Category Archives: Historic Beauty and Hygiene

Tidbits on Mid-Victorian Era Menstrual Hygiene

Last night I needed some information on Mid-Victorian era terms for menstrual hygiene, so I did a few quick searches in Google Books, filtering between the years 1800 through 1880. Easy peasy,no? Well, it turns out that Regency and Victorian … Continue reading

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Illustrations and Instructions for Hair Dressing from 1867

Images from The Self-instructor in the Art of Hair Work: Dressing Hair, Making Curls, Switches, Braids, and Hair Jewelry of Every Description, by Mark Campbell, published in 1867. Click on an image to enlarge it. 

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Beauty Secrets of the Regency Lady – The Smile that Dazzles

Ever daydream about time traveling to Regency England, marrying some handsome rake, and moving into a picturesque country manor complete with a staff of servants at your beck and call? If so, I would not advise that you read this … Continue reading Continue reading

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Beauty Secrets of the Regency Lady — Does She … Or Doesn’t She?

From The Toilette of health, beauty, and fashion: including the comforts of dress, and the decoration of the neck with directions for the use of most safe and salutary cosmetics and a variety of select recipes for the dressing room … Continue reading Continue reading

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Beauty Secrets of the Regency Lady — Have Cheeks like Roses in Bloom

From The Art of Beauty; or, The Best Methods of Improving and Preserving the Shape, Carriage, and Complexion, 1825 Ought people to use paint? Why not? When a person is young, and fresh, and handsome, to paint would be perfectly ridiculous; it would be … Continue reading

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