Stories from the history and science of cosmetics, skin-care and early Beauty Culture.
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 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.
In 1936, Charles of the Ritz was sold to Benjamin E. Levy and Richard B. Salomon.
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, known as ‘The Eternal Flapper’, established a cosmetics line in 1922. However, her ‘agelessness’ owed a lot to cosmetic surgery.
Many industries exposed workers to chemicals that could irritate the skin and lead to dermatitis but the situation wasn’t seriously examined by cosmetic chemists until the Second World War.
Books, journals, websites and other sources.
I am always keen to hear from others interested in this area. Thanks to everyone who has already been in touch.