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During the Georgian era, cosmetics (mostly lead based) were used in abundance. However, during the Regency the style changed to a natural look. The beauty emphasis focused on a natural complexion spurring a variety of creams and other stratagems for the much desire milky complexion. Here are some of the products popular at the time. Milk of Roses, Olympian Dew, Gowland’s Lotion, The Bath Lotion, Bloom of Ninon. Home remedies included crushed strawberries and cucumber.

Instead of resorting to the rouge pot (still used by older ladies) for a healthy bloom in their cheeks young ladies were encouraged to “take the air” in the form of outdoor exercise: walking, riding a horse, riding in an open carriage were all the rage. Suntans and freckles—no one wanted to be labeled ‘bran faced—were definitely not in fashion, therefore large brimmed hats and parasols were highly encouraged for outdoor jaunts.

For older ladies who needed some help, Pear’s Almond Bloom was a popular foundation that guaranteed a light delicate tint. Rice power or fine talcum powder were of the few cosmetics not frowned upon. To give one’s skin a shiny look, finely ground bismuth in the form of Pear’s White Imperial Powder was used. As with most cosmetics, this was used by more mature ladies.

Power, liquid, and cream rouges could be used in a pinch.

Eye makeup was frowned upon, but it did exist. Burnt cork and mixing lamp-black with oil could be made into a paste that was applied to eyebrows and lashes. In Georgette Heyer’s, The Infamous Army, the heroine admits to darkening her lashes.

Darkening one’s lips appeared to be roundly condemned, although, cosmetics did exist in the form of Rose Lip Salve made of almond oil, white wax, and a coloring agent. Rigge’s Liquid Bloom was also popular. It apparently gave lips a rosy glow. Again, these would be used by older ladies.

Washing not only one’s body but ones teeth became much more important. Helpfully, the first commercial tooth cleansers became available. One product was called Essence of Pearl. Some of the products promised to stop decay, fasten loose teeth, and cure gum infections.

The first book on beauty, The Mirror of the Graces or The English Lady’s Costume, was published by A Lady of Distinction in 1811.

It encouraged ladies thusly, “Combining and harmonizing taste and judgment, elegance and grace, modesty simplicity, economy with fashion in dress. And adapting the various articles of female embellishment to different ages, forms, and complexions; to the seasons of the year, rank and situation in life: With useful advice on female accomplishments, politeness and manners; the cultivation of the mind and the disposition and the carriage of the body: offering also the most efficacious means of preserving health, beauty and loveliness. The whole according with the general principles of nature and rules of nature.”





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I’ve begun a Regency Trivia post three times a week on my FB page, but thought why not add it to my almost defunct blog. So here we go. If you’re interested in past posts, please visit my FaceBook page http://bit.ly/2jvAZdP and search for #RegencyTrivia. Alternatively, you can join the Regency Romance Fan group on FB . Please tell me If you like these posts. If so, I’ll keep it up.

Let’s take up some miscellaneous title stuff.
Absent a female becoming a peer or some strange name change along the way such as being adopted, any man inheriting a title must have the same family name as the old peer.
The grandson of the eldest son of a marquis or duke would also have a courtesy title. The grandson of an earl would not. Why? Because the earl’s son has the courtesy title of viscount, therefore, like actual viscounts, the eldest son is a Mister.
When a peeress remarries she takes her new husband’s rank and title if he has one. (Although, there have been rare cases where the peeress held the title for so long she was still called by her previous title. This happened with a dowager duchess, mother of 13 or 14 children, when she later married her sons’ tutor and remained on the estate.)
A peer could not disinherit his heir from the title. The only thing he could do was refuse to leave him any unentailed property.
Although, a peer could not be sent to debtor’s prison, his unentailed property could be seized to pay his debts. There’s only one problem, any court action taken against a peer had to be heard in the House of Lords.
A peeress (except a peeress in her own right) lost her privilege if she married a commoner, including a gentleman with a courtesy title.
An interesting question came up recently concerning a gentleman who had a courtesy title of marquis, but was subsequently made a baron. The question was which title would he (and his wife) use. I thought he would give up the courtesy title. Silly me. This actually occurred once. The gentleman was a baron when he was in the House of Lords, but used his courtesy title socially.
Please feel free to ask questions regarding titles and the peerage. Next up is illegitimacy.
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