One for the forehead, the cheek or our beautiful lips. It's that time of year again folks - A day whereby you are nationally obligated to celebrate one person’s affection for another. So get the teeth whitened, gum sticks chewed and your lip balms out. Maybe even give those lips a good old scrub down while you’re at it.
It’s International Kissing Day of course - We all know it’s the small things that count these days so make sure July 6th this year is not one to overlook. All those special someones in your life deserve to know you think they’re super ace. And the hot gorgeous ones, they deserve to know that you think they’re…well… hot and gorgeous, as well as being super ace, obviously.
Luckily we’re here to let you know that this year, International Kissing Day falls on a Friday. And Friday’s have Friday Nights! Here at Bali Balm, we believe that the best kisses linger a whole lot longer than the actual kiss itself. They're great in the rain. They're great in the sun. They're awesome to a classic soul track or accompanied by the sweet tunes of an inner city busker. So get out to the parks. Take in a romantic walk across a bridge. Get planning a fantastic Friday night out.
With that in mind, we thought we’d take a look at these most iconic embraces to give you a little inspiration / youtube surf ideas for when the office is quiet.
Best Animated Kiss - Lady & The Tramp
You're never too old to watch a cartoon about a couple of dogs falling in love, and you're definitely never too old to recreate the scene when the well-to-do cocker spaniel, Lady, and the 'footloose and collarfree' stray Tramp steal a super sweet spaghetti kiss. FYI, Walt Disney actually wanted to cut this scene but test audiences loved it.
Best Superhero Kiss - Spiderman & Mary Jane
The upside-down kiss that Spider-Man (Tobey Maguire) shared with Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst) in this 2002 flick is breath-taking to say the least. Literally though - Tobey couldn’t breath. The scene was shot in the rain and his upside down nose kept filling up with rain water like two outside buckets, poor bloke. Definitely one of the best kisses of all time in a superhero film!
Best Music Kiss - Britney & Madonna
This iconic kiss between two queens of pop — Britney Spears and Madonna at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards. Madonna and Christina Aguilera also shared a kiss that night but it was the smooch with Britney that everyone remembers.
Best Movie Kiss - Sam & Molly (Ghost)
Technically, in this kissing scene, Molly Jensen (Demi Moore) is making out with Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg). But because Oda Mae is channeling Molly’s late boyfriend Sam Wheat (Patrick Swayze), it’s Sam that Molly (and the viewers) get to see. Whatever it is, it’s just beautiful. Incidentally, Whoopi Goldberg was not in serious contention for the role of Oda Mae but Patrick Swayze insisted the filmmakers cast her. She went on to win the Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress, the first actress to do so.
Best Wedding Kiss - Wills & Kate
This kiss happened back on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the wedding ceremony itself and was watched live by an estimated 150 million people worldwide. The future King leans in for a quick peck and the lucky spectators below go absolutely wild!
Best Beach Kiss - Kevin & Chiron ( Moonlight )
A relatively small film shot on a shoestring budget that explored gay relationships in black neighborhoods downtown L.A. won Best Picture at the Oscars over a lot of other big Box Office hitters that year. The kiss in Moonlight that Chiron (Ashton Sanders) shares with Kevin (Jharrel Jerome) on the beach will no doubt become iconic for many reasons but largely because it depicts so beautifully such a tender moment and ultimately, an important moment of visibility for gay people of colour. If you haven't caught this important flick yet, it also boasts a career-defining turn from Naomie Harris - a cracker of a film!
Enjoy the clips. And enjoy NKD - Make some memories, get kissing and feel free to give one of our lovely lip balms a go while you’re at it!
And if all that wasn't enough to get you motivated to pucker up, kissing has a whole host of health benefits. More of that in the next Bali Balm Blog though.
Over and out. The Bali Balm team x