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E. Pinaud Eau De Quinine Compound Hair Tonic

E. Pinaud Eau De Quinine Compound Hair Tonic

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Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
hair tonic
hair care product
Object Type
Cosmetics
date made
1894-1960
maker
Pinaud, E. D.
place made
France: Île-de-France, Paris
United States: New York, New York City
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
ID Number
1984.0782.357
catalog number
1984.0782.357
accession number
1984.0782
Credit Line
Gift of Mario Cassinelli, Jr.
subject
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
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