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Vintage shampoo sells on eBay for $305

Vintage health and beauty products are hot on eBay.

Rare and vintage are two qualities that can result in big money on eBay. The terms rare and vintage may conjure up images of cars, electronics, or paintings, but what about if the item is a bottle of shampoo? A bottle of 1970s vintage Clairol Herbal Essence Shampoo recently sold on eBay for $305. This kind of sale can make one wonder, “What else is out there that people will pay a ridiculous price for?”

Clairol Herbal Essence shampoo was popular in the 1970s, and was advertised as gentle shampoo. The magazine advertisements and TV commercials showed a cartoon image of a nude, long blonde-haired woman (perhaps a reference to Eve), walking through the forest interacting with nature and animals. The commercial went like this:

“Clairol invites you into a garden of earthly delights – the most beautiful shampoo experience on earth. Clairol’s Herbal Essence Shampoo, with natural protein made with the essence of herbs and flowers, makes your hair clean and conditioned and smelling like the first day of spring. Introduce your hair to Clairol Herbal Essence Shampoo; your hair will get very excited.”

The shampoo was sold on auction, with a starting bid of $9.99. It sold for $305 with 35 bids. The seller was lulubelle with 943 feedback. The description read:

“Take a walk down Memory Lane! One whiff of the essence of 17 herbs and wildflowers and you'll be transported back to the 70's. When I was in high school, my mom only bought Prell so my precious bottle of herbal essence was purchased with my babysitting money and kept in my room! This is a full 7 ounce bottle that was purchased many years ago, not used and forgotten. The label is nice and bright for its age.”

The rare part of this vintage item is the fact that the bottle was full so someone could actually use the shampoo – if using a 40-year-old shampoo is even a good idea. This is the kind of item eBay sellers love to find at estate sales thrown in a box where the owner has no idea if its value. Vintage is hot on eBay. See the actual listing on eBay, and enjoy a walk down memory lane watching the old TV commercial from the 1970s.

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