Stories from the history and science of cosmetics, skin-care and early Beauty Culture.
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.
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.
Princess Pat: This Exquisite Beauty (c.1928)
Rexona has bought happiness (c.1935)
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.