Stories from the history and science of cosmetics, skin-care and early Beauty Culture.
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.
In the late 1950s, the Paris pneumatic system helped Jacques Courtin (Clarins) develop a new beauty treatment.
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.
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.
Rubinstein: Secrets of Beauty (c.1924)
Yardley: Beauty by Yardley (1962)
Thermolysis and the Blend [Major]
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.