Sunday, April 10, 2011

Beauty Remedy in history

photo:victorian babes

Before there's ton of beauty products, women made their own remedy for keeping their skin in tip top condition.

Here is a lists of the beauty remedies.

1. Rose Balm- For hands, feet, elbows, and general dry skin

  • 1/2 pound hogs lard (can be purchased in grocery stores labeled "lard")
  • 1/4 pound or less of white wax (candle stubs or canning wax work well)
  • Rose water*
  • Alkanet root or cochineal pigment (if desired)

2. Four Thieves Vinegar- Cleaning and freshening of rooms
  • Medium bottle apple cider vinegar
  • Dried or fresh:
    • Sage
    • Rosemary
    • Thyme
    • Lavender
  • Glass container with cork

3. Cleaning of the skin

  • White wine
  • Rosemary (fresh or dried)

4. Scented powder for body or hair

  • Glass jar with cork
  • Dried lavender flowers
  • Starch (corn starch is used late in the 18th century, wheat starch is more common during the period. If you can find dried, powdered laundry starch, this is perfect!)
**For more details and how-to, please click here.

Personally, I won't do it myself but perhaps you can give it try or you already knew it, share with me how it turns out. ^_^

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