beauty history

  • madame Rowley toilet mask

    Beauty History: Madame Rowley’s Toilet Mask

    Sheet masks are nothing new. They were all the rage already in Victorian times! Ok, they had a different name then. They went by Toilet Masks, probably because they made you look like you were about to rob a bank. And who wants to leave their bedroom looking like that? They weren’t washed off, either. […]

  • pears soap

    The History Of Pears Soap

    Did you know that Pears’ Soap is the world’s oldest continuous brand? Founded in 1789, their almost transparent amber soap bars are still an iconic presence in many households 200 years later. So iconic that, when Uniliver changed the 220+ year old formula, people started a Facebook campaign to bring back the original. But what […]

  • Diane de Poitiers

    Diane De Poitiers: Victim Of Vanity?

    Would you drink gold to stay young and beautiful? Diane De Poitiers did. Kinda like those women who die today during a liposculpture or a boob job gone wrong, Diane thought the chance of wrinkle-free skin was worth the risk. She paid for it with her life. Her golden elixir killed her before her time. […]

  • Empress Sissi

    The Beauty Secrets Of Empress Sissi

    Sissi was one of the most beautiful women of her time – and she knew it. It was her beauty that captivated the Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph and prompted him to ask for her hand in marriage. Unfortunately, there’s no happy ending to this fairytale. Sissi was a free spirit who longed for freedom and […]

  • beauty history world war I

    Beauty History: Women And Cosmetics During World War II

    The Second World War (1939-1945) is one of the most tragic events in human history. Sixty million people – the majority civilians – lost their lives in the conflict. Europe was left a barren land. But during this terrifying time, while their towns were bombarded and people were dying all around them, women still worried […]

  • edwardian age beauty

    Beauty History: Cosmetics in the Edwardian Era

    The Edwardian era takes its name from the brief reign of King Edward VII, son of Queen Victoria. He ruled England from 1901 to 1910. It also goes under the name of Gilded Age or Belle Epoque. It was an era of opulence and social changes, mass produced abundance and new revolutionary inventions, luxury and […]