My boyfriend (AKA Skullsinthestars) and I recently flew to Amsterdam for vacation/his work. USAirways lost our luggage (that’s a story for another post). Since the terrorists can blow up planes using more than 3 ounces of liquid, I didn’t carry on any of my toiletries beyond a toothbrush and toothpaste. That left us in Amsterdam at 8:00 am with none of the basic necessities. Luckily my fabulous boyfriend had lived in Amsterdam for two years and knew the city well. He took me shopping to the main drugstore to pick up some of the things we needed. The drugstore we went to carried roll on deodorant. I haven’t seen or purchased roll on deodorant since the 80’s. There really isn’t anything wrong with roll on deodorant other than it takes a few minutes to dry. I guess Americans are just too time-strapped to have to wait two minutes for their deodorant to dry before getting dressed so we have to use solid deodorant. I don’t know about you, but I hate the white streaks you get on your clothes as a result and I’ll gladly wait the few minutes a roll on requires to avoid it. I purchased a bottle of the deodorant and have been using it ever since.
This got me thinking about other products that have disappeared from our stores mysteriously or for some trumped-up marketing reason. Whatever happened to pump toothpaste? That was THE toothpaste to have once upon a time. And do you remember Jello 1-2-3? It looked just like regular Jello when you prepared it, but when you poured it into a tall glass, the magic happened. It would separate into three distinct layers. The bottom layer was regular Jello, the top layer was a lovely, whipped cream substance and the middle layer was a combination of the two. But sadly, it disappeared from store shelves sometime in my youth.
Those are three things that I came up with this morning. Can you think of other main-stream products or product variations that inexplicably disappeared?