Monday, January 23, 2012

What's Your Beauty regimen?

Cleopatra and Julius Caesar. Painting by Jean-Léon Gérôme
Cleopatra is said to have bathed in donkey milk, and Mary Queen of Scots bathed in wine.  Novelist George Sands preferred cow’s milk (three quarts) and honey (Three Pounds).  Isabeau, queen of France in the late twelfth century, was renowned for her beauty.  To keep her looks, she used a beauty regimen that included bathing in asses’ milk and rubbing crocodile glands and the brains of boars onto her skin.

“Helped Lettie wash this forenoon.  Took 27 bu potatoes to Geo F Lowe this PM price 42c. Very pleasant day.”

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