Say It Ain’t So: Bonne Bell Co. Shutters Doors
Bad news: Bonne Bell Co., the beauty brand that brought us 800 Lip Smackers flavors and a bevy of shimmery eye shadows, is shuttering its doors. Cleveland.com reports that in addition to “91 employees expected to be permanently laid off,” all manufacturing and distribution operations at the facility located in Westlake, Ohio, will also close.
But if you’re an ardent Dr. Pepper Lip Smackers fan like me, you might find yourself asking: Are Lip Smackers—the chapstick that defined my youth—truly, completely done? Answer: not quite.
According to Jezebel:
“The [Lip Smackers] names have been sold to another company—specifically Markwins International Corp., which owns Wet n Wild and Physicians Formula. “
What this means for you: you’ll still be able to buy your Lip Smackers at drugstores. As for the rest of the company, which will now be known as Bell Family Brands, it will still continue to sell its much-loved Formula 10.0.6 skincare. It’s a tough blow for the rest of the brand, but we’re not quite sure it rivals the demise of other ’90s favorites like Delia’s, Deb and Wet Seal. In any case, long live Dr. Pepper Lip Smackers.