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What Beauty Product Brings You Back?

Written on July 19, 2011 at 11:26 am , by

Everyone has beauty products that remind them of childhood or their past—for us, the smell of Jergens Original Scent Cherry-Almond Moisturizer will always remind us of our grandmother (Personal plea to Jergens: Never change it!) We asked fellow FITNESS staffers what beauty product brings back memories for them:

  • Coppertone sunscreen reminds me of my aunt when I was a kid—she wore it all the time at the beach. I still only use Coppertone! Love the smell and the memories of my aunt.” —Elaine Roake, photo director
  • Bonne Bell Lip Smackers bring me back to when I was young and I got a plastic candy cane filled with them in my Christmas stocking. I was so excited and felt so grown-up using them, pretending it was lipstick (which I wasn’t allowed to wear yet!)” —Lisa Haney, senior health editorJG_Original_10oz_sm
  • Tommy Girl perfume: I wore it every day in high school. Whenever I smell a whiff, I think of walking the hallways with friends, and my crush, who wore the guys’ version. I still think it smells awesome: fresh, floral, and clean.” —Sarah D’Angelo, assistant editor
  • Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion has been my go-to face moisturizer since I was in my early teens, first learning about beauty products. My mother used it, so my sister and I followed suit, applying it morning and night. I can’t live without it!” —Lauren Cardarelli, editorial intern
  • Pond’s Dry Skin Cream reminds me of kissing my mom goodnight as a kid and getting a whiff of her fragrant lotion. And cherry-flavored Chapstick makes me feel carefree and young again because it seemed like every kid in my second grade class had a tube!” —Betty Wong, editor-in-chief
  • Noxzema The Original Deep Cleansing Cream will forever transport me to scrubbing off makeup in high school.” —Bethany Gumper, senior editor
  • “Olay—Oil of Olay back then! My mom used to always have a jar in the bathroom when I was growing up. She now has Olay lotion in the squeeze container, which always makes me smile when I see it. I even use it when I visit!” —Mary Anderson, deputy editor

Tell us: What beauty product takes you back in time?