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These machines, which were mainly used in facial treatments, are known by a variety of names including vapourisers, atomisers, steamers and pulverisers.

Northam Warren


In 1911, Northam Warren started a sideline to his new brokerage business, a liquid cuticle remover he called Cutex.

Liquid Face Powders


Although liquid powders enjoyed some popularity in Victorian and Edwardian times, it was not until after WWII that their full potential was developed.



The introduction of Stopette Spray Deodorant was associated with an important development in cosmetic packaging – the polyethylene squeeze bottle.

Bust Treatments


For most of the twentieth century a well-developed bust was very much in fashion and there were a wide range of treatments that were supposed to correct deficiencies.

Vitamin Creams


The depression years of the 1930s were difficult times for many American cosmetic companies and some added vitamins to their skin creams to help improve sales.

Thermolysis and the Blend


Until the 1920s, the only way that superfluous hair could be safely removed from the body permanently was by electrolysis. It was slow, often painful and expensive.



Recent Updates

Liquefying Cleansing Creams

Updated: 14th October 2014

Liquid Face Powders

Updated: 6th October 2014

Eleanor Adair

Updated: 28th September 2014


Updated: 25th September 2014

Indelible Lipsticks

Updated: 25th September 2014

Liquid Nail Polish

Updated: 23rd September 2014 (major)

Cosmetics Timeline

Updated: 23rd September2014

Company Timeline

Updated: 23rd September 2014

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