12 Time-Tested Classic Beauty Products We’ll Never Stop Using

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You won’t find anything unexpected on this list. Every product on here is a household name that has stood the test of time—some have been around for more than 100 years! You probably even have quite a few of them in your home right now. If you don’t, and your beauty product supply is in need of replenishment, why not try some of the products people have been swearing by for decades? Here are 12 of our favorite tried-and-true beauty products.


1. Herbal Essences Shampoo

You probably love this product for its long-lasting scent. And your memory of their ad campaign has likely lasted even longer. I’m not sure I have ever heard a woman so excited about being in the shower.


Herbal Essences Shampoo, $4

2. Aqua Net Hair Spray

This product has been raising beehives and bangs since the 1950s. Known as the “all weather hairspraym” it holds up and keeps away frizz despite hours of humidity.


Aqua Net Extra Super Hold, $3.50

3. Johnson and Johnson Baby Shampoo

Truly a classic, this shampoo has been invited into people’s homes since 1953 and has continued to make its presence known at baby showers ever since.


Johnson and Johnson Baby Shampoo, $4


4. Pond’s Cold Cream

What makes this product so great is that it not only removes makeup but moisturizes at the same time. The 50-percent moisturizer helps to take off all that stubborn waterproof mascara.


Pond’s Cold Cream, $8.04

5. Estee Lauder Advanced Night Cream

This night cream has allowed women to wake up looking younger since 1982. Massage it on your face before bed and you should see results in just four weeks.


Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair, $78.11

6. Olay Beauty Fluid Lotion

Although the name has changed, the results remain the same: lusciously moisturized skin. (Olay dropped “Oil of” from its name back in 2000.)


Olay Facial Moisturizer, $8.49


7. Coty Airspun Face Powder

Who can resist this adorable powder puff? I can still remember making a huge mess when I tried to sneak just a little bit from my mother.


Coty Airspun Face Powder, $12.33

8. Great Lash Mascara

With one being sold every 1.3 seconds, this is one of America’s go-to mascaras.


Great Lash Mascara, $4.29

9. Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage

The beauty of this product is in the flexibility. Secret Camouflage is a two-shade compact that can be used year round to match your changing skin tone.


Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, $32.96

Multi-Use Classics


Every household needs a tub of vaseline. Originally it was created to help burns, but since then people have come up with long lists of uses for this product.


Vaseline Original Petrolium Jelly, $4.17

11. Q-Tips

In 1923 Leo Gerstenzang created the Q-tip after watching his wife wrap cotton around a toothpick in order to clean their child’s ears. While cleaning ears is still a great use for the product, it is now used for a variety of things from makeup clean-up, to medicine applications to cleaning all sorts of small spaces.


Q-tip Cotton Swabs, $2.69

12. ChapStick

Another product that has stood the test of time, ChapStick has been around since the 1880s. The product has come a long way from what once looked like a foil-wrapped candle.


ChapStick Original 3-pack, $6.74