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History[ edit ] Parody of Barratt's advertising Andrew Pears, the son of a farmer, was born about in Cornwall and moved from his native Mevagissey to London around He completed his apprenticeship inestablished a barber's shop in Gerrard Street in Soho and began to produce cosmetic products.
At that time Soho was a high-end residential area, and Pears' clientele included many wealthy socialites who took pride in their appearance. The fashion among the wealthy of the period was for pristine white complexions; tanned faces were associated with those who laboured outdoors.
Pears found that his powders and creams were frequently being used to cover up damage caused by the harshness of the soaps and other beauty products many of which contained arsenic or lead that were in general use at the time.
Pears began to experiment with soap purification and eventually managed to produce a gentle soap based on glycerine and other natural products. The clarity of the soap gave it a novel transparent appearance which provided a marketing advantage. To add to the appeal, Pears gave the soap an aroma reminiscent of an English garden.
During the nineteenth century, Pears built a large market for its soap in the United States. After three years, Andrew retired leaving Francis in charge. Production moved to Isleworth in Barrattsometimes referred to as the father of modern advertising, was appointed bookkeeper in The next year Francis' son, Andrew, joined A.
Pears as joint proprietor and ran the Isleworth factory. The same year Thomas married Mary Pears, Francis's eldest daughter, and was set to running the administration in London. In the mid to late s each batch of soap, about 12 a day, was tested to ensure the absence of excess alkali or free fatty acid.
Production moved to Port Sunlight in the s when Unilever, successor to Lever Brothers, set up a cosmetic development laboratory on the Isleworth site.
A major fire on the site completely destroyed the original factory. Pears soap is now made in India by Hindustan Unilevera company in which Unilever now controls a 67 percent share. Manufacture[ edit ] A close-up of Pears soap Pears soap was made using a process entirely different from that for other soaps.
A mixture of "tallow" and other fats was saponified by an alkali [a] in industrial methylated spirits. After saponification was completed, the resulting glycerol was left in the batch. Batches were made not in huge pans, but in small kettle-like vessels. As soon as the translucent amber liquid had cooled enough to solidify it was extruded into opaque oval bars that were cut into bath- or toilet-weight tablets ready for beginning their long spell in the drying rooms ovens.
The TFM increased considerably as the alcohol content fell during drying. The entire Pears plant was a small almost self-contained annexe at the rear of the administration block. The plant was run by a handful of staff who not only had experience of the specialised process, but had developed immunity to the effects of breathing the alcohol-laden atmosphere in the building.
The concave shape of the soap is formed by shrinkage while the soap is drying, and is not due to deliberate moulding. Bars of soap produced in the factory come in two sizes: Nowadays this soap comes in three colours: Each variety has a unique aroma. The soap now comes in two new sizes: Recent changes to quality of ingredients used in the manufacturing process see "Changes to the Formula" below have resulted in a noticeably different shape flatter rather than concave and difference in scent with the classic transparent amber bar.
The aroma, which used to be a characteristically mild, spicy fragrance, is now a very strong scent. In the UK the same has been noticed since with a scent almost like coal tar and with a reduction in the moisturizing properties and in a differently shaped bar.
Marketing[ edit ] The first famous marketing Pears soap campaign used Giovanni Focardi's most famous statue named You dirty boy! The statue had so much success that Pears purchased the copyright to produce copies as advertisements for their soap products. They were made for shop counter displays in terracotta, plaster and metal.
From the late 19th century, Pears soap was famous for its marketing, masterminded by Barratt. Its campaign using John Everett Millais 's painting Bubbles continued over many decades. As with many other brands at the time, at the beginning of the 20th century Pears also used their product as a sign of the prevailing European concept of the "civilizing mission" of empire and trade, in which the soap stands for progress.
In the late 19th century, Pears used coins countermarked with "Pears Soap" as a way of advertising its soap.There are complex reasons millennials' preferences differ from prior generations', including psychological scars from growing up during the recession.
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