Lip Smackers

Lip Smackers

Since the 1970’s, there hasn’t been a girl alive who didn’t succumb to the addictive flavors offered by Bonne Bell Lip Smackers. These generously-sized pushup tubes of lip gloss came in a dizzying array of delicious flavors that coated the lips in a heavenly goo, which was impossible not to lick off and then reapply every five minutes.

In 1927, Jesse G. Bell created a cosmetics company, Bonne Bell, named after his daughter Bonne. At first they sold their products door to door and their most popular product over the next four decades was a facial astringent called 10-0-6. All of that changed in 1973 with the introduction of Bonne Bell Lip Smackers – and the world has never been the same. Marketed for the preteen and teen markets, Lip Smackers’ glossy refreshment was an innocent transition to real lipstick, and much sweeter. Plus, chapping prevention was always a happy bonus.

With a dozen glorious flavors, how could you choose just one? Dr. Pepper, Good N’ Plenty, Orange Crush, 7-UP, Hires Root beer, Tootsie Roll, Bit O’ Honey, Lemon Tree (Lipton lemonade), and a variety of fruit flavors were made into giant waxy sticks of delight. Nothing was as tantalizing or tasty as the tubes of flavor wiped across lipsmacking lips.

Bonne Bell is still creating cosmetics, and Lip Smackers are just as popular today as they were forty years ago. The monster size even staged a comeback in the early part of this century, bringing back many of the trademark retro flavors (others, alas, are lost to the ages). Meanwhile, a whole new generation of girls is becoming addicted to modern concoctions such as Gum Ball Galaxy, Kiwi Lunar Lime, and Turquoise Sprinkle Cake, keeping the flavor rolling across lips everywhere.

If you spent your youth with a tube of Lip Smackers always close at hand, we would love to hear your memories of this iconic cosmetic product in our comments section below.

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  1. Sparkina says:

    Been using the dang things since I was 15 (1983). Some things are just too good to outgrow

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