Secrets of beauty: a history of the French cosmetics industry
At a time when Paris is hosting the 28th Congress of the International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists (IFSCC) and researchers from around the world, BIU Santé is dedicating a virtual exhibition to the history of the French cosmetics industry, with the support of LVMH Research.

This bilingual exhibition invites you to discover the origin and successive developments of industry and research in the fields of care, hygiene and beauty.

At all times, man has sought to take care of his body. Ancient and medieval civilizations left us precious testimonies of this unfailing link between health and beauty. Knowledge and know-how have followed migrations and exchanges between people and have been transmitted, century after century, between tradition and modernity.

If today a cosmetic product is defined at the international level by precise regulations, this was not the case in the past. Cosmetic has thus evolved over the centuries, from the secret, the recipe until today extremely sharp formulas respectful of the international regulations.

What are the techniques, the discoveries, the great scientific advances that have conditioned past and present innovations? These are some of the questions we tried to answer. A rich iconography illustrates the text, giving access to more than 400 rare or unpublished documents.