While Charlie may have been the hero at Willy Wonka’s factory, I always favored Violet Beauregarde, the fast-talking loudmouth whose love of blueberries got the best of her.
Who can blame her? Berries are on par with backyard BBQs and ice cream sandwiches when it comes to summer staples, and my obsession extends beyond just the fresh variety.
From blueberry shaving cream to raspberry conditioner, blackberry bath soak to soothing aloe vera-infused mixed berry lotion, many of my favorite beauty products utilize the antioxidant-rich fruits.
For extreme enthusiasts, there’s a way to make berries a part of your daily routine. Think sneakers from Pastry Kicks, a Berries and Cream Frappuccino from Starbucks, and a black strawberry ring from Kenneth Jay Lane.
And don’t forget the musical accompaniment; skip "Oompa Loompa, Doompa-Dee-Do" in favor of the album Strawberries Mean Love
by ‘60s pysch rock band Strawberry Alarm Clock. The group may have been totally high, but even they knew the power of berries.
REBECCA WILLA DAVISLush Blackberry Bomb - $5.80Soapier Sun Kissed Skin in Berries & Cream - $10 Whish Shave Savour in Blueberry Mint - $24 Desert Essence Red Raspberry Conditioner - $8.99 Starbucks Tall Berries and Cream Frappuccino - $4.28
Pastry Berry Glam sneakers - $25.99Kenneth Jay Lane Crystal Strawberry Ring - $66Strawberries Mean Love by Strawberry Alarm Clock - $21.99