Save Your Lips or Save Your Money

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When I lived in New York, I often visited Dylan's Candy Bar on Third Avenue. Dylan's Candy Bar is owned by Dylan Lauren, daughter of fashion designer Ralph Lauren. It is a glorious soda-fountain, sweet-shop emporium that used to carry a few dessert-related beauty items like scented soaps and bath products as well. The entire lower floor is devoted to all of the sweets and candies that we have loved since childhood, such as Hershey Bars and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, as well as newer favorites like Bertie Botts Any-Flavor Beans. The only problem was that Dylan's Candy Bar was ridiculously overpriced. A packet of two Reese's Peanut Butter Cups that costs 80 cents in the check-out aisle candy display at your local supermarket cost close to two dollars at Dylan's Candy Bar. But hey, it's the Big Apple, right? And you were paying for atmosphere.

Now Dylan Lauren has launched a line of bath and body products based on her Candy Bar shop. I received two of her Candy Lip Savers as Christmas presents. I'm glad I received them as gifts, because if I had been able to try the testers in Sephora (which exclusively sells them), I wouldn't have purchased them. Although the packaging grabs you with its brightly colored plastic jars and cute labels, these lip balms are all style and no substance. For starters, the two flavors, chocolate cup cake and birthday cake batter, smell exactly the same, which is to say a strange combination of some vague dessert-type flavor mixed with wax. They soften lips nicely enough, due to the combination of beeswax, castor oil, and shea butter, but I was expecting a delicious-tasting treat for my lips. Instead, they taste like the cheap no-name brand lip glosses I used to buy at the 5-and-10 store when I was in junior high.

Like the candy in her store, Dylan's Candy Bar Candy Lip Savers are overpriced. At $8 each, they are disappointing. Better, more flavorful lip balms can be found on Etsy for $3 or $4 dollars.

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