Thursday, October 13, 2016

80's Flashbacks!

Abby Lab here - Mom was all excited as she got a special pressie.

Mom doesn't care much about fashion, but she loves her girly beauty and bath products.  I swear she has more bottles of bath goodies than I have stuffies.

But even though she has some scents she really likes, she missed her favorite from her college years.

Babe by Fabrege.

It was an era where more and more women were entering the workforce as other than secretaries, teachers, or nurses and taking risks.  Mom remembers people telling her "women aren't airline pilots" at which point she'd spray on her Babe, climb into that little Spam Can and  take off, dreaming of swept-wing jets.  She had a good example, her Mom was the first female Deputy Sheriff in her county, and though she was happy to quit when she and her husband adopted Mom fairly late in life, she was proud of that accomplishment.

After college and some employment flying for Uncle Sam, my Mom was not just an airline pilot, she was the Captain,
Babe and Charlie was about all of the fragrance she ever wore.  The Charlie that's in the US now is not exactly the same scent as from the 70's but the version she can get in the UK is.  But sadly, the original Babe has been gone for over 20 years and the the knock-off ones she tried did not smell the same.

It was woman's  fragrance of the year in 1977 and discontinued in 1992 with worldwide sales of $50,000,000 (in retro dollars). Actress/Model Margaux Hemingway was in the ads, doing something daring or wearing a wonderful evening gown out with a handsome man in a tux.

Mom really missed it when it was discontinued

But guess what.  A company in England is making it again, and it smells exactly like the original. Dad found some in London, but you can order it online.

Mom smells so good, and she's having flashbacks to the 80's I think.

She's out in the kitchen with an apron on singing "I can bring home the bacon and fry it up in a pan. . . ." WTD is up with THAT??


  1. Hari OM
    Oh I remember them both - with fear and loathing, I am afraid. Being highly allergic and asthmatic, these were big triggers for suffering. Most perfumes continue to be so. Small doses of Avon and L'Occitane rose or peony seem to be safe. One thing I am glad about - that dreadful trend of tipping the bottle and wearing three metres of 'fume' seems to have dropped away and I can safely approach my friends and relos again... I always wondered how dogs view the human tendency to alter their odour, given how much more sensitive your schnozies are??? Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

    1. I understand - I'm that way with hairspray and other propellants, make me start immediately wheezing. I have to make sure when I get my hair done, that if they're going to spray someone on either side of me I get a warning so I can move. It's a tiny family-run salon so everyone is very understanding.

  2. I remember Charlie...I wore it while living with a couple of retriever-mix dogs, who didn't seem to mind it. Cats and a friend's ferret seemed to love it.

    1. I've worn it for 30 years. But usually at work I wear something very light and smelling of lemon and herbs
      , a cologne I found in the UK.

  3. Oh, our mom sings that song all the time. BUTT our mom cannot wear a cologne or perfume cuz they all make her smell like a skunk. Sad butt true. Glad your mom smells good!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  4. how great is that? the mama is a fan of the 80's and she hopes that more of the really good things of the 80's get a second chance... apart from milli vanilli and pennies in loafers... :o)

  5. Thanks for the flashback! Now you have me thinking about Herbal Essence shampoo :)

    Wyatt's Mom


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