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Total Solutions, Inc. was founded by Robert W. “Bill” Hamilton and incorporated as a company on March 3rd, 1988, but the genesis of The Total Shaving Solution goes back much further to the early 1940s when young Bill Hamilton first began to shave. Trying to find a way to keep from nicking a mole on his face and having a beard so heavy it often required shaving twice a day made the daily ritual a very unpleasant, time consuming and often bloody endeavor. Thinking that there must be a better way, Hamilton began conjuring up his own shaving concoctions with household products such as baking soda, vinegar and cooking oil while also trying every commercially available shaving lubricant that came along. This experimentation went on for years with mostly poor results while Hamilton supported himself as a roofer and contractor, but he diligently continued tinkering with various formulas.
A minor breakthrough came in 1977 while Bill was staying at a hotel conducting some out of town business. Needing to shave prior to a meeting but having only some shampoo, conditioner and an old rusty Bic at his disposal, he prepared himself for a terrible shave but was surprised to find that his impromptu improvisation worked a lot better than expected. Upon returning home Hamilton obtained the ingredients listed on the labels from a pharmacist friend and began trying them on his face full strength to find out which ones were active, achieving mixed and sometimes painful results.
This particular incident led to an increased level of effort in Hamilton’s search for a better shaving lubricant. Armed with two books, the U.S. Dispensary and U.S. Pharmacopoeia, the experimentation continued in earnest and after two years of trial and error he came up with a product containing water, oil and alcohol soluble ingredients. It wasn’t unique but still seemed to work better than anything else he’d tried; but not knowing what to do with it or how to market it caused Hamilton to keep it to himself.
In 1980 Bill Hamilton and two associates formed a multilevel marketing firm dealing in high quality health and skin care products. While hoping to achieve a certain level of success before unveiling the shaving product to the public, the company ultimately failed after three years and it was back to the drawing board. In 1987 Hamilton got the idea to separate his product’s ingredients and after mixing the oilalific side of the formula was absolutely amazed at the results. After a little fine tuning The Total Shaving Solution in its current configuration was born. Hamilton and two partners entered a limited manufacture and distribution agreement with a cosmetics manufacturer and Total Solutions was incorporated in 1988. When the agreement with the cosmetics firm expired in 1989 TSI took over the manufacturing and distribution responsibilities and has been going strong ever since.
In 1996 the Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors (ICMAD) made Bill Hamilton the Cosmetic Entrepeneur of 1996 for the Midwest. He received this award for outstanding and innovative achievements in the cosmetic industry.
Total Solutions, Inc. is listed or registered with the following organizations:
• Dun and Bradstreet
• Better Business Bureau
• ICMAD - Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors
• NPA Natural Products Association
• Peoria, Illinois Chamber of Commerce
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Total Solutions, Inc.
2400 SW Jefferson Ave.
Peoria, IL 61605