Biggy Christmas Lip Smackers, 1981

Hi BC readers, it’s been a minute! Things have settled down here so I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things on the blog.

How is everyone doing in this dreary post-Lip Smackers world– are you slowly chipping away at your Lip Smacker stash dreaming of better days, hoarding them like a dragon hoards treasure? Or maybe you’ve succumbed to the new normal, an endless parade of Disney characters dancing before your eyes (well, honestly I haven’t checked on LS 2.0 in a couple of years but… it’s a safe assumption)?

Vintage Soldier Lip Smackers Christmas 81

Strawberry, Bubble Gum

I’m in the hoarding-and-still-mourning-but-reluctantly-trying-other-products phase just so I don’t go through my extras too quick. While I’m going to be bitter ’til the end of time about the brand being gone, I’m thankful there is such a massive back-catalog to continue discovering and collecting.

I hope everyone has a good holiday and I look forward to posting more regularly!

Vintage Soldier, Lip Smacker Christmas 1981

23 Thoughts on “Soldiering on into the new year…

  1. Honey Bee on December 12, 2019 at 10:06 AM said:

    Last counted- I have 200 left over kept in a glass penny candy jar on my dresser. I have tried a few of the newer ones, which were okay… at first. Last few I tried made my lips chapped worse and felt a burning sensation.

    Thankfully I can make my collection last into my golden years.

    Unless I can some how hit the MEGA lottery and buy Bonne Bell and Lip Smacker from Markswin, take it back to Ohio, reopen the factory, hire back all their former workers and restore it back to its former glory.

    • Hi Honey Bee! Nice to see you. I know what you mean about the new ones making your lips even more chapped, I experienced that myself. Sounds like you have a good stash to get you through!

  2. beautiful pictures its great to see you again. i stopped buying markwins almost right away after giving them a few tries, i never had a good experience and they’re not bonne bell and i have regrets even giving them a few of my dollars.
    i’m still keeping an eye out for old favorites and buying real smackers when i come across them but that’s becoming rarer and rarer.

  3. Emily Ortiz on December 12, 2019 at 8:20 PM said:

    I’ve tried some of the newer things, and it’s just not the same.

    It wouldn’t be that bad if they didn’t sweeten the formula, there is a disgusting sweet aftertaste in everything single one of the new ones.

  4. Heather T on December 14, 2019 at 5:50 PM said:

    I’m in the same boat as everyone else, getting as many as I can while it’s possible and boycotting Markwins. Their Chinese garbage is for children, not that I’d ever let mine use them! Who are they fooling anyway?


  6. I stopped buying them altogether and I’m seriously considering throwing all my Bonne Bell Lip Smackers in the trash. They just don’t bring me joy like they used to. I have some unopened sets but I’m not sure anyone would even want them. I’ve moved on to buying fun nail polish instead of fun lip balms!

    • someone might buy them, you should post what you have and you never know. even older used ones someone might be looking for

    • If your heart really has moved on it might be worth rehoming them like Sarah suggested. But maybe pack them away for awhile and see if you appreciate them again in the future after time has passed!

  7. I’m still lurking and trying to collect old favorites, maybe only somewhat successfully so far. What I wouldn’t give to have had the foresight to do this decades ago…As for Markwins, I was burned once by their cheap excuse for lip gloss and won’t make that mistake again. I’d rather just appreciate the actual products by the actual company that made them.

    Always a faithful reader and happy to see your return!

  8. Catherine on December 23, 2019 at 10:56 AM said:

    Oooohhhh, I love the toy soldiers and the fact that they’re in the large Lip Smacker tubes. So creative! I wish they would of continued creating with these characters like and the cowboy and Indian. I could come up with a million more they could of done but nonetheless these are amazing!

    I’m so happy to see you’re back too. Even though Bonne Bell is gone I still think about the brand all of the time especially seasonally as I mourn their past seasonal collections.

    It’s painful to see what the LS brand has gone through the last 5 years under the Markwins leadership, they’ve literally become a novelty brand and the quality of flavors and authenticity was dropped after the first year. Saying that out loud I can’t believe it’s been that long without Bonne Bell. It’s hard not to think of what could have been…

    • I agree so much. I’ve always been a big fan of their characterized/artwork heavy releases too. What could have been indeed!

      God, it really gives me whiplash when I remember it’s already been 5 years. Still doesn’t seem right, and it hurts to see what has transpired since.

  9. I’m so happy to see you again! I have been hoarding like crazy and keeping them in a cool place so they wont lose their smell or texture. Before Rite Aid shut down, I went to every one I could get to and bought every bonne bell smacker I could find. I will always miss this brand. I keep hoping the Bells might buy it back one day, but I think its nothing more than a fantasy )’:

  10. Love the pics!! I remember these!! Thank you for sharing your beautiful collection.

  11. Mealee on January 4, 2020 at 5:38 PM said:

    I ONLY buy Bonne Bell LipSmackers! I emailed Markwins begging them to consider collectors in future releases and received nothing but attitude in response. Weird company that I refuse to support!

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