Sannette Douche Powder


Paper-wrapped metal cannister with screw-on metal cap and paper label. The paper wrapper is sealed on top with a round paper label reading: "Sannette / DOUCHE / POWDER / SOOTHING / FRAGRANT". Net weight 5 ounces. Made by Sannette Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio.

Use and Directions as provided on the product packaging: "Sanette is a fragrant and effective Hygienic Powder, prepared for women's personal use. Sannette solution is not too astringent. It may be recommended as a sanitary wash for daily use. Sannette should not be confused with mercury, caustics, acids, cresols or similar poisonous solutions. Sannette solution, while powerful, is cooling, soothing and cleansing to mucous surfaces.

Directions: For vaginal douche: Use a heaping teaspoonful of Sannette to a quart of warm water. Properly dissolved, Sannette gives a clear solution."

"Sannette Antiseptic Powder" (or "Sannette Powder") first appears in advertisements in the early/mid-1920s where it is described as a female remedy, patent medicine, or antiseptic. It begins being referred to in ads as a "douche" beginning in the 1930s, and appears to disppear from advertisements in the mid-1940s.

Date Made: early-1930s to mid-1940s

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Ohio, Cincinnati

Subject: Women's HealthFeminine hygiene productsBirth Control/Contraception


See more items in: Medicine and Science: Medicine, Health & Medicine, Beauty and Hygiene Products: Feminine Care, Beauty and Health


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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MG.254865.34Accession Number: 254865Catalog Number: 254865.34

Object Name: douche powderfeminine hygiene productOther Terms: Patent Medicines; Drugs; Non-Liquid

Physical Description: boric acid; alum; zinc sulphate; zinc chloride; phenol; methyl salicylate; menthol (product active ingredients)metal (container material)Measurements: overall: 3 5/8 in x 2 1/2 in; 9.2075 cm x 6.35 cm


Record Id: nmah_718633

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