L’Oreal’s 100,000 Years of Beauty brings together the know-how of more than 300 writers from 35 countries in a set of five coffee table style that are sure to delight any beauty or history junkie. Some excerpts:
- In 100,000 BC women painted their bodies head-to-toe with red ocher to advertise fertility.
- In the 1st century BC, women of China’s Han dynasty ingested a powder made of tangerine peel, melon seeds and peach blossoms three times daily for 30 days to whiten their complexions.
- In the 3rd century AD, Japanese women lacquered their teeth black with a blend of iron fillings, oak apples and sake or tea.
- In the mid-16th century, Elizabethan-era ladies created the illusion of alabaster skin with ceruse (white lead and vinegar). They also applied a glaze of egg whites for a taut, shiny complexion.
- In the 1600s, herb-filled pomander balls were held in the mouth to plump the cheeks and disguise volume loss from age.