Stories from the history and science of cosmetics, skin-care and early Beauty Culture.
In 1937, Kinu Ltd. released its Kinoo line of cosmetics made with powdered silk.
The 1957 introduction of Helena Rubinstein’s Mascara-Matic would ultimately result in the almost complete demise of other forms of mascara.
The opera singer and movie star, Lina Cavalieri, regarded by many contemporaries as the most beautiful woman in the world, opened a beauty salon in Paris in 1926.
In 1931, Rubinstein regained control of the American company she had sold to Lehman Brothers in 1928.
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.
The rejuvenation therapies of Steinach and Voronoff convinced Rubinstein to develop skin-care cosmetics containing sex hormones.
After escaping the war in Europe, Helena Rubinstein opened her first salon in the United States in 1915.
In the 1930s, a number of French beauty salons began introducing carbonated water sprays into their facial treatments.
Rubinstein: Herbessence (c.1969)
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