Ever since I was a child, I loved to make people feel and look beautiful.

Our Favorite Products That Have Stood the Test of Time

The other day when I was ‘shopping’ here in Tucson, I spotted a woman who was an absolute CLASSIC. A beautiful 80+ year old, with taut but natural skin, some age spots that added depth to her face, a dew like she had just come from the spa. She had perfectly poofed hair that wasn’t moving, eloquent pants that were hemmed by a seamstress who loved a good, strong thread & a crisp white shirt with the right amount of starch that all I could think about is how much I wanted to smear ketchup on it. I don’t know why but every damn time I see a perfect white shirt, I immediately think of ketchup and how much fun it would be to act like I’m in one of those Tide commercials (I used to work in the same building as Sully, the guy from OxyClean..I should have asked to be a stand in). Very odd fantasy. Anyways, back to our ‘Classic Cathy’! Well her names not Cathy, I have no idea what her name is, but she was classic. (Reminded me of my mom… though she’s an absolute nut who makes me laugh, she’s a true classic too!)

This encounter had me thinking….this Audrey Hepburn-like beaut has stood the test of time, but how did she do it?! Besides probably a great diet, very little stress, a daily workout regime among like 40 other things that she completely nailed, I wondered how she’s taken care of her skin after all these years. Which then got me like….Do you think she uses Aquanet still? Or maybe she’s still slathering on good old Pond’s cream after all these years. Side bar: And yes, these are all thoughts that went through my insane head in the split second that I spotted her. In normal circumstances, I’d go up and tell her how pretty she was, or compliment her in some fashion, but she moved too quickly and I apparently was lost in thoughts. Eye roll, per usual. End of side bar.

While we’ll never know what Classic Cathy uses to stay so fresh, we have to imagine she’s always taken great care of her skin and were there products back in the day that she used that we’re still using in 2019? What skincare products did she once use that are still on the shelves today? Which brings us to the point of this dang blog and that is our favorite skincare products that have been through thick & thin, years of use & still come out ahead. You may even get feelings of nostalgia as you read this post. You’re welcome.


My mom, Camille… who we really could call Classic Camille in this blog, like Classic Cathy, has been an avid user of Carmex since I popped out of that womb. Since I can remember, she had a tiny tub of Carmex sitting in her nightstand drawer. I remember going in and sneaking it when times were rough… AKA my lips were chapped.

Come to find out, Carmex was invented in 1937. So even WAY before my mom was born.

Alfred Woelbing started making Carmex by hand, pouring the medicated lip balm into the now-classic jars in his kitchen! He sold it the old fashioned way, visiting pharmacies one by one. Then as production grows with positive word of mouth, Carmex becomes too big for its britches & Alfred’s kitchen. Eventually his production moves to its present factory location in Franklin, Wisconsin, where mechanical pouring is introduced (lotta wrists were saved that day). And seemingly the rest is history. It’s surprisingly a simple story where this product just WORKED and folks appreciated it.

Since 1999 pharmacists have ranked Carmex the #1 recommended over-the-counter lip balm brand year after year, according to a survey done by Pharmacy Times magazine.

Pond’s, Cold Cream

Cold creams have been around MUCH longer than I think many of us maybe realize. Its invention is widely credited to a second-century Greek physician and philosopher Galen. It’s basically an emulsion of water in oil. The name in fact comes from the cold feeling that the cream leaves on the skin after washing your face. Most often cold creams are made up of four common ingredients: water, oil, emulsifier and a thickening agent. The amount of water and oil is said to be in equal proportions, allowing the cream to penetrate the outer layer of skin really, really well.

According to Wikipedia (I checked other sources, but there’s had the briefest description), ‘Pond’s Cream was invented in the US as a patent medicine by pharmacist Theron T. Pond (1800–1852) of Utica, New York, in 1846. Mr. Pond extracted a healing tea from witch hazel which he discovered could heal small cuts and other ailments. The product was named “Golden Treasure.” After Theron died, it would be known as Pond’s Extract.’

^ I don’t ‘own’ it at this very minute, but I’ve certainly used it.

What is Cold Cream & Is it Any Good?

Erno Laszlo, Phormula 3-9 line

Erno Laszlo Phormula 3-9 line has helped the skin of royalty & famous folks alike. Fancy! Erno Laszlo, a skincare line developed by a Hungarian doctor of the same name, opened his first skincare institution in 1939, drawing a wealthily clientele and celebrities such as Katharine Hepburn and Greta Garbo, according to Erno Laszlo.

The Phormula 3 line has had different iterations over the years, of course but the 3-1 was created originally to treat the acne of a Hungarian princess, then the 3-8 was developed for Marilyn Monroe to treat a scar, and finally the 3-9 was ‘re-introduced’ in the 2000s and that puppy is still kicking! The current Repair Cream hydrates & nourishes for a youthful complexion.

Kiehl’s, Creme de Corps

Kiehl’s has been serving New Yorkers from its beautiful storefront since 1851. Yup, that long!

Kiehl’s was a first full-service pharmacy, started by founder John Kiehl’s who originally offered customers homeopathic and herbal remedies, along with over-the-counter drugs, and the very first Kiehl’s brand-name products. It eventually began its sole focus on skincare, thus came all these best-selling Kiehl’s products that we enjoy today. In 2019, Kiehl’s is dedicated to giving customers quality skin care and even hair care products based on the most advanced science & natural ingredients.

Included in their original best-seller list, formulated with Cocoa Butter and Beta-Carotene, this hydrating body cream, Creme De Corps leaves skin feeling perfectly soft.
  • Moisturizes dry skin and helps to improve texture
  • Leaves skin soft & smooth
  • For all skin types, particularly dry skin

Cetaphil, Daily Facial Cleanser

Cetaphil’s signature cleanser is clinically proven to deep clean skin, all while being extremely gentle. Originally, Cetaphil was created for dermatological purposes in 1974. As word of mouth spread between dermatologists & other healthcare folks, everyone wanted in. By the 1980’s, you could find Cetaphil at major retailers across the country, making it the bomb.com that it is today.

I have been using this for probably 15 years taking breaks here and there, but it’s PERFECT for my skin type – extremely gentle and weirdly hydrating. One thing it doesn’t do well is take off makeup, so ladies & gents, be sure to use another cleanser prior to Cetaphil.

Estee Lauder, Advanced Night Repair

Launched in 1982, not only was this the first serum on American shelves, but it capitalized on the link between DNA damage and fine lines & wrinkles. Original founder, Mrs. Estée Lauder, started her business with four skin care products and a simple thought: that every woman can be beautiful. < We’d have to agree!  Estée got her start originally by selling skin care and makeup in beauty salons. In 1946 she and Joseph Lauder, her husband, officially launched the company, and a year later they got their FIRST big order: $800 worth of products from Saks Fifth Avenue. Whoop whoop!

Advanced Night Repair is a powerful nighttime serum for radiant, youthful-looking skin. You’ll see instant radiance and instant hydration.

  • More than 75% of women felt their skin looked more youthful in just 4 weeks.
  • Skin feels smoother, hydrated, stronger.
  • 82% felt their skin was immediately hydrated.
  • Skin looks younger, radiant, more even toned.
  • 83% felt their skin looked healthier, fresher, more rested in just 4 weeks.

While I do highly recommend this product, I felt that it would be better suited for folks over 50. 

Clinique, Dramatically Different Moisturizer

This moisturizer sells every 4.87 seconds!!!!!!! Classic Camille used to LOVE this moisturizer.

Coined as the very first dermatologist-developed moisturizer when it launched in 1968, Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizer was reformulated and relaunched in 2013 to be even bigger & better. The new formula works to improve skin even more, adding in hyaluronic acid, without changing the silky texture folks have come to adore.

According to Wikipedia, ‘In 1967, American Vogue magazine published an article called “Can Great Skin Be Created?”, written by beauty editor Carol Phillips with Norman Orentreich, discussing the significance of a skin-care routine. Evelyn Lauder, daughter-in-law of Estée Lauder, read the article, and brought it to Estée’s attention. Both Carol Phillips and Orentreich were recruited to help create the brand, and in August, 1968, Clinique premiered as the world’s first allergy tested, dermatologist-driven line at Saks Fifth Avenue in the UK.’

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