At Gulf Wars XXIX on Wednesday I will be teaching a class on the toilette of my favorite person from the Renaissance, Caterina Sforza! Caterina Sforza (1463-1509), Countess of Imola, was an exceptional woman. In her private life Caterina was devoted to various activities, among which were experiments in alchemy and a love of hunting and dancing. Her stillroom book was … More Caterina Sforza Toilette Class 2020
Ciao ragazzi! I am teaching two classes this weekend. The first is on the toilette of Caterina Sforza … … and the second is on historical heraldic achievements and how we can display them in the SCA. Click on the links above to view the PDF of the class handout.
This is the Aromatario del Giglio (Apothecary of the Lily), an extension of the La Bella Donna living history blog. I am Gigi, an herbalist and living history participant who loves to indulge herself in historical cosmetic and apothecary products made from authentic recipes of the medieval and renaissance time periods. Let me share my … More Aromatario del Giglio – The Apothecary of the Lily – Winter Line
I have long been curious about the fashion, herbalism, and beauty practices of the women who lived on the Italian peninsula during the Renaissance (1450 – 1600). I also have had chance to speak to a few of you on the book of faces and have had questions posed to me about recipes for various … More Italian Renaissance Secrets Unlocked
De Ornatu Mulierum (also called the Trotula Minor or Women’s Cosmetics)” is a 12th Century treatise that advises women on how to retain and improve their beauty via its advice and recipes for hygiene, natural beauty products, and remedies. The treatise has instructions for care of female hair, skin, face, teeth, and reproductive organs. The remedies call for local ingredients … More Scented Hair Powder from the 12th Century Trotula Texts
Want to know the beauty secrets of Roman women? Read on for the notes from my research paper on Roman Cosmetics. In order to recover aspects of the lives of historical women I have looked to sources on their dress and mannerisms. Most recently I have found information on their beauty products that gives … More Roman Cosmetics