Assistants of Beauty
1. What kinds of cosmetics were there?
Usually the leftovers from distilling essential oils from aromatic substances
(e.g. cinnamon bark, cloves). Used for scenting other cosmetics, but also
for washing. Comparable to rose water, orange water etc.
Made from alcohol and aromatic substances, such as various citrus fruits,
Mediterranean herbs, roses, sassafras, Asian spices (e.g. cardamom), violets.
Used for scenting other cosmetics.
Aromatic oils from various plants, e.g. the ones mentioned above, linden
flowers, tuberose and other flowers. Used for scenting other cosmetics,
made from the aforementioned plants, but also elder, amber, musk. Probably
for skin cleansing and/or to compensate the soap used for washing the hair.
You know, the acidic/basic thing.
Various skincare and cleansing substances, such
as cleansing milk, lotions, creams etc.
Hair pomads made from cleaned pork fat and wax,
scented with essential oils.
and red paints:
Decorative cosmetics. In contrast to modern foundation, white paints are
white, red paints really
red, e.g. scarlet. Both usually
come as powder, or as pellets or in pots for ease of transport.
Lip pomads, including red ones.
Washing powders, pastes and Soaps
Tooth powders and tinctures
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