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Caboodles Launched A Collection With Barbie And Some Millennials Are Ready To Organize Their Scrunchies And Smackers

If you were a teen in the 90s you had to have a Caboodles organizer—the bright plastic cases filled with trays for organizing makeup. (And If you had one, you probably grew up to be the kind of person who hangs out in The Container Store for fun). Growing up, I played with Barbie dolls and just as I lost interest, I moved on makeup, which led me to discover Caboodles. Somehow though, I never got to play with both 90s classics at the same time. 

Now that 90s nostalgia is at an all-time high, Mattel and Caboodles are fixing that, by launching a collaboration between the two 90s icons, after all this time. 

Caboodles announced the collab with Barbie via an Instagram giveaway gifting the original collab Barbie doll and her caboodles from the 90s.

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Caboodles recently launched an adorable collaboration with Mattel which features several case designs with barbie inspired accents and colors. The classic On-The-Go and ‘Pretty in Petite’ cases from the nineties are making a comeback in ‘Iconic Pink’ (a true nostalgic Barbie Dream House hot pink) and Pure Glam (a more subtle rose gold). In addition to the legendary Barbie color palette collection, there will be a truly epic clear case. The clear Barbie X Caboodles makeup organizer is a neat freak’s dream. The collection will expand to Ulta this month and there’s more in the pipeline well into 2020.

This is not the first time the beauty organizer brand partners with Barbie. In the early 90s, Caboodles partnered with Mattel to release a Caboodles Barbie. The doll retailed for $12.99 and came with “a real makeup case and glitter beach makeup,” according to the 1993 ad. You might still be able to get one on Etsy or eBay. For the launch of their new collection, Caboodles gave away a vintage case from that very first collaboration to one lucky winner on Instagram.

The collaboration appeals to women now as much as it did when they were kids.

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“Barbie inspires the limitless potential in every girl, and we are committed to championing girls of all ages and giving them the tools to succeed,” said Mattel’s vice president of global strategy and U.S. consumer products, Diane Reichenberger, who said the brand is thrilled to bring back a collaboration that will appeal to women now as much as it did when they were kids. 

In the same joint statement, Khadeja Salley, director of lifestyle brands at Caboodles’ parent company, Plano Synergy, said, “At the core of the Caboodles brand is the idea that organization can and should be limitless, driving potential for women and girls to express their individuality all while tackling any challenges life throws at them,” adding, “Sharing common core beliefs and a passion for encouraging others to follow their dreams, we are excited to present this quintessential collection to both nostalgic and new consumers.”

Caboodles were inspired by tackle boxes, but for organizing makeup and beauty products.

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Although company legend has it that Caboodles were inspired by a 1986 People magazine photoshoot where Vanna White used a fishing tackle box as a makeup organizer, Caboodles were actually the brainchild of New Zealand native Leonie Mateer. When she relocated to California in the 1980s, Mateer wanted to start a business; she recalled that she had once seen a model arriving to a photoshoot with a tackle box to organize her cosmetics, and the idea was born.

Leonie Mateer came up with the name ‘Caboodles’ in the bathtub and launched in the late 80s.

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“I knew that the name needed to be colorful if it was to appeal to my target audience—teens,” Mateer wrote in her book, The Caboodle Blueprint: Turn Your Idea Into Millions. “I was sitting in my bathtub reading a huge Oxford English Dictionary,” she recalled. “I came across ‘Caboodles,’ which had a definition of ‘a collection or clutter of things.’ How perfect, I thought, for an organizer box.” The first boxes, called ‘on-the-go organizers’ hit the market in 1987 and were an instant hit. In the first two years, the company sold 2 million years. By 1992, The New York Times reported that “nearly 80 percent of teenage girls in the country are aware of Caboodles.” Eventually, the line grew to 70 products, which retailed between $5 and $40.

You can now relive your very organized teen years by picking up a brand new Caboodle. The Caboodles x Barbie collection is now available for purchase at Caboodles website and will launch an additional exclusive line at Ulta nationwide this coming October. 

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