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Cuticura soap is an antibacterial medicated soap, in use since 1865 manufactured by Potter Drug and Chemical Company. Cuticura soap has been in use, and is relatively unchanged, since 1865.

1852 The original company, Weeks and Potter of Boston, was established to market medicines and remedies. These included the "Cuticura System of Curing Constitutional Humors".

George Robert White, an employee at the company since a child, who eventually owned it, is credited with inventing the name Cuticura.

1908 The British Medical Journal investigated the advertising of nostrums for the treatment of skin diseases. As reported by the American Medical Association, it was implied that Cuticura soap could be effective in the treatment of syphilis when prepared as an internal remedy known as Cuticura Resolvent. The medical community considered the proposed remedy to contain insufficient potassium iodide to be effective in the treatment of the disease.

1914 The Good Housekeeping Magazine ran an analysis of a large number of household products including Cuticura soap. They concluded that Cuticura was: "A good grade of soap containing a small quantity of prussian blue and probably a little phenol. Prussian blue has been recommended for skin diseases. Excessive claims made for Cuticura as to the prevention and treatment of skin eruptions, are not warranted by its composition."

1922 George Robert White died leaving $50,000 dollars to be used as a memorial to himself, which was built in Boston.

The Potter Drug and Chemical Co was the successor to Weeks and Potter.

1961 Taken over by Purex Corporation.

1981 Purex sold the rights to Jeffrey Martin Inc

1896 Cuticura was sold to DEP Corp in December of 1986.

1998 DEP was made bankrupt; DEP was acquired by Henkel in July 1998.

1998 Later in that same year Henkel sold Cuticura to Keyline Brands Ltd.


2000 The American company had been taken over by the German company Henkel, but Cuticura Laboratories Corporation reintroduced Cuticura antibacterial soap, and such like.

2005 Most recently, Keyline Brands was acquired by the Indian giant Godrej, October 31, 2005.


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Sources of Information

  • Trademarked. A History of Well-Known Brands - from Aertex to Wright's Coal Tar by David Newton. Pub: Sutton Publishing 2008 ISBN 978-0-7509-4590-5
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