Monday, November 18, 2013

Only Skin Deep

Promise him anything but let him kiss your Aqua Toffana if you're not planning on coming through. 

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The makeup made of liquid arsenic created by Signora Toffana in 1625 is said to be responsible for the deaths of over six hundred husbands.

Signora Toffana
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Less dangerous, but still daunting, was sulama, the herb Greek women of the 1600's used on their faces to give them a red glow. One man reported that breathing on a sulama-faced seductress after he'd eaten cloves turned her skin yellow.

~ Courtesy of Let There Be Clothes by Lynn Schnurnberger ~

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