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9 Iconic Beauty Products that Have Stood the Test of Time

Certain beauty products are considered iconic for a reason.

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Pond’s Cold Cream

For over 100 years, this cream-based cleanser has been melting away makeup and infusing skin with vital moisture. Originally introduced in 1846 as ‘POND’S Golden Treasure’, a witch hazel-based “wonder product,” it was relaunched in 1905 under the name and formula known and loved today.

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Dove Beauty Bar

Some may think soap bars have gone the way of the VCR, but the Dove Beauty Bar proves that’s untrue. Not only does the beauty bar that is 1/4 moisturizing cream (and not soap) leave skin soft, smooth, but according to Dove, an estimated 60 Beauty Bars are sold every second in the United States.

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Maybelline Great Lash Mascara

Everyone knows the jingle: Maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s Maybelline. And for women who want great lashes, it’s definitely Maybelline Great Lash. Since 1971, America’s best-selling mascara conditions as it thickens and won’t flake. Plus, Maybelline has stayed true to the classic formula since its formulation. Available in seven colors, over a half billion units were sold between 1971 and 2015, with a Great Lash being sold every 1.9 seconds. (Check out these makeup artist-approved beauty secrets.)

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Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizer

Billed as the very first dermatologist-developed moisturizer when it launched in 1968, Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizer was reformulated and relaunched in 2013. Not only does a bottle of the distinctively yellow Dramatically Different Moisturizer sell every 4.87 seconds, but the new formula works to improve skin even more, adding in hyaluronic acid, without changing the silky texture users have come to love.

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Carmex Classic Lip Balm

It may come in a variety of forms and flavors today, but the Carmex Classic Lip Balm has stayed true to its original formulation for over 79 years. It’s well-known packaging, white jar with a yellow top, has also remained the same. As has their motto, “Soothe, heal, and protect.” If it’s not broken, why fix it?

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Neutrogena Rainbath Shower and Bath Gel

When is a shower not just a shower? When it’s taken with Neutrogena Rainbath Shower and Bath Gel. The clean fresh scent has been invigorating and refreshing showers since 1966. Neutrogena recently launched an update of their classic bath gel with pear and green tea, promising to turn shower time into a soothing and uplifting experience.

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CHANEL No 5. Eau de Parfum

CHANEL No 5 is arguably the world’s most famous fragrance. Marilyn Monroe once famously said she wears CHANEL No5 and nothing else to bed. In the 1920s, designer Coco Chanel asked the perfumer Ernest Beaux to create a fragrance that reflected her very modern fashion philosophy. And due to the incredible staying power of this iconic scent, we can only guess that the scent still reflects the modern woman today. (Steal these other Marilyn Monroe-inspired beauty tricks.)

Revlon Lipstick Cherries in the Snow

Launched in 1953, this iconic and classic red lipstick was modeled in Revlon’s ads by Dorian Leigh, often considered one of the very first supermodels. According to Revlon, author and poet Sylvia Plath was also a fan of Cherries in the Snow, especially during her time when she worked as a guest editor at Mademoiselle magazine. For those unsure of wearing a bold red lip, there’s also a Revlon nail polish in the same gorgeous shade.

L’Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray

Even though this iconic hairspray wasn’t available in the United States until 2008, beauty lovers and those “in-the-know” started smuggling it stateside in the 1950s. In 2014, L’Oreal Paris introduced Elnett Volume, the same amazing benefits of their classic hairspray with the added benefit of volumizing properties. Besides the new Volume formula, Elnett comes in six other options, including extra strong hold, unscented, and UV filter.

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Felissa Benjamin Allard
Felissa Allard has worked at The New York Daily News, Health, Life & Style, and more. As a freelancer, she has had pieces published on What To Expect, SELF, Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan, Modern Mom, Working Mother, and more. Her specialities are beauty, fashion, health, wellness, and parenting.