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

Recent Stories

Daggett & Ramsdell


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 (post-1945)


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.

Charles of the Ritz (post-1936)


In 1936, Charles of the Ritz was sold to Benjamin E. Levy and Richard B. Salomon.

Charles of the Ritz


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.

Edna Wallace Hopper


Edna Wallace Hopper, known as ‘The Eternal Flapper’, established a cosmetics line in 1922. However, her ‘agelessness’ owed a lot to cosmetic surgery.

Barrier Creams and Lotions


Many industries exposed workers to chemicals that could irritate the skin and lead to dermatitis but the situation wasn’t seriously examined by cosmetic chemists until the Second World War.

New Booklets

Daggett & Ramsdell: Daggett & Ramsdell’s Perfect Cold Cream (1911)

Added: 22nd May 2017

Daggett & Ramsdell: Tuning in with Beauty (1934)

Added: 22nd May 2017

Story Updates

Iontophoresis and Desincrustation

Updated: 13th June 2017 [Major]

Enlarged Pores

Updated: 1st May 2017 [Major]

Cosmetics Timeline

Updated: 27th April 2017

Company Timeline

Updated: 27th April 2017


Updated: 18th April 2017 [Major]

Charles of the Ritz

Updated: 4th April 2017

Charles of the Ritz Powder Bars

Updated: 20th March 2017 [Major]

Loose Face Powders

Updated: 22nd February 2017

Nail Polishes

Updated: 21st February 2017


Popular Stories

  1. Early Movie Make-up
  2. Max and the tube
  3. Vanishing Creams
  4. Iontophoresis and Desincrustation
  5. Pan-Cake Make-up
  6. Cold Creams
  7. Hazeline Snow


Books, journals, websites and other sources.


I am based in Perth, Western Australia. You can contact me by Email or use Twitter to receive information about new stories and updates to the Booklet Project.

I am always keen to hear from others interested in this area. Thanks to everyone who has already been in touch.