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Eir claims from a negative one to positive one so that in the end their wares continue to sale Morag sees this as the beginning period of a commercial revolution and of a commerical market a time period studied from 1750 to 1830 that catered advertisements to popular thought and sentiment To do so she shows how cosmetics and products in the toilette became orientalized when the Orient was a popular fad became naturalized when notions of natural beauty were popular and became masculinized when the postrevolution removal of men s wigs necessitated new hair products for Introduces readers to the social and economic world of cosmetic production and consumption recounts criticisms against the use of cosmetics from a variety of voices and examines how producers and retailers responded to uickly evolving fashionsMartin shows that the survival of the industry depended on its ability to find customers among the emerging working and middle classes But the newfound popularity of cosmetics raised serious uestions Critics from radical philosophes to medical professionals complained that the use of cosmetics.

READ BOOK Selling Beauty AUTHOR Morag Martin –

He masculine toiletteEven for the non eighteenth century fanatic this book was eually an eye opening read in that most of it inevitably demonstrates parallels to the commercial market of today Although the author does not draw on such a conclusion herself the connection is striking to those of us who have watched ads on television for men s hair products or who have been told at the grooming salon of our poor hair follicles or who have been tempted by the newest and heavily priced facial lotions or who have been tempted by the ideals of beauty in an ever changing marke. Was a threat to social morals and uestioned the healthfulness of products that contained arsenic mercury and lead Cosmetic producers embraced these withering criticisms though skillfully addressing these concerns in their marketing campaigns reassuring consumers of the moral and physical safety of their productsRather than disappearing along with the Old Regime the commerce of cosmetics reimagined and redefined flourished in the early 19th century as political ideals and Enlightenment philosophies radically altered popular sentimen.

This book explores the cosmetics of the latter Eighteenth century to the beginning of the Napoleanic period The work commences with a necessary 3 chapter introduction to cosmetics of the time period how they were worn who wore them how much they wore and the social implications of wearing fard The author s analysis begins then in chapter 4 to not only provide commentary on the critics of fard but also on the need for retailers to re adjust their public claims in various affiches of the time about their products Retailers amended their public advertisements to tweak th. Morag Martin’s history of the cosmetic industry in France examines the evolution of popular tastes and standards of beauty during the late 18th and early 19th centuries As the French citizenry rebelled against the excesses of the aristocracy there was a parallel shift in consumer beauty practices Powdered wigs alabaster white skin and rouged cheeks disappeared in favor of a natural and simple style Selling Beauty challenges expectations about past fashions and offers a uniue look into consumer culture and business practices Martin.

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