Nestle Mother's Darling Shampoo


The Nestle-Lemur Company, a cosmetics manufacturer, was started in 1928 in New York City when the Nestle and LeMur companies merged. The Nestle line referred to Charles Nestle (born Karl Nessler), inventor of the permanent wave machine, who opened a chain of hair salons in the early 1920s. The company made a variety of hair care products including permanent waves, color-rinses, and in 1944 they advertised Nestle’s Baby Hair Treatment in the newspaper shopper’s column, "Buy-Lines" by Nancy Sasser. The company also had lines of cosmetic products, pharmaceuticals, and household preparations.

Mother’s Darling Shampoo was produced in the mid 1950s. The soap-free shampoo was specially formulated not to irritate babies’ eyes or skin and for use in both hard and soft water. Johnson and Johnson launched their first baby shampoo at about the same time.

Date Made: ca 1955

Maker: Nestle-LeMur Company

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New York, New York CityAssociated Place: United States: Louisiana, Saint Martinville

Web Subject: Hair Care Products


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Credit Line: The Fournet Drugstore Collection

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1985.0475.195Catalog Number: 1985.0475.195Accession Number: 1985.0475

Object Name: shampoo, babyhair care product

Physical Description: glass (container material)metal (container material)paper (container material)Measurements: overall: 5 1/8 in x 2 3/4 in x 1 1/8 in; 13.0175 cm x 6.985 cm x 2.8575 cm


Record Id: nmah_1415322

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