Barbicide traces its origins back to 1947 New York, where a science teacher named Maurice King first concocted the disinfectant solution that would come to represent crystal blue clean in salon circles for more than half a century.
Maurice was determined to set a higher standard for cleanliness, and his breakthrough formula-distributed in transparent stainless steel and glass jars would eliminate germs and fungus from combs, razors and other tools of the trade.
While other brands of disinfectants tend to fade, the brilliant blue Barbicide always kept its color over time. Savvy barbers used this fact to their advantage, suspending combs in the stylish, blue liquid for customers to see. A recognized symbol of superior salon hygiene, Barbicide® is featured in the permanent collection of the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian.
[Text and photo courtesy of BlueCo Brands]
December 1, 1997
Ben King dreams of one day seeing a Crayola crayon called Barbicide Blue.
September 1, 1997
At a June 20 reception and luncheon at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, Barbicide was officially acknowledged as an essential part of the barber and beauty industry.
July 1, 1997
Artist takes a Barbie doll and installs it with a Barbicide Jar for an artistic twist.
June 1, 1997
King says that the 1960s brought about greater awareness of health and sanitation needs.