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Cosmetics & Fragrances


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BFL has a number of books that touch upon cosmetics and fragrances and their connection to fashion and beauty in general.They are most useful for scholarly quick overviews and context but there are some surprising entries such as "Soviet State Cosmetic Company TEZHE in the 1930s" and "Cosmetics and Beauty Culture in Australia".

  • Historical databases: Look for articles contemporary to the time you are researching using WWD Archive, Vogue Archive, Harper's Bazaar Archive, New York Times Historical, and these others that include pre-1950 coverage.

Expanding the Canon: Global and Inclusive Beauty History

"Beauty history is incomplete. Much of what has been written about beauty culture and the beauty industry to date has been exclusive, prioritizing Eurocentric and American developments and perspectives. The goal of ... research... is to expand the canon of beauty history and scholarship to include groups, cultures, or customer segments who...have been underrepresented, undervalued, or not fully understood by the beauty industry. Areas may include, but are not limited to, gender identity, race, ethnicity, age, ability, geographic region, religion, or sexual orientation. ...We encourage you to be broad in your subject consideration, given the need for more global examples in the beauty history canon."
Leslie Harris and Denise Sutton, Course content for CF 505 — Innovations in the Development of the Beauty Industry


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Selected Books

  • For more books and DVDS, use OneSearch, entering the names of other individuals, companies, or products,
    e.g. Ash, Mary Kay; Chanel;  Shiseido;  Body Shop; Maybelline; lipstick; theatrical makeup; film makeup; et al.
  • Information on companies whose primary business is toiletries (rather than color cosmetics or fragrances) can be found using the name of the company (e.g. Procter & Gamble),  a specific product (e.g. soap), or the phrase "toilet preparations"

100,000 Years of Beauty.  Azoulay, Elisabeth,  Angela Demian, and  Dalibor Frioux, eds.
Paris : Gallimard, Éditions Babylone, 2009.
Main Stacks HQ1219 .A16 2009 

Allen, Margaret. Selling Dreams: Inside the Beauty Business. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1981.
Main Stacks    HD 9970.5.C672 A44

Angeloglou, Maggie. A History of Make-up. New York: Macmillan, 1970.
Main Stacks    GT 2340.A5 1970

Basten, Fred E.  Max Factor : the man who changed the faces of the world. New York : Arcade, 2008. 
Main Stacks TP983.A66 F33 2008

Bundles, A’Leila Perry. On Her Own Ground : The Life and Times of Madam C. J. Walker. New York: Scribner, 2001.
Main Stacks    HD 9970.5.C672 W3533 2001

Cohen Ragas, Meg.  Read My Lips : A Cultural History of Lipstick. San Francisco : Chronicle Books, c1998. 
Main Stacks GT2340 .C64 1998

Cooley, Arnold J. The Toilet in Ancient and Modern Times. London: R. Hardwick, 1866; reprinted ed. New York: Burt Franklin, 1970.
Main Stacks   RA 778.C736 1970

Corson, Richard. Fashions in Make-up: From Ancient to Modern Times. London: Peter Owen, 1972.
Main Stacks    GT 2340.C67 1972

De Castelbajac, Kate. The Face of the Century : 100 Years of Makeup and Style. New York: Rizzoli, 1995. 
Main Stacks GT2340 .D43 1995

Gavenas, Mary Lisa.  Color Stories :  Behind the Scenes of America's Billion-Dollar Beauty Industry. New York:
Simon & Schuster, 2002
Main Stacks HD9970.5.C673 U5438 2002

Gumpert, Lynn, ed.  Face to Face : Shiseido and the Manufacture of Beauty, 1900-2000. New York: Grey Art  Gallery, 2000.
Main Stacks GT2341 .J3 F23 2000 

Healy, Orla.  Coty : The Brand Visionary. New York: Assouline, [2004?].
Main Stacks TP983 .C793 H43 2004 

Israel, Lee. Estee Lauder: Beyond the Magic. New York: Macmillan, 1985.
Main Stacks    TP 983.A66 L35 1985

Jazdzewski, Catherine.  HR, Helena Rubinstein. New York: Assouline, 2002.
Main Stacks HD9970.5 .C674 H4513 2002 

Jones, Geoffrey. Beauty Imagined : A history of the global beauty industry. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2010. 
Main Stacks HD9970.5.C672 J66 2010

Kay, Gwen . Dying to Be Beautiful : the Fight for Safe Cosmetics   Columbus,OH: Ohio State University Press, 2005.
Main Stacks KF3896 .K39 2005

Lewis, Alfred Allan and Constance Woodworth. Miss Elizabeth Arden. New York: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, 1972.
Main Stacks    TP 983.A66 A7

Martin, Morag. Selling beauty : Cosmetics, Commerce, and French Society, 1750-1830.  Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009.
Main Stacks HD9970.5.C673 F866 2009

Peiss, Kathy Lee. Hope in a Jar: The Making of America's Beauty Culture. New York: Metropolitan Books, 1998.
Main Stacks    TT 957.P45 1998

Phillippy, Patricia Berrahou. Painting Women : Cosmetics, Canvases, and Early Modern Culture. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006.
Main Stacks NX652 .W6 P48 2006

Riordan, Teresa.  Inventing Beauty: A History of the Innovations that Have Made Us Beautiful.
New York: Broadway  Books, 2004.  Main Stacks  GT499 .R56 2004

Scranton, Philip, ed. Beauty and Business : Commerce, Gender, and Culture in Modern America. New York: Routledge, 2001.
Main Stacks    GT 525.B42 20

Underwood, Jim.  More than a Pink Cadillac. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2003.

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