Memories of school and of our adolescence evoke all kinds of feelings: nostalgia, regret, embarrassment.
Now people are reliving the past through the products we used (and misused). With scents so often associated with memories, it’s no exaggeration to say that a scent can make us feel like we’re 15 again.
After all, there was usually at least one product that endured our teenage years by our side – whether we put on makeup before class or sprayed so much deodorant in the locker room that the fumes alone could have destroyed the layer of ozone layer.
What got everyone thinking about their teenage beauty habits was a tweet from writer Jo Lake, who asked users to share which toiletries or cosmetics they “most associate with their teenage years.
Hundreds of people responded, and the responses ranging from perfumes to extreme mascaras are a veritable blast from the past, forcing everyone to wonder, “What were we thinking?
Some remembered the scents lingering in the school hallways.
Ugh can’t forget them Victoria secret sprays all over the girls locker room🤮 https://t.co/iUFmMPRTNS
— Š (@Š)
Dream Matte Mousse Foundation was a popular culprit.
My teenage cosmetic staples in a nutshell https://t.co/vpKPUhX3Vz https://t.co/uRb6mOBCrJ
— Izzy 💙 (@Izzy 💙)
Maybeline dream matte mousse, it was the “in” foundation and we applied it with our fingers 😂 https://t.co/zUZkY0NtzW
– Saz the crumb (@Saz the crumb)
my skin is drying out just looking at this https://t.co/a5PrxSULPI https://t.co/LZKYY7iPed
– karla lauren 🌙 (@karla lauren 🌙)
People loved canned hair dye.
—Freddy Cougar (@Freddy Cougar)
Do they still sell Dream Matte Mousse? Tempted to try again tbh. https://t.co/546GOthyDy https://t.co/v7Ag7QRKbo
— Amy ✨ (@Amy ✨)
In retrospect, some products struck a chord.
Insette hairspray that gave your hair white flakes, Leichner foundation that gave you orange tide mark and Dewbe… https://t.co/IZaUlMCUDO
—Andrea Doc (@Andrea Doc)
@Joanne_Lake Sheer mascara. CLEAR. MASCARA. What were we thinking. Oh, and this hair mascara also in pinks and glitter.
— Chimene Suleyman (@Chimene Suleyman)
It’s a painful trip down memory lane – and down the toiletry aisle.