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

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Edna Wallace Hopper


Edna Wallace Hopper, known as ‘The Eternal Flapper’, established a cosmetics line in 1922. However, her ‘agelessness’ owed a lot to cosmetic surgery.

Barrier Creams and Lotions


Many industries exposed workers to chemicals which could irritate the skin and lead to dermatitis but the situation wasn’t seriously examined by cosmetic chemists until the Second World War.

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.


New Booklet Scans

Edna Wallace Hopper: How I Keep Young (c.1923)

Added: 21st February 2017

Edna Wallace Hopper: My Beauty (c.1926)

Added: 21st February 2017

Story Updates

Nail Polishes

Updated: 21st February 2017

Cosmetics Timeline

Updated: 20th February 2017

Company Timeline

Updated: 20th February 2017


Updated: 7th February 2017

Turtle Oil

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Rose Laird

Updated: 6th January 2017

Du Barry Success Course

Updated: 2nd January 2017 [Major]

Lehn & Fink

Updated: 5th December 2016


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