For millennia, we women have been looking to preserve our beauty, to enhance it using natural skincare. We want to look fresh-faced, as gorgeous and healthy skin is a synonym of perfection. The 21st century also pursues this quest for beauty. Let’s have a glance at some of the secrets used by the most famous beauties in the history of womanity.
It is often said that the amazing Cleopatra bathed in a mix of donkey milk, almond oil, honey and the Dead Sea salt. In these times, natural skincare was not an option. Among the Queen’s secrets were some ingredients we can still use nowadays. Every day, Cleopatra would apply a gel of aloe vera on her face so as to keep her skin radiant and youthful. The Egyptian legendary beauty created her own natural skincare mixing sea salt, essential oils, honey with sodium bicarbonate, commonly known as baking soda. This facemask gently exfoliated her skin, whilst brightening without irritation. Some forked tongues also suggested she used some light layers of… semen to pamper her royal face. Envious persons often try to tarnish those they are admiring! In my opinion, it is simply their way to pay homage.
This brings us to another Queen: Elizabeth I. To maintain the exquisiteness of her bright complexion, the Virgin Queen used Venetian ceruse. Made by mixing vinegar and white lead, the Spirit of Saturn created an opaque powder, which gave a milky, porcelain-white skin tone. Unfortunately, synthetic ingredients can be dangerous and natural skincare remains best by regenerating the skin thus increasing its unique vibrant beauty. We aim to
imitate the splendour of Her Majesty’s gorgeous skin through healthier means.
That is why we chose natural skincare: we want to strengthen our skin from deep inside so as to enlighten and brighten its complexion.
The French Queen Marie-Antoinette embodied modernity and sophistication, her fair sweet beauty still inspiring contemporary women. As she knew the dangers of Venetian ceruse, Marie-Antoinette opted for natural skincare and cleansed her face with vinegar or ‘pigeon water also known as Eau cosmétique de pigeon. You may find it hard to believe but it was made with two young pigeons, candy sugar, borax and alum. To revive her skin she used the astringent ‘Eau des Charmes’ an extract of grapevine sap harvested in spring and also known as tears of grapevine or bleeding grapevine. To whiten
her skin, at last, the eccentric Queen would splash it with Eau d’Ange. To give you an idea of what this “Angel’s Water”, born in the Renaissance, might have smelt like, imagine a blend of benzoin tincture, sandalwood, lemon, iris, nutmeg, cinnamon, rosewood, myrtle floral water and musk. To beautify her complexion, Marie-Antoinette applied beauty masks either made of cattle bone marrow or a mix of cognac, milk powder, egg whites and lemon juice. We can definitely say that Queen Marie-Antoinette transformed Versailles’ beauty routines.
Hand made cosmetics are still an option. Nevertheless, some ingredients are not easy to find and getting the perfect balance between each of them is not
only challenging but it could be harmful. Instead of looking gorgeous, we do not want to run the risk of damaging our precious skin. Neither we wish for
any make-believe. Nature is giving us everything we need to preserve and enhance our beauty. That is the message these iconic queens are sending to us.
Beauty is in natural skincare.