Posts Categorized: Beauty

1940s Yardley English Lavender Flower Child

With Yardley of London hitting its heyday in the 1960s and ’70s British Mod explosion, it’s easy to forget that Yardley has been around for a long time. We are talking a really loooong time; since 1770. Yardley’s signature scent – English Lavender – was launched in 1873, and is still popular today. This is… Read more »

Prell Shampoo: Fabulous in the 1950s, Fabulous Now!

Prell shampoo, with its distinctive green color, has been around since 1947 and is still around today.  This great ad from 1955 touts the fact that ‘extra rich’ liquid Prell creates “Radiantly Alive Hair”. It says that some shampoos are too thin, watery, messy and hard-to-use. Some shampoos are too heavy, with cloudy ingredients that… Read more »

Pretty in Woodbury Dream Stuff, 1955

Woodbury Dream Stuff: When you’ve just got to be beautiful in nothing flat… Such a pretty ad from the August 1955 issue of Woman’s Home Companion! I love the gorgeous model in flowers and pastels – so feminine. Dream Stuff was a sheer, clinging foundation-and-powder in compact form. It was intended for the busy modern… Read more »

Vintage 1955 Brides Love Camay Beauty Soap!

It’s astonishing to me how many vintage beauty ads are for plain old bar soap. What’s even more amazing is the beauty claims it makes. Who knew that washing your face with soap and water was such a beauty secret? Apparently Camay’s tender touch will caress your skin to a new loveliness. This is such… Read more »

Loretta Young for Max Factor Pan-Cake Make-up, 1946

This is an interesting tie-in ad from 1946 that has actress Loretta Young promoting both a product (Max Factor Pan-Cake makeup), and her movie (“The Stranger”). It makes sense to have a beautiful Hollywood actress promoting Pan-Cake makeup, as it was initially developed to be used in Technicolor movies. The old-style greasepaint makeup used in… Read more »

Cutex ‘Play Red’ Nail Polish, Summer of 1946

This is such a beautiful, modern-looking ad from the August 1946 issue of Ladies’ Home Journal magazine. Cutex “Play Red” Nail polish – the newest color under the sun. Brilliant, sun-sparkle color that glows in daylight – moonlight too… spice for the browned-butter shade of your skin. I love the intensity of colors used in… Read more »