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pinetarMegken here –   Do you have certain songs that remind you of a time in your life? When I hear “Copacabana” by Barry Manilow I can’t help but think of the first time I went to sleep-away camp.  Particularly, the day I commented on the sunbathing girls being so shiny (it was because they were covering themselves in baby oil) I was made fun of the rest of the summer. I just asked a question, “Why are they shiny?”. 

Am I the only one who has strong memories that get triggered by scent? I recently tried a shampoo called Grandpa’s Wonder Pine Tar. Now there’s nothing in a name “Grandpa’s Wonder Pine Tar Shampoo” thatscreams “hip and cool” like, Thermasilk, Bodacious, Infusium 23, Salon Selective, Finesse or that sound exotic like Garnier Fructis Shampoo.

Sometimes you women will buy something just because of how it’s named. It was Shakespeare who wrote, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”  The Pine Tar fragrance smells like a campfire.  It is unlike anything on the market. It has a distinct aroma of pine oil. It reminds me of another summer camp moment. This memory was when I was sitting with Gale Bockner and Michelle Cibner on a log that had a flaw. I was about to sit down, Gale pointed the flaw out to me by saying, “You’re sitting on a crack.” I was quick to respond, “It’s okay, I always sit on a crack, don’t you?” Not bad for 11 year old wit. Wink

I don’t think I would ever purchase a product this old-school if it
wasn’t for and my duties to all of you.  I may have gone my whole life without trying it. I think everybody should try it once because it is a unique experience in the shower.  It’s such an
opportunity to wash your hair with a campfire.  They say it’s a family
recipe from 1878.  Just to give you an idea of how long ago that is,
it’s the year the first US store installed light bulbs! (Philadelphia).

This is a very interesting company, they even make a gum that says it gets rid of toothaches. They sell t-shirts that say, “Grandpa Beats the
tar out of other soaps!”
The part of the site that is so worth looking at is their Curiosities page. It is the part of their site with their customer’s testimonials. 

One of their users wrote in “I am a 37 year old housewife, mother, and
  It’s just scary for me to think I am “grandparent” age.
This nice lady from Buffalo, NY says it cured a mild case of psoriasis, her daughter’s acne, made her dog’s coats thicker and shinier. I wish there was a joke I could make about the shiny coats of the dogs and the girls shining at camp! I can’t think of anything witty, oh the yearning to be quick witted again-just like when I was 11…

What scents or songs remind you of your past?

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