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Chemical Depilatories

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Unwanted hair can be removed mechanically, electrically or chemically. Beauty Culture used all three practices but cosmetic chemists concentrated on chemical methods.

Revlon

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Starting from modest beginnings selling nail polish, Revlon would become one of the largest cosmetics companies in the United States with a full range of cosmetics in its product line-up.

Cake Make-up

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When Max Factor introduced Pan-Cake make-up in 1937, it was regarded as something new by cosmetic chemists. However, when they looked into its formulation they soon realised that types of cake make-up had existed as far back as the 1910s.

Compressed Face Powders

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As women were confronted with the problems of carrying loose powder around in their purse or handbag, many made the switch to using compressed face powders instead.

Rubinstein’s Complexion Analysers

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Starting in the 1930s, Helena Rubinstein used a number of optical devices to drum up sales. One of these used a light filter that would not be widely used by dermatologists until many decades later.

Hystogen

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In 1910, Charles Henri Willi arrived in London. The following year he opened a cosmetic surgical practice which operated quite legally from 1911 to 1961 without Willi having any medical qualifications whatsoever.

 

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