The New York Times recently did a feature, “Old Stand-By’s, New Stand-ins,” about the standby beauty products that still deliver decades after they’re introduced. Check it out–it’s good stuff.
Here’s a list of some oldies but goodies my buddy, Elise Levyn asked me to pass along.
Carita Paris Fluide de Beauté 14 – Launched in 1956: This vintage-chic oil nourishes dry skin leaving it supple, smooth and hydrated with its incorporation of hazelnut and corn oils and works to strengthen and protect the skin with its highly effective vitamin complex. SRP: $69 caritadirect.com
Chanel No. 5 – Launched in 1921: Coco Chanel created this fragrance after declaring that she wanted to come up with a scent for women that smelled like a woman. The subtle scent includes Jasmine sourced from producers in Grasse, France, and is the standout note, but rose, patchouli, iris and ylang-ylang are also part of the blend. SRP: $50 chanel.com
Merle Norman Powder Base Foundation – Launched 1931: This foundation is a true cult classic by keeping a multitude of complexions looking young and beautiful. The long-wearing creamy formula provides the base for a gorgeous face by protecting against the drying effects of the sun, wind and environmental pollutants. SRP: $16 at local Merle Norman studios. Merlenorman.com
Elizabeth Arden – Eight Hour Cream –launched in 1930: A legendary skincare classic that works as a skin protectant to moisturize dry patches and also has anti-inflammatory benefits.
SRP: $17 elizabetharden.com
Benefit Benetint – Launched in 1977: A rose tinted lip and cheek stain that is naturally sheer. Originally created for an exotic dancer in the 1970’s Benetint is now loved by celebrities and make-up artists around the world. This original rose-tinted stain last for hours.
SRP: $28 benefit.com