beautyofhistory

A lover of history and beauty searching to link the two together

Category: Empire

Take A Break?

As it is now the summer and for those with families the children have broken up from school for the year and it is now the summer holidays. Deciding what to do in these months of (fingers crossed) sun we can chose to do many different things. For me personally it is a time to let go of stress and focus on myself. As a history student I have been opened up to a whole new world of studying and one of these new studies has been social history. I have been fascinated with how holidays and time off began and what people of the first ‘summer holiday’ thought to do in this time off. For England, the nineteenth century was one of change and development of the Industrial Revolution beginning in the late eighteenth century. Working hours increased but there was a general understanding that an emphasis on the nuclear family was necessary for England and therefore more children went to school and the weekend, bank holidays took on a new meaning.

So what does this all have to do with beauty? Well by the early 20th Century the world saw the rise of fashion brands such as Chanel (1909)  and Dior (1946). Now these brands were and still are high end brands, names which probably never left the lips of an average family in Industrial Britain. Women of the eighteenth to nineteenth century would rely on natural products and home made beauty recipes. Some interesting ones I have found including face whitening creams including milk, lemon juice and white brandy!!

I love how the women of England and indeed throughout Europe had their own ways of re-creating a cheaper version of the expensive lotions and potions sold to the upper classes. It makes it all very real when walking into a department store now and be able to think of the journey these amazing high fashion brands have gone and how they have inspired others to join in the world of beauty!

Summer Shea Butter?

I adore Shea Butter but when it comes to deep moisturising in the summer I get somewhat stuck.  But thankfully L’occitane have a formula of making Shea Butter sink into the skin without making your skin overly greasy. Both of these products are must haves both beside your shower and in your handbag.

                   

I feel I should look deeper into Shea Butter and how and where it comes from. Through simple research, L’occitane source their Shea butter  from  Burkina Faso, Africa which has been a staple beauty secret for generations. I love how this simple product has transformed the beauty industry into what really works. But its uses have spread wider in history and have even been used as a protective layer for sacred sculptures along with, erm blood! The Ancient Mali Empire which expanded over the 13th to the 17th Century was a West African Empire and it is fascinating that even as early as 1200 they recognised the protective properties of Shea Butter.

L’occitane Mousse De Roses Shower Gel Review

As you can tell from the bottle which I have owned for a little over a month now I am absolutely in love with this shower gel. This expertly created Rose scented piece of shower heaven comes from a favourite beauty brand of mine which is L’occitane. The French company are famous for producing high quality soaps, perfumes, creams and other bathing beauties which are backed up by three main commitments: Authenticity, Sensoriality and Respect. I love how far this shower gel goes even living in a hard water area I get a good lather out of it. I also love how it lasts as a sent on my body for a good few hours so this is definitely my summer favourite shower gel. Read the rest of this entry »