Nostalgic beauty products of yesteryear

beauty products of yesteryear Nostalgic beauty products of yesteryear

Find these products familiar? Seen them on the vanity table of your mom or your grandma? Or maybe you’ve tried them when you were younger? The square box of white powder with the fair maiden is probably considered iconic as it’s been around for ages and you can still get it for around S$1.80 or so at the market. I don’t remember if my mom used the powder but she kept one of these in her drawer all the time. I do the same too because it makes such a pretty keepsake.

vintage looking mirror Nostalgic beauty products of yesteryear
The pagoda mirror
And the vintage looking mirror. I didn’t know they still sell this. I was told the price has been increasing because of constant demand. And so I paid S$2.50 for this small version at a shop that sells wedding wares. When I removed the wrapper, I realized that the image behind the mirror is still the same as the bigger one in my mom’s drawer – that of a pagoda. I’m sure her mirror is still around. We used to share it extensively, particularly when we were blow drying our hair.

Two Girls beauty products Nostalgic beauty products of yesteryear
Two Girls Florida Water & Hair Oil
Okay, I haven’t seen these on my mom’s vanity table. But the Two Girls Brand has been around since 1898 and this is the first local cosmetic brand registered in Hong Kong. The brand carries an array of skin care and makeup products but their Florida Water and Hair Oil are popular items it seems. I was laughing over the Florida Water because my first thoughts were: is it Florida Water or is it Floral Water? It looks like a sort of toner to me but this is apparently a multi-purpose water that works as a natural fragrance on the body as well as for the room, as an antiseptic to sterilize and relieve the itching effect of insect bites, and even as a remedy to get rid of a hangover.

Santalia Perfume Nostalgic beauty products of yesteryear
Santalia Perfume from Paris
I also can’t remember seeing this perfume but the fragrance is familiar though. The box is all yellow but the packaging says this is from Paris. Maybe it was something my mom used to wear. She loves perfume and she would get herself a cheap version for daily wear and an expensive version for special occasions. Her favorite was Chanel No. 5 and she used to buy it from some Mom and Pop store then.

Yardley hair cream Nostalgic beauty products of yesteryear
Yardley English Lavender Hair Cream
Yardley hair cream. You remember this? I remember my dad using this hair cream to style his hair every day. Oh geez. This is too nostalgic for me. And the funny thing was that I spotted a Yardley hand cream but the lady at the store I bought this from told me that that hand cream can double up as a hair cream! Looks like products from yesteryears were indeed multi-purposed.

facial blotters Nostalgic beauty products of yesteryear
Lady Rose Facial Blotters
And the Lady Rose Facial Blotters are still around! I definitely used them before when I was younger. They are powdered though and it’s another great multi-purpose product to absorb excess rouge, absorb oil to help re-do makeup easily, as well as for men to absorb facial oil before shaving. It’s also said to be suitable for cleaning spectacles and lens. How much today? S$3.50!

So did these products take you down some memory lane? Well, it did for me. And I fork out about $40 to get these stuff just for keepsake. I’m not using them of course but they really make for pretty eye candy alongside my current cosmetics.

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Comments

  1. florence says

    Thanks for bringing back all those memories!!!I still remember when I was young, I use my mum face powder :)And the forida water smell nice too :)

    • sesame says

      Yes, the Florida Water smells good…I think my grandma used it then cos I remember the scent on her.

  2. says

    My mum used to have that exact same mirror! BTW, what is that white powder used for actually? I used to see it on my mother’s dressing table and I was just recently thinking of trying it :p

  3. stella says

    the powder is a great silver cleaner!

    and this post makes me miss my late grandma, she used the florida water everyday; in fact, i think her last bottle is still on the vanity

    • sesame says

      The Florida water seems rather interesting. I kind of like the smell…I believe my grandma used it too.

  4. says

    Haha, I actually used the Fair maiden powder a lot as a teenager. It was affordable and was said to be cooling for skin as well as an oil soaker for my oily teenage skin.

    • sesame says

      You did? But it’s very white isn’t it? I like the look of it but have never used it. I think my mom might have used it on her face though.

  5. Happyfeet says

    I used to tell my late grandma that she looks like the lady printed on the powder box. I thought she looked ‘white, white’ like the lady after she applied those on her face. hahaha… I used it too when i was young for the same sinister effect….. :)

  6. waiyen says

    Where can I buy the white powder?

    Heard that it is good for silver wear, dust some on and rub off to bring back shine on the silver :)

    • sesame says

      You can get it from some of those stores selling cosmetics at wet market. Or go to Chinatown…you can easily find it in many stores.

  7. says

    the mirror and the powder reminds me of my late granny =(

    i do remember taking the powder and smashing it up or I would use it to form white streaks on my face (like red indians!)

  8. says

    Never tried these products, but must say the packaging is quite nice! :) I probably would have turned my nose up at this kind of packaging when I was younger but now I appreciate it :)

    • sesame says

      Hazeline Snow was quite a staple back then. I’ve used it too. But they’ve revised the packaging so I didn’t include it because it doesn’t feel so nostalgic.

  9. Rinka says

    those products are so adorable, they would make great decorations for a bathroom! haha

    my grandma always uses atrix handcream (she has a tin of it in every room) so i guess thats one product that takes me back. my mother always changes her skincare so theres no products that really take me back ;[

    • sesame says

      Yes, I was wondering what I should do with them and figured out they’ll decorate my vanity top for now. ;)

  10. says

    nice post! i remember seeing the white powder and the mirror on my grandma’s table. my grandma also used hazeline snow for everything, face, hands, neck even for soothing prickly heat. is hazeline snow something like “olden vintagy”? with my mom – i can only recall her using Polar and Elisabetg Arden stuff … sad huh? none of these nostalgic local/SEA products.

    • sesame says

      Your mom must be really modern. I would consider Hazeline Snow to be one of the oldies…but I wish they didn’t change the packaging.

      • says

        no lah my mom not modern just very vain like me haha. i think pola and EA are very old companies with pretty long history … i don’t see pola much here in Singapore now & EA i always associate with old ladies haha :p

        • sesame says

          I think she’s considered quite “modern” then with her choices. But I do see Pola around in some of the stores…but can’t remember where now. I have no idea it’s an old brand though.

    • sesame says

      Ah…this is something I never knew. I saw one of my SILs’ face being threaded before but I didn’t notice what powder was used.

      • nel says

        The powder contains a chemical compound that absorbs oil, so it’s used before threading to ‘dry up’ the surface of the skin, so that the thread won’t snag the client’s skin and hurt the customer. It’s also why it’s a wonderful mattifying powder. And because it’s so finely milled and perfect as a pore/wrinkly filler, it was the HD powder of yesteryears. I love this stuff! Only wish it was available in a skin tone shade in Asia. In USA, they have 2 skin tone shades.

  11. says

    Yes, my mum’s pagoda mirror is at least of 20yrs and she used to have this round casing of Yardley compact power :)

  12. says

    Ah! The mirror and Lady Rose I have. Never heard of the rest though. Hazeline Snow Cream is about the same age as well (100+ years). Much as I like oldie-but-goldies I am worried about the lead content in some, like Ly-Na pearl balms.

    • sesame says

      The ingredients are not great…the Twin Sisters stuff has got alcohol and mineral oil. So no, I wouldn’t use them. I haven’t seen what’s in Hazeline Snow though.

  13. says

    hehehe, those were the days. I used the “Sam Foong” pink powder to polish my silverware & jewellery since i handmade jewellery, esp on silver plated chain n parts…very hard to find except in the chinese grocery shop or villages.

    • sesame says

      I’m guessing you’re not based in Singapore cos it’s quite easy to find it here. Hmm…I must try the powder on my silver plated stuff since so many of you said it’s great for cleaning them.

  14. Michelle says

    Those are great pictures. Do you take them yourself? I particularly like the one of the mirror!

  15. poohz says

    The mirror is available in Tokyo too! I bought one at the 100-yen shop. But the back is updated to a reflective silver, no nostalgic picture :)

  16. says

    Ahh..sweet, sweet memories. Reminds me of my grandma who used to use these products all the time! She absolutely loved the powder! You’re right though, they look very pretty on the vanity corner.

  17. Dwtokidoki says

    Hi. I haven’t been to Sg but I’m familiar with Florida Water. I will be visiting Sg next month. Where can I find them? Hope u could recommend me a place thats accessible to go to (hopefully around Orchard) THANKS!

    • sesame says

      I don’t think you can get it in Orchard. Head down to Chinatown. You can find it in a number of the old shops there.

  18. Natalie says

    I am 19 years old & I have been using Lady Rose blotting paper for about 4 years now. I love it!

  19. Di says

    Reading this post reminds me of my grandma’s (Hk based) stuff…:) thanks!!! she is 92 now and in the 80s she used to have oil of ulay/ulan…ponds cold cream…nivea creme in big blue metal jar..yardley soap that smelled like sandalwood…there was also spray net as hairspray was a staple for her then !!! :)

    btw where do u get the blotter paper & yardley cream (didn’t know yardley still existed)? I’m curious to see both in real life :)

    i am remembering papier poudre brand of blotters when I was very young…it was paper with powder on it!

    • sesame says

      I got these from a store at Chinatown here. Unfortunately, they do not have Olay products or Snow Cream in the old packaging otherwise those would bring back lots of memories.

  20. mimi says

    These are interesting products :) But no memories of them because my mom used Avon and Mary Kay and all that

    • sesame says

      They would be more familiar to those in Asia…guess you’re in US cos we don’t get much of Avon or Mary Kay here.

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