Stories from the history and science of cosmetics, skin-care and early Beauty Culture.

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Coty (post-1940)

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The American arm of Coty continued to be the largest part of the company in the post-war period but it came up against increased competition.

Coty

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In 1905, François Coty founded Coty S.A. in Paris and the following year he established a new retail outlet at 23 Place Vendôme across the road from René Lalique.

Coty and the 1939 New York World’s Fair

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Buoyed by the success of the 1933 Chicago ‘Century of Progress’ World’s Fair, New York City’s civic and business leaders decided to hold one in their city in 1939.

Arden Beauty on the Wing

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In 1949, Elizabeth Arden introduced an airline amenity kit for the British Overseas Airline Corporation (BOAC).

Bleach Creams

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In their search for the perfect complexion many women turned to bleach creams to treat hyper-pigmentation problems.

Alfred D. McKelvy (Seaforth)

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In 1939, the Alfred D. McKelvy Company introduced the Seaforth line of men’s toiletries.

Mink Oil

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By the 1960s a number of French companies were making cosmetics containing mink oil and there was some interest elsewhere including Britain and the United States.

Aerosol Cosmetics

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The first commercially successful cosmetic aerosol was Rise, an aerosol shaving foam released by Carter Products in 1950.

 

New Booklet Scans

Ayer: Natürliche Schönheit (1954)

Added: 21st September 2016

Coty for Fragrant Beauty (1959)

Added: 21st September 2016

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Arden Beauty on the Wing

Updated: 23rd September 2016 (Major)

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Northam Warren (Cutex)

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