Barbasol is an American brand of shaving cream, body wash, and aftershave, founded in 1921 in Indianapolis, Indiana. It is currently owned by Perio, Inc. Unsatisfied with traditional shaving methods, MIT Professor Frank Shields set out to create a product that would provide for a less irritating shave. In 1919, he succeeded with the invention of Barbasol a shaving cream that did not have to be worked into a lather. He named it Barbasol from the combination of two words: the Roman word barba (meaning beard) and solution. The original formula was a thick lotion, unlike the aerosol foams common today and is most closely related to the Barbasol Non-Aerosol Therapeutic Shave Cream. Before long, the Barbasol Company, created in December 1920, was churning out 30-40 dozen tubes of shaving cream per day out of its small Indianapolis headquarters. Barbasol was first manufactured under the Napco Corporation name, a company Frank Shields started before inventing Barbasol.
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