Episode 5: Everything about Beauty: Then and Now

Episode 5: Everything about Beauty: Then and Now

Everything About Beauty: Then and Now

Brushing teeth with charcoal toothpaste. One individual’s account.


Temp lip tats

(NOT A SPONSOR…we just thought they were cool. You’re welcome)

https://www.violentlips.com/ Temporary Lip Tattoos for every occasion 

The Candy Dots

The Shamrock - Limited Edition

Wigs and cages

Black and white shot of woman and man in traditional aristocratic costumes in San Marco

image: Uplash.com



Lady Betty Besom, Bath

image: Library of Congress

The Elusive Powder Room


  • Wigs were powdered with wheat flour, bone meal, white clay, or corn flour scented with aromatic oils like orange or lavender to cover the smell of the rancid fats used to glue down the wig’s hair. 

Google Images Search for Wig Cages. You could have done this, but I did it for you.


Portuguese Urine Mouthwash & Tooth Whitener in Ancient Rome

  • Wealthy Romans, especially women wanted pearly white teeth.
  • Portuguese urine, not home grown urine was considered best.
  • Imported from Portugal
    • In ancient Rome there were collection vessels where passersby could relieve themselves.
    • Taken to be used at the laundry.
  • So popular Nero taxed it.
  • Ammonia acted as disinfectant
  • Used in mouthwash into 18th century


https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/from-gunpowder-to-teeth-whitener-the-science-behind-historic-uses-of-urine-442390/?no-ist Urine gives you a whiter smile. Smithsonian Magazine.

Greek Eyebrow Fashion

  • Abundant, untouched eyebrows were a sign of purity in ancient Greece.
  • Unibrow was a sign of intelligence and beauty
  • For those who didn’t have abundant or dark eyebrows augmentation was an option.
  • Fake eyebrows made of horse hair, or augmented with antimony or soot in a pinch.
  • Petronius’s “ideal woman” had eyebrows that “almost met again close beside her eyes,” while the mistress of the writer Anacreon had eyebrows that “neither join nor sever”. The ideal, it seems, was actually a kind of blurred join in the middle: not two separate eyebrows, and not a monobrow either.




Mouches-French for Flies

Image result for mouche 1700

Image Source:http://willows95988.typepad.com/tongue_cheek/

Image Source: http://willows95988.typepad.com/tongue_cheek/

  • Fake beauty spots were popular in the 18th century courts of Europe-male and female.
  • Made of velvet, silk or taffeta.
  • Covered smallpox scars, scars from liberal use of lead based face powder
  • hearts, spades, clubs, even tableaus (an entire horse-drawn carriage-shaped patch has been documented).
  • Could wear up to a dozen patches
  • mistress of Louis XV, Madame Du Barry, created a crib sheet for mouche-decoding
  • A mouche on the cheek meant you were a flirt,
  • near the lower lip suggested you were discreet (but still wanted to let everyone know it).
  • Even private messages were sent via beauty mark.
    • In Spain, one suitor learned the status of his beloved’s relationship with another man by reading her face: a patch on her right temple let him know a break-up was on the horizon and she would soon be back on the market.
  • Patch boxes-example brainjunkpodcast.com show notes.





http://willows95988.typepad.com/tongue_cheek/2012/09/french-brocante-giveaway-beauty-mark-box-les-mouches.htmlMouche Boxes!