August hits what is better than a sugary sweet summer drink like Fruit Punch? (Well maybe that title goes to lemonade, but I’m saving that for another day!)

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Like most flavors from its heyday, Fruit Punch is great because of its simplicity. It still smells heavily of strawberry, raspberry, and–maybe my nose is playing tricks on me–but a tiny bit of banana. It’s pretty much amazing, but I think I say that for every vintage post…

I’m happy that this one has the original rope in-tact for you guys to see. Maybe some of you will remember it?

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In the ongoing series of retro bring-backs, we now meet the new Chocolate Mint.  You can breathe easy, the formula is the real deal! Big brother is so proud 🙂

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I’ve always thought that the vintage Chocolate Mint was one of Bonne Bell’s best designs. I have to admit I’m a bit sad it has gotten a makeover and dropped the chocolate font and balm color. Strangely it looks baby blue in some lighting. But I’m happy that it’s here and that the formula is so good.

Overall Bonne Bell has been nailing these retros. Keep them coming please! This collection is great.

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Here it is, the long-awaited 70’s trio! There are things to love about this set, and it’s great that Bonne Bell released something we’ve been asking for: decade flavors. I’m really happy about the matching tubes, too.

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The flavor choices are playing it safe, but Peach is a home-run. I have been using Peach non-stop and I firmly believe it’s one of their best flavors. As for Piece-a-Cake, well we’ve been deluged with bakery type scents for way too long now but this particular flavor has always been an exception. This is a very good effort–I think the 70’s version has just a bit more citrus, but it’s not glaringly obvious. BB did these two classics justice.

OK, now I have to talk about Peppermint. I hate talking about Peppermint. It keeps breaking our hearts and yet we keep going back hoping this time it will change. Look, this was the perfect time to reintroduce the lovely, biting formula we miss so much. It didn’t happen, so now I say let Peppermint retire in peace. Peppermint is tired of youngins like Vanilla Mint stealing its iconic name and tube.

Jokes aside, the new formula isn’t even vaguely reminiscent of the original. It’s misleading to keep putting the Peppermint label on it.

Despite that mishap this is a good collection and a must have. The tubes, fonts, and 2 of the flavors are amazing. Plus I support innovative releases like this, I hope there are more in the near future!