The Truth about Aroma Beads

September 14, 2007 at 10:02 am 15 comments

I remember entering my classroom with some kindergarten classmates hovering over the windows while looking at a cotton ball with reverence. The cotton ball, I found out later, was used as an incubator to kisses beads.


One of my friends told me that our classmate was waiting for kisses to multiply.  Kisses was what we called colored aroma beads that we kids used to store in metal pencil cases. I usually saw it in green, pink, or blue.

According to the young kisses expert growers, you have to put them in twos or threes in a single cotton ball dipped in alcohol. You leave it alone for three days and when you come back for it, the beads have already reproduced.

Naturally I got curious about the kisses effect and tried it on my own and my little experiment yielded no success. I discovered that I was not born to breed…beads that is.


Entry filed under: Nineties, nineties+fads, nineties+things, Nineties+trends.

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15 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Justine  |  September 20, 2007 at 5:24 pm

    Omg I used to do that too! xD

  • 2. rich  |  October 15, 2007 at 4:48 pm

    grabe i believed those things pare.akala ko pa nga kinakain yung kisses. I even got into trouble with kisses….arrrgggghhh

  • 3. kidswereus  |  October 22, 2007 at 4:43 pm

    That’s a first! I’ve never heard anyone eating kisses. But I fell for the whole leave them by the windows and they’ll multiply.

  • 4. Tanja  |  December 13, 2007 at 4:28 am

    Alles super.

  • 5. reginald  |  February 24, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    oh so already 16 and im still trying to do it..oh its not gonna happen!!!

  • 6. CoffeeLove  |  August 27, 2010 at 10:21 am

    SUUUUUUUUPER THANKS for this!!! I’ve been looking for information on those “kisses” beads for a long time, and I could never find any! It’s good to know what they’re actually called. Oh, they bring back memories! I used to think that if I squeezed them, it would hurt the baby. . . you know, because they were “buntis” haha

  • 7. Anne  |  November 14, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    do you know where to buy aroma beads?

  • 8. caroline  |  November 19, 2011 at 12:13 am

    where can you buy these “kisses”

  • 9. kaye  |  August 30, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    I was so amazed by that then. But now that I know the truth about my once favorite thing in the world, I wonder what the kisses beads used for? It wasn’t made to made children believe of a story right? 🙂

  • 10. Mervic  |  September 15, 2013 at 9:21 am

    This info made me sad…

  • 11. Aubrey  |  October 17, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Hi! Do you know where can I buy these?

  • 12. Louper  |  November 18, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    you can buy kisses aroma beads on some sari-sari store nearly to your community…

  • 13. Jhazzcutie  |  September 5, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    Where to buy Kisses?

  • 14. Leigh  |  September 16, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    Basically multiplying them requires manual effort, overtime someof them grow twice their original size, Get a wooden ruler — sideways put it on top of a grown kisses and use it as a rolling pin to it into two,

    Using scissors will make its aroma dispersed eventually kisses without aromas turned somewhat blackish.

    I still have a film plastic case full. Of. Kisses hidden somewhere in my room 18 years old na yun kisses ko since i own them haha

  • 15. Gypsy213  |  September 28, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Goshhh them Kisses tho! This is so elementary days. Our method before was to put some in the freezer overnight, and check it first thing in the morning to see if they’ve multiplied. Hahahaha


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