Recent Stories

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.

Arsenic-Eaters and Cucumber Creams


Cucumbers had long been used to treat freckles and suntan but as the nineteenth century drew to a close some newspaper articles suggested this was because they contained arsenic.



Recent Updates

Placental Creams and Serums

Updated: 3rd September 2014

Hormone Creams, Oils and Serums

Updated: 2nd September 2014


Updated: 30th August 2014

Arden Screen and Stage Make-up

Updated: 30th August 2014

Cosmetics Timeline

Updated: 27th August 2014

Company Timeline

Updated: 27th August 2014


Updated: 26th August 2014

Nail Polish

Updated: 11th August 2014 (major)

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  9. Straps, Bandages and Tapes
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