May 28, 2020

Did You Know You Can Buy Really Cool, Vintage Beauty At the Vermont Country Store?

One of my biggest joys in life is watching old, vintage makeup commercials on youTube. I get such a kick out of all those old Love commercials because, dude, Donovan (he follows me on Twitter, I’m just throwing it out there so you can be jealous and stuff ha!)…

I really wish I grew up in the 60s or even the 70s because makeup, beauty, and hair care looks like it was brilliant back in the day. Hell, I still want to look like Twiggy when I grow up!

Ok, so, makeup, skincare, beauty all of it just better now…! We have a bigger selection of products to choose from, formulas are so much more advanced, etc…! But you can’t knock the fact that some products in the 60s looked way cool! And if you happened to grow up during that time you might be one of those people that’s all, “Well, when I was growing up we had the best foundation and foundation just isn’t what it used to be!” You know what? As I get older I find myself doing that more and more!

But if you want to experience the joys of vintage beauty you can get in your Tardis and head over to the Vermont Country Store.

Vermont Country Store is hands down the most fun place to shop vintage beauty. From old timey wimey fragrances to old hair care gems this place has everything.

A lot of people do rant about some of the formulas. For example, I purchased Gee, My Hair Smells Terrific a ton of times and I think it smells amazing but some older users aren’t thrilled with it. I can’t compare it to the original as it was way before my time.

Here are some of my fav vintage picks from the Vermont Country Store.

Yardley Eau de Toilette
Everyone always says how much they really miss Yardley makeup and fragrance. I don’t really remember it at all but I do own some of the Yardley scents that Vermont Country Store carries and I quite like them. I’m not much for herbal and floral fragrances but these are very fresh and light perfect for warm, Summer days when you want a light yet pretty scent to wear!

Grip Tuth Side Hair Combs
These I do remember! I even sort of kind of remember banana clips. I actually still have several of these combs hanging around my hair accessory drawer. When I was a timid Freshman in high school I used to love wearing my hair pulled back at the sides with combs just like these. I still love that look. I have really long, wavy hair and these do the trick to keep it back and out of my face and long and following in the back. These are also very large which makes them really easy to use in wild hair like my own!

Lemon Up Shampoo or Conditioner
I am absolutely obsessed with all things lemon and this delightful shampoo and conditioner leaves my hair smelling tart and lemony!

Lemon Up Eau de Toilette
If you wanna take things further you can mist on some of the matching EDT! The scent has a shorter wear sadly but it sure does smell delicious none the less!

Tangee Blush Compact
I can’t say I remember Tangee’s legendary orange lipstick but this blush is delightful! I purchased it about two years ago and it was sort of my go to blush for ages. It’s just such a delightful, flattering shade!

Max Factor Pan Stick
I’ve always had a thing for stick foundation! I think Benefit Playsticks were my intro to the world of stick foundations and since that time I just like the swipe and go deal. Vermont Country Store actually carries the original Max Factor Pan Stick. Sadly, the shade range is ridiculous but I once purchased light and medium just to mix and try out and I gotta say I do wish this was around in a larger shade range as I could see myself using it daily!

Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific Shampoo or Conditioner
And of course, last but not least the spicy goodness of Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific! If you’re a Lush fan I’d say this smells a lot like fever. Spicy carnation floral yum!

What sort of vintage makeup do you wish you could have tried?

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Linda M

    Ha! These products take me back since I did grow up in the 60s and 70s. I liked Twiggy too. I miss Yardley cosmetics as they were great. They had a nice line of bath products too. I also miss Tame hair conditioner (loved the scent). Thanks for the memories!

  • Claudette

    I grew up in the 60s and 70s so I remember a lot of these products. I had a lot of fun  checking the site and I see some perfumes that used to be around back in the day.  I can attest that Je Reviens is a new formulation that doesn’t smell much like it used to. However, Bobbi Brown “Bobbi’s Party” is an exact dupe, and its delicious. I read she must have been a fan back in the day to create this. I used to love Heaven Sent perfume. Found a bottle on Evine a few years ago. Ugh, another reformulation that made me gag. Wish Bobbi would do her magic on that one. That perfume had a memorable jingle as well. Vermont Country Store sells Evening in Paris. I remember my grandmother had a bottle on her dressing table. She always admonished me to not touch it, so I used her Arpege instead.  Another scent that was reformulated, and didn’t turn out well.

    The original Max Factor Pan Stick was fabulous! I ordered some off Amazon a few years ago and it’s not as good and the shades are off  I think it’s made in Ireland now? The original was better than any stick makeup I’ve tried, including high end brands. There used to be a Max Factor outlet store in Hollywood and before they closed I stocked up on Pan Stick and my favorite Maxi Nude 7 lipstick. Unfortunately, that was in the early 90s so I’ve run out lol.

    • Isabella Muse

      omg omg omg let me tell you about Heaven Scent. I remember my sis used to wear it and I recall it smelling sort of baby powder-like. I purchased a bottle for her off of fragrance net just for fun to tuck into her christmas stocking and oh my god it was awful! Smelled like wet dog!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ann Marie

    Wow, this brings back memories. I loved Love makeup! Yes, I’m dating myself. Yardley too. I think it was Love, but it might have been another company that did these little compacts with four solid fragrances in them that I just adored.

    • Isabella Muse

      I wish I could remember some of this stuff but it was way before my time :-/

    • Eraser

      Sweet Earth – I believe it was a Coty brand. In 8th grade, you were among the elite if you had it!

  • Jessica Stein

    Hi Isabella,

    Happy TGIF to you. I so remember all of these products. I am going to the website like RIGHT NOW!

  • Chris

    Ann Marie might be thinking of the Coty Sweet Earth Fragrance compacts of the 70’s. I still have one compact which is still fragrant.

  • Laurie Linz

    Wish I had tried Mary Quant makeup as a teenager. It was twice the price of Maybelline Blooming Colors and the iconic Big Lash Mascara. So cheap is what I wore.

  • Dee

    I’m dating myself too but I remember Yardley make up and the Lemon colognes, etc. Yardley of London Pot ‘O Gloss was one of the first things I ever purchased and that my mom let me wear:) I remember the shampoo above and the commericals for it but never used it.

    Muse, I love watching old makeup commercials and looking at old ads too.

    • Isabella Muse

      oh my gosh I am obsessed with watching old commercials and def love the ads. There’s a great instagram account that posts old vids/commercials!

    • Eraser

      I adored Pot o’Gloss!!! I still don’t get why Yardley hasn’t seized the nostalgia craze and brought back their cosmetics.

  • Patty

    My entry into the makeup world was in 1970 with Yardley lipstick. I specifically remember a set called Dollies which was mini lipsticks in a box shaped like a bus. Also Slickers white lipstick and the pots of gloss. When I went to school dances my mom let me wear perfume which was Norell, Emeraude, or Charlie.

  • Eraser

    I’m old enough to be nostalgic about a lot of things, so I love Vermont Country Store even though their prices are somewhat high. They have many things (not just beauty) that you can’t find anywhere else. I think they might have actually bought the Tangee brand because it is literally the only place that carries it. Now when I was a young teen, Tangee was one of the more commonly found brands and had an extensive product line. Fond memories of 50 cent bottles of extra frosty nail polish…

  • CL

    I can tell you that conditioner was AWFUL in the 1970s. I had to give it up for years because it ALWAYS made my hair look greasy. Thank goodness silicone formulas became available some years later. I never used those heavily-perfumed shampoos because that can cause allergic reactions. In any case, fragrances are not good for your skin.

  • Susan

    I grew up in the ’60s and ’70s and yes, things were groovy. Sometimes I wander around on eBay, looking at vintage ads and cosmetics for sale. Of course the actual makeup is ancient and not for wearing, but the packaging is a hoot. On one of them I was reading the ingredients and was all OMG I USED TO PUT THAT CRAP ON MY FACE! It was some gross reading!

    But what I miss is the original Clairol Herbal Essence shampoo and conditioner, the one from the ’70s and not the ’90s, which some think is the original. It was the best smelling stuff ever. And count me in as one who really misses Yardley cosmetics and wish they were made again. Best lip gloss, period.