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.

Date Made: 1894-1960

Maker: Pinaud, E. D.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: France: Île-de-France, ParisUnited States: New York, New York City

Web Subject: Hair Care Products


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Credit Line: Gift of Mario Cassinelli, Jr.

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1984.0782.357Catalog Number: 1984.0782.357Accession Number: 1984.0782

Object Name: hair tonichair care productObject Type: Cosmetics

Physical Description: glass (container material)paper (container material)metal (container material)Measurements: overall: 6 1/8 in x 1 3/4 in; 15.5575 cm x 4.445 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a0-de8d-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_209778

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