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

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In 1955 the Chesebrough Manufacturing Company, Consolidated and the Pond’s Extract Company merged to form Chesebrough-Pond’s.



Amongst the beauty products sold by Richard Hudnut from his New York pharmacy was a cream he labelled a ‘Toilet Cerate’. It came in two forms, the more expensive variety having a violet fragrance.



Known primarily for their Old Spice men’s toiletries, Shulton also developed a number of skin-care and make-up lines for women.



Hexachlorophene was used in cosmetics in the 1950s and 1960s until it was discovered to be a neurotoxin.

Make-up, Personality and Types


In the 1920s the idea developed that a woman should not only look attractive but should also create a style that reflected her personality.

Primrose House


Around 1920, a group of businessmen from Lowell, Massachusetts approached Helen Woodward about setting up a cosmetic company.

Soap and Water


Although all beauty culturists agreed that skin cleansing was the basis for a flawless complexion, views differed about whether or not to use soap.

Patent Medicines and Cosmetics


The cosmetic industry, perhaps more than any other, capitalised on the advertising expertise developed to sell patent medicines.


Booklet Updates

Dorothy Gray: Your Dowry of Beauty (1929)

Added: 18th November 2015

Max Factor: New Art of Society Make-up (1937)

Added: 18th November 2015

Story Updates

Chesebrough Manufacturing Company

Updated: 17th November 2015 [Major]

Pond’s Extract Company

Updated: 17th November 2015

Cosmetics Timeline

Updated: 17th November 2015 [Major]

Company Timeline

Updated: 17th November 2015


Updated: 9th November 2015 [Major]


Updated: 7th November 2015 [Major]


Updated: 21st September 2015 [Major]

Max Factor and the Tube

Updated: 4th September 2015 [Major]


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