Caterina Sforza Toilette Class 2020

  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

Aromatario del Giglio – The Apothecary of the Lily – Winter Line

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

Scented Hair Powder from the 12th Century Trotula Texts

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

Roman Cosmetics

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