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


Recent Stories

Helena Rubinstein

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In 1902, Helena Rubinstein went from working as a waitress to operating her own beauty salon, a remarkable transformation.

Clay Masks

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Clay masks have gone in and out of favour over the years following an initial craze in the 1920s.

Hand Balms, Creams & Lotions

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Hands are one of the most exposed parts of the body, subject to environmental insults such as sun, temperature extremes and industrial chemicals.

Princess Pat

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In 1907, Max Martin Gordon and Fannie Berezniak got married and started a cosmetic company based in Chicago.

Compressed Air Massage

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In the late 1950s, the Paris pneumatic system helped Jacques Courtin (Clarins) develop a new beauty treatment.

Odorono

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Developed by Dr. Abraham D. Murphey and marketed by his daughter Edna Murphey the antiperspirant was originally called Odor-o-no but changed its name to Odo-ro-no in 1914.

Deodorants & Antiperspirants

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Products developed to control underarm wetness and odour are some of the most widely used items produced by beauty industry and generate huge sales volumes today.

Daggett & Ramsdell

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Daggett & Ramsdell grew from a New York drug store into an international American brand through the development of a new cold cream.

New Booklets

Rubinstein: Eyes Forever Young (c.1928)

Added: 19th September 2017

Pompeian: Quel est Votre Type de Beauté? (c.1928)

Added: 19th September 2017

Story Updates

Pompeian Manufacturing Company

Updated: 20th September 2017

Cosmetics Timeline

Updated: 20th September 2017

Company Timeline

Updated: 20th September 2017

Armand

Updated: 4th September 2017

X-rays and Hair Removal

Updated: 16th August 2017

Thermolysis and the Blend [Major]

Updated:16th August 2017

Panchromatic Make-up

Updated: 8th August 2017

Arden Screen and Stage Make-up

Updated: 3rd August 2017

Coty

Updated: 24th July 2017

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