See the Kotex Quest menstrual pad deodorant
But read what really causes menstrual odor - you won't like it.
See also Australian douche ad (ca. 1900) - Fresca douche powder (U.S.A.) (date ?) - Kotique douche liquid ad, 1974 (U.S.A.) - Liasan (1) genital wash ad, 1980s (Germany) - Liasan (2) genital wash ad, 1980s (Germany) - Lysol douche liquid ad, 1928 (U.S.A.) - Lysol douche liquid ad, 1948 (U.S.A.) - Marvel douche liquid ad, 1928 (U.S.A.) - Midol menstrual pain pill ad, 1938 (U.S.A.) - Midol booklet (selections), 1959 (U.S.A.) - Mum deodorant cream ad, 1926 (U.S.A.) - Myzone menstrual pain pills ad, 1952 (Australia) - Pristeen genital spray ad, 1969 (U.S.A.) - Spalt pain tablets, 1936 (Germany) - Vionell genital spray ad, 1970, with Cheryl Tiegs (Germany) - Zonite douche liquid ad, 1928 (U.S.A.)
The Perils of Vaginal Douching (essay by Luci Capo Rome) - the odor page
CONTRIBUTE to Humor, Words and expressions about menstruation and Would you stop menstruating if you could?
Some MUM site links:
homepage | LIST OF ALL TOPICS | MUM address & What does MUM mean? | e-mail the museum | privacy on this site | who runs this museum?? |
Amazing women! | the art of menstruation | artists (non-menstrual) | asbestos | belts | bidets | founder bio | Bly, Nellie | MUM board | books: menstruation and menopause (and reviews) | cats | company booklets for girls (mostly) directory | contraception and religion | costumes | menstrual cups | cup usage | dispensers | douches, pain, sprays | essay directory | extraction | facts-of-life booklets for girls | famous women in menstrual hygiene ads | FAQ | founder/director biography | gynecological topics by Dr. Soucasaux | humor | huts | links | masturbation | media coverage of MUM | menarche booklets for girls and parents | miscellaneous | museum future | Norwegian menstruation exhibit | odor | olor | pad directory | patent medicine | poetry directory | products, current | puberty booklets for girls and parents | religion | Religión y menstruación | your remedies for menstrual discomfort | menstrual products safety | science | Seguridad de productos para la menstruación | shame | slapping, menstrual | sponges | synchrony | tampon directory | early tampons | teen ads directory | tour of the former museum (video) | underpants & panties directory | videos, films directory | Words and expressions about menstruation | Would you stop menstruating if you could? | What did women do about menstruation in the past? | washable pads
Leer la versión en español de los siguientes temas: Anticoncepción y religión, Breve reseña - Olor - Religión y menstruación - Seguridad de productos para la menstruación.

Amolin, The Personal Deodorant Powder, for menstrual pads
(U.S.A., 1930s?)

Disguising the odor of menstrual discharge is an important task for women in America and many other countries. Not only is it thought objectionable in itself, the odor lets on that a woman is menstruating, a fact which, for some reason, must be concealed to avoid shame and discrimination. Menstrual huts, on the contrary, advertise that women are menstruating, although they segregate women. (Read what Prof. Sally Price says about menstrual segregation.)

But read what really causes menstrual odor - you won't like it.

Does our culture conceal menstruation so that women are not segregated - at least for that reason? Why would menstruation require segregation? Why does America so dislike body odor? Why don't I make any money doing this?

Amolin powder - it might be baking soda - covered many bases in the odor department: feet, armpits, vagina (by douching with it), menstrual pads, and, the can says, the whole body, actually.

In April, 2005, an e-mailer wrote the following:

Your description says it might have been baking soda. It may have had baking soda as a base, but the deodorizing effect was enhanced by adding something from the amole (soap) plant. It was around until the early 1960s.

Women used it for feminine odor and men and boys used it for foot and underarm odor. In the 1950s and 1960s I believe its manufacturer was Norwich (Pharmaceuticals?).


Above: front of can
See the white paper band, on the lower part, below
Right: back of can


The paper band surrounding the can. In my capacity as the director of MUM - hey, I bought it at auction! - I opened the band, intact for maybe 60 years. A bold move, but how are you gunna find out what's on the other side if you don't? You can sense my guilt. I should have steamed it open, darn it!


The inside of the band; the smaller top section folded up from beneath the band.
The woman looks suspiciously like a nurse. If so, that would complete the medical impression started by the crosses, thus socking the user in the jaw with doctor/nurse credibility, common at that time and today! Both Kotex and Modess used crosses at one time or another to enhance their credibility.
See the Kotex Quest menstrual pad deodorant
But read what really causes menstrual odor - you won't like it. See also Australian douche ad (ca. 1900)

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