Asking for a friend: "I am more that a little embarrassed at how much time I spent trying to figure out what shampoo/conditioner I used to use in the late '90s. It came from the grocery store; the kind I got was in a light blue cylindrical bottle, with this weird cap where you pulled the whole thing up but the middle stayed down. It smelled SO GOOD -- a faintly citrus, faintly marine smell. If I could find it I would pay like $30 on ebay for a bottle just so I could reverse-engineer that smell.
" Any ideas, Hive?...
posted by julthumbscrew
on Feb 28, 2014 -
My non-profit organization is having a large booth at L.A. Pride Festival this summer and one of our objectives is to get people's names and email addresses. We've talked about swag, but one of the things that I think would be popular is giving people 20 business cards (or mini-cards) with their name and address that they could use for their own purposes during the festival. They would get what they want (useful swag) and we would get what we want (email addresses). [more inside]
posted by Sophie1
on Feb 6, 2014 -
I don't want to find a good men's scarf. I want to find the best men's scarf. It should be non-wooly/scratchy, smooth to the touch, long enough and thick enough to be wrapped around the neck and draped over the front to create an insulation layer while waiting on cold train platforms and be in a "masculine" pattern/color that would suit most coats. It should also be durable and long lasting, I want a scarf you could wear without comment for 20 years and then be buried with it. Where is this scarf?
posted by The Whelk
on Dec 11, 2013 -
So, every time I go looking for recommendations for makeup, etc. (here, and Makeup Alley, mostly), the majority of highly rated items are US products that are usually impossible or expensive for me to get, which is why I'd like your tips for your top-rated favorite bath and beauty items made-locally / available in Europe at reasonable cost. Maybe I can replace a few things, and find some new gems. [more inside]
posted by taz
on Nov 12, 2013 -
Does anybody have any examples of products that have been repurposed, and are as well known or now better known for their new use? An example would be Excel, which is as commonly used to display tabular data as it is for its spreadsheeting functionality.
posted by jedro
on Sep 14, 2013 -
I can't tolerate scented skin and hair products. The later are the worst and impossible to find. But my hair needs help. [more inside]
posted by zenpop
on Sep 7, 2013 -
I'm travelling to Japan for the first time. I'll be there for about a week, and want to buy some interesting, unique, useful items. What can I buy in Japan that I can't get anywhere else, or that is better than what I can get elsewhere?
I'm a utilitarian minimalist who doesn't like owning stuff for the sake of stuff. I like things that are useful, well-designed, beautiful and high-quality. I also like small things. What should I buy in Japan, and what kind of stores should I be looking for? [more inside]
posted by Susan PG
on Jul 5, 2013 -
I recently have gotten a hair cut that looks best when I wear my hair wavy. In the past when I wear my hair wavy the results have been mixed. Sometimes it looks great, and others dull and frizzy. I have tried a different types of products and find most of it to be inconsistent. Since my hair is shorter now and can't go to a pony tail, I am having to suffer through the bad hair days. Are there any products or styling regimines to have this happen as little as possible? [more inside]
posted by Quincy
on Jun 28, 2013 -
I'm highly skeptical of a lot of brands that trumpet their environmental friendliness. I know "greenwashing
" is rampant. What are some green brands/products that walk the walk? [more inside]
posted by malhouse
on Mar 29, 2012 -
Around 4-5 years ago, I attended the Natural Products Expo and received a sample of a product called Aaah Toilet Paper Moistener (photos
). The company now has a dead website. Googling has revealed people making fun of their infomercial and reviews circa 2008, but no current product info. Where can I get some more of this stuff or some other toilet-paper-moistening *foam*? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Mar 26, 2012 -
I discovered Crystal
deodorant a few months ago. I had tried literally every other unscented deodorant on the market and could not find one that held up all day. It turns out that the damned rock you rub on your pits is the greatest deodorant ever, and it had been on the shelf the whole time.
What other miracle products are sitting on the shelves at the market, unnoticed as I pass them by in favor of products that are more well known or have bigger advertising budgets?
posted by Balonious Assault
on Jan 26, 2012 -
What is best natural product for extremely dehydrated face. I have no acne problem and my skin is not sensitive. [more inside]
posted by page123
on Dec 8, 2011 -
Help me be the best product development person ever! (Or, what don't I know about product development that should scare me?) Books, research, advice, online courses, whatever! [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Oct 25, 2011 -
Complete Parmesan cheeses in Milan, bicycle wheel sized paella pans in Barcelona...what are some other products considered everyday enough to be stocked in a particular country or region's supermarkets - yet which would be considered very unusual elsewhere?
posted by rongorongo
on Oct 16, 2011 -
I'm trying to help a friend who wants to sell a self-made food product along with another name brand food product at farmers markets, co-ops, etc. What are the legal and /or regulatory questions they need to be ask themselves and where do they go for the answers. Hypothetical scenarios in the extended explanation. [more inside]
posted by phoenixphoenix
on Sep 28, 2011 -
Hair Filter: Help a grad student living frugally to make her curly hair fabulous. Moral support for going curly would also be appreciated! [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88
on May 26, 2011 -
I have coarse shoulder length hair that I blow dry and use med heat of straight iron to smooth, but it especially gets frizzy in humid weather. I use a straight iron and hair products to smooth it. When I go to beauty shop the beautician uses a 400 degree straight iron that gets it super smooth and straight, however I don't want to damage my hair using high temp on it daily. I have used these products on my hair to try to achieve smoothness: John Frieda Luminouscolor Glaze Clear Shine, Matrix Sleek Look Blow Down Extreme Creme, Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum, Aveeno Nourish & Style Soft Hold Gel Creme. Would a pomade help achieve this?
I really like Heidi Klum's current hair style, and my could look like it if I could get it as smooth as she gets hers
posted by sandyp
on Oct 3, 2010 -
I live in an area of great food-market diversity. Tell me about some awesome (vegetarian) food products of foreign provenance, and how I can use them! [more inside]
posted by threeants
on Jul 18, 2010 -
Inspired by Captain Samuel Vimes
: what items are worth buying cheap, and which are worth buying better quality? Household, clothing, kitchen and otherwise - all types welcome.
posted by mippy
on May 10, 2010 -
Looking for a poem about Life in the form of a product review. More details that I remember about the poem below the fold. [more inside]
posted by eleanna
on Apr 26, 2010 -
Longtime eczema sufferer looking for bath and body product recommendations, especially shampoos and facial moisturizers. [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith
on Apr 13, 2010 -
What's the term for the use of a product name as a singular noun (like iPod), and why do companies do this? [more inside]
posted by tmcw
on Apr 4, 2010 -
Are there any good open source product viewers?
I'm trying to build a very simple site with that has a products section. I'd like to display a few views for each product, and the tools I've found so far are magic zoom
and Magneto, but both cost a bit.
I'm not opposed to paying, if these are the best, but given how many lightbox clones there are, I can't believe there isn't something opensource and better. Has anybody used these tools, or found better alternatives?
posted by heliostatic
on Jan 30, 2010 -
I have long, fine, mostly straight (female) hair that becomes dry, limp and majorly staticky during East Coast winters. My normal hair routine involves moisturizing shampoo, conditioner at the tips, volumizing mousse when my hair is wet, and blow drying upside down with a bristly brush. Sometimes I use some light hairspray to keep it in place. Initially it looks and feels great. But by the end of the day, it is totally dead and full of static. I keep a dryer sheet in my bag to smooth out the static throughout the day but this isn't much of a long-term solution and it doesn't fix the limpness. Advise me please? Any product suggestions? Thanks in advance!
posted by blackcatcuriouser
on Dec 23, 2009 -
CopyWriterFilter 5000: How do copywriters come up with names for products and product lines? [more inside]
posted by metajc
on Oct 17, 2009 -
Canada Donation Filter: Can you donate a productized service and have it count as an in-kind donation to a charity? [more inside]
posted by acoutu
on Sep 5, 2009 -
What are some good resources for learning to work with old tyres - crafting them into products and designs?
+or could you explain the basic processes? [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied
on Jul 31, 2009 -
Photographer filter: Can you recommend a good gear backpack for storing a camera, a few lenses, and a laptop? [more inside]
posted by mtphoto
on Jun 15, 2009 -
How many commercial products can you think of that are named after Native American groups or other indigenous peoples?
The best I can do are: Jeep Cherokee, Pontiac cars, and, um...Eskimo pies. But there must be more, right? Note: I'm NOT looking for products which use Native American or indigenous peoples' imagery
in their marketing (like American Spirit cigarettes), or sports franchises. How many can you come up with?
posted by AngerBoy
on Apr 13, 2009 -
Wordpress Plugins / Addons: Looking for Product viewer (non ecommerce) module + contact form. [more inside]
posted by spinko
on Apr 8, 2009 -
I want to improve my house cleaning skills... improve my speed, efficiency, thoroughness, etc. And use the best cleaning products for the task. [more inside]
posted by valannc
on Feb 12, 2009 -
Kid's due this spring, and we've amassed huge piles of used baby gear. What are some safe disinfecting procedures that will reliably rid all this stuff of any lurking mold, bacteria AND viruses? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph
on Feb 11, 2009 -
Looking for your advice/tips/etc for new dog owners. How to save time, save money, what's worth it, what's a waste, what/how to DIY? [more inside]
posted by radioamy
on Feb 3, 2009 -
Which notable products or brands do people in other countries love to buy and consume, even though they are not popular or common in their country of origin? [more inside]
posted by brandnew
on Feb 1, 2009 -
Me and the Mrs. will be having our first child in late March. We've already bought a few clothes and miscellaneous items, but I'd like to know what should we get now? Parents, what are some things (like bottles, strollers, bouncy seats, etc.) that you wish you had had on Day One but didn't? [more inside]
posted by zardoz
on Jan 12, 2009 -
I'm looking to update my birthday wishlist and need some specific inspiration from a broad spectrum of people-types. What's the coolest thing you have bought or been given in the last 6 months that cost between $10 and $200?
posted by davebug
on Oct 12, 2008 -
Parents: what are your favorite newish tools of the trade? I'm helping to research a magazine article, trying to identify really great products new to the market in the past 18 months or so that make parents' lives easier. What recent discoveries have you made? [more inside]
posted by Camofrog
on Jul 29, 2008 -
I'm having trouble explaining the "less is more" philosophy in web application design. What are the most persuasive essays on the subject which I could refer people to? [more inside]
posted by GregX3
on Feb 19, 2008 -
I often watch the shopping channels on TV and regularly see demonstrations of "miracle" cleaning products. Now my curiosity has got the better of me.
Does anyone have experience of these cleaning products? Are they as fantastic as they appear? [more inside]
posted by selton
on Dec 2, 2007 -