Staying obsessed is nicer with a little Tickle

Remember Tickle deodorant? It was the deodorant of the '70s.

Tickle

I think it was exclusively aimed at teenage girls, much like Virginia Slims, Daisy shavers, and wine coolers.

I totally had the Daisy shavers too. Well, and the Virginia Slims a few times. This old neighbor girl, who just found me on Facebook, told me we used to smoke them until the "Virginia Slims" part burned down to the word "Virgin" and that totally sounds like something I would have done, even though I don't remember it.

Anyway, there was nothing I wanted quite so much as Tickle deodorant, if you exclude Barry Gibb. Aren't advertisers evil? There was no reason that Tickle was any different from the Mum or Old Spice or Sure or whatever my poor mother wanted to buy at the store, but I NEEDED the Tickle. See that polka-dotted container, there? It also slid off, so you could just use the slim inside part. What a bonus!

If anyone can remember the individual scents, I will love you forever, because I know I ended up getting the green one, which was kind of herb-y, but I do not know what the others were. One assumes blue is unscented. When did advertisers decide blue doesn't smell like anything? Do you think the orange was citrus-y? It was the '70s. We loved us the citrus scents in the '70s.

What ridiculous, unnecessary things did you need, thanks to advertisers?

I will sign off now, as I must shower and get to my job at an advertising department.

48 thoughts on “Staying obsessed is nicer with a little Tickle

  1. am i 1st? anyway… i had the pink & i think it was powder scent. i loved me some tickle too, i use to save those poka dotted sleeves- who knows what for, i was going to “make” something out of them- it was forshadowing- i have a BA in fine art now!

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  2. I had to have the Tickle (I think the yellow was fresh scent), along with Love’s Baby Soft perfume and the Short and Sassy Shampoo (remember the skater Dorothy Hamill?)along with Prell and Body on Tap. Did you have a denim jumpsuit? I had to have one of those, along with H.A.S.H. Pants (maybe that was just a West Coast thing) and my big huge comb in the back pocket. It went really nicely with my Disco and Michael Jackson’s Off the Wall albums.

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  3. Charlie and Emeraude perfume, Yucca Dew shampoo and Fruit Float! Plus Pizza Quick Sauce until everyone got sick, which I can’t remember, except for saying or typing the brand name still makes me queasy. Also, orange gauchos, platforms and John Travolta.

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  4. Wow, I had completely forgotten about Tickle deodorant! The polka-dotted sleeves were indeed so cool, thought I’m not sure why. I had the pink, and I agree with misschell– I think it was powder scent. And Loves Baby Soft was very high on my priority list as well as Bonne Bell lip gloss.

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  5. Okay, had forgotten all about Pizza Quick sauce, but guess what came right back to me?
    Open a jar of Pizza Quick sauce, and open your own pizzeria!
    Now that jingle is up there in my head. Great.

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  6. Carpoolqueen, you are thinking of Love’s Lemon, which smelled really good now that I think about it. At any rate, it differs from Love’s Baby Soft.
    I have a three-pack of unused Love’s Baby Soft products for some odd reason. Maybe I should do a giveaway.

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  7. somehow, those look familiar. i was born in 1976 but maybe the advertising worked on babies and toddlers? or maybe my mom used them in an effort to reclaim her youth…wonder if the vermont country store could track some down for you? 😉

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  8. Sorry, I didn’t have Tickle, probably because my mom didn’t have a coupon for it. Curses, that’s why I wasn’t popular in junior high. Anyway, I was too busy destroying the ozone with my aersol can of Arrid Extra Dry.

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  9. Bonne Bell wasn’t just lip gloss, it was a LIP SMACKER! I did love me some of the 7UP variety when I braided my hair back with feathers like Bo Derreck, in my Daisy Duke’s and cowboy boots, stinking of Love’s Baby Soft.
    Yeah, I played the part of Daisy Duke at the Richmond Speedway during the “General Lee” giveaway. The look just kind of stuck to me.

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  10. I don’t remember the scent names, but I clearly remember how my Tickle smelled. I don’t think I ever considered whether that scent would clash with my Love’s Baby Soft or on fancy occasions, my Enjoli. Because I could bring home the bacon AND fry it up in a pan.

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  11. Oh yes, I had the Pink Tickle, Powder Fresh. I was a Charlie kind of girl in my white satin jumpsuite and my Candies platforms. I also used Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific and Aziza Blue Eye Shadow.
    But before I was a Charlie Girl, I wore Straw Hat perfume.

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  12. I forgot to add that I used Close-Up toothpaste and was uber excited when they came out with Maxi Pads that had stickum on the back. NO MORE BELTS! Well I was excited until I put it in my underwear sticky side up. Let’s just say I was one of the first with a brazilian wax.

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  13. I agree – I think the pink was a baby-powder-y scent.
    I’d forgotten the Yucca Dew shampoo – but does anyone remember Milk +6? It made my hair (that I wanted to be stick straight like Marcia Brady’s) curly!

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  14. Obviously I am older than most of you. I totally remember Tickle deodorants! But I also remember using Sweet Earth solid perfumes. They came 3 or 4 in a compact to mix at will. We used Yardley cosmetics and Herbal Essence shampoo and back in the day we used CREME RINSE!! What the hell is a creme rinse? All I know is that it pre-dated conditioner. My mother used to rub VO-5 hair “dressing” on our hair when we were little and then Wella came out with their own rub on stuff called Kolesteral. Who on earth wants that rubbed on their head?
    Other oldies but goodies: Evening in Paris perfume, Body on Tap beer shampoo, kilts! for some reason every single girl in junior high had a kilt. That was when all skirts were mini (really short) or midi (mid calf) but all were worn with boots. And if your boots were that crinkly patent leather, well, weren’t you just hot shit!
    I smoked my share of Virginia Slims too. You’ve got your own cigarette now baby! You’ve come a long, long way. Woo Hoo! I am sure Susan B. Anthony and all the suffragettes were thrilled that we got our own cigarettes.
    We had Yardley Pots o’ Gloss that were stackable. One was sheer color and the other was frosty and they smelled delicious. And in case we weren’t kissable enough after that we had Kissing Potion in a roll on bottle. Now, THAT stuff tasted good!
    Oh, and one last thing. . . . Midnight Blue Maybelline mascara.
    Good Lord we were serious consumers! Thanks for bringing up such a fun topic. Good little trip down memory lane. 🙂

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  15. I used to love Green Goodess dressing. Just a second ago, I googled it and after landing on a web site for pot (yikes), I found it at the Vermont Country Store for $14.90 a bottle! Damn.

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  16. I had the Tickle Pink. I can’t remember what it smelled like. Oh, Love’s Lemon was the best! Also, some kind of strawberry oil that I bought at a hippie store. Our history teacher made the mistake of telling us that the strawberry oil a lot of us were wearing made her nauseated. Wrong thing to tell my class. The next day, those of us who had it, shared with everyone in class, even boys. We had to have class is the auditorium, our teacher went home sick, they had to leave the windows in her classroom open all day to air it out. Thanks for reminding me of the Tickle, which reminded me of the oil story. I’m chuckling to myself.

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  17. Oh, I SO remember Kissing Potion in roll on bottles. My mom wouldn’t let me get them, because of the name. She didn’t want me to be kissing in Jr High. Sigh. She DID let me get Lip Smackers, however. My fav was Dr Pepper. Still is, actually. I put it on every night before bed. And of course I had Tickle! Pink, I think. We had sleepovers with our friends and put Sun-In in our hair and danced around to AM radio in our Levi Bendovers and gauchos. We had Bare Traps heels and Famalore stacked wavy heel shoes and wraparound skirts & those blouses with the huge square-ish sleeves with the lace on them? Can’t remember what they were called. We ate Space Food Sticks…or was that earlier than Jr High? Anyway, good times, good times.

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  18. I loved Tickle antiperspirant but by afternoon my pits would be *sticky*,but I loved the container so I would wear it anyway.

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  19. I remember Fizzies, a tablet thing that you’d drop into water to make a “carbonated” drink. And I remember Jean Nate cologne but maybe that’s still around.
    And Tab in that cool bottle, then the pink cans.
    And I hesitate to bring this up in case I was the only one, but does anyone remember decorating bars of soap? With velvet ribbons and beads on pins? It was a specific brand of soap, a convex oval shape. Why did we decorate bars of soap? Or was it Just Me?

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  20. Paula FNY, I loved those Fizzies! And Jean Nate. Yes, it is still around. Every couple of years I will buy some of it.
    My Nana decorated soaps for each of us to put in our “underwear drawers” so our unmentionables would always smell good. The kind she decorated were called Sweetheart. They had a little filigree edge on them that she painted with gold leaf paint. And then put pictures on them. I still have mine that she made. It has cute little yellow chicks.

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  21. Lisa Pie,
    YES!!! Sweetheart soap!!! I forgot about the gold paint. I remember the beads and the ribbon. Oh thank God, I was afraid it was Just Me.

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  22. Do you all remember Lip Smackers? I had the great big one in orange and it tasted OH, so good! Loved me the Lip Smackers.
    Oh…JUst read the comments up there and Lip Smackers were already mentioned! Oh, well!!!

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  23. I was a Pink Tickle kind of girl myself, and a veteran of nearly every other product mentioned here. I would give anything to get my hands on some space food sticks – I was crazy about them – they were pre jr high though – I mostly remember eating them at age 4 or so. Don’t forget Shaun Cassidy – my brother caught me kissing my SC poster when I was about 9!

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  24. For me it was anything advertised from Whammo. I wanted Super Elastic Bubble Plastic in the worst way. The commercials made it look so fun. There would be this whole John Travolta sized bubble that a family was playing inside. Kids blowing up a bubble to check weather. When I finally bugged my parents enough to get SEBP. The tube was about a third the size of a toothpaste tube. It included the straw that was to be the tool to create my soon to be gargantuan bubbles. No, I recall achieving volley ball sized bubbles. Though my friends and I quickly realized that if huffed, SEBP packed a wicked buzz.
    Whammo gives you lemons…

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  25. I was a big Love’s Baby Soft girl for the most part,except when I was wearing Avon’s Cotillion, which my grandma would buy for me for my birthday in a beautiful decanter of a dancing girl. Of course I wore these while wearing my Gunne Sax dresses, ‘cuz I was fancy like that.

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  26. Was definitely a pink polka dot Tickle girl. I remember the girl in the commercial was doing chin-ups or something else that required upper body strength. I was pretty sure she wouldn’t smell even if she didn’t have the Tickle.
    We drank lots of Tang and used Tame to get rid of tangles.
    Gladys, you’re killing me with the maxi pad story. I’ve done that too. Remember, sometimes the boxes in vending machines came with little safety pins in case you didn’t have a belt available. Now I feel REALLY old.

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  27. Oooooh, I remember “Who Wears Short Shorts?”
    And Speedy Alka Seltzer. And “I Can’t Believe I Ate The Whole Thing.”

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  28. I was born in ’73 but with two older sisters, I was not immune to the advertisements of the 70’s. I wanted Nair, Tickle and Lip Smackers. I also wanted the beer shampoo. I also wanted a perfume, I think it might have been Jovan (???) because it had the song/jingle “I can bring home the bacon, fry it up in the pan because I’m a WOMAN…” What was the perfume?
    And when I was 5???? My favorite song was “If You Think I’m Sexy”. Nice.

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  29. Did you know that Meg Ryan got her break at age 18,Ryan booked her first television commercial, doing chin-ups and giggling to promote “Tickle” deodorant. Anyone remember that commerical?

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  30. am i the only one who remembers Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific? i loved it so much, but now it’s only available in the philipines or at vermont country store for about $15! used to cost 1.39! i also had the village lip gloss in the metal tin that had a lid that slid across. i loved love’s fresh lemon. i still buy lip smacker’s at target, but my grand daughter steals them. i was the first chick in my school who had gloria vanderbilt jeans! no one knew what they were, i had to tell them “it’s the kind they wear on three’s company!” my mom wore enjoli cologne, and although she brought home the bacon, she never fried it up in a pan. i had to cook. my mother forced us to watch “one day at a time” when it came on, cuz she was a divorced redhead with two teen-aged daughters and she just KNEW it would be about her life.

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  31. >>What ridiculous, unnecessary things did you need, thanks to advertisers?
    I like the way you say that in the past tense, when I am THISCLOSE to ordering myself a set of Bumpits! for my hair right this very minute.
    Who’s immature?

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  32. Had to google Bumpits! I read it as bum pits, and thought who would order pits for their arse? Wait, that’s what got me to lose weight, my arse was starting to develop its own pits. I’d draw you a picture, but it wouldn’t be pretty.

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  33. I had forgotten about Tickle. So funny. I can’t remember anything I’ve needed but my kids are convinced a Nickelodeon cruise would be da bomb. I’m thinking it would be more like a sponge bob marathon without an off button.

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  34. Oh boy did I look fine with my Aziza blue eyeshadow, my Maybelline midnight blue mascara and my Kissing Potion lipgloss with my Sun-Inned hair. Wearing a tube top under my overalls and wallabys on my feet, I was a vision. AND I smelled of Coppertone, how could those 8th grade boys resist?

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  35. Prell shampoo. It was thick and iridescent and smelled dreamy.
    And I was all over those early color-stay lipsticks. Loved the idea of having burgundy lips all day long, even after a cheeseburger and greasy funyuns and track practice. Too bad it was really just a toxic stain that made the top layer of one’s lips flake off.

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  36. @Jan – Anjolie was the perfume. “I can bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan, and never never never let you forget you’re a man” because while I’M a woman, apparently YOU’RE a head injury case.
    I loved Love’s Baby Soft – “Because if white is innocence, and red is NOT, Pink is somewhere inbetween.” I LOVED that, even though I wasn’t sure exactly what they meant. Love’s Baby Soft is also extremely flammable, which I truly appreciated in my teen years.
    Stop looking at me like that. Like YOU never made a flame thrower out of a bottle of perfume and a match. Sheesh.

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  37. Paula from NY…you really got me with the “I can’t believe I ate the whooooole thing” – I loved that commercial. And what about the commercial where the guy opens the medicine cabinet and sees another man looking in HIS medicine cabinet, then he turns and calls his wife (what was her name,
    Alice or something?). This has nothing to do with June’s request – I think the only thing I really had to have as a very young consumer was Bonne Belle makeup – but it sure took me back, thinking about those old commercials.

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  38. Ha! The Virginia Slims portion of this post reminded me of junior high. I was in band, and my band director’s assistant smoked these. The assistant was male, and looked like a larger (i.e. heavy) version of Vincent Schiavelli from Ghost. I think of him yelling “Get off my TRAIN!” while smoking his Virginia Slims. Thanks for that wonderful jog of memory! (I’m An Evil Evil Girl.)

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  39. Incidentally, I just read that Vincent Schiavelli died of lung cancer. Gosh, I feel like a sucker! Well, hope you enjoyed the story and the odd coincidence. Lol.

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  40. OHMYGOD, I am rolling on the floor laughing.
    Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific. I STILL SAY THAT!!
    Every one of these things brings back memories. Like my babysitter kissing her boyfriend out in the driveway instead of watching the hooligans inside. I think he wanted to Tickle her. Or something.

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  41. What a blast from the past. I had totally forgotten about “Tickle”. I don’t remember the color I had or the smell, but I remember using it along with my Love’s Baby Soft. I think I liked the Lemom Love’s Baby Soft, if I remember correctly.

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