Prell

Thursday June 3rdHealth & Beauty Category

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I don’t think Prell ever made it into the shower that my sisters and I used. I believe it was in my parent’s bathroom though because I remember the shape of the bottle lingering in the shower and catching it out of the corner of my eye when I had a reason to use their bathroom.

So as I just mentioned, the old bottle has an interesting shape, not unlike the old  Head and Shoulders, that that makes it pretty recognizable.  I think the fact that the bottle is clear and reveals the anti-freeze colored product inside also helps it stand out on the store shelf.
There are two labels, both outlined with a gold stripe containing a white background.  The one at the top of the neck just lets you know it’s “The Body Builder”.  The main label only has the name of the product and a small mention of what’s in the bottle: “Shampoo”.  The font used for “Prell” is a flat green and the syleis mild but not boring.  The green and pink waves are just enough decoration to compliment the title. 

The new bottle has changed its shape to the typical body wash container.  I find that’s been happening a lot and wonder if it’s just companies not wanting to make different shapes for different products.   I wasn’t aware that Prell had a variety shampoos, or maybe it doesn’t but the top of the bottle says it’s “Classic”.  The paper label has been replaced with a print on design.  The title text is more scripty looking with a blue outline and is slightly shaded.  This is infront of a blue swirly/bubbly background that has a kind of dark gold outline.  In addition to letting  you know this is shampoo, they’ve added information like “Clean Healthy Hair”, “Natural Body and Fullness” and “No Unwanted Residue”.  It’s also for “All Hair Types”.  On thing is the same, that the bottle is clear lets the color of the shampoo be the main color of the container.

I like the older bottle because of the more interesting shape and the simplicity of the label.  The new bottle is ok, but it just looks like a cheaper version of a once classy shampoo.

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5 Comments

  1. Kristen Potter
    June 3, 2010

    I prefer the colors on the new bottle, but voted for the old bottle because of the tapered shape. Shampoo and Conditioner should look pretty from time to time, not generic. Shows how much companies listen to people sometimes.

  2. Nostalgio
    June 21, 2010

    I like the wide flat-top containers that will stand on their heads so when you’re down to the last bit of product, you don’t experience that accursed “Heinz ketchup anticipation” as your last dregs of shampoo crawl out at one drop/minute.

  3. Dave
    June 28, 2010

    I actually own a very early bottle of Prell, discovered in the pantry of the house we bought a few years ago. It has the same shape as the old-style plastic bottle you show, but it’s made of glass. When I found it, I was reminded of the old TV ads that showed how thick and rich Prell was by dropping a pearl into the bottle and showing it slowly drift its way to the bottom.

  4. Dave
    June 28, 2010

    Whoops! I tried to link an image in the last comment, but the comment system stripped it out. If you’d like to take a look at the bottle, here’s a simple link.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/the-lobster/2700336985/

  5. Paul Duca
    December 26, 2010

    To go along with a comment I made under the Smucker’s Natural peanut butter post…Prell is another product no longer sold by its originator, Proctor & Gamble.

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