ChapStick Holiday 2014 Limited Edition Collection
ChapStick Holiday 2014 Limited Edition Mixstix
Vanilla Candy Cane Milkshake
($1.99 - $2.69 depending on the retailer; 0.155 oz)
The end with the pearlized white cap is the Vanilla Milkshake flavor:
And the end with the red cap is the Candy Cane flavor:
Vanilla Milk Shake: This really does smell like a vanilla milk shake. I'm quite impressed with the accuracy--there's more than just vanilla here. I can actually detect a "milk" note as well. The flavor is quite mild though, and there's a little bit of a waxy taste to this one. If you've read my original review of the permanent Mixstix, you know that I find the scents and flavors in the Mixstix formulation to be a bit softer in general, so this was not a surprise to me.
Candy Cane: To me, the fragrance is identical to the regular Candy Cane ChapStick (which you'll see below). I really detect no difference. As for the flavor, it's quite similar to the regular Candy Cane Chapstick (you get the same tingle on your lips) but I do detect a little bit of a waxy note (probably due to the different formulation) that I don't get with the regular Candy Candy ChapStick.
Overall, I can see this being a must-have for collectors, but I personally prefer the formula of the original ChapSticks over the Mixstix. Also, I have a tip for you. If you're planning on layering these, start with a VERY light application of the Candy Cane side first. Then apply a generous layer of the Vanilla Milkshake side. If you do it the other way around, the Candy Cane scent/flavor will completely dominate the mixture and you won't detect any vanilla at all (trust me on that one!). So just remember: a little Candy Candy first, followed by a lot of Vanilla Milkshake. This combination really does taste like a Vanilla Candy Cane Milkshake to me!
ChapStick Holiday 2014 Limited Edition Flavors
Candy Cane, Pumpkin Pie
($1 - $1.99 depending on the retailer; 0.15 oz)
As most of you probably know, Candy Cane came out a few years ago (I believe it first debuted for Holiday 2012, but I'd have to double-check my archives). So it's back again for another round, and we've also got a brand new flavor for Holiday 2014: Pumpkin Pie.
Pumpkin Pie Ingredients
The ingredients for Candy Cane are not printed on the tube, so you can click here to view them if you'd like more info.
I love that the color of Pumpkin Pie is the actual color of pumpkin pie filling.
Pumpkin Pie: I was so scared that this flavor would amount to nothing but cinnamon with just a touch of pumpkin. Well I'm delighted to tell you that this is not the case. I get lots of nutmeg in this one. Nutmeg! Sorry, but I'm a huge nutmeg fan and I feel that we don't see nearly enough nutmeg scented/flavored things in the lip balm/bath/body world (cinnamon dominates when it comes to dessert spices, right?). So yay for the underdog! I do get some pumpkin here too, but it's more of the canned pumpkin variety. Altogether, this smells AND tastes very much like pumpkin pie filling to me; more so than actual pumpkin pie. I don't really get a buttery crust note or a whipped cream note, but that's perfectly OK for me personally because NUTMEG! Oh, and before I forget, the scent and flavor are both medium-strong.
If you would like information about where you can find the ChapStick Holiday 2014 Limited Edition Lip Balms, CLICK HERE for a list of retailers.
Do you already own any of the Holiday 2014 offerings from ChapStick? If so, what do YOU think of them?
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