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The Best Selling Beauty Products of the 20th Century

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Hello lovelies, I complied a list of the best selling beauty products from the 20th century. They are listed below in no particular order. 

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair:

Advanced Night Repair was introduced in 1982, and was the first serum of its kind that invigorated your skin while you slept. This serum is like beauty sleep in a bottle. The formula, which is hyaluronic acid-based, is said to help enhance the skin’s natural renewal process, which peaks at nighttime.

Dove Beauty Bar:

Dove Beauty Bar has 1/4 moisturizing cream instead of soap and leaves the skin soft and smooth. This soap was the first soap-free cleanser on the market, and a bar of Dove soap is sold every 60 seconds in the United States.

Vaseline:

Vaseline dates back to 1870 hen Robert Chesebrough noticed oil riggers using a paraffin-like was to heal their burns that came from the oil rigs. He then introduced “Vaseline Petroleum Jelly” to the public.

ChapStick:

The first Capstick was invented in the 1800s by Charles Browne Fleet. It as created by wrapping lip balm in foil, and it now comes in classic flavors like cherry. During the Watergate break-in, empty tubes of ChapStick were used to conceal microphones.

Oil of Olay Beauty Fluid:

In the early 1950s, a chemist named Graham Wulff and his wife, Dinah developed a new kind of facial moisturizer that was meant to mimic sebum. Ironically, in 2000 the “Oil of” was dropped to represent the light texture of the lotion more accurately.

Ponds Cold Cream:

With 50 percent moisturizer, this cream cleanser removes makeup while providing hydrating comfort. Since 1905, the all-in-one product has amassed a cult following that spans generations of women.

For over 100 years, this cream-based cleanser has been melting away makeup and infusing skin with vital moisture. Initially introduced in 1846 as ‘POND’S Golden Treasure’, a witch hazel-based “wonder product,” it was relaunched in 1905 under the name and formula known and loved today. 

Aquaphor:

Aquaphor was introduced in 194, and thee balm was first used as a base for preparing other emulsions. It was revamped as a multipurpose salve and, in 1998, became known as the “Healing Ointment” that we use today.

Cetaphil:

Since 1947, this mild wash has remained a dermatologist favorite. Soap- and fragrance-free, the gentle formula (developed by a pharmacist) is safe for all skin types and is now available in travel-friendly cloths.

Biore Strips:

Biore Pore Strips was launched in 1997; the strips were a first of their kind to remove blackheads without squeezing. They contain unique ingredients that bond to dirt and oil trapped in pores. 

AquaNet Hair Spray:

This hairspray has been a staple since the 1950s and is dubbed the “all-weather hair spray,” this product is famous for providing a firm, lasting hold in any climate. 

Dippity-do:

Invented in 1965 for setting curls, the gel, with its unique, jellylike texture, later gained popularity among young men. Subsequently, the packaging went from a jar to a blue squeeze bottle, which can still be found on shelves today.

Coty Powder:

In 1935, beauty pioneer François Coty helped design a pretty tin for his scented loose powder. Oil- and fragrance-free formulas have been introduced since then, but the charming powder puff-adorned package remains virtually the same.

CHANEL No 5:

CHANEL No 5 is arguably the world’s most famous fragrance. Marilyn Monroe once famously said she wears CHANEL No5 and nothing else to bed. In the 1920s, designer Coco Chanel asked the perfumer Ernest Beaux to create a fragrance that reflected her very modern fashion philosophy. And due to the incredible staying power of this iconic scent, we can only guess that the scent still reflects the modern woman today. 

Maybelline Great Lash:

Introduced in 1971, Maybelline’s Great Lash Mascara is sold once every 1.3 seconds in the United States. Everyone knows the jingle: Maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s Maybelline. And for women who want great lashes, it’s Maybelline Great Lash. Since 1971, America’s best-selling mascara conditions as it thickens and won’t flake. Plus, Maybelline has stayed true to the classic formula since its formulation. Available in seven colors, over a half-billion units were sold between 1971 and 2015, with a Great Lash being sold every 1.9 seconds.

Benefit Benetint Lip & Cheek Stain:

Benefit’s lip and cheek stain was launched in 1977 and was initially created for an exotic dancer as a “nipple shade enhancer.” Today, the stuff mainly makes its way to lips and cheeks.

MAC Cosmetics Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo:

MAC’s iconic tube of red lipstick was launched in 1999 and has been one of the best selling lipsticks in the world for two decades. The vivid, blue-red bullet is its best-selling shade in the U.S., with seven tubes being sold every minute worldwide.

Nars Orgasm Blush:

Nars Orgasm blush was launched in 1999 and is the best selling blush in the world. Maybe it’s the scandalous name, or maybe, just perhaps it’s the shimmery, peachy-pink hue that suggests a post-romp glow. 

Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream:

Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream has been around since 1930 and is still one of the best selling creams by Elizabeth Arden because of its multi-tasking properties and was used by many old Hollywood movie stars. 

Weleda Skin Food:

Weleda has been around for over ninety years and has become a skincare staple with many celebrity fans, including Julia Roberts and Victoria Beckham. Skin Food is packed with detoxifying rosemary and antioxidant-rich chamomile for intense hydration. 

Philip Kingsley’s Elasticizer:

From 1974 to 1980, Audrey Hepburn and Philip Kingsley worked together to create the world’s first pre-shampoo hair treatment. Hepburn was doing a lot of filming, and her hair was in bad condition because of all the styling and coloring they were doing on set.

Carmex Classic Lip Balm:

It may come in a variety of forms and flavors today, but the Carmex Classic Lip Balm has stayed true to its original formulation for over 79 years. It’s well-known packaging, white jar with a yellow top has also remained the same. As has their motto, “Soothe, heal, and protect.” If it’s not broken, why fix it?

Neutrogena bar soap:

In 1930, Emanuel Stolaroff started a small company called Natone. Soon, it grew into a larger business, and he started expanding it into retail markets. Stolaroff met Belgian chemist Edmond Fromont in 1954 and acquired the rights to distribute his patented formula of a mild clear soap that cleared the skin, without drying it, in the U.S. This clear soap has become a staple and was very popular for decades for people with acne-prone skin. 

Revlon Lipstick Cherries in the Snow:

Cherries in the Snow was launched in 195; this iconic and classic red lipstick was modeled in Revlon’s ads by Dorian Leigh, often considered one of the very first supermodels. According to Revlon, author, and poet Sylvia Plath was also a fan of Cherries in the Snow, especially during her time when she worked as a guest editor at Mademoiselle magazine. For those unsure of wearing a bold red lip, there’s also a Revlon nail polish in the same gorgeous shade.

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizer:

It was billed as the very first dermatologist-developed moisturizer when it launched in 1968. Not only does a bottle of the distinctively yellow Dramatically Different Moisturizer sell every 4.87 seconds. 

NIVEA Creme:

This is one of the richest and thickest drugstore moisturizers that won’t clog pores or leave behind a greasy residue. And it works wonders for sensitive skin. It is also a dupe to the expensive cream La Mer. NIVEA is a global skin – and body-care brand, owned by the German company Beiersdorf. The company was founded on March 28, 1882, by pharmacist Carl Paul Beiersdorf. In 1900, the new owner Oskar Troplowitz developed a water-in-oil emulsifier as a skin cream with Eucerit, the first stable emulsion of its kind.

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