Yesterday, we reported that Bonne Bell, the maker of Lip Smackers, had been sold, and that soon the lip balms responsible for scenting our childhood with Dr. Pepper deliciousness would only be available in Asia, Europe, and Australia. But like anyone who believes you can actually shrink your pores or banish cellulite with a lotion, we were wrong.
Bonne Bell was indeed sold, but a representative from Markwins, the company that bought it, has now assured us that the American Lip Smacker supply will in no way be cut off. "The Lip Smacker business will carry on as usual," says Alice Chen. Phew. She also confirmed that "the same great flavors and formulations" will remain and that the products will continue to be made in the United States. So it turns out there's no need to rush to the nearest drugstore and clear out the entire Lip Smackers rack—these balms aren't going anywhere. (Already made a panic run? Just stash the tubes on a nice cool shelf; "they'll be good for at least six months," says cosmetic chemist Ron Robinson.)
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