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    Updated on Sep 3, 2020. Posted on Jul 27, 2015

    Definitive Proof That All '90s Girls Should Start Wearing Lip Smackers Again

    **Licks lips raw.**

    Do you remember when Lip Smackers reigned supreme? We all had them. But why exactly? We decided to try them out and see these lip balms held up to our fond memories of them.

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    They arrived on a Saturday like any other. Eight beautiful tubes at our disposal. Picking the party-pack hadn't been easy. Most places that sold Lip Smackers only offered their Frozen line or, worse yet — their bacon flavor ( these days). So we ended up ordering them online. Lips at the ready, our evaluation and ranking began.

    The Results:

    8. Watermelon


    It really pisses me off that this is the only flavor whose label doesn’t match the actual balm color. I get that watermelons are green on the outside and pink on the inside, but by that logic, the kiwi flavor should come with a brown label. Once on, there is an almost cucumber-like aroma. The watermelon taste is definitely there, but is overpowered by general sweet. It made me feel carsick.

    3/10 Smackers

    7. Mango


    I have zero memory of this flavor existing. The mango flavor smells exactly like lip balm from The Body Shop that my big sister had….with a definite after-note of Play-Doh. It’s pleasant. More generally sweet like watermelon, but the Play-Doh scent stuck around.

    5/10 Smackers

    6. Vanilla


    This smells exactly like vanilla Tootsie Rolls. Like, I need to know how many ingredients separate the two. It is kinda how I remember baby dolls smelling. It has a slight sunscreen scent to it… even though there is none in it. The vanilla is not over poweringly sweet at all, but there's an aura of wax-taste ruining this one for me.

    4/10 Smackers

    5. Cotton Candy


    I could barely smell anything and I was tube-to-nostril close. The cotton candy taste is definitely there, but it is super subtle. Once on, it’s a mix of cookie smell and sticking your face in a box of Nerds.

    5/10 Smackers

    4. Kiwi


    This one smells like Runts. Do kiwis really have a smell? They definitely have a taste, but it seems like you’ve gotta get nose-deep in one for an actual smell. Oh well. My tastebuds seemed to remember this one. It’s pretty delightful, but it ain’t kiwi.

    6/10 Smackers

    3. Strawberry


    Hell yeah, that’s a strawberry smell! Step aside Chapstick—Bonnie Bell delivers!

    I had a strawberry eraser that I got at the book fair that smelled just like this. Never erased shit with that. Once on, the smell remains delightfully strong and it tastes just like my beloved eraser.

    7/10 Smackers

    2. Wild Raspberry


    There's a slight olfactory throwback to Bath and Body Works' Sun Ripened Raspberry. It’s hella raspberry-y but not over-sweet.

    8/10 Smackers

    1. Tropical Punch


    First off, I had no idea how rich these things were. I'm kind of wondering why I ever stopped using these gems! It’s like a lick from an angel. Tropical Punch is not overwhelmingly sweet smelling like the other ones. It feels like there’re a beach Barbie out there with hair that smells like this. Wait — no... is this Mr. Bubbles? Because it's definitely not "tropical punch." This is like what dentists think tropical punch smells like. OK — I think I might be going crazy because there's a scent of children's sunscreen to this when I put it on. I don’t know what this is. BUBBLE JUG?! I was overcome by nostalgia, and had to stop.

    9/10 Smackers

    Overall, we totally understand why every kid loved these so much. The product holds up. It's a lot more fun than the adult lip balm choices we have now and they seem to do just as good of a job. Leave the light on, Bonne, we're coming home.

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