Stream of Consciousness Saturday: Suddenly, You’re An Imp Wearing Angel’s Wings…

Time for another installment of Stream of Consciousness Saturday, hosted by Ms. Linda Hill. If you’d like to play along, click on the picture below for rules.

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This week’s prompt: Scents/sense/cents, bonus word sent

The minute I saw the prompt for this week, this little ditty found its way to active memory:

My mother had some dusting powder by Heaven Sent, strange because it was actively marketed to the 12-25 female demographic. The commercials used to be sung by a guy, in fact, in a low-down, breathy tone, what passed for “sexy” in those heady days before the Summer of Love (see last week). I’m not sure if the dusting powder was Mom’s idea or that of one of her students for Christmas. My mother was more a Jean Naté girl, as I recall.

While we’re on the subject of scents (I guess that’s what we’re talking about) remember this commercial?

I just remember it as being a bit weird. Then I read Lolita. That explained a lot.

Not the cover I remember (source: Amazon.com)
Not the cover I remember (source: Amazon.com)

I had an English course in college during which we read both Lolita and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and the professor (a woman) seemed rather taken with this theme of older men being attracted to young girls. She told us Nabokov called the author of Alice “Lewis Lewis Carroll Carroll,” suggesting that Lewis Carroll was not that much different from Humbert Humbert, the anti-hero of Nabokov’s book. The day the professor declared that pre-pubescent girls were the prettiest creatures on earth was the day I dropped the class. It just got way too weird at that point. You might say that my sense of propriety stepped in and told me the class wasn’t for me.

And while we’re talking about this, I recently heard about Lolita fashion, a trend originating in Japan (along with cosplay and a whole bunch of other stuff I don’t really understand). It’s based on Victorian clothing styles, but seems to have branched off into a number of different directions, as things like this are wont to do. The styles don’t appear to have anything to do with the book; they probably have more to do with the anime craze than anything.

Anime actually makes a lot of sense. I watched Speed Racer when WFLD showed it back in the 1960’s. The station was doing its best to overtake WGN in the after-school-cartoon category, not an easy thing to do on a shoestring budget. Besides Speed Racer, they also showed a lot of the later Max Fleischer cartoons, such as “Out of the Inkwell” featuring Koko the Clown and Popeye. I think there was a little Betty Boop thrown in for good measure. Watching cartoons there was occasionally a weird experience. But we enjoyed it.

I think I’ll stop here… I think I quit making sense a while ago…

14 thoughts on “Stream of Consciousness Saturday: Suddenly, You’re An Imp Wearing Angel’s Wings…

  1. Did that actually happen in the class?? cringes
    I haven’t seen any of these commercials, they really aren’t like what we have today. Being allergic to perfumes, I just spend my time collecting empty bottles. Have about 70 of them!

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  2. Bizarre post, this. I do remember Love’s baby soft, it was popular among the Jr High girls in the early 80’s. Which is really creepy in light of the commercial and your story about your class. Can’t imagine a prof saying stuff like that…ewww! Good job dropping that one!

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    1. The product’s target demographic is girls and young women from junior high through college and maybe a little beyond. To make the commercial as suggestive as it was (there was a print ad for Baby Soft that featured the same model) was really beyond the pale.

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  3. Wow! I remember now, Love’s Baby Soft, I was in Jr. High and I adored it! Love’s made a lemon scented cologne too, I loved that one too. I do not remember the commercial but then again, I wouldn’t have known how creepy it was back then, I was incredibly niave and clueless back then sigh

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    1. Love’s is still around, evidently; I guess Dana (the company that still makes Canoe, English Leather, and British Sterling for men and Heaven Sent, Chantilly, and Tabu for women) is making it now. You can get it off their website and at Amazon and Target. Guess Baby Soft was a classic, like the others. Weird ads, though.

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  4. My favorite perfume in the 70’s was ( or cologne) was L’Air duTemps. My mother-in-law always asked for it, too. Great memories you brought back. Ugh, the class you dropped…good move. You covered a lot of territory with the prompts. Nice work!

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    1. L’Air du Temps is still around, believe it or not. The fragrances apparently never go out of style.

      It got to where I felt like I needed a shower after that English class. If it was a male professor saying those things, he might not be working at the university much longer.

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  5. I remember Heaven Sent and Jean Nate commercials. The Baby Soft is kind of weird, you are right. I remember seeing the film Lolita with James Mason as the older man. I think my boyfriend at the time thought it was sexy and risqué. But I was creeped out even then as a teenage girl. Remember when he paints her toenails? Yuck! Good call dropping that class.

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    1. I never actually saw any of the movies. I understand the original (the one you’re talking about) was a minor classic, with James Mason, Shelley Winters, and Peter Sellers. Even so… no.

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      1. Well I don’t like to tell others what to see. There was just something about the age differences in that story that I found disturbing. But I am remembering it from when I was a teenager and I never read the book. But I still don’t think it would be on the top of my reading list.

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