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Sweet Earth solid fragrances

I got a Vermont Country Store catalog in the mail, the first one in years that I’ve been sent, and among the treasures from the past the Sweet Earth Solid Natural Fragrances in compacts caught my eye. They are three separate fragrances that you can mix on your skin if you’d like. Looking around a little these were originally made by Coty, the ones sold by the Vermont Country Store are reproductions, and I’ve found some good memories and some excitement to see that they are back. They have Woods (sandalwood, amberwood, patchouli), Flowers (hyacinth, honeysuckle, ylang-ylang), Rare Flowers (tuberose, jasmine, mimosa) and Grasses (clover, gingergrass, hay). I’m intrigued by these. Does anybody remember them?

· comments [38] · 09-2-2008 · categories:beauty ·

38 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Marsha // Sep 2, 2008 at 9:13 am

    I don’t remember that exact brand, but you can often find something similar at health/natural-foods store.

  • 2 Laura // Sep 2, 2008 at 9:19 am

    When I was 12 or 13, waaaay back in the early 70s, I had the Woods one of these. I loved being able to mix the different scents. I haven’t thought about this in years, but now I can’t stop myself from ordering one for me and one for my sister. Thanks for bringing back a great memory!

  • 3 Val Ann C // Sep 2, 2008 at 9:20 am

    Blast from the past! When I was in Junior High in the ’70s, my aunt gave me the “Woods” set of sweet earth fragrances. I loved it and kept it for many years.

  • 4 tulip // Sep 2, 2008 at 10:10 am

    Wow!!! My mom had the Flowers set and I always thought it was an Avon thing. I will have to get these. I loved the honeysuckle and the ylang-ylang. :)

  • 5 Jennie // Sep 2, 2008 at 11:01 am

    I thought it was an Avon thing, too! Very hazy memories. Or maybe too because I’ve purchased Avon solids in stick form in more recent years, and really liked it.

    I see stocking stuffer written all over this (hooray!).

  • 6 Inky // Sep 2, 2008 at 11:08 am

    waaay back in the early 70’s when i was a wanna be hippie teen I had the Woods version and everything I owned smelled of patchouli. I still admit a guilty pleasure to loving that scent.

    I love the Vermont Country Store!

  • 7 Tina // Sep 2, 2008 at 11:33 am

    Oh my God!

    I didn’t recall the Sweet Earth name, but I owned the hyacinth, honeysuckle, ylang-ylang combo. I loved the way they smelled, and I didn’t have to worry about them spilling in my purse. Thanks for the pre-teen memories!

    Now if you could only help me find a source for peanut butter space food sticks…..

  • 8 Jodi aka soNOTcool // Sep 2, 2008 at 11:33 am

    My mom used to have these when I was little!! I loved them so, and I always think of her when I smell patchouli. I’m definitely ordering this. Thanks for the link!

  • 9 krissy // Sep 2, 2008 at 11:52 am

    Not only did I have the grasses one in the mid-seventies when I was kid/tween, but I still have it! Somewhere tucked away and every time I think about throwing it away, I smell it and it still smells good! it hasn’t gone bad! I really loved the grasses one. It totally smells like the 70’s to me.

  • 10 Rachel // Sep 2, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    try these links for the space food sticks
    The first sells by the bar, the second has a better price by the case.

  • 11 Tina // Sep 2, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    Thank you Rachel!

  • 12 Margy // Sep 2, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    I had woods & flowers – great memories – my friends & thought we were soooo cool. Now if they could bring back the Bonne Bell big lip glosses!

  • 13 megan // Sep 2, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    Margy – they DO have the biggie Lip Smackers! In strawberry, watermelon and Dr. Pepper.

  • 14 Bea // Sep 2, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    I remember playing with my mom’s perfume compact back in the early 80s. Can’t remember the scents, just the fun. Thanks for the smiles.

  • 15 Deanna // Sep 2, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    Oh my gosh, I had one of these! I had the flowers one – I am going over now to order! I love Vermont Country store.

  • 16 Ann // Sep 2, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    OMG I so remember these in jr. high and high school. I worked at the little corner drug store in our small town, and one of the best perks was trying out all the fun stuff in our small cosmetics counter. Definitely my favorite, although all the cool Yardley eye compacts came in a close favorite. (And isn’t it wonderful that the Vermont Country Store has stayed in business all these years, and we can still find things like Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific). Thanks for reminding me of all these great scents and memories :-)

  • 17 Tina // Sep 3, 2008 at 4:29 am

    About the same time the Sweet Earth Fragrances came out, Coty made a sort of chapstick that was white, but colored your lips once it was on. I loved that product, and was crushed when they stopped making it.

  • 18 Karen // Sep 3, 2008 at 7:17 am

    I loved these when I was in high school. I never had one of my own though. I would shamelessly sniff them and try them on whenever I was at the store that carried them. I guess the price was beyond the pittance I earned babysitting in those days!
    I just ordered one of the woods ones, though back then the tuberose was my favorite. I’ve loved tuberose ever since!!

  • 19 nonlineargirl // Sep 3, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    Oh my goodness, thank you. This site led me to my husband’s favorite aftershave (bay rum) that I have not found in Oregon. Ordering now, and excited for the good smell on his skin.

  • 20 herhimnbryn // Sep 3, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    Oh, How I wish they delivered to Australia. I can smell “Woods” right now.

  • 21 EatWell // Sep 4, 2008 at 7:42 am

    I don’t remember the original Coty perfume boxes, but I just want to say that it’s always a blast from the past flipping through the Vermont Country Store catalog! :>

  • 22 Glass Petal Smoke // Sep 4, 2008 at 10:43 am

    Solid perfumes are very collectible and, believe it or not, easy to make if you have the right ingredients. Author Mandy Aftel has a few good recipes. Something I really miss are the first roll-on lip glosses that Max Factor made in the 70’s. They were simple glass bottles with beautiful Moroccan patterns and there was a great vanilla one that I would love to have again. Ditto their perfume Khara.

  • 23 Glass Petal Smoke // Sep 4, 2008 at 10:45 am

    P.S. This is a great solid perfume blog:

  • 24 Anam // Sep 4, 2008 at 11:36 am

    I used and loved them..can’t wait to get them again!

  • 25 Amber // Sep 5, 2008 at 1:10 am

    I’m slightly addicted to those Vermont Country Store catalogs. I just like flipping through them, all the stuff in there reminds me of my grandparents. And I remember those solid perfumes!

  • 26 CalicoKitty // Sep 5, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    Remember -yes! I still have mine! It has the tiniest bits left in the corners and I keep in in my nightstand so I can sniff it and do a bit of aromatherapy if I have difficulty falling asleep. Mine is the Herb fragrances combo – chamomile, Sage, and caraway. It was a birthday gift from my “cool Aunty” who managed to find things that made me feel grown-up that still met with Mom’s approval!

    Trotting off to the Vermont Country Store — thanks for the heads up!!!

  • 27 Susan // Nov 11, 2008 at 7:46 am

    Oh, yes! I remember the “grasses”…I loved it (and still do!). I want to get some again. I also loved LemonUp shampoo, Agree shampoo, and Indian Earth make-up. Ahh, the 70’s!

  • 28 susan k // Mar 2, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    I absolutely loved sweet earth fragrances back in the day! i’ve thought of them now and then, but of course couldn’t get them anymore . . . i was quite happy to see that the vermont country store is carrying some, but they don’t have my fave: the herb fragrances. anyone else out there want the herbs back? write to v.c.s. customer service — maybe if they get enough requests, they’ll do the herb as well :D

  • 29 C. Reboul // Mar 11, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    I tried Vermont Country Store’s version of Coty’s Sweet Earth Fragrances. I remember those scents well – had all of them in one form or another. Dont waste your money – the scents are not even close to the originals. I sent them back for a refund, it was very disappointing. I have done some research and found that some of the chemicals used to make those wonderful scents of the 70’s were unsafe – pity… I will always remember how those scents made us all feel – :(

  • 30 S. Winterkranz // Oct 28, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    When I was in junior high during the early 70’s Sweet Earth solid fragrances were the coolest thing around. I had the grasses, hay was my favorite, and wore the scent constantly until the compact was taken from my bag by another student. My older sister loved the woods collection. Those were among our favorite memories of things we loved in that era. I just recieved the reproduced woods set for my birthday today and love it.

  • 31 Jennifer // May 9, 2010 at 10:17 am

    I remember them very well! I was writing about my mother for a mother’s day post, about my memories of her though the decades. Was very excited to find them available though this VCS – then found my favourites – Woods and Grasses weren’t available. Crossing fingers they’ll get them back!

    I’ve never been a perfume wearer, but I love scents like these. Funny, after all these years I remember those. These scents remind me of all the things I loved about the seventies – the trend toward the natural.

  • 32 Elizabeth Isles // May 9, 2010 at 10:25 am

    The Vermont Country Store seems to be sold out on this one– any other sources?

  • 33 NancyG // Oct 16, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    I had the solid Sweet Earth Hay and thought I was quite cool for not liking the florals.

  • 34 ellen c // Nov 4, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    yes i remember the compact-but i dont recall any of these scents -2 of my girlfriends had the compacts with soft fruity scents-i fell in love with the scents. til this day i can still remember what they smelled like and for the last 2 years have been in search of.its by coty the compact was yellow with 3 solid fruit scents just like in the pic. i live in canada so i dont know if this would help.i cant find any info on the internet

  • 35 Luanne Perry // Feb 3, 2011 at 8:25 am

    My BFF’s mom worked as a pharm tech in a local chain drug store (a predecessor to CVS), so we always got to go there and find make-up, personal things, jewelry, even 45 records and pick out what we wanted and she’d bring them home for us!! When we saw the display on the old-fashioned glass-case makeup counter, we both fell in love with the new Coty scents. How I LOVED the Gingergrass fragrance – the spray. I first bought it because it was bright green and smelled HEAVENLY. I wore that stuff from the time it came out until they stopped making it. Always got lots of compliments on it and really miss it. So happy to hear it’s back in solid form. Ordering some today!!

  • 36 Eco // Sep 9, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    THANK YOU!!! Never done drugs in my life, but I thought I was hallucinatory for remembering this. One of my firmest scent based memories is of receiving an oriental-based trio of perfumes in a compact some long-forgotten relative had tied with a black silk ribbon. Must have been Christmas, because I remember tying the ribbon around my neck, watching Baryshnikov dancing the Nutcracker, inhaling the patchouli and entering 15 year-old nirvana!

  • 37 BeachyDaze // Jul 21, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    The solid perfumes with me all through 7th and 8th grade in the 70s as was Cotys small bottle of musk oil. I sometimes combined the solids and oil and smelled like a hand maiden for Cleopatra I’m sure. Now it’s a gas, gas, gas to relive these days again and smell so wonderful. My hubby of 36 years loves them too.

  • 38 Valerie Franz // Nov 26, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    I was very disappointed to see that Vermont Country store is not carrying this product presently. It was on their website, but it seems now, they are not in stock. I’m so disappointed, because for so long since the 70’s, I’ve been trying to find those great Sweet Earth scent perfume compacts. I was hoping to see them come back again. Any idea where I can find them now??? Ugh!

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