Sunday, 22 April 2012
Musings on 18th century beauty
I’m sure you have noticed by now that I have a special interest for 18th century beauty and I’m more and more seriously contemplating on trying more beauty recipes from the time. I was quite delighted recently when I found that Ageless Artifice has several new and interesting items like Spanish white for face makeup and more rouges. Unfortunately I also discovered that the shipping to Sweden now is a whopping $30, which means that the shipping would be more than what I can buy at one time to avoid taxes. So even if I love their products and am very happy that a company like that is around, they are not an option for me anymore. (Shipping inside USA is much lower.) So really, if I want to test old recipes myself, I simply will have to try them out myself. The Toilet of Flora from 1779 is chockfull of interesting recipes and I’m also waiting for Abdeker: Or, the Art of Preserving Beauty from 1740. I want to try the real deal as it gives you a must better understanding to how an 18th century makeup looked like when you use the same products as they did. Their colour palette was more limited than ours, but there are also variations that you don’t get if you don’t try it yourself. For example, several white pigments were used and they behave differently on the skin, giving various degree of coverage and therefore also how white the skin looked. Of course, many of the ingredients used then are dangerous, like lead and mercury, so I will use modern safe substitutes and the same goes for ingredients that may be endangered or simply too expensive to try. Not to mention unsavory, like the pressing of a pigeon and smear the fluid in your face. Not going to happen, I will tell you! I will need to do some more research before I can venture into actually doing things. At the moment I’m compiling a list of ingredients from all the recipes I find interesting, then I need to check them out to see if they are safe and if they are, if I can get them. And then I need to find out what I can use as safe substitutes.