Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The History of Beauty Treatments
Both of these concoctions were highly toxic! And for the eyes, Victorian women used a belladonna - a highly poisonous herb -- mixture to brighten their eyes. For sparse eyebrows, they simply adhered small sections of mouse fur. A product called Lash Lure, a precursor to mascara, was so lethal that it spurred Congress to pass the 1938 Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, allowing the FDA to regulate cosmetics. Women who needed to dispose of their husbands could invest in Aqua Tofana back in the 1700s. It was a product that mixed arsenic, lead and possibly belladonna to make a lethal concoction that murderous women could apply to their cheeks. When their lovers moved in for a peck, just a bit of the mix on the lips would kill them. It's a good thing it's not sold these days...