From a potash bath to a foot care cream
The potash footbath was known for its callus-softening and wound-healing properties, but had the decisive disadvantage that it could not be done during the long marches which were common at that time. For this reason, Eduard Gerlach sought a practical solution that would provide protection against sores and blisters, and be affordable for everyone. In 1882, he began marketing a cream made from unsaturated fatty acids, specialized medicinal soap, and mineral-based gliding agents: E. GERLACH’S PRESERVATIVE CREAM. The product, which received numerous international awards, brought in a new era: The cream proved to be a problem-solver, and foot care became affordable for large parts of the population. With this, Gerlach created the prerequisites for the creation of a general consciousness of foot care in all layers of society.