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Revlon (post-1960)

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Revlon had bested its two main rivals in the lipstick wars of the 1950s but the 1960s introduced new competitors for Charles Revson to worry about.

Max Factor (post-1945)

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In the years that followed the Second World War the Max Factor company expanded its global reach.

Prince Matchabelli

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In 1926, Prince Georges Matchabelli borrowed four thousand dollars and together with Princess Norina established the Prince Matchabelli Perfumery Company.

Colour Cards

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To help women select colours, cosmetic firms turned to a visual solution long used in the textile and paint trades.

Chesebrough-Pond’s

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In 1955 the Chesebrough Manufacturing Company, Consolidated and the Pond’s Extract Company merged to form Chesebrough-Pond’s.

Cerates

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Amongst the beauty products sold by Richard Hudnut from his New York pharmacy was a cream he labelled a ‘Toilet Cerate’. It came in two forms, the more expensive variety having a violet fragrance.

Shulton

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Known primarily for their Old Spice men’s toiletries, Shulton also developed a number of skin-care and make-up lines for women.

Hexachlorophene

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Hexachlorophene was used in cosmetics in the 1950s and 1960s until it was discovered to be a neurotoxin.

 

Booklet Updates

Beauty: Woman’s Most Precious Gift

Added: 12th January 2016

Eleven small Max Factor brochures and pamphlets.

Added: 16th December 2015

Story Updates

Covermark

Updated: 12th February 2016

Cosmetics Timeline

Updated: 9th February 2016 [Major]

Company Timeline

Updated: 9th February 2016 [Major]

Revlon

Updated: 9th February 2016 [Major]

Iontophoresis and Desincrustation

Updated: 29th January 2016

X-rays and Hair Removal

Updated: 12th January 2016 [Major]

Max Factor

Updated: 10th January 2016 [Major]

Lipsticks

Updated: 10th January 2016

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