Avon has been delivering quality beauty products since 1886 when a traveling book salesman realized that the people he was selling his books to were more interested in the free samples of perfume he offered as prizes than they were in the books he was trying to sell. Long story short, he started making perfume and hired women to sell the fragrances as his representatives.
The book seller’s name was David McConnell and Avon is the result of his foray into the perfume making business.
Avon has been growing, and evolving, and championing women ever since.
“If we stop and look over the past and then into the future, we can see that the possibilities are growing greater and greater every day; that we have scarcely begun to reach the proper results from the field we have before us.”David McConnell, Avon Founder
Avon Skin So Soft
Skin So Soft is one of Avon’s truly iconic products. I don’t think that there’s anyone in the USA over the age of 30 or 35 who doesn’t know it, or hasn’t heard of it and many of those people have used it on a regular basis at some point in their lives.
Today, there’s a huge line of Skin So Soft products but the original Skin So Soft was a bath oil which was launched by Avon back in 1961.
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The very first Skin So Soft ad, from 1961 reads, ‘‘See how with one bath, it improves the texture of dry, flaky uncomfortable skin.”
The first Skin So Soft bath oil, called ‘Skin So Soft Emollient Bath Oil,’ was made with emollient oils and scented with balsam, evergreen and herbs. It was packaged in a glass perfume-like bottle with green and writing and an ‘SSS’ logo. Shortly after, Avon also launched a Skin So Soft bar soap and after shower smoother.
All these years later, Skin So Soft Original Bath Oil retains the same properties as the first formula—it’s soothing and moisturizing with a fresh herbal scent.
While Skin So Soft Original Bath Oil remains similar to the inaugural product, the full Skin So Soft collection has changed over time with modern packaging and improved formulas.
There’s even a line of Skin So Soft insect repellents now.
You can read more about it at the Avon Insider blog. Click to read The History of Avon’s Skin So Soft
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