An unknown inventor patented the first deodorant in 1888, called Mum. It was thick and waxy, hard to put on and difficult to remove. In 1903, Everdry hit the market in the United States. It was the first trademarked deodorant.
By the 1950s, the aerosol spray can came into play. Over 80 percent of deodorants on the market used this technology by the 1970s. However, governments in the US and the EU became increasingly concerned over the effects of harmful chemicals in cosmetics, so a ban was placed on ingredients in aerosols such as aluminum zirconium complexes. Today deodorant is a huge enterprise with thousands of brands on the market.Learn More
Items invented in 1998 include Windows 98, the iMac computer and the MP3 player. Viagra was also approved for use by the United States Food and Drug Administration in 1998.Full Answer >
StyleList claims that Egyptians invented the first version of the flip-flop sandal around 4000 B.C. The oldest existing pair of flip-flops is on display at the British Museum.Full Answer >
William Morton first demonstrated the use of ether as an anesthetic, but no one knows who actually invented anesthesia. After Morton's demonstration at Massachusetts General Hospital, several people came forward claiming they had discovered anesthesia much earlier.Full Answer >
Evidence of lotion salves date back to 3,000 B.C.E. Lotions were invented using natural ingredients, such as red ochre and animal fat. Commercially manufactured lotions were invented in the late 19th century.Full Answer >