Dr Campbell's SAFE Arsenic Complexion Wafers. Many who took the cosmetic cure were under the false impression that if a little was good, a lot was better, leading to reported cases of young women going blind or dying by overdosing on the wafers. Arsenic was at it’s height of popularity from the late 1880s to early 1900s, although, advertisements could still be found as late as the 1920s, and in the US, arsenic was only finally banned from cosmetic use in 1938.
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Arsenic was widely used as a medicine in the 19th & 20th centuries. The development of forensic toxicology coincided with the spread of mass-produced & commercially distributed medicines & poisons, & an associated rise in murders & suicides involving those substances.
1902: Poisonous wafers advertised as being “simply magical” for the complexion. Guaranteed to improve “even the coarsest and most repulsive skin and complexion!" Source: 11 Bizarre and Dangerous Items Sold by Sears in 1902 | Mental Floss
Cosmopolitan, 1947 ~ Cosmopolitan is an international magazine for women. It was first published in 1886 in the United States as a family magazine, was later transformed into a literary magazine and eventually became a women's magazine in the late 1960s. Also known as Cosmo, its content as of 2011 included articles on relationships and how to have proper sex, health, careers, self-improvement, celebrities, as well as fashion and beauty.
Do you want to know something I love about vintage cosmetics ads? Unlike (most) today, they didn't always feature 16 year olds. The gorgeous beauty here could be anywhere from 25 to 40, and I adore that fact. 1960s