Stories from the history and science of cosmetics, skin-care and early Beauty Culture.
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.
In 1902, Helena Rubinstein went from working as a waitress to operating her own beauty salon, a remarkable transformation.
Clay masks have gone in and out of favour over the years following an initial craze in the 1920s.
Hands are one of the most exposed parts of the body, subject to environmental insults such as sun, temperature extremes and industrial chemicals.
In 1907, Max Martin Gordon and Fannie Berezniak got married and started a cosmetic company based in Chicago.
Coty: Revealing Beauty (1927)
Rubinstein: Summer Beauty Guide (c.1931)
Helena Rubinstein [Major]
Books, journals, websites and other sources.
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