Monday, September 13, 2010

Product Review and Giveaway! Vermont Country Store Herbal Shampoo

GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED

Last week I posted about my memories of the original Clairol Herbal Essence Shampoo from the 70s. It was such a great product but the original is no longer made. I had found a comparable shampoo at Vermont Country Store. They specialize in hard-to-find products and have a wonderful selection from the practical to the quirky.

After that post went live, I was contacted by Vermont Country Store and they sent me several bottles of the shampoo so I could review it and give some away to my readers!

I'm not a person who loves flowery scents. My perfume of choice is K.L., which is a scent that combines amber, cloves, orange, and cinnamon in the most wonderful heady fragrance. K.L. was discontinued long ago, and I hoard the few bottles I have left. My potpourri, sachet, and incense choices always lean toward woodsy, spicy scents like cedar, bergamot, and eucalyptus. That's why I have such fond memories of the original Herbal Essence shampoo.

I've used the Vermont Country Store Herbal Shampoo for several days now, and while it is not exactly like the the original Clairol Herbal Essence, it is as close to any current product on the market that I have found. The scent of the Vermont Country Store shampoo has more of a "soapy" undertone and lacks what I remember as the pine fragrance of the original, but it does have a wonderful herbal and spicy scent that lingers for several hours after I have shampooed. And it's no wonder, as the list of ingredients includes extracts of thyme, marjoram, sage, basil, ginseng, lavender, green tea, ginko, coneflower, and marigold. I love it and I hope you will too!

GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED

Vermont Country Store has generously provided five 16 oz. bottles of their Country Herbal Shampoo for me to give away to you, my dear readers. How do you win?

1. Hop on over to Vermont Country Store's website and take a look around. I especially love their Brands From The Past section.
2.. Post a comment telling us about your favorite find (excluding the Herbal Shampoo) from Vermont Country Store here, and you're entered to win!
3. Please include a valid email address in your comment so I can contact you. Comments without a valid email address will be disqualified.

I'll draw 5 winners next Monday, September 20. Good luck!

UPDATE:  Vermont Country Store has discontinued this product.

24 comments:

BeccakBecca said...

So far my favorite find is the granulated maple sugar. How yummy would that be in some baked goods??

puddin said...

Although I won't enter, Your review is interesting. And what is "bergamot"??? I am always learning new things!!

mamayaya said...

I would love to try out the Tangee lipstick! My aunts always used to rave about it!marknjanae@aol.com

Amanda said...

I love Vermont Country store stuff. I'd love to enter

MandG said...

Oh! Where to start! The toy section is a duplicate of cleaning out my childhood home's attic last month! Lambchop, Lincoln logs (wooden), Zippy the creepy monkey and the Bozo bop bag. Ah! Memories! Several candies: pop drops, chicklets (of course) and Valomilk - YUM!

safiyah87 @ yahoo.com

Tart Deco™ said...

I'm not entering, but if you ever get a chance, try Queen Helene's Mint Julep Shampoo. They haven't changed the recipe since they started in the 20s and it smells amazing. I get mine at Sally Beauty Supply.

Mary Ellen said...

My favorite find is the original, traditional Yardley's English Lavender soap, which is SO different from (and so much more fragrant than) the Yardley's Lavender soap one finds in drugstores and supermarkets today.

Kathleen C. said...

Lots of cool things! I'm torn between the mattress pad with the built in dual heating that keeps your feet warmer than your upper body... and the pumpkin taffy! Yum!
The ideal of course would be eating the taffy in bed with my feet all snuggly warm...
coneryka is at jmu dot emu

Louise said...

Brings back lots of memories!
I'd say I like the knitting mushroom- remember having one of these as a child and just loving it. But just about any of the old fashioned candies would be good too, my mouth is watering just looking at some of them.

Renée T. Bouchard said...

The Lemon-Up hair care line looks delish. But this herbal one seems nice, too, so consider me entered into the giveaway! :)

eileensbasement said...

My favorite items were the Mosser Mixing Bowl Set. They're a cheaper alternative to real Jade-ite and perfect for vintage kitchens!

nives56 said...

I want to try the Double Lash eyelash conditioner treatment.

Darlene said...

The Body on Tap shampoo brought back lots of memories. dardots@yahoo.com

Mariah said...

I love the Vermont Country Store! My mom and I have poured over the catalog together for years. My favorite item from them is the set of original pink plastic lawn flamingos. I know they are kitschy, but my house is from 1963 and I love to collect mid century modern furniture and art...touches like the flamingos (which I own and move around the front and backyard and occasionally even in the house) keep it from being all too serious.
mariahcarolsmith (at) gmail dot com

elaine r said...

Walking down memory lane- Beeman,Clove and Black Jack gums.

Elaine R
emrosser@shaw.ca

Di said...

I love VT (I live there) and the VT Country store.... but there's no denying the shampoo isn't the finest... I have some for nostalgia and use it once in a while because in my opinion it smells EXACTLY like the original!!! :)

Gladys said...

My favorite besides the flannel pj's has got to be Walnettos. My brother, Buck, used to do the best impersonation of Tyrone from Laugh-in and he would say "Walnetto?" to Gladys. We would just bust up laughing and to this day us two old farts will be sitting on the couch and he will lean over and say "Walnetto?" and I'll hit him with my purse.

bleenie said...

I'm intrigued by the Scottish fruitcake!

And I loved Herbal Essences back in the day!

Glamoursurf said...

I like Dr. Scholls. Great for the feet and legs.

Diamantina da Brescia said...

So many wonderful stuff is available at the Vermont Country Store that it is hard to choose just one favorite! I think I'll pick the Sugar Free Chocolates (Dark Chocolate Almond Bark for me, please).

diamantina@gmail.com

Tina said...

What nostalgia! I just went to the Apothecary section; and, in it alone, a plethora of memories wafted through my mind!

Gee, Your Hair Smells Terrific! HAHAHAHA! Clove gum! Original Camay - wow, now that one, takes me right back to the big sink in my Italian grandmom's wash room and sudsing up when sleeping over. I love that I could smell like her...and what a delightful scent! I remember the Tangee lipstick, too...it always made my lips look like a cross between salmon and bubble gum pink!

But have to say that, I, too, really miss Clairol Herbal Essence original shampoo...haven't seen it anywhere since the early 90s when I stumbled upon an older store in Texas that still had a very limited stock!

Thanks for the link and the share! Hope to win!:)

Kim said...

Does the Country Herbal shampoo lather well? I tried the Varnart Herbal Essence, sold by some Walmart stores. It also has a soapy undertone but more importantly, it didn't lather well.

Anonymous said...

There are a couple of Suave shampoos that come extremely close to the original Clairol Herbal Essence Shampoo from the 1970s. One is the Waterfall fragrance and the other is Aloe and Water Lily. I know this is NOT the company that originated the Legendary Clairol Essence Original Shampoo, but the combination of these two fragrances culminate almost to a tee to the original; you will need green food coloring, but don't dump this on your head!!! It just looks extraordinarily like it...and smells exactly like it...not sure how much longer Suave will be selling these two scents, but it may be a well kept secret...try it.

djay said...

I found Soap and Glory's Wash Almighty bath gel closely reminiscent of Clairol's original Herbal Essence, but now I've also found that it's also discontinued. Phooey!

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