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

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Ann Delafield


Ann Delafield was born May MacGregor. She worked for Elizabeth Arden and Richard Hudnut before starting her own line of cosmetics sold through Rexall drug stores.

Antibiotics in Cosmetics


In the 1950s and 1960s some cosmetic chemists suggested using antibiotics to help solve cosmetic problems caused by bacteria.



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.


New Booklet Scans

Ann Delafield: Appetite Reducing Plan (c.1953)

Added: 4th January 2017

Ann Delafield: For Men Only (c.1953)

Added: 4th January 2017

Story Updates

Turtle Oil

Updated: 6th January 2017

Rose Laird

Updated: 6th January 2017

Cosmetics Timeline

Updated: 4th January 2017

Company Timeline

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Du Barry Success Course

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Lehn & Fink

Updated: 5th December 2016

Recamier Manufacturing Company

Updated: 4th December 2016

A. S. Hinds

Updated: 23rd November 2016


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