Lustre-Creme Shampoo with Lanolin

Lustre-Creme Shampoo with Lanolin

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Object Name
hair care product
date made
ca 1955
product launched
Colgate-Palmolive Company
place made
United States: New Jersey, Jersey City
associated place
United States: Louisiana, Saint Martinville
overall: 1 7/8 in x 2 1/8 in; 4.7625 cm x 5.3975 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
The Fournet Drugstore Collection
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Beauty and Hygiene Products: Hair Care and Enhancement
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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I’m 16 and I like looking for old bottles, and today I found a jar of luster cream while digging and it was in great shape just thought I’d share.
I remember visiting my grandmother when I was about 5 years old. Her shampoo came in a jar and sat on the edge of the tub. I had not seen shampoo in a jar before. The smell and the feel of the thick cream was a treat,and if I remember right, it had a pearlescent sheen to it. It made lots of silky suds. I loved it and wanted it when we went home. When I asked my mom if she could buy some for me, she said it was not made any more. Even years later, I occasionally looked for it in the store. Lustre -Creme is synonymous with childhood memories of my grandmother.
I also used LusterCreme Shampoo in the 1950's when I was little. We used it up until I was about 10 years old in 1960. I heard that the company had burned down along with the formula. I was the best shampoo. It made your hair smell good and made it real shiny. I tried using Prell which was a new product but nothing was as good as Luster Creme to this day.
I too used Lustre Creme shampoo when I was little. It made great suds and smelled so good. Made your hair shine and no conditioner needed. It came in a glass jar and was great to use for other things. I wish it could be made today; but it has to be like the original.
When I was a little girl in the 1950s my mother would wash my hair in the kitchen sink. I climbed up on the counter and lay down on my back on the drainboard and hung my head over the side of the sink. We used Luster Cream. it had an unusual consistency not creamy, but it glistened. I don't know what was in it but it smelled lovely.
That is too funny. I thought we were the only ones whose mom washed her little girls’ hair in the kitchen sink that way...and with Luster Creme! My mom was a licensed hairdresser and always had industrial size jars of Luster Creme. Haven’t thought of it in years.

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