Stories from the history and science of cosmetics, skin-care and early Beauty Culture.


Recent Stories

Rubinstein Day of Beauty

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In 1936, Helena Rubinstein opened a new salon in a seven-storey building at 715 Fifth Avenue, New York where clients could come for a complete day of beauty.

Rubinstein and the Rejuvenationists

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The rejuvenation therapies of Steinach and Voronoff convinced Rubinstein to develop skin-care cosmetics containing sex hormones.

Helena Rubinstein (1915-1930)

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After escaping the war in Europe, Helena Rubinstein opened her first salon in the United States in 1915.

Carbonic Gas Sprays

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In the 1930s, a number of French beauty salons began introducing carbonated water sprays into their facial treatments.

Helena Rubinstein

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In 1902, Helena Rubinstein went from working as a waitress to operating her own beauty salon, a remarkable transformation.

Clay Masks

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Clay masks have gone in and out of favour over the years following an initial craze in the 1920s.

Hand Balms, Creams & Lotions

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Hands are one of the most exposed parts of the body, subject to environmental insults such as sun, temperature extremes and industrial chemicals.

Princess Pat

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In 1907, Max Martin Gordon and Fannie Berezniak got married and started a cosmetic company based in Chicago.

New Booklets

Coty: Revealing Beauty (1927)

Added: 21st November 2017

Rubinstein: Summer Beauty Guide (c.1931)

Added: 21st November 2017

Rubinstein: How I use my Pasteurized Face Cream (1933)

Added: 21st November 2017

Story Updates

‘The Women’ 1939

Updated: 20th November 2017

Hormone Creams, Oils and Serums

Updated: 15th November 2017

Helena Rubinstein [Major]

Updated: 24th October 2017

Cosmetics Timeline

Updated: 24th October 2017

Company Timeline

Updated: 24th October 2017

Lipsticks [Major]

Updated: 28th September 2017

Lehn & Fink

Updated: 28th September 2017

Pompeian Manufacturing Company

Updated: 20th September 2017

Armand

Updated: 4th September 2017

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