Old Time Beauty Products

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Natural Liquid Rouge Recipes Homemade from Old Recipe

Liquid Rouges were felt to impart a more natural look than cream or powder rouge (and I will say that my experience is that this is true -- it absorbs into the skin rather than sitting on top.) It also make a good early version of a lip stain, for remember that cheek, lip and nail colors were all one during this time.

1 pint brandy
1 pint benzoin [ed: I assume this means tincture of benzoin]
1 ounce red sandalwood
1/2 ounce brazilwood *
1/2 ounce alum

Mix all ingredients and let stand for 2 weeks in an airtight bottle, shaking regularly. Then strain.

1 ounce alcohol
1 ounce carmine
1 pint rosewater
3 drops rose oil

Mix the alcohol and carmine and let stand together for 2 weeks in an airtight bottle. Then add the remaining ingredients.

*Brazilwood is now endangered and is very hard to come by. However, there is a tree called sappanwood that is sometimes sold as brazilwood, and it is not endangered. If you buy brazilwood sourced from Asia you are probably getting sappanwood, which is not only a necessary modern replacement but also an acceptable historical replacement. In the middle ages the sappanwood tree was the original plant called "brazilwood" -- it was only after the discovery of a similar tree in the Americas by Columbus that the new species took over as the favorite for its comparative cheapness and accessibility.

Sappanwood is Caesalpinia sappan whereas Brazilwood is Caesalpinia echinata.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Calling on Readers -- in need of your suggestions!

Okay, readers. I am asking for advice from you. I need to know what kind of products you'd be interested in buying through this blog.

Here is my situation. I've been running GGGtG for a couple of years now. While it was born out of some hobbies of mine, its intention was always to be a money making venture. I had initially considered writing the Guide as a book, but knowing from other books I've published that it takes an awful lot of work to get word out that your book even exists, it probably would have required making a blog anyway to promote it, so I decided to just write a blog alone and try to make the money through that.

Now, I was aware that a blog might take a couple years to gain enough readers to become a success. It's been those couple years, and currently the blog does earn a little income from Google Ads and Amazon affiliate sales, but not nearly what I was hoping to get by this time. It's on the verge of not even being break-even, with what I spend on cosmetics and things to write about here.

A few efforts have been made to recruit advertisers directly, which could be a little more profitable if successful, but so far there have been no takers.

So. I need to find some way to make actual money off this blog. My goal is to make $100 a month. So the question is -- is there any product you'd like to be able to buy that I could look to cater to? For example, would you like reproduction historical beauty products? Hair styling tools? Costumes? I'm all for using the blog as a springboard for an online shop, if I know I can sell something that is in demand. The question is, what is it you, readers, demand?

Please leave comments telling what you'd like to see for sale on this blog! Thanks for your help and support.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Victorian Era Makeup Recipe for Brunettes

"These preparations are especially adapted to Brunettes; they have a peculiar tint that is very becoming to them, suiting their complexion better than other powders.


Pure precipitated chalk, 12 ounces
Pulverized lycopodium, 1 ounce
Best starch, 6 ounces
French chalk, 2 ounces
Carbonate iron, 2 1/2 ounces
Oil of cloves, lavender, bergamot, each 1 dram
Oil of citron and sweet orange, each 1/2 dram

Mix the powders together, also the oils, then gradually add the oils to the powder and rub or mix together until the whole becomes completely commingled.

Directions for using.
This powder can be used just as required; it must be put on evenly all over and the effect will be gratifying. To those who desire to try this powder I would suggest they have a small quantity put up to try."

-- Joseph A. Begy

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Edwardian Soaps and Shampoos

Take a look back in time at our first post here on GGGtG -- Edwardian Shampoo.

I found historically correct hair washes can be very helpful in achieving the puffy hair that the late Victorian and Edwardian eras are famous for, since they have a different effect on the hair than modern clean-rinsing shampoos and softening conditioners. Worth checking out if you're seeking the hairstyle.