Wacky Grooming Products From 50 Years Ago

Let’s visit the grooming aisle of a 1970s grocery store.

LEMON UP — Each bottle of Lemon Up shampoo purportedly contained the juice of one whole lemon along with its other ingredients. Rinsing your hair with lemon juice after shampooing was one of those beauty tips advice columnists used to hand out — it helped to rinse all the detergent-y buildup out of your hair and make it shiny.

BODY ON TAP — Beer was another home remedy to make your tresses shiny (reflective hair was big in the 1970s), and Body on Tap shampoo contained a whole cup o’suds.

SHORT ‘N SASSY — Short hair probably didn’t require a different formulation of shampoo in order to maintain its shape and bounce. In fact, anyone who took the time to read the “ingredients” panel would probably discover that Short & Sassy was made up of the same stuff as every other shampoo on the shelf.

GEE YOUR HAIR SMELLS TERRIFIC — This floral-fragranced shampoo is one of the brands most often mentioned on Internet message boards frequented by women who grew up in the 1970s and early ’80s.

BLUE JEANS COLOGNE —  This was one of those fragrances that apparently pinned its success on the package design. Who wants to actually smell like a pair of denim pants?

SKINNY DIP COLOGNE — To go “skinny dipping” means to swim in the nude, so this fragrance had a semi-naughty vibe from the get-go. Add to that advertisements featuring Plain Everygirl Sandy Duncan, who gets no attention from men until she daubs Skinny Dip behind her ears (suddenly she’s surrounded by suitors), and you’ve got a best-seller.