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There is an interesting connection between Snow White and Nivea Creme. Do you know what it is? (*scratcheshead*)

Well, I didn’t know either but the word Nivea derives from the Latin word niveaus meaning Snow White. Beiersdorf (a German company) launched Nivea in 1911. I guess everybody assumes that Nivea’s tin always looked the same however, the very first tin was yellow with green art noveau decorations (unfortunately I couldn’t find a photograph of it). The blue tin came into being in 1925 and- if you believe it or not- the creme and the tin hasn’t changed much since then.

The founder Dr.Oscar Traplowitz luckily recongized the potential of one of the now-main-ingredients of Nivea- Eucerit (developed by a chemist called Dr. Isaac Lifschütz).  Nivea Creme had its first customers in Hamburg and then quickly spread throughout the world. It’s was affordable and effective! By 1914 it had many production sites around the world.

512px-Jungfernstieg_Hamburg_2009_742                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           By Sterilgutassistentin (Own work) [GPL (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

In my time in Hamburg I loved to visit the big Nivea Shop (you can even get cosmetic treatments).

I must admit- the smell of Nivea reminds me of my mother, sun and playing around with my mum’s make-up in the bathroom when I was little. I’m sure it reminds many of their childhood.

Thank you Nivea for the memories and also for your awesome effects on my skin. HA!

Boite_bleue_100ansBy Justus Blümer from Deutschland (Nivea Creme) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

I will miss my time in Hamburg but I am glad to be back teaching Germany Language for Children and German Tuition in Newry