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

Recent Stories

Yardley (post-1945)


Yardley underwent a number of operational changes in the years following the war and then major changes when when Britain became the world centre of music and fashion in the 1960s.

Charles of the Ritz (post-1936)


In 1936, Charles of the Ritz was sold to Benjamin E. Levy and Richard B. Salomon.

Charles of the Ritz


In 1919, Charles H. Ritz sold his business to Charles Jundt who then began what became known as Charles of the Ritz.



In 1955, Bristol-Myers introduced Ban into the United States, the first commercially successful roll-on deodorant/antiperspirant.

Edna Wallace Hopper


Edna Wallace Hopper, known as ‘The Eternal Flapper’, established a cosmetics line in 1922. However, her ‘agelessness’ owed a lot to cosmetic surgery.

Barrier Creams and Lotions


Many industries exposed workers to chemicals which could irritate the skin and lead to dermatitis but the situation wasn’t seriously examined by cosmetic chemists until the Second World War.

Ann Delafield


Ann Delafield was born May MacGregor. She worked for Elizabeth Arden and Richard Hudnut before starting her own line of cosmetics sold through Rexall drug stores.

Antibiotics in Cosmetics


In the 1950s and 1960s some cosmetic chemists suggested using antibiotics to help solve cosmetic problems caused by bacteria.


New Booklet Scans

Richard Hudnut: The Book of DuBarry (1923)

Added: 18th April 2017

Paris Fashion Company: Paris Beauty Products (c.1912)

Added: 18th April 2017

Story Updates


Updated: 18th April 2017 [Major]

Cosmetics Timeline

Updated: 18th April 2017

Company Timeline

Updated: 18th April 2017

Charles of the Ritz

Updated: 4th April 2017

Charles of the Ritz Powder Bars

Updated: 20th March 2017 [Major]

Loose Face Powders

Updated: 22nd February 2017

Nail Polishes

Updated: 21st February 2017


Updated: 7th February 2017

Turtle Oil

Updated: 6th January 2017


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