vintage cosmetic companies

Discussion in 'Beauty' started by NoraLoy, Sep 11, 2008.

  1. NoraLoy

    NoraLoy New in Town

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    Any one know what companies were around in the 1930's to the 1950's making cosmetics,perfume,or skincare.
    Also,any specific skincare products or cosmetic colors or perfumes that are still around today.
    thanks for any help;)
     
  2. LelaViavonie

    LelaViavonie Practically Family

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    Hey there! Welcome!
    Great question.. I have been searching myself!

    Some of the companies that are still around that i can think off the top of my head are Revlon, Max Factor... the ones we know and love today.. LOL

    For skin care... Ponds, Queen Helene.. I know the ladies here have a wealth of information..

    :) :)
     
  3. i_am_the_scruff

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    Elizabeth Arden is another one.
     
  4. RetroModelSari

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    Weleda and La Bella Nuissy (invented the first water proof mascara and still sells the original one)
     
  5. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    The big companies, the ones you'd find in the average drug/department store, included Coty, Lady Esther, Tangee, Outdoor Girl, Woodbury's, Princess Pat, Louis Phillipe, Edna Wallace Hopper, Duart, Armand, Richard Hudnut, Harriet Hubbard Ayer, Houbigant, Yardley, and Max Factor.

    Of these, Coty and Lady Esther were the largest-selling. Woodbury and Princess Pat were dimestore stuff, Max Factor was considered a specialty brand, Houbigant and Yardley were upper-middle-class, and Elizabeth Arden was for society folk or those aspiring to be. Revlon burst on the scene in the early forties, and became the top-selling brand by the fifties.
     
  6. LelaViavonie

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    Ohh.. do u happen to know if they sell that here in the states? Or on a website? I would love to take a look and see :)
     
  7. Kitty_Sheridan

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    Here in the UK we had Bourjois, Coty and Yardley.

    All still on the go!

    K
     
  8. Ashes Of Roses

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    For perfume, Guerlain (Shalimar, L'Heure Bleue). They have older scents from the 20s-40s (such as those two) and also more recent ones. Also, Jean Patou's "Joy" (1930s). All are around today, and I've sampled them through decants (like from theperfumedcourt.com) I love perfume :)
     
  9. jessicarabbit

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    I love bourjois because they originally started in the late 19th century as makeup suppliers for stage performers. so their stuff has good staying power and is great for dramatic looks.
     
  10. RetroModelSari

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    Here it is: http://www.labellanussy.com/
     
  11. olive bleu

    olive bleu One Too Many

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    I'd never heard of this brand.I checked it out ,and love this item...I'm a sucker for anything with "o-matic" on it's label:)

    [​IMG]
     
  12. RebeccaMUA

    RebeccaMUA One of the Regulars

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    A couple of companies to add:
    *Merle Norman was very popular in the states, and they still have the original "family line" which uses the same ingredients for their cream foundation, loose powder, and some skincare. (you can view these products at www.merlenorman.com)

    *In the 40's: Estee Lauder, Rimmel (whose new lip pencils were an instant hit), and Coco Chanel when she introduced her lipstick line. Lancaster also produced beauty creams that were quite popular.

    *In the 50's: Aziza who previously focused on eyeshadow, was popularized for their mascaras.

    Hope this helps!
     
  13. Another brand I can think of that my dear great grandmom still uses is Ponds Angel Face powder.you can still find it but its mostly sold in Latin America. It comes in a blue plastic compact with no mirror I keep one because it reminds me of my great granny but the powder itself doesn't impress me. Very OT but I remember the cholas in my high school lugged around angel face compacts.
     
  14. LelaViavonie

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    Ohh I am soo excited!! Thank youy for the site Retro Medel Sari!:)
     
  15. jessicarabbit

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    helena rubinstein, though I don't know if her stuff is still around today. you can read about her well known rivalry with elizabeth arden in the book war paint.
     
  16. Odalisque

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    http://www.helenarubinstein.com/index.aspx?
     
  17. LaMedicine

    LaMedicine One Too Many

    From Japan, Shiseido.
    Shiseido Story.
    First opened as a pharmacy in 1872, it marketed its first beauty product, Eudermine, a skin lotion, in 1897. It has been the leading cosmetics company here ever since. Its international venture started in 1957 in Taiwan (Formosa) and other Asian countries, then spread to the US and Europe in the '60.

    You may find the packaging of Shiseido's early products interesting.
    Product History.
     
  18. LelaViavonie

    LelaViavonie Practically Family

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    Oh WOW! THat Packaging is beautiful!
     
  19. RetroModelSari

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    The packaging is really really adorable!!!
     
  20. jessicarabbit

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    I'm not sure if these companies are entirely vintage, but my grandmother used to use olay and cedel hairspray. is it weird that I love the smell of cedel?[huh]
     

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