Avon Small World dolls offered fragrant charm in cute packages during the 1970s

Vintage Avon Small World dolls at Click Americana

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Making a splash in 1970, Avon Small World dolls weren’t your ordinary collectibles. They were fragrance vessels in disguise, turning functional beauty products into fun decor items and/or toys.

These charming miniatures had a clever twist, so to speak: their heads popped off to reveal a bottle top. Standing just over 5 inches tall, the dolls‘ bodies were the bottles themselves, with the heads made of plastic.

Eight different dolls were produced, each one a piece of functional nostalgia. The dolls didn’t have arms or legs — a design choice that somehow only added to their quirky charm.

Vintage Avon Disney Small World dolls collection (1970)

The old product line included the following dolls: 

  • English Miss (British doll)
  • Bubbly O’Bath the Irish Girl (some call her Scottish)
  • Gigi the French Girl/French mademoiselle
  • Heidi the Swiss Girl
  • Poolu/Pulu the Asian Girl
  • Senorita the Mexican Girl/Spanish doll
  • Splashu the African Girl/Island Miss
  • Wendy the Western Cowgirl

Once you unscrewed the head, a child-appropriate Avon product was revealed — from cologne and bubble bath, to shampoo and lotion.

Vintage Small World dolls and beauty products in the Avon catalog (1971)

The main dolls held these types of products:

  • Bubble bath
  • Cologne
  • Cologne mist
  • Cream lotion
  • Non-tear shampoo

Other products in the Avon Small World Dolls’ world that conformed to the theme included:

  • Love Dove cream sachet
  • Lipkins (lip gloss) available in Dutch Chocolate, Tropical Fruit & French Mint flavors
  • Rollette roll-on fragrance stick (American Indian character)
  • Fragrance roll-on DemiStik (character named Ali Barbara)
  • Fragrance watch glacé
  • Fragrance pins
  • Perfumed talc (container decorated but not shaped)

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Avon Small World dolls - perfume and shampoo (1970)

The Avon Small World Dolls’ disarming charm had a touch of Disney inspiration. While they weren’t official Disney merchandise, their name and international theme (as well as the general design aesthetic) were likely influenced by Disneyland’s “It’s a Small World” ride, which debuted and became enormously popular in the years before the Avon dolls were launched in 1970.

Regardless of whether they were an homage or just a product of their time, these dolls captured the hearts of collectors around the globe.

Today, these dolls are vintage collectors’ items — reminders of Avon’s unique take on packaging. Their fun, practical, and innovative design continues to charm, making them a fascinating piece of beauty industry history.

These old Avon Small World Dolls prove that good things truly do come in small (and scented) packages. Scroll on to see what made them so extra special!

New friends from Avon's Small World (1970)


Retro Avon Small World cosmetic bottle dolls

Vintage Avon Small World dolls for kids from 1972 (1)

Small World cologne doll bottle: Island Miss — approximately 4-1/2″ tall with 2 fl oz of little girl fragrance

Small World bubble bath bottle: An English Miss! Approximately 5″ tall. 5 fluid ounces.

Cream lotion doll: Western cowgirl filled with soothing lotion. Approx. 5″ tall. 5 fluid ounces.

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Vintage Avon Small World dolls for kids from 1972 (2)

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Avon Lipkins colorless “lipstick” for kids

Flavors available: Dutch Chocolate, Tropical Fruit or French Mint

Vintage Avon Small World Lipkins (1971)


Small World Rollette – Native American design (1971)

Retro 70s Small World Rollette - Native American design (1971)

 


Bubble bath, cream & soaps

Shown: Bubbly O’Bath the Irish Girl doll (some say she’s Scottish), Love Dove cream sachet, and Small World pink heart-shaped soaps

Avon Small World doll, bird and soap - Disney (1970).jpg

 


Love Cakes soap box top
1970s Avon Small World Love Cakes soap box top

Retro Avon Small World Fragrance Pin Pal girl (1970)
Retro Avon Small World Fragrance Pin Pal girl (1970)
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Small World Fragrance Pin Pal Glace (1971)

Features a doll in a blue dress with white polka dots

“I said to St Nick, ‘Who’s that doll of a gal?’ He said, ‘New in Small World, she’s your Fragrance Pin Pal.'”

Small World Fragrance Pin Pal Glace (1971)


Vintage Avon Small World dolls coloring book cover (1970s)

Vintage Avon Small World dolls coloring book cover (1970s)


Avon for kids catalog pages from 1972

The enchanted time comes to the enchanted place: Small World

Avon for kids catalog page from 1972 (2)

Avon for kids catalog page from 1972 (1)

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  1. What a wonderful trip down memory lane! I remember this line from Avon and I had the Demi-stick and one of the Lipkins. I vaguely remember a soap on a rope but not sure if the one I owned was from this particular line.

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