We have no idea if centuries from now, the very simple womanly act of using mascara may create shock amongst our future descendants
Who knows what science is yet to discover about the lotions and potions we use, that will gross out our great-great-grandchildren when they imagine us applying them every day to look good.
Will they feel the same way as you will when you read what our ancestors did to make themselves beautiful? We have compiled some of the weirdest beauty rituals from the past, rituals that they honestly believed were a great idea at the time!
1. Curing Baldness in Ancient Greece
The Ancient Greeks would combine opium, pigeon droppings, spices, beetroot and horseradish into a lotion that they would smear over their bald patches. An alternative recipe was to mix feces, menstrual blood and urine with animal fat.
2. Breath freshening in Ancient Rome
The Ancient Romans would import Portuguese urine to gargle for fresh breath, as it was deemed more potent than local the pee. At least technically it is sterile!
3. Crocodile Dung Bath
The Ancient Romans and Greeks shared in this revolting beauty ritual – not only would they bathe in a mixture of regular mud and fresh crocodile feces, – they also swore by smearing it on their faces as an anti-aging mask!
4. Shiny Urine Hair
In Ancient Arabia, camel’s urine was believed to make your hair shine, so women would dip their hair into vats of the stuff. It turns out that urine has been revered for centuries as a hair potion, as even in Medieval Venice, lion’s urine was imported for the ladies who would rub it in and then let it bleach their hair in bright sunlight.
5. Squashed Insect Lips
In Elizabethan England, if you stepped on a bug, you would scoop it up and use it as lipstick. This ghastly trend was started by Queen Elizabeth I herself!
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