Impulse Purchase: An unplanned decision to buy a product or service, made just before a purchase. One who tends to make such purchases is referred to as an impulse purchaser or impulse buyer. Research findings suggest that emotions and feelings play a decisive role in purchasing, triggered by seeing the product or upon exposure to a well crafted promotional message.
Upon getting into the car…
Lena: So I made an impulse purchase.
Husband: Uh huh. What did you buy?
Lena: THIS!!! (Shows product.)
Lena: Cause it smells like the 90’s! OMG I used this ALL. THE. TIME.
Husband: Let me smell it. (Smells product.) Actually it smells like poison.
Lena: I know!! Isn’t it wonderful?
Ah, back to a more civilized time when face products smelled like the chemicals used to make them. Back to the days of being a Noxzema girl.
I spotted this little jar of Noxzema Cleansing Cream in the travel-size aisle and just had to have it. Oh, the memories! Dipping my finger in the jar to get at the hard, creamy substance; slathering it on my face and feeling the trademark cooling sensation. Washing it off – and noting with dismay that I still didn’t look like the girl in the ad. Persistence, Lena… persistence.
Now that I’ve bought the cleansing cream I haven’t actually used it yet… preferring to simply unscrew the lid and sniff it from time to time. (I totally just did it again.) Isn’t it funny how scent can evoke such powerful memories? Just one whiff and I’m transported back to 1992. I can actually see the bathroom in my old house; I can feel the sticky Alberto Mousse and smell the heady Impulse Body Spray.
(OMG. Remember Impulse Body Spray? I totally rocked “Night Rhythms”. <<< “When a man you’ve never met before suddenly gives you flowers, that’s Impulse.” >>> Hasn’t happened yet, sorry.)
Were you a Noxzema Girl too?
Chandra Christine O'Connor
smells like my grandmother lol
Good memories I’m sure!
Not were, I am and darn proud.. My grandmother still uses this and has used this most of her life and we all attribute her lack of wrinkles and beautiful skin to it. I’m covered in it once per day at least and lucky me, I only have 2 little lines and I’m in my 40’s now… I don’t think I’d have them if I wasn’t so stressed all the time along with my lack of sleep due to family sickness. I swear by Noxzema
Amazing! Thanks so much for the great feedback!
oh ya the smell can transport me back to when I was very little and my grandmother and cousin used it so then it used it as well to wash my face and for sunburns although I’m not to sure how good that was for you?? Thanks for a blast from the past lena!! Whats next “GEE YOUR HAIR SMELLS TERRIFIC” SHAMPOO!!!!!
Hahahah maybe!! Stay tuned!
lmao i still use it! it’s been 20 years and i’m still an Noxema girl :-)
So awesome! I can’t believe I forgot about it for so long!
I used Noxema all the time.
Good to know!
I was always a Nivea girl, now it is Olay. I tried Noxema once and my skin didn’t like it – the perils of having super sensitive skin LOL
Oh no! So you missed out on the whole splashing yourself silly over the sink? LOL!
My mother and grandmother were faithful Noxzema users. I remember playing with my mother;s makeup and finding the best part was putting a thick layer of Noxzema on afterwards to take the make-up off. I can still smell that noxious smell but boy did it work!
It does indeed! I took it along with me to BlogHer for the last two days and I can attest it wiped everything off my face!
LOL We were a Noxema family!! According to my Dad, Noxema fixed everything. Sunburn. Noxema. Bug bite, Noxema. Itch…you get the drill. Thanks for the walk down memory lane.
Hahaha I like the way your father thinks!
Oh my gosh! This post made me chuckle! Totally something I would do. I was a Noxema girl in high school! Used it ALL the time too! For some reason, the smell brings back fond memories. Ahhh…nostalgia!
Isn’t it wonderful stumbling on a piece of “history”? Love the nostalgia!
I didn’t have Night Rhythms but I had Malibu Musk and Exclamation. I’d love to smell them again! So many memories!
Absolutely! Completely forgot what Malibu Musk smells like!
I usually have a jar of Noxema here tucked away. I think a jar lasts me a good 5 years, hahaha. Does this stuff have an expiry date? I should pick up another jar.
Er…. I think the shelf life of most beauty products is about two years, so I definitely recommend grabbing another jar, LOL!
There is complete scientific proof that scents can envoke memories…
My grandmother passed when I was young, and for years after (and probably still would to this day if I had it) the scent of Rose Milk lotion brought her face to my mind..
I recently found Exclaimation! perfume from the 80s – and yes, poison was apparently the strongest notes hah
Oh, that’s wonderful Soozle :) To tell the truth, the smell of Rose Water also evokes strong memories for me too….
does this mean you’re going to have a skin care regime now, or just smell it? ;)
Er… my money is on smelling it… at least for now… :)
Right! Never actually clued into that, but it makes perfect sense now! And I was an epic NKOTB fan :)
Of course I remember Exclamation! But I was more of a Tribe girl :)
I’ve always loved the feeling of digging my fingers deep into Noxema!
AH!! That is the BEST feeling ever!
What does it mean if this doesn’t jog any memories for me? Even so, I was dying of laughter at some of these comments!
Hmmm… I’m not sure? Did you grow up in Canada? Can’t believe you don’t know about Noxzema!!
I did grow up in Canada!! I even just googled Noxzema, hoping that something would ring a bell. The triple clean anti-blemish pads sound like they might be something I used in my adolescence… if a) the packaging has changed dramatically, b) I’m not actually thinking of Oxy pads, and c) my strong desire to be included in this conversation hasn’t led to self-implanted false memories…
HAHAHAHA you’re too funny! Okay, I used Oxy Pads in the 90’s and you’re probably thinking of those. Huh, I guess you must have missed the commercials!
OMG!I used Noxema in the ’90 and i loved it so much.I tought it doesn’t exist no more,i will buy it again for sure.
It’s around! I’ve seen it now at SDM, Loblaws and Walmart! Love it!
I loved Noxema cream! It still smells like summer to me, probably because I used it on sunburns. (The 90’s were so bad for skin!)
Yes! In fact I think I ONLY used it in summer!