Old Time Beauty Products

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.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Edwardian Era Hairstyle Tutorial Video

Despite the name of this video, the hairstyle is more of a 1910s mode than a Victorian style of hairdo.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Gibson Girl Shop Updates

Done some updates to the Gibson Girl's Beauty Shop -- check it out! I particularly made some adjustments to the lipstick and blush sections to keep them up to date. I've also added a new section of old fashioned hair brushes to the list.

I also fixed the name on the Cold Cream department, which had been showing up incorrectly. Of course, if you want a real historical style cold cream you should check out the one being sold on this blog, on the left hand side of the page ($15, plus $3 shipping and handling and comes in a lovely historical style glass jar.)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Edwardian Rose Face and Body Powder Cosmetic Recipe at Home


This is adapted from a recipe in John Veitch Shoemaker's book of beauty recipes. It's been adapted to use reasonable measurements without a recipe yield of 14 lbs. Nevertheless, it still makes a lot...


Rose Face Powder

9 pounds rice flour, finely sifted
65 drops each rose essential oil and sandalwood essential oil
1 gram carmine (optional)

Thoroughly combine.

Alternately, about 2 1/4 ounces of flour and 1 drop of each oil will also work if you don't mind lack of coloring and want something a bit more suitable for personal use.