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Offline miki_nastya

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Secrets of beauty
« on: June 17, 2009, 03:45:45 AM »
 I didn,t know where to post this , but I'm interesed in secrets of beauty that royals used. For exemple I know that Ella used a mixtured of cucumbers and cream. And not forget the famous empress Sisi. Do you also know others royals secrets of beauty ?  Sheere them please.
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Re: Secrets of beauty
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2009, 08:03:26 AM »
There is a thread in this section called  "Personal Habits and Personal Style - Hair - Body "   It got so long that I broke it down into at least two separate threads #1 and #2, but there may be 3.

Check out that topic and you may find what you are looking for and even more.

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Re: Secrets of beauty
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2009, 06:33:49 AM »
Looking as beautiful as you can is the dream and as we move back to the history the queens were looking fabulous, i can't suggest you whether to apply any sort of cream or anything but i can suggest you a to read a book :


The crowning Secrets of Beauty Queens
, which proved to be useful and many rely upon its tips.

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Re: Secrets of beauty
« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2009, 10:21:18 AM »
Erno Lazlo got his start treating the 'Acne" of Elizabeth of Hungry.

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Re: Secrets of beauty
« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2009, 10:31:30 AM »
Olga Nikolaevna's diary mentions the girls having their hair washed in kerosene. Apparently before shampoo became common, washing with kerosene helped strip soap buildup from the hair.
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« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2009, 01:30:41 PM »
I hope they rinsed it well and didn't sit too close to a lighted candle.  :-)

Kerosene was used to removed lice from hair.  In some places it still is.

I would imagine that is why the girls would have had to wash their hair with kerosene,  otherwise kerosene leaves hair dry and crispy it isn't much good for conditioning hair.

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Re: Secrets of beauty
« Reply #6 on: September 24, 2009, 11:47:29 PM »
As Wikipedia says it, hair stylists boil shaved soap in water and added herbs that make the hair shiny and fragrant. I wonder if they used almond oil before as a conditioner. (?) Wow, what an interesting fact that Sissi also had pimples. That mighty zit can distress even queens of the past!

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Re: Secrets of beauty
« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2009, 04:34:44 AM »
Egg whites were used as a face Mask and also camomile/ chamomile depending on how you want to spell it.... as an additive to keep hair blonde. I suppose it would be the same thing they use today to make tea. I know henna was used in ancient times for beauty for the hair and to keep it red. It makes the hair shaft thicker and shinier. Sage was boiled to make the hair stay brown even in old age.

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Re: Secrets of beauty
« Reply #8 on: September 28, 2009, 04:04:39 AM »
One of the big problems is that beauty secrets in the 19th century were just that - secret - because of the strong disapproval of wearing cosmetics at all.  Women therefore usually pretended that they used no cosmetics at all, though towards the end of the century cold cream and powder were just about acceptable.  The only women who wore obvious cosmetics were actresses and prostitutes, and for much of the 19th century the two professions were not considered very separate.

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Re: Secrets of beauty
« Reply #9 on: September 28, 2009, 04:37:59 AM »
The most amusing one I have come across to date was in a Museum that I worked in had some really lovely oil Paintings. The Woman in one of these had very dark hair even though She was obviously late sixties or seventies. When the Family came in one day I asked about that and her Great Great Great Granddaughter said "she used boot black" and it was kept very hushed by the Family.   

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Re: Secrets of beauty
« Reply #10 on: September 28, 2009, 06:42:52 AM »
Bootblack, soot, whatever was around, basically.  I was reading somewhere that one of Churchill's daughters, Diana I think, was tormented as a debutante in the 1920s because she had very light eyebrows and eylashes and her mother, brought up herself in the Victorian era, wouldn't allow her to use makeup, which was just becoming respectable.  Rather sad, I thought.

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Re: Secrets of beauty
« Reply #11 on: October 05, 2009, 07:01:58 PM »
Empress Sissi cared her hair washing it every two weeks with raw egg and champagne, other
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