Last night as I was getting ready for bed, I started thinking about all of the things that I have loved over the years that have been discontinued or closed. The thing that got me thinking about it was a new tube of toothpaste. My husband and I both used Mentadent Advanced Whitening toothpaste for years. It was a good toothpaste, it tasted ok, and we just liked it. I really liked that it wasn’t in a tube. The OCD part of me doesn’t like the messiness and unevenness of a tube. I know I’m weird! Anyway, the point is that we really liked that toothpaste. Well, out of the blue a few years ago, they just quit making it. We searched and searched and couldn’t find it in any stores. Since that happened I have been trying toothpaste after toothpaste to find a replacement, and I just can’t seem to find one that I like. I feel like this happens to me a lot. I find something that I really like and then poof, it’s gone. Then I spend years trying to find a replacement. Do companies do this to us just to annoy us? Thinking about the toothpaste started me down a black hole of long gone favorites.
One thing that I am not sure I will ever get over is a shampoo that a friend introduced me to in high school called Agree. It left your hair smelling great for days! I used it all through high school, college, and the early days of my marriage. Then suddenly it was gone. I cannot even tell you how much I loved that shampoo. It smelled heavenly. I can almost still smell it just thinking about it. Oh what I would give to have it come back. I am crazy particular about how my shampoo smells and have tried hundreds of different ones since my beloved Agree went away. It is so hard to find a shampoo that smells good AND actually works well with my hair. I do have new favorites, but even those will never compare to my Agree shampoo back in the day. Can someone please bring it back???
If you haven’t figured this out yet, smell is very important to me. I don’t know if it is because some smells trigger my migraines or if I am just obsessed with smelling good. Whatever the reason may be, smell matters to me. Hence the next long lost product that I miss. I am a Bath & Body Works user. I use their shower gel and antibacterial soap every day, and I sometimes use their lotions. I have my trusted favorites that I have used for years that have stood the test of time. I like Vanilla Bean Noel, which is only available during the holidays so I have to stock up, and I like Beautiful Day as my travel shower gel. Those are good scents that I like, and they have been around for years. I keep waiting for them to disappear too, but, so far, they have stuck around. About 5 or 6 years ago they came out with a new scent called White Mango Chill. Oh my goodness! It smelled soooo good. I quickly fell in love (along with my oldest daughter), and it became my go-to scent. Well guess what? You guessed it! They discontinued it. I was so upset! I couldn’t get it at all in the stores, but it was available online for a little longer. I stocked up with as many bottles as I could afford at the time. Now they are all gone, and I am still longing for that scent.
I could go on and on about things I have loved in the past that are no longer available, like Band-Aid Friction Block, Kissing Coolers (yes, I’m old), Chick-fil-a Cole Slaw, Chi Chi’s Mexican restaurant, and so much more. I really wish that all of these things were still around. I know some say that they went away to make room for bigger and better things, but I just can’t think of anything better than those things I loved so much. It seems like whenever I really love something, it gets taken away. Then I struggle forever trying to replace it. It’s a sad cycle. What are some things that you loved and lost?