Renaissance Beauty Secrets – Natural Cosmetic Making

Barbara Villiers – renowned Court beauty and King Charles II mistress

If my previous post on the 17th century beauty lecture I attended whetted your appetite, well exciting news…

In conjunction with the ‘The Wild, Beautiful and the Damned‘ exhibition and as part of their events programme, I will be at Hampton Court Palace on Tuesday, August 21st , running a workshop creating natural cosmetics; guaranteed to be a mercury, pigeon-dropping and hogs-grease free event!

We shall be channelling our inner Stuart beauty, sampling safe, natural botanical ingredients (some are edible!), renowned for their complexion enhancing properties and creating 17th century-inspired, luxury cosmetics.  You will make two generous sized products to take home, which can be adapted and used  for your personal beautification needs.  A selection of natural beauty recipes will also be provided for home practice.

The workshop will be hands-on and practical, with a smattering of ‘cosmetic history’ and fun theory.  A small selection of essential oils will be available for use during the workshop and the fee includes entry to the ‘The Wild, Beautiful and the Damned’ exhibition – a definite must see, especially the sumptuous Peter Lely paintings of the Windsor Beauties.

You can find out more and  book a place here

And if your sum history knowledge constitutes  re-runs of Blackadder, then here is a short introduction to King Charles II to set the scene, thank you to Horrible Histories and Youtube!

 

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About The Perfume Mistress

"If the eyes are the windows to your soul, then the nose is the doorway to your imagination" The Perfume Mistress Hello, by day I am a clinical aromatherapist and tutor, with over 10 years of working with natural materials and essential oils, by night I delve into the art of botanical perfumery, reading and smelling all things olfactory. I have set up the 'Nosetrodami Club' offering scentsory talks, discussions and master-classes on all topics and themes olfactive. I also offer one and two day workshops in the art of natural perfumery, natural and organic body & skincare. My inspirations range from the mundane to the metaphysical, the hum-drum to the hyperbolic which you may see reflected in my posts.
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2 Responses to Renaissance Beauty Secrets – Natural Cosmetic Making

  1. Thanks for your great article. It’s funny because I never thought about natural makeup being used in the 17th century! So I suppose that we can learn a lot from them. Thanks for sharing, and I’ve bookmarked your article for further reference.

    • Hi Arina
      Thanks for your comment! Yes, many ingredients that we use today were in use then, which gives a nice sense of continuity and historical interest- thankfully, we have ditched the use of lead + mercury as face make-up, but each generation/period of history has its fads and trends. Who knows what the generation of 2412 will think when they look back at us injecting silicone and botulin toxin! I will be posting up some recipes and 17c perfumery ‘stuff’ at some point too …

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