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!



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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