Remember Bonne Bell Lip Smackers and their awesome flavors like watermelon, bubble gum, Dr. Pepper, pink lemonade, and cookie dough? One of my favorite Christmas presents was a holiday tin of 12 Lip Smackers in peppermint, candy cane, and other magical wintry flavors. Now that “natural” skin care products are so popular, even Bonne Bell has started selling 100% natural lip balms!
Lip Smacker 100% Natural
I saw these $2 lip balms and Target and couldn’t resist because I love Lip Smackers and I was curious to see how their natural version would compare. They are also cheaper than most of the other more natural lip balms brands (like Yes To Carrots and Burt’s Bees). I bought the pink guava goyave rose flavor since I love guavas. Lip Smacker 100% Natural also comes in vanilla bean, acai berry, and honeydew melon. The package touts the lip balm is: paraben free, gluten free, and dye free, and they don’t test on animals.
The pink guava Lip Smacker is a clear lip balm that doesn’t have that much flavor. It doesn’t really taste like guava or rose – it just has a subtle lip balmy scent (it’s probably the castor oil or olive oil I taste). The balm goes on sort of grainy, but it’s soft so you can rub it around to make it smoother. At first it feels hydrating and moisturizing, but inevitably I start longing for my favorite petroleum-based blue Chapstick, which is the only lip balm that has cured my chapped lips. For the average person that doesn’t have severely dry lips, Lip Smacker 100% Natural would probably work fine. It’s not a very exciting lip balm, but it’s cheap and it does appear to be natural, as it claims.
Old-School Lip Smackers
After purchasing the natural guava lip balm, I wanted to see how it compared to the regular Bonne Bell Lip Smackers, since it had been years since I used them. I bought the bubble gum flavor, and unlike the 100% natural version, it was brimming with flavor. The balm has a light pink color (since it contains dye) and it goes on a lot smoother initially than the natural version. It feels really hydrating at first also, but after an hour or two I start missing the blue Chapstick yet again. The regular Lip Smackers contain some of the same main ingredients as the naturals (castor oil, beeswax), but they do also contain mineral oil and non-natural ingredients.
Overall, if you’re looking for an inexpensive natural lip balm, Bonne Bell 100% Natural is worth trying. Since I haven’t tried the other flavors, I don’t know if they provide more flavor than the guava one. 100% Naturals is also a good choice to give to your kids, if you’re worried about the ingredients in regular lip balms, but want to give them something that looks appealing to kids. Have you tried the natural Lip Smackers, or do you still use the regular ones?
Lip Smacker 100% Natural ingredients:
Ricinis Communis (Castor) Oil, Crambe Abyssinica Seed oil, Olea Europea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Beeswax (Apis Mellifera), Flavor, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Psidium Guajava (Guava) Fruit Extract, Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Lipid, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E)