Products from Yesteryear
I recently visited The Vermont Country Store which has been around since 1946 and specializing in products from yesteryear. This place is really neat and makes for a super fun road trip.
I picked up several things that I remember from my childhood and others that looked interesting to try.
Pinaud Clubman Talc: This is sold as a man’s talc but I loved the men’s cologne scent. They’ve been making men’s grooming products since 1810.
Jubilee Kitchen Wax: I remembered this from somewhere in my childhood. I’ve been using it regularly and it’s great. Love the smell too.
Kirk’s Original Coco Castile Soap: This glycerin and coconut oil soap has been around since 1839. I can’t wait to try it.
Bear Leather Dressing: I keep my shoes forever so I’m always looking for quality cleaning products. This one cleans, waterproofs, and gives super shine!
Fels-Naptha Laundry Soap: I remember this from my childhood also. It smells incredible! I’ve been using on stains and it works great. I might have to keep this stuff in stock.
Grandma’s Secret Spot Remover: I had never heard of this but the bottle says, “one drop removes oil, grease, paint, make-up, grass, clay, ink, blood, baby food, tar, coffee, rust, beta dine, pet stains, and fabric bleed.” I’m looking forward to giving it a try.
Moisturizing Vaseline Soap: They say this is a favored product amongst hard-working farmers. If it’s good enough for farmers, it should be good enough for me. Has an old-fashioned granny smell which I like.
Nail Buffing Cream: This super creamy, buffing cream gives super high shine to nails. Great little product and will last for ages since you only need a little. Smells medicinal.
Vinolia Soap: This was the soap in the first-class cabins on the Titanic. I haven’t used this yet but it smells very nice, has a lemony, citrus scent.
Fade-Out Cream: A UK brand. I haven’t tried this yet but I’m always looking for a good fade cream to keep the spots at bay and reduce pigmentation.
Tangee Lipstick: Women have been using this formulation of Tangee lipstick for over 70 years. I was intrigued to try it because of its history but as soon as I smelled it, I recognized it right away. Either my mother, grandmother or aunt used this. It has a distinct smell. It’s bright orange in the tube but adapts to each individual woman’s pH and changes color. It’s a bright, sheer pink on me and I like it. Neat little product!
Tangee Blush: A coral shade that also adapts to each individual skin tone, very nice!
No-Crack Super Hand Cream: The store is chalked full of rich hand creams and balms. I tested several and this was one of the thickest they had. Despite the no-frills packaging, it does exactly what it says. I’ve been using it on my elbows and it’s working where others haven’t. It’s been around for 60 years.
I also bought some cheese and candy and promptly gobbled it up.
Buy online and order a catalog through their website. And before you think they are completely “old-fashioned,” note that they sell sex toys under Sexual Wellness. Rock on.