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In 1902, Lesquendieu bought the business of Monsieur Bossard-Lemaire, the maker of the well-known skin cream, La Reine des Crèmes.

Lehn & Fink


In 1874, Lehn & Fink started a business in a small loft building at 160 William Street, New York.

Colour Coordination


As the use of make-up became more common in the 1920s and 1930s questions arose about how to coordinate colours to produce a harmonious effect.

Pollen Extracts


In 1953, Orlane introduced a skin cream made with pollen extract. They got the idea of using pollen from Professor Jean Bordas, Director of the Station of Agronomy and Plant Pathology in Avignon, France.

Coty (post-1940)


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.



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


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


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


New Booklet Scans

Richard Hudnut: Du Barry Success Stories (1946)

Added: 5th December 2016

Lehn & Fink: Introducing Young Look (1959)

Added: 5th December 2016

Story Updates

Cosmetics Timeline

Updated: 5th December 2016 (Major)

Company Timeline

Updated: 5th December 2016

Lehn & Fink

Updated: 5th December 2016

Recamier Manufacturing Company

Updated: 4th December 2016

A. S. Hinds

Updated: 23rd November 2016

Iontophoresis and Desincrustation

Updated: 30th October 2016

Vapourisers (Steamers & Atomisers)

Updated: 30th October 2016

Albumin Wrinkle Smoothers

Updated: 5th October 2016


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