Feeling a little nostalgic over my Aunt’s surprise 80th Birthday party has me reminiscing about my Grandmother, or “Grams.” Angelina was a second generation Italian American that influenced every step of my young life. And to everyone that knew her… the best Italian cook west of Italy. The abundance of fond memories are stirred frequently while simply walking the streets of the City; a whiff of her favorite perfume, the sight of a perfectly quaffed white haired lady, or an Italian love song, each can instantly trigger a distinct memory of Grams.
Just this weekend while perusing the aisles of a local CVS store I came across so many of the products my Grams used, and it got me thinking. These products were good enough for my Grams, and they have clearly passed the test-of-time, so why wouldn’t they just as good for me today. Let’s take a look, and who knows… possibly this trip down memory lane will encourage you to add one of your “Grams” favorite products into your daily beauty ritual. Let’s call it a nostalgic tribute to the women that helped shape us into the strong, yet charming women we are today.
My Gram’s Beauty Products:
1. Ponds Classic Cold Cream (Est. 1846) : POND’S has been known for simple, effective skin care products that work. That’s why generations of women have trusted POND’S to leave skin looking and feeling simply beautiful.
2. Chantilly Perfume (Est. 1941) It was Marcel Billot who was responsible for another great Houbigant fragrance, Chantilly. A timeless Oriental classic fragrance with a blend of roses, jasmine and Oriental mysteries.
3. Barielle Total Foot Care (Est 30+ Years): Barielle’s story began in the unlikeliest of places: the legendary Belmont Racetrack. Husband and wife equestrian aficionados, Howard and EsteLee Price, devised a breakthrough formulation to condition the hooves of their million-dollar thoroughbred racehorses. As weeks went by, the Prices discovered that they had also created a million-dollar product for nails—one that would quickly become an integral element in the modern manicure and pedicure. The cream, which strengthened their horses’ hooves to resist splits and cracks, had the same effect on the nails of the jockeys that applied it. Reformulated for women and men, the miracle product “Nail Strengthener Cream” was born and Barielle was founded.
4. Helene Curtis (Est. 1927): In 1950 Helene Curtis developed the generic term hairspray for its new aerosol product, Spray Net.
5. Vaseline - The Vaseline® brand, which was established over 130 years ago. Over the years, the brand has worked to develop products that are used by millions of people everyday for a number of reasons — from maintaining healthy skin to helping severely damaged skin to protect and heal itself. 6. Helena Rubinstein (Est. 1902): Her stylish clothes and milky complexion did not pass unnoticed among the town’s ladies, however, and she soon found enthusiastic buyers for the jars of beauty cream in her luggage. Spotting a market, she began to make her own. Fortunately, a key ingredient was readily at hand.
7. Olay - (approx Est. 1949) – The name “Oil of Olay” was chosen as a spin on the word “lanolin“, a key ingredient. It was unique in the early days because it was a pink fluid rather than a cream, packaged in a heavy glass bottle. Wulff and his marketing partner, Jack Lowe, a former copywriter, had tested the product on their wives and friends and were confident in its uniqueness and quality.
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