E. Pinaud Eau De Quinine Compound Hair Tonic

Eau de Quinine compound hair tonic was introduced in the 1850s by Ed. Pinaud’s (Edouard Pinaud), a Paris parfumerie. Advertisements indicate that the product was sold into the 1960s. Quinine is a toxic alkaloid derived from the cinchona tree. When heavily diluted, it was used in hair products, specifically as a treatment for hair loss.
Pinaud’s was advertised as the favorite hair dressing of "Cultured Women" and the only tonic "used by the crowned heads of Europe." It was an "indispensable preparation for the refined toilet" with a "delicate fragrance that overpowers the unpleasant effects of excessive oiliness on the scalp."
Pinaud’s product was imported to the United States from France and many barbers apparently tried to pass off domestic preparations as genuine Eau de Quinine. In the mid-1920s, Pinaud filed an injunction against companies making the counterfeit product.
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Object Name
hair tonic
hair care product
Object Type
date made
Pinaud, E. D.
Physical Description
glass (container material)
paper (container material)
metal (container material)
overall: 6 1/8 in x 1 3/4 in; 15.5575 cm x 4.445 cm
place made
France: Île-de-France, Paris
United States: New York, New York
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Hair Care Products
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Hair Care Products
Beauty and Hygiene Products: Hair Care and Enhancement
Health & Medicine
Beauty and Health
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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