Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Historical Beauty Facts

I am a big history buff, so what better than to do a post on the history of beauty?! Here are some fun beauty tips and tricks throughout history collected from various internet sources (with my commentary, of course). Enjoy!

  • Eighteenth-century beauties were apparently fond of pig fat face creams, strawberry and white wine face wash, and enormous fake moles (EEK, no thanks. except for maybe the white wine face wash haha)
  • During the Heian Period a Japanese woman's beauty was judged by the length of her hair, since the ideal was considered almost two feet longer than her waist (hmm love long hair, but there are so many other beautiful aspects of a chick!)
  • In the early 1920's, Coco Chanel while on a cruise aboard the Duke of Westminster's yacht. When she got home, the color of her skin caused a fashion revolution - making tanning attractive, fashionable and desirable (love getting a tan, hate that it's terrible for you)
  • China is where the first nail lacquers were developed. Made from gum arabic, beeswax, eggwhites, and colored powders. The earliest traces of nail lacquers are dated back to 3000 BC (cool!)
  • During the same time frame (3000 BC) women resorted to extreme measures to achieve the “pale look” where they would make themselves bleed – either from leeches or slashing their veins and draining some of their blood out to become as pale-skined as possible. (yikes! no beauty is worth this ladies!)
  • In the 1930’s, a product called Lash Lure came out and claimed to be a permanent mascara. Sold in the US, it blinded more than a dozen women and killed one! This was before there were any type of product regulations, and it contained a harmful chemical that was not tested. (umm, no Lash Lure for me thanks)

Which one is the most surprising? Mine would have to be the Lash Lure!

1 comment:

  1. I love this post! Really interesting. The Lash Lure one is the scariest but the draining of the blood is just creepy and wrong!


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