Beauty Secrets: Natural Cosmetic Making

Barbara Villiers painted by Peter Lely
Mistress of King Charles II and a renowned beauty

If my previous post on the 17th century beauty lecture I attended whetted your appetite, well exciting news…

In conjunction with the ‘The Wild, Beautiful and the Damned‘ exhibition and as part of their events programme, I will be at Hampton Court Palace on Tuesday, August 21st , running a workshop creating natural cosmetics; guaranteed to be a mercury, pigeon-dropping and hogs-grease free event!

We shall be channelling our inner Stuart beauty, sampling safe, natural botanical ingredients (some are edible!), renowned for their complexion enhancing properties and creating 17th century-inspired, luxury cosmetics.  You will make two generous sized products to take home, which can be adapted and used  for your personal beautification needs.  A selection of natural beauty recipes will also be provided for home practice.

The workshop will be hands-on and practical, with a smattering of ‘cosmetic history’ and fun theory.  A small selection of essential oils will be available for use during the workshop and the fee includes entry to the ‘The Wild, Beautiful and the Damned’ exhibition – a definite must see, especially the sumptuous Peter Lely paintings of the Windsor Beauties.

You can find out more and  book a place here

And if your sum history knowledge constitutes  re-runs of Blackadder, then here is a short introduction to King Charles II to set the scene, thank you to Horrible Histories and Youtube!

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