Cosmetics and Hygiene Information from De Ornatu Mulierum – Cosmetici e Igiene da Trotula di Salerno

Queste sono cose che le donne e gli uomini del trecento usavanno quotadianamente per igiene e cosmetici. Prima, per pulire il viso, utilizzare questo. – Crema Galeni (2 ° / 12 c) – olio d’oliva, cera d’Api, acqua di rose, aceto bianco infuso con rose. (Da Hildegard Bingen et al). Poi per sbiancare il volto, … More Cosmetics and Hygiene Information from De Ornatu Mulierum – Cosmetici e Igiene da Trotula di Salerno

Aromatario del Giglio – 15th Century Rossetto (Rouge)

I want to invite you to visit Aromatario del Giglio, the La Bella Donna Apothecary! Here is the link, https://squareup.com/market/la-bella-donna-apothecary I’ve just made a fresh batch of Rossetto, our 15th Century Italian Rouge. Another perfect addition to your living history kit or your modern organic eco-toilette! This cheek and lip stain is made from organic … More Aromatario del Giglio – 15th Century Rossetto (Rouge)

Aromatario del Giglio – The La Bella Donna Apothecary

Ciao! This is my first post about 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 (as you know) loves to indulge herself in historical cosmetic and apothecary products made from authentic recipes of the medieval … More Aromatario del Giglio – The La Bella Donna Apothecary

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

Galenus Cold Cream or Greco-Roman Ceratum Galeni

Galen of Pergamon (Aelius Galenus, Claudius Galenus, or Anglicized at Galen), a Roman physician and philosopher in 2nd century C.E., pulled from the earlier medical knowledge of Hippocrates, traveled the Mediterranean studying and practicing medicine, and wrote medical treatises that remain among the top references for classical medicine. Galen set the stage for a system … More Galenus Cold Cream or Greco-Roman Ceratum Galeni

Cosmetics in Egypt

I know that Egypt is a far cry from Italy 🙂 but in an endeavor to understand medieval and renaissance cosmetics I feel the best place to start is the beginning. Of course, Egyptian civilization isn’t the absolute beginning of cosmetic use, but for this research endeavor it makes a good starting point as they … More Cosmetics in Egypt