News flash beauties, I’m adding a new feature I hope you’ll like. It’s calledÂ Cawfee Tawk Tuesdays and every week I will be introducing a new topic we can all discuss. It can be beauty related or not. We can talk about beauty products you love or hate, your kids, your life, the new outfit you bought, a great book you read, anything you like!Â Â I’ll give you a topic- Blast from the Past Beauty Products–discuss…amongst yourselves.Â
This idea came to me after reading a really great book, called Hope in a Jar by Beth Harbison and yes, they were talking about the Philosophy moisturizer Oprah made famous in one of her “My Favorite Things” episodes. The book is really about friendship but it opens with two 7th grade girls swapping Lip Smackers, having sleepovers and experimenting with makeup.Â Part of what I found really enjoyable about the book was reminiscing about the makeup and beauty products I grew up with. Each chapter opens with an ad from a beauty product of the time–“You can try hard or you can try soft. Soft will get him every time”–Love’s Baby Soft or “Make yourself happy with a little tickle” an ad for Tickle deodorant.
Â Reading this book reminded me of the very first time a beauty product had an impact on my life. It was my first date; I was 14 and went to a church Halloween scavenger hunt with Ernie Gumprecht. Ernie was short but cute with a tight naturally curly afro. He was polite, very smart and both of his parents were doctors; Ernie had aspirations of becoming a doctor too even then. I liked himâ€¦in theory. In my giddy, romantic and immature mind, I pictured us as soul mates; sipping our cherry cokes and holding hands at the local cafÃ©, him writing me love notes, attending all the school dances–me in a softly flowing gown that would have actually been long enough for my 5′ 8″ lanky body. I loved the idea of him and of having a boyfriend, but in reality when we were together he kinda bored me. After we had collected everything on our list, we went back to the host’s basement for snacks. Ernie was sitting behind me on the floor and he smelled my hair and touched it. He told me how good my hair smelled and he really did seem kind of… entranced. In that moment IÂ learned two things; always leave your hair a bit damp so it retains the smell of your shampoo and girls have a certain power over boys. If you’re wondering what shampoo it was, it was the original Herbal Essence shampoo which was green and had an earthy smell of freshly mowed grass. I had a few more church group dates and then said goodbye to Ernie. Dr. Ernest Gumprecht is now a very, very rich and successful cardiologist.Â I guess boring is not so bad after all.
As I write this, I’m getting a little verklempt…..tawk amongst yourselves….. I’ll give you a topic; blast from the past beauty products…there will be no blast, but remember the past…..discuss! Â Leave me a comment with your memories of your favorite products from your youth!