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1 Eugegrave;ne Schueller, the founder of the
world’s biggest beauty company L’Oréal, invented the world’s first safe
synthetic hair dye after numerous experiments in his own kitchen, with
the police being regularly called because of explosions.
2 Olay, now the
world's fourth largest beauty brand, originated in the wartime research
of a chemist in South Africa, who developed a topical skin treatment to
prevent dehydration of burn wounds on pilots. The brand was purchased
by the Australian subsidiary of an American company in 1970, which was
in turn acquired by Procter & Gamble in 1985. The brand was then
re-invented, and taken global.
3 François Coty, one of France’s
greatest beauty entrepreneurs, got his perfume business started by
smashing one of his bottles on the floor of a leading Parisian
department store in a successful gambit to get customers to smell it.
4 Perfume was drunk
as a health drink right up to the nineteenth century, and men were as
likely as women to use cosmetics.
5 The Communist regime of Mao Zedong
banned the use of cosmetics in the 1970s, and visitors to China
struggled to tell men from women. Today China is the world’s fourth
largest beauty market, with most leading Western brands sold as skin
6 Among the first American female
millionaires were two African-American beauty entrepreneurs – Madam C.
J. Walker and Annie
Turnbo Malone.
7  Anita Roddick established
the first Body Shop in Brighton, England, to finance her husband’s
ambition to spend two years riding on horseback from Buenos Aires to
New York City.
8 Max Factor, the great Hollywood
make-up artist, began his career as wigmaker and cosmetician for the
Imperial Russian Grand Opera, before fleeing to America in 1904, and taking the name given to him at
the Ellis Island Immigrant Station: Max Factor.
9 The modern Indian cosmetics industry
originated when Jawaharlal
Nehru, India’s first prime minister, requested the Tata business group
to create an Indian-owned cosmetics business, which was then expanded
by the French-born Simone N. Tata, who had married into the Tata family.
10 After the forced
opening-up of Japan by Commodore Perry in the mid-nineteenth century,
one of the priorities of the modernizing Japanese government was to
change the cosmetic appearances of their population to make them look
more Western. Women were prohibited from the traditional practices of
blackening their teeth and shaving their eyebrows, and men were
prohibited from wearing cosmetics altogether.

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