While the ingredients in skin care have certainly evolved over the last three centuries, apparently many of the old recipes are still decent. Brown even says she's replaced her regular moisturizer with one made from the aforementioned hog's lard because her skin is dry, and fat-based "rose balm" is an excellent hydrator. I don't know if I'd be willing to try the balm, but I'd be willing to give one of the other recipes a go. How about you?
Then there's Beauty Aid, shown here. It promises to make you look prettier through the power of fruity hard candy. I'm sure you'll be shocked — shocked! — to discover that these kitschy candies are mostly sugar, which is highly unlikely to do much for your hair or skin. Flavor-wise, these were nothing to write home about. But if candy puts a smile on your face, perhaps Beauty Aid can make a person prettier after all.
It might sound silly, but it's serious business. One company creates doggy-specific nose paint and hair spray for fur. Dog World magazine recommends using Clearasil to treat canine acne. And some owners of hairless dogs are smearing them with Nair. It all seems unnecessary and ridiculous — especially because last year's Crufts winner turned out to be a natural beauty. Can you ever imagine putting a dog through beauty rituals?
Similar to a cup for women, this gynecologist-invented disposable covering is intended to protect the dainty bits. Its suggested usage is to cover the region while tanning; for hygienic use while trying on underwear or swimsuits; for privacy when getting tattooed or pierced; and, of course, for hair removal. (I think it may be more awkward to wear a vulvar visor during a wax than to go naked, but that's just me.) Shaped to be held into place by your own natural muscular movement, the Va J-J Visor can also be "suctioned" on. Oh, and the one-use visors are recyclable, too. The mind reels. What do you think about this thing?
Meant to be performed a week after waxing, the 50-minute treatment ($60) involves four steps. First, skin is cleansed with an antibacterial body wash and witch hazel. Then, a papaya-based exfoliating gel goes on before the esthetician extracts ingrown hairs. After that, an anti-freckle, anti-acne, or calming mask is applied. It finishes off with an application of lightening cream. (Unless the esthetician plans to put a mask on a client's vaginal walls, shouldn't this treatment be called the Vulvacial?)
Oh, where to begin? Lots to say on this one, so read more.
My inner Naomi Klein reads McSorley's concept as a subversive take on branding, but it might not be. While his idea is purely academic, wearing Chanel on our skin isn't that far-fetched an idea — just look at Kaiser Karl's temporary tattoos available this season. What do you think of this school project?