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

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Developed by Dr. Abraham D. Murphey and marketed by his daughter Edna Murphey the antiperspirant was originally called Odor-o-no but changed its name to Odo-ro-no in 1914.

Deodorants & Antiperspirants


Products developed to control underarm wetness and odour are some of the most widely used items produced by beauty industry and generate huge sales volumes today.

Daggett & Ramsdell


Daggett & Ramsdell grew from a New York drug store into an international American brand through the development of a new cold cream.



Early beauty experts thought that blackheads were produced by dirt caused by a failure to keep the skin clean.

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.

New Booklets

Princess Pat: This Exquisite Beauty (c.1928)

Added: 11th July 2017

Rexona has bought happiness (c.1935)

Added: 11th July 2017

Story Updates

Cosmetics Timeline

Updated: 11th July 2017

Company Timeline

Updated: 11th July 2017

Iontophoresis and Desincrustation

Updated: 13th June 2017 [Major]

Enlarged Pores

Updated: 1st May 2017 [Major]


Updated: 18th April 2017 [Major]

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


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