How Was "Noxzema" Named?
Noxzema is a skin cleanser marketed by Procter and Gamble. Procter and Gamble acquired the brand in 1989, as part of the acquisition of Noxell Corporation, the Maryland-based company headed at that time by the grandson of the brand's original inventor.
Since 1914, it has been sold in a small blue jar. Noxzema contains camphor, menthol, and eucalyptus, among other ingredients. Originally developed as a sunburn remedy, it is popular among women as a facial cleanser and make-up remover. It can also be used for cleaning chapped, sunburned, or otherwise irritated skin. Since the introduction of Noxzema, the brand name has appeared on shaving cream, razors, and skin-cleansing cloths. Noxzema was developed in 1914 by Dr. George Avery Bunting, a Baltimore pharmacist. Bunting introduced "Dr. Bunting's Sunburn Remedy" as the first real alternative to the greasy, tallow-based medicating creams common during the period. For the first three years, Bunting did all the mixing, heating, and pouring of the product himself.
The inspiration for the name Noxzema supposedly came from a satisfied customer who exclaimed, "You knocked my eczema."
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