I’ll admit I’m a sucker for anything ‘Holiday’ this time of year (I even really, really love the music- I loved through my own retail Christmas seasons, and I love shopping store to store and singing the same song over and over!), but I also live in a dry area and need lotions, conditioners and lip balms.
Last year I used an old favorite through the winter, but this year I found the seasonal limited edition ChapStick lip balms. I was on the look out for Candy Cane but all of the displays were empty. Being that it’s Salt Lake and we’re often an overlooked market for just about everything I’d given up when, in a Cake Batter ChapStick display I found a whole row of Pumpkin Pie ChapStick under the Cake Batter ChapStick.
I exercised uncharacteristic levels of self control and only purchased two. I waited until I got home to try them because my expectations of the Pumpkin Pie flavor were not that high. It’s not exactly my favorite dessert, but if I didn’t like the one I tried I knew there were plenty of happy recipients for the other one.
Surprise, though, I LOVED it. It is moisturizing and also gives a nice bit of protection from wind and water. It has a cooling feeling on the lips, goes on very smoothly (not waxy) and is adorably colored. I purchased 5 additional in Pumpkin Pie to ensure a proper supply with extras to give out if need be.
After falling for the Pumpkin Pie (see that cute orange?!) I finally found the Candy Cane. It has the same wonderful qualities of the Pumpkin Pie one but smells like peppermint. I stocked up appropriately (hard won self control out the window!) and then found yet another one, which is not actually a current product. I believe they’re from 2012 but Big Lots is selling 3 packs of Apple Cider ChapStick for $2. And before you let the date turn your stomach, some of the current seasonal products being sold at full price have past year dates on them. They’re sealed and brand new, so I figure they’ll be good at least a few months after opening.
(Speaking of Big Lots and Apple Cider, check out my video on the performance of the Living Colors Candle in Ginger Apple Cider that I found there for $2.50)
Seasonal ChapStick isn’t done with us yet, though. Just in case we weren’t paying attention, they had to go and make staving on chapped lips look fun. They offer double-ended ChapSticks in three ‘fun’ flavor combinations. I picked up a two pack of Vanilla Candy Cane Milkshake. The Candy Cane side is similar to the Candy Cane single, though I felt it was maybe a little thicker and less hydrating than the stand alone, and the Vanilla side reminds me of the Cake Batter ChapStick. The Cake Batter one is not my favorite, but the scent on this one is a little better and it seems a little less waxy. They’re cute and would make nice stocking-stuffers or small gifts to accompany gift cards.
All in all the MixStix are more gifty than the other single flavors but the single flavors are better quality products. The singles are also more affordable at $1 each or $3 (and a little under) for a set of 3. I don’t think I’ve seen MixStix for less than $2.50 each, $4 for a set of two.