Squeaky Clean

7 05 2015

This is an early twentieth century newspaper advertisement for U-ar-das Bath of Benzoin. What is that, you ask? Well, according to the ad copy, it is a tablet that when dissolved, “softens the water and daintily perfumes it…removes all oils and foreign matter from the pores – strengthens and tones the natural functions of the skin and restores the perfect smooth, clear complexion which nature originally gave us.” Yeah, right. Oh, and this snake-oil purveyor also sold a companion item, Woodlark Dermatic Egg Shampoo. The Egyptian imagery of poolside temple and decorative Sphinx are applied to enforce the company’s claim that “Centuries ago, it was learned that the bath, prepared with benzoin, invigorated the skin and beautified the complexion. Benzoin is the modern name for Malahathrum described by Pliny. The Beauty Bath of the Ancients, therefore, is not a secret, and can be enjoyed daily by modern women.”

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