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St. Patrick’s Day Kissing Bandits

Photo via U.S. Army

One of our favorite St. Patrick’s Day traditions in Savannah involves a little bit of kissing. Or a lot. Women of all ages show their show their appreciation for our fine troops by planting a few kisses along the parade route. These women are known as kissing bandits. Are your lips ready for these smooches? Pucker up and get ready to exfoliate and moisturize!


  • Grab your Kiss My Grits Lip Scrub and apply to your lips.
  •  Gently massage your lips with the scrub, rubbing in circles (either with your finger or a washcloth). The longer you rub it in, the more you will exfoliate!
  • If your lips are extra chapped, try using a toothbrush with soft, straight bristles combined with a bit of our lip scrub. We’d recommend picking up a new one. Gently brush in small circles all over your lips, providing an extra exfoliating step.
  • If you don’t want to lick off the Kiss My Grits Lip Scrub, rinse the mixture off with warm water and pat dry with a terry washcloth.


Follow this up with applying our new, all natural Kiss My Grits moisturizing lip balm! It’s poured right here in Savannah, GA. Grab an extra as a Savannah gift for your out of town guests as a fun St Patrick’s day souvenir. Our lip balm is flavored with lemon and sweet sugar. So good they’ll want to kiss you right back!


So now that your lips are exfoliated… how do you get a vibrant red lip?

For kissing your soldiers, you’re going to want to grab a cheap, thick lipstick (we want this to come off!). Find something on sale at your local drug store. BUT for later in the day you’ll want a longer lasting method of application. We love this tutorial by The Beauty Department on lipstick longevity.

Haven’t seen the kissing bandits before? Check out this article on the love we have for our soldiers.