Sasparilla Lip Smacker

Sasparilla Lip Smacker

The Sasparilla Lip Proofer was a biggy smacker made by Jess Bell in 1976 that was based on sarsaparilla, a soft drink staple in old western movies and today a popular drink in many other countries.

If you’ve never had it, sarsaparilla is in the root-beer family but it has its own unique set of flavors such as licorice, vanilla, and mint.

This smacker (or rather, lip proofer) was actually made to appeal to the boy demographic. It has a solid brown but uniquely textured (faux wood grain?) tube that you can see in the pictures – it’s also shorter than the standard biggies at 0.56 oz instead of 0.60 oz. It uses a twist-on cap like many of the early Lip Smackers.

Sasparilla Lip Smacker

sasparilla-backThis biggy still retains a strong smell and I think it is reminiscent of a spicy root beer with a hint of mint 🙂 It’s a really cool piece of Bonne Bell history. I wonder how it did with boys? It’s also curious that they went with the phonetic spelling of sarsaparilla when they named the balm.

362 Thoughts on “Vintage Spotlight: Sasparilla Lip Proofer

  1. maddy on June 8, 2013 at 5:25 PM said:

    This is a fabulous concept, I had wondered in the past if they ever made “boy” ones…… was there any others made or is this it? Gosh I miss those tubes!

  2. Kathi~ on June 10, 2013 at 6:33 AM said:

    oh my gosh i didn’t knwo they made this! thank you!

  3. sarah on June 11, 2013 at 3:49 AM said:

    amazing O_O i’ve never seen that

  4. Tanya on June 14, 2013 at 4:37 PM said:

    It would be so cool if they made this again. I’ve actually never seen or heard of it before, but it sounds like something I’d like.

    • Totally, plus they have done gender-neutral smackers in the past. Like the recent Disney SPF ones! I bet the Cars ones were/would have been popular with boys.

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