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

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Arden Beauty on the Wing

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In 1949, Elizabeth Arden introduced what appears to have been the world’s first airline amenity kit.

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.

Rose Laird

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After moving from Philadelphia to New York, Rose Laird established her beauty business there in 1903.

Powder Creams

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Face creams coloured with powdered pigments could help even out a complexion while holding face powder in place.

Harriet Hubbard Ayer

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Vincent Benjamin Thomas founded Harriet Hubbard Ayer in 1907 after he purchased the name from Harriet’s daughter Margaret.

 

New Booklet Scans

Marie Davant’s Famous 5-Minute Beauty Treatments (1928)

Added: 25th July 2016

Coty: De nieuwe weg naar Schooneid (1936)

Added: 25th July 2016

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Radioactive Cosmetics

Updated: 26th July 2016

Prince Matchabelli

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Shulton

Updated: 27th June 2016

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Northam Warren (Cutex)

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Pan-Cake Make-up

Updated: 14th April 2016

Armand

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