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Retro Pond's products nearly disappeared in 2003 but public demand has created a revival.

What makes Pond's so special is that it is lanolin-free and the four different products suit different types of skin. Pond's Cold Cream Cleanser was first launched in the UK 100 years ago and became popular with members of the Royal family in the 1920s. Its rich formula cleans deep down without drying and it's suitable for all skin types.

Ponds Cold Cream Cleanser is pounds 3.39 for 100ml. Also Light Day Cream, Dry Skin Cream and Hydro Nourishing Cream are all available at Boots, Superdrug and independent pharmacies.

STILL in the retro theme, Imperial Leather has been around since the 1930s, although the actual Imperial Leather fragrance has been around for much longer.

It was created in 1760 by a Russian Count resident in London. He com- missioned a perfumier to create a fragrance that reminded him of the leather of the saddle room and stables back home.

The latest soap from the `stable' of modern day Imperial Leather includes hydrolysed silk, derived from pure silk to help the skin's moisture levels. Available from most high street chemists and supermarkets as a four-pack for pounds 1.39, www.releasethelather.co.uk.

RIMMEL was started in 1834 by perfumier Eugene Rimmel and just keeps re-inventing itself time and time again.

The latest Lycra Wear Nail Polish (pounds 3.99 from all good pharmacies) may probably go down in its history as being one of the best products ever. Rimmel are the only people to use Lycra in a nail varnish. And as everyone knows, Lycra stretches so there's lots of flexibility in this little pot which means less chipping and cracking. This summer's bestseller is a shade of red called Hot Gossip.

REMEMBER the Charlie fragrance of the late 1970s? Charlie was an all American healthy go-getting gal in the same gung-ho all action Charlie's Angels mould.

They had nothing to do with each other, but epitomised the era and Charlie became known as the first lifestyle mass market fragrance of its time. She's now much more individual and does her own thing.

She'll cut up and adapt her own clothes, walks her dog in heels and wears Jackie O shades to bed. And she's got a wardrobe of Charlie fragrances to match her different moods. Choose from Charlie Red, Charlie Instinct, Charlie Silver, Charlie Blue, Charlie Gold and Charlie Urban Energy from pounds 5.95 for 15ml, available from Boots, Superdrug and Tesco, or call (0800) 085-2716, doyourownthing.com

ANOTHER brand that reinvents itself is Nivea. What started off as face cream in 1911 has evolved into new Nivea Bath Care Aroma Shower Gel based on elements that match your star sign.

All is self explanatory. Fire is for the fire signs, it's vibrant red and has a light warming oriental scent. Water is for the water signs, it's dark blue and contains lavender and sea minerals. Earth is for earth signs, it's leaf green and has a subtle woody scent, and Air is for the Air signs, it's light blue and has cypress and lemongrass to raise the spirits.

Nivea Bath Care Aroma Shower Gel, pounds 2.49, from all good pharmacies, www.nivea.co.uk
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 28, 2004
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