Burnett's Extracts - 1880

Burnett's Extracts-1880

In the late-nineteenth century, when people were buying cocaine-containing products, manufacturing companies hoped to cash-in on the momentum.  Burnett's Extracts, a product to eliminate dandruff, has another interesting name:

The Best Hair Dressing Cocoaine

Made and sold, c. 1880, it contained coconut oil - not cocaine - as a primary ingredient.  Since “modern medicine” seemed to favor cocaine, as an over-the-counter way to help people, companies making non-cocaine-containing products invented similar-sounding names to sell their wares.

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Image online, courtesy Addiction Research Unit / University at Buffalo.



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