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

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Max Factor Factory

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In 1946 the Max Factor company set about converting an old radar factory in West Howe, Bournemouth into a plant for manufacturing cosmetics.

Colour Matching

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Maintaining consistency of colour between different batches of make-up was a perennial problem for early cosmetic firms.

Lipstick Wars

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The ‘Lipstick Wars’ of the 1950s were started when Hazel Bishop began a national campaign to sell its Long Lasting Lipstick in the United States.

‘The Women’ (1939)

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Released in 1939, the movie contains extended sequences showing a number of salon beauty treatments.

Glycerine Creams and Jellies

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First used by the medical profession in a range of skin treatments, glycerine soon found its way into cosmetics for dry or chapped skin.

Richard Hudnut

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Richard Hudnut regarded himself as a high-class perfumer rather than a pharmacist or cosmetic chemist and looked to France for inspiration.

Du Barry Success Course

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By the late 1930s, Richard Hudnut’s Du Barry line was in the doldrums so the company tried a new approach to help improve sales.

Muscle Oils

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Muscle oils were used to build up facial muscles, firm the skin, improve facial contours and reduce wrinkles.

 

Booklets Project

A list of booklets published by cosmetic companies in the first half or so of the twentieth century with scans of some items.

Coty and Elizabeth Arden lists added 22nd May 2015.

New scans

1950 Max Factor Color Harmony Chart

Added: 20th May 2015

New Color Fashions by Max Factor

Added: 20th May 2015

Story Updates

Lipsticks

Updated: 22nd May 2015

Company Timeline

Updated: 22nd May 2015

Cosmetics Timeline

Updated: 22nd May 2015

Rouge

Updated: 21st May 2015 (major)

Max Factor

Updated: 20th May 2015

Panchromatic Make-up

Updated: 20th May 2015

Pan-Cake Make-up

Updated: 17th May 2015

Albumin Wrinkle Smoothers

Updated: 8th May 2015

Company Timeline

Updated: 16th April 2015

Cosmetics Timeline

Updated: 16th April 2015

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