Do you remember the original scent of Herbal Essence?

We miss the earthy aroma.

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It's a fact of life — things change. For example, certain foods don't taste the same as they did when we were younger, even though the name remains the same.

Sometimes products are discontinued all together, leaving a hole in our hearts. Sometimes, popular demand can bring them back.

That got us thinking… what scents from our youth do we miss?

For many of us, only one thing comes to mind: Herbal Essence shampoo.

While the product is still around, it smells nothing like the original thing, giving us serious nostalgia to go back in time and capture the scent in a bottle.

Clairol launched Herbal Essence in 1972 as "the most beautiful shampoo experience on Earth." Most people remember the original green bottle, featuring a woman with long flowing hair submerged in a pond surrounded by nature. 

Advertisements from the era, which closely depicted the artwork on the bottle, boasted about the shampoo's natural appeal.

"It all begins as soon as you open the bottle and breathe in the breathtaking, close-to-the-earth essence of forest herbs and mountain flowers inside Clairol Herbal Essence shampoo," one ad from 1973 declared.

If that wasn't descriptive enough, the ad claimed the shampoo also contained scents of juniper, birch leaves, cinchona, melissa and mountain gentian. Yep, it didn't get more natural than Herbal Essence.

So what happened to the earthy scent of the 1970s? You'll have to ask Procter & Gamble. The conglomerate purchased Clairol in 2001 from Bristol-Myers Squibb, which owned Clairol since the 1950s. Along the way, Herbal Essence became "Herbal Essences."

For anyone pining for the fresh scent of Herbal Essence again, there's still hope. In 2015, Vidal Sasson brought back the cherry almond scent of the original from the late 1970s.

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RaynaGorowitz 15 months ago
Man, that stuff smelled all kinds of divine. Like evergreens. Reminded me of the winter holidays
RB22 21 months ago Herbal Essence frangrance oil (and I tried many of them, and also pretty much all of the shampoos rumored to smell like it) is the closest thing I’ve found. I made myself a roll on perfume and spray, and couldn’t be happier.
Hindasound RB22 21 months ago
Today is 10/26/19 and I am searching for Herbal Essence frangrance oil - but I am not finding it. Could you please link to the exact product? Thankyousomuch!
DebraDudley 22 months ago
I do indeed recall the original Herbal Essence fragrance. It was like walking through tall plants on a summer's day; something unlike anything else at the time or today. I don't know why Clairol discontinued it, but I suspect if we followed the money, we'd find out.

There was another shampoo that was all about fragrance of a different kind called Gee, Your Hair Smells Terrific! It was a bit much.
KarenMcLaren 26 months ago
I just found it! Soft Soap Basil & Lime scent smells just like it! You're welcome. :)
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