RIP Bonne Bell

Written by James Kicinski-McCoy
1:00 pm
02/03/15

Photo via Bonne Bell

Children from the ’80s are mourning the loss of their beloved childhood favorite, Bonne Bell, this week. For many of us, Lip Smackers was our gateway drug into makeup wearing. Our very first lipstick—a thick, waxy, barely there hue that smelled of sweet strawberry- and sugar-saturated bubble gum. We collected the tiny tubes as kids, measuring our coolness on how many flavors of the stuff we had in our backpacks. Lip Smackers was something we shared with our own girls, or planned to share with them, once they were old enough to actually use it on their lips and not paint the furniture. In our minds, it’s like a right of passage into girldom!

But there’s no need to run to your local drugstore and clear out the shelves just yet, mamas. It has been confirmed that Lip Smackers was purchased by Markwins International (the home of Wet N’ Wild, another teenage favorite). And while the U.S. factory is in fact closing down, Lip Smackers will reportedly be distributed in Europe, Australia, and Asia before we know it (fill up those travel bags, jet-setters)! We can only hope that this means that America will follow suit, and our youngsters can sport the same Dr. Pepper Lip Smacker pout that we loved oh-so much in grade school.

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