Hello lovelies, today I will be talking about Dorothy Dandridge and her favorite beauty products you can still buy today. Dorothy Dandridge was born on November 9, 1922, and passed away tragically on Septemeber 8, 1965. Dorothy was an American film and theatre actress, singer, and dancer. She is one of the most famous African American actresses of her time. She had a successful Hollywood carer and was the first African American actress to be nominated for a best actress Academy Award for her performance in the 1954 film Carmen Jones.
Perfume: Tabu by Dana
Tabu by Dana is a women’s fragrance created by French perfumer Jean Carles (1892-1966). Carles worked for Roure Bertrand, a company associated with fashion houses such as Nina Ricci, Christian Dior, Elsa Schiaparelli, and Cristóbal Balenciaga.
The House of Dana was a perfumery established in 1932 in Barcelona, Spain, by lawyer Javier Serra. It was later headquartered in Paris. In 1940, it relocated to America during the German occupation of France during World War II. One of the creations of the House of Dana was Tabu. The long-running print advertisement reproduces 1901 painting The Kreutzer Sonata by René-Xavier Prinet, inspired by the novella of the same title by Tolstoy, showing a violinist, overcome with passion, breaking off his performance to embrace his female accompanist. The advertisement’s tagline was “Tabu, the forbidden fragrance.”
Carles used an exceptionally high dose of patchouli (10%), which he combined with clove (carnation), oakmoss, and benzoin (vanilla effect). Other notes include Bergamot, Neroli, Orange, Coriander, Narcissus, Clover, Rose, Ylang Ylang, Jasmine, Cedar, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Civet, Amber, Musk. Supposedly Dana told Carles to “make a perfume a prostitute would wear.” It was one of the first “oriental” scents created in the perfume world and one of the heaviest. It was the inspiration for the later orientals Tuvara (1948) and Youth Dew (1951).
Posner Cosmetics was introduced in the 1940s as a full line of fashionable, wearable, and moderately priced cosmetics that offered African American women a wide array of cosmetic colors to match and complement their skin tones.
Lucky heart cosmetics :
Lucky Heart Cosmetics started in 1935 and was designed for African Americans. Lucky Heart Cosmetics is one of the founding members of The National Civil Rights Museum located in Memphis, Tenessee.
This deep cleaning bar removes dirt and oils from the skin and moisturizes to give you younger-looking skin. What sets it apart is its ability to even out your skin tone, giving you brighter, healthier skin. For best results, use with Bright & Clear Skin Tone Cream.
This mild astringent removes surface impurities and leaves you with radiant skin. Use after cleansing for a sparkling glow.
The perfect under-makeup cream. It helps your skin retain vital moisture, so your makeup stays fresh all day.
Warm the soul and deepen the mystery with this long-time best-selling fragrance