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Bust Treatments

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For most of the twentieth century a well-developed bust was very much in fashion and there were a wide range of treatments that were supposed to correct deficiencies.

Vitamin Creams

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The depression years of the 1930s were difficult times for many American cosmetic companies and some added vitamins to their skin creams to help improve sales.

Thermolysis and the Blend

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Until the 1920s, the only way that superfluous hair could be safely removed from the body permanently was by electrolysis. It was slow, often painful and expensive.

Arsenic-Eaters and Cucumber Creams

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Cucumbers had long been used to treat freckles and suntan but as the nineteenth century drew to a close some newspaper articles suggested this was because they contained arsenic.

Mrs. Pomeroy

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In 1895, Jeannette Scalé opened a small beauty business in Chancery Lane, London, using the name Mrs. Pomeroy. The following year, Mrs. Pomeroy Ltd. was founded.

Nail Polish

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The story of nail polish in the twentieth century is muddied by the fact that the terms polish, lacquer, varnish and enamel were used haphazardly and covered a wide range of products.

 

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