R.I.P. to Two of My Faves

Some things are absolute in this world; this is both good and bad.

The good part is that when you find something that is the best, you can rely on it and you get satisfaction from it, whatever “it” is, every time.

The bad part is that if it disappears, you’re screwed. Such is the case with two of my beloved favorite things going extinct.*Sniffle*

Some of you may remember the brand Mentadent. They had that weird toothpaste where when you pushed down the top of the plastic dispenser, the baking soda combo would come out one side and the fluoride and other goop would come out the other. They’d mix together on your brush to create their magical form of teeth cleaning excellence. Right.

Well, one thing they got right were their toothbrushes. Specifically, their Pro Care line with the flexible handles and array of beautiful colors, not to mention full and soft bristle heads. Can you tell I’ve used these for years? They’re seriously fantastic and I have yet – YET! – to find a toothbrush as good in all aspects. Allow me to show you so you can oooh and aaah, as well.

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They first started being hard to find back in 2005. I just couldn’t find them at the drugstore anymore. I had a roommate that found them for me in NYC at a Rainbow store. I’m pretty sure Rainbow is a New York thing but it was a mixture of hardware and household goods. And they had my toothbrushes! I would buy four or five at a time.

Later, I found them at Drugstore.com. I was so happy! I conservatively purchased two of them upon my last order.

Then: disaster struck. They are now completely gone from Drugstore.com. Frantic, I searched Amazon but found them only in bundle packs for over $50. Someone clearly knew they were a popular item. As much as I adore them, I cannot bring myself to pay that much for toothbrushes.

Inside, I am mourning. I have to say goodbye to a true hero of dental hygiene. I don’t know why other companies can’t replicate this ergonomically sound, pretty, effective tooth tool. But they do not. Instead, I will have to resort to finding something that will have to serve as second best (if that).

As if that weren’t bad enough, my favorite shampoo and conditioner brand is no longer found in drugstores. For years, I was using Sunsilk’s yellow bottles of Anti-Flat shampoo and conditioner. It had a punchy (but not overwhelming) citrus smell and the conditioner has yet to be beaten by another. It’s lightweight, gives the hair a boost, reasonably priced, and flat out smells terrific. This is the perfect combo for people like me who need volume but don’t want to leave residue on the roots. Here’s a photo:

Photo has been removed multiple times due to whatever glitch that prevents it from showing up. Maybe Sunsilk doesn’t like former product photos being out on the interwebs. It was a bright yellow bottle with retro font wording. I miss it.

Even the conditioner bottle is designed so that it’s upside down, giving you maximum usage. I have one bottle in my bathroom that is dwindling away. I’ve found packs of these online, too, but they are overpriced. I heard a rumor that Sunsilk was completely redoing the formulas to “improve” their line but I can’t even find the new line in grocery stores or drugstores. Have they gone out of business? I have no clue. I only know that another one bites the dust. I’ve been experimenting with Pantene and Clairol’s Herbal Essence line (another one that was overhauled and the original smell was taken away).

My question to these companies is, if you have a bestseller, why are you striving to improve it? Leave it the hell alone! I can see redoing the packaging and that there is probably some marketing research done that shows that sales are kept up with new packaging but really? Redoing the formula? If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it – because you’re not fixing it, you’re ruining it!

I need to get a hold of myself.

Some might say, “Who cares? It’s only shampoo.” Some would be right. Except that finding that perfect shampoo/conditioner combo is really important to women. And some men. Having good hair is a part of our daily lives. Having good-smelling hair is important to people like me. I’m a Super Smeller. That’s a whole other post for another time.

I wish these companies would check with me first before they try to reinvent the wheel and then inevitably go bankrupt. And what about the leftovers? I would have taken all the remaining toothbrushes and shampoo/conditioner off their hands!

Goodbye, Best Toothbrush Evar and Best Conditioner (and shampoo) Evar. You meant a lot to me. You will always be in my memory. Hell, I’ve dedicated internet space to you. You were simply the best.


Your Most Faithful Fan Zoe


  1. My most heartbreaking discontinued item is Voortman’s Dutch Cream Windmill Sandwich Cookies. I don’t know if that’s the official flavor name, but they’re the windmill shaped cookies with dutch vanilla cream in the middle. Wegmans used to sell them in the bulk section. To this day when i visit home and get the chance to go to Wegmans I stop by bulk, hoping that there’s a slight chance they have them again. There’s always a rush of excitement for about half a second when I catch a glimpse of the windmill shaped cookies they still sell (just a standard cookie, no cream center) only to have it come crashing down. 😦

  2. Kevin Schneider says:

    I still miss: Crystal Pepsi, Honey BBQ Fritos, Mid-80’s G.I. Joe’s (they were plastic and small, like they should be!), Robeson’s Department Store in Champaign (there’s a book out about it now!), Banquet Pot Pies with the FOIL (it’s now this plasticky microwaveable thing), Haagen-Dazs Egg Nog Ice Cream (it’s only available once a year), Jack in the Box East of the Mississippi River, Wendy’s bacon mushroom cheddar melt, Clearly Canadian, your brand of Colgate, and also there’s a Kona Coke that I’d love to try.

    • Kevin, I too miss Clearly Canadian! I loved those fizzy drinks when I was younger. I would love it if Jack in the Box would expand more in Illinois but I think they’re determined not to cross much farther past the Arch in St. Louis.

      I thought Crystal Pepsi was GROSS. What did you like about it? And yeah, why is it that my favorite dental hygiene products are in such poor demand? I have *great* taste.

  3. you are so right! i remember when i was a kid they sold this shampoo called “Outrageous”. I have no idea if I would’ve liked it as an adult but as a 14 year old kid, I loved it…was so upset when they discontinued it! Come to think of it, I haven’t found a shampoo/conditioner combo I like that much since!

    • I don’t know if I remember Outrageous. It sounds like it would smell good! DO you remember Salon Selectives? I LOVED that stuff!

      • oh man i LOVED salon selectives!! whatever happened to that?! Outrageous was made by Revlon I believe…and I haven’t seen it since I was about 12 I think…r.i.p.

  4. Oh that totally jogged my memory. Outrageous had a great smell! Hahaha, R.I.P. indeed.

  5. I’m on my last mentadent toothbrush right now,(sniff), I bought a lot of them on Amazon and while back

  6. I bought a ton of them on ebay, all medium, and blue…ocd about a blue toothbrush. I cannot use one that is any other color. I’m about to use my last one, and I am freaking out. I’ve tried a bunch of the other brands, but the fact is that they just don’t measure up to Mentadent. They certainly got them right! The shape and size of the head is perfect. Most of the new ones are too long, narrow, or whatever. I just emailed Church & Dwight about bringing them back. I think you all should too.

  7. I’m on my last Mentadent brush now, too. About 8 years ago I think I bought a 6 pack from Amazon. What are you using now?

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