We all had, and still have, our favorite beauty regimens and treatments. But, a lot of products I used adoringly from my childhood, no longer exist. Or, they exist but just feel, smell and treat differently than I remember. Everything from Apricot Scrub to Noxzema (In A Blue Glass Jar) and the cool, cleanse of Sea Breeze.
My soaps also have changed over the years. I used to use Camay and Tone and since they are gone, I have resorted to Dove and Lever. While some of the products still exist, they are extremely nostalgic to me. The originals that have been around all these years, I consider vintage. But, whether it’s the ingredients, textures, consistency, smells and/or packaging, the new doesn’t feel like the products I used and loved. In my mind, these products have become a thing of the past. Making their modern ancestry and versions just modern day products.
Remember Susan Dey in this Cover Girl Commercial? “Clean Makeup” Cover Girl was my first makeup. I was so excited when my Mom took me to the local pharmacy to buy it!
We all went through that phase where our faces were in need of Clearasil. Clearasil was the first dermatological brand created specially for younger skin to fight against pimples (acne). The popular ABC television show American Bandstand was used to help promote the product and its superior smell. In 1975, Wolfman Jack signed a contract promoting the product Clearasil Acne Ointment.
How about the cool, cleansing astringent, Sea Breeze?
And we all wore “Love’s Baby Soft”!
In April 1974 Love Cosmetics began to make a line of Baby Soft products meant for adults. The items were scented with an innocent fragrance most often associated with babies. There was a Baby soft talc, a body lotion, and a foam bath. A marketing slogan read sexy in a very special way.
Noxzema has been around since 1914. The original was packaged in a small cobalt blue glasss jar. It contains camphor, menthol, phenol and eucalyptus, among other ingredients. Originally developed as a sunburn remedy, it is frequently used as a facial cleanser and make-up remover. It can also be used for cleaning chapped, sunburned, or otherwise irritated skin. Since the introduction of Noxzema, the brand name has appeared on shaving cream, razors, and skin-cleansing cloths.
The formula for Noxzema was invented by Francis J. Townsend, a doctor who lived in Ocean City, Maryland. The formula was called “Townsend R22” and referred to commonly as “no-eczema”.
I miss this blue glass jar!
Another favorite that I miss so much are Maybelline’s Kissing Sticks. The “Forbidden Fruit” lip gloss. I loved the bubble gum flavor of this adoring lip balm.
Remember this Camay commercial?
And we can’t forget this commercial! I didn’t use Lee Press On Nails often, but I certainly remember them and tried them. Being a nail biter, this was actually a remedy for me to stop. I glued these on, not properly of course, and it was the incentive for my growing my own nails out.
They were a big trend in the 80s. Being somewhat of a tomboy, I was not savvy with the way I applied these. In fact, none of us were. But this was a fun sleepover night activity. Fun times!
I absolutely loved Aapri Apricot scrub. Up until a few years ago, I was still using the pads, which were the last of Aapri. This deep exfoliating product was a favorite of mine and my friends.
In 1973, Bonne Bell introduced the first flavored lip gloss, Lip Smackers. Lip Smackers were, and still are, popular among young teenagers. Initially Lip Smackers came in two sizes: small and big. The small ones could be kept in the pocket and the big ones had a rope to hang around the neck. It was advertised that before a date, a teen girl should choose an appropriate flavor because that would be her date’s first taste when his lips kissed hers. My favorite’s were the Banana flavor and Dr. Pepper.
I loved these Lip Lockets too…
When Tickle Deodorant came out, it was all the rage. Definitely geared to the girl, with it’s feminine and silly Tickle ads. Pink was the color of choice but with the way my olfactory senses are now, I would probably have leaned toward the blue or green!
There was a lot of giggling going on in these commercials. The kind of innuendos that made all us girls gush! Staying drier was always a little nicer with “Tickle”…
But I am saving the best for last with my all time favorite lip gloss, “Kissing Potion”. This sticky, gooey roller ball lip gloss was the best. The only thing I hated is when sand or dirt would get in the cap and it would crunch when twisting the cap closed. But, this was in every girls makeup case or vanity growing up. Oh, to be young again!
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