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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Treasures and face powder.


Hello dear ones!

I've been waiting for this weekend for a month! Cabbagetown in Toronto hosts an annual Cabbagetown festival and as every year, there are old yard sales galore, filled with teh most delicious antique/vintage items! This year unfortunately, it was rainingand the Toronto International Film Festival was in town, so as you can guess, not too many yard sales this year. :( 
There were a few people around, ready to grab up something good from the vendors open, and despite this, I managed to hunt up some stuff that Im proud of, all before the rain hit HARD again - Needless to say, this perked up my mood! 
I found a framed print from the year 1899, grabbed that up so fast, this remembers times before the Titanic! The frame is a bit beat up but that's its charm, seeing every month it lived though. 
I found some hankies that have beautiful stitching and a green glass bottle with this beautiful design! 
I found a copper vanity set that includes a perfume bottle, another sweet bottle, two brushes and a powder box. You can still smell the perfume in the bottle and there is still powder in the box. It smells strange, nothing I could identify as modern. I wonder which lady, or maybe girl had this set sitting by her mirror as she beautifuied herself. 
On that note, history of face powder and rouge is so old that its hard to imagine us women not using these products to looks beautiful. 


In ancient Egypt for example, women and men used face powder to whiten up. Whiteners then began to be the staple of beauty;  Cleopatra used crushed crocodile dung for face powder not to mention other toxins. In Rome, they used chalk and lead (which became a thing in Europe later on), In Asia, they used rice flour with other toxins and acids, Europe was rather big on lead, chalk, zinc oxide, mercury, nitrate of silver and many acids. these were cosmetics used by the rich of course, the poor had to make do with flour, regular bleedings (to look pale), and of course,  drinking small amounts of arsenic and all this to look paler and more delicate. :) 
Only in Victorian times was the use of makeup frowned upon and ladies took to biting their lips and pinching their cheeks.

But how could we judge? These girls had no clue it was all toxic! We, women of the 20-21 century knowand still we put on stuff thats bad for us! Here's three very toxic ingredoents we have in our coverup, face powders and concealers; Diethanolamine (DEA), Triethalomine (TEA), Amonoethanolamone (MEA). They are carcinogens, destroy your kidneys and liver, and damage hair, skin and eyes. These are the ones to look out for wwhen reading the ingredients on your makeup. :) 

I want to thank all the lovely people who drop in and leave sweet comments and I will show you the rest of my treasures in my next post, since I dont want to bore you too much. :)   


Witajcie mile duszyczki!
Na ten weekend czekalam caly miesiac bo w kapuscianym miasteczku jak co roku mialy byc stragany ze starociami ,duzo straganow i duzo cudownych rzeczy,niestety deszcz i najprawdopodobniej festival filmow (w tym samym czasie) zrobil ,ze nie bylo duzo ludzi ani straganikow:(
Stalo kilka osob kolo swoich domow gotowych w kazdej chwili chwycic skarby i schowac sie do domu przed deszczem.Ale mimo wszystko cos wygrzebalam ,co poprawilo mi humor.
Znalazlam ramke z printem zdjecia z roku 1899.
Kupilam ,przeciez to pamieta czasy przed titanikiem !
Ramka zniszczona czasem ale caly w niej urok ze widac kazdy miesiac jej zywota.
Chusteczki cudnie zlozone z malenkim hafcikiem,buteleczke ze wzorem,
komplecik z miedzi -flakoniki do perfum jeszcze pachnace dawnym zapachem  a w pudeleczku zostal stary puder o dziwnym zapachu ktorego nie umiem porownac z zadnymi dzisiejszymi.
Ciekawam u jakiej  damy a moze zwyklej prostej dziewczyny ten komplecik stal gdzies przy lustrze w ktorym poprawiala swoja urode.
Swoja droga historia pudru jest tak stara ze trudno sobie wyobrazic ,ze my kobiety od zarania dziejow szukalismy kosmetykow by sie upiekszyc.
W starozytnym Egipcie np.kobiety uzywaly pudrow z odchodow krokodyla z dodatkami trujacych proszkow w starozytnym Rzymie z kredy i olowiu w Chinach i Japoni z maki ryzowej z dodatkiem trujacej chemii i kwasow,w Europie olow , kreda , azotan srebra,tlenek cynku i merkury. Takie trujace dawki mile panie stosowaly by poprawic urode a te biedniejsze uzywaly maki i upuszczaly krew lub pily w  malenkich dawkach arszenik i to wszystko po to aby sie wybielic i przpodobac:)
Dopiero w czasach Viktorii ktora stwierdziala ze makeup jest dla prostytutek kobietki zaczely uzywac naturanych srodkow czyli szczypanie sie po policzkach i delikatne gryzienie warg. 
Ale czy mozemy sie z nich smiac,przeciez nie wiedzialy jakie niebespieczne skladniki chemiczne wceraja w swoje policzki,My kobiety 20-21 wieku wiemy! i ciagle swiadomnie wcieramy trujace chemie w swoje twarze.Trzy najbardziej trujace powodujace raki skory,niszczace watrobe i nerki,powodojace choroby skory i oczu  to;Dietanolamina (DEA),Trietanolamina (TEA),Monoetanolamina (MEA) i tych wlasnie powinno sie unikac czytajac sklad naszych kosmetykow:)
Podziekowac chcialam wszystkim zagladajacym do mnie duszyczkom i zyczyc cudownego tygodnia!
Reszete swoich zakupionych skarbow pokaze w nastepnych postach aby nie zanudzac Was zdjeciami.








16 comments:

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Kasia:
Despite the rain and the Film Festival, Cabbagetown certainly proved to be a good source of interesting and unusual items for you to add to your collection. We too wonder what exactly the powder in the compact might be. Take care!!

Renia said...

Nie zanudzasz zdjęciami bo śliczne rzeczy pokazujesz:)aż strach myśleć o tych dawnych specyfikach:))Pozdrawiam serdecznie

Avrea said...

śliczności dostałaś , a szczególnie stara ramka ze zdjęciem skradła moje serce ;) . Dziekuje Ci równiez za to co piszesz w swoich postach , poznaje dzieki Tobie bardzo fajne historie i waznych rzeczy sie dwoiaduje :)
Miłego tygodnia
pozdrawiam
Ag

violi igłą malowane said...

Kasiu, pamiętam jak pisałaś w zeszłym roku o tym miasteczku i cudne skarby znalazłaś ...
Teraz też udało ci się znaleźć następne cudowności .
Z każdej strony można znalesc jakieś świństwo które nas otacza .
Ja akurat takich kosmetyków nie używam , ale M. powiem niech sobie poczyta . Wstawiła nowy post ..

Connie said...

Where do I find all the gorgeous photos I post on my blog???? I peruse the internet like crazy to find them. I have thousands yet to post, sugar. I love doing this and sharing with others.
xoxo,
Connie

khess136 said...

You hit the jackpot, dear Katherine! I love all your treasures, but especially the copper vanity set! Never saw one in copper before ~ charming!!
xoxo
Karen

JoAnne said...

Great finds Katherine! That's my kind of festival!

Renia said...

Zapraszam po wyróżnienie:)Pozdrawiam

The Polka Dot Closet said...

OH you did get some goodies, I love the dresser set! And of course the hankies and bottles...OK, I love everything...Except yikkes on the face powder!

Carol

Maureen said...

Oh your treasures are fantastic! I can see why you've been looking forward to this... what a beautiful brush set. Love the glass and hankies too! Awesome finds!

Lynn Stevens said...

well even though you got rained out you still came home with some beautiful treasures.

I can imagine all those toxins they used to make themselves beautiful.
I heard in Egyptian times after they passed there was about an inch of makeup build up on their skin. yuck.
hugs Lynn

Karie's Chic Creations said...

Oh what beautiful treasures. I am like you I always wonder who loved and adored the beautiful objects I find from years past. Many have a beautiful hidden story to tell. And thank you for the information on the toxins to look for in make-up and hair care. Sometimes it is so scary to think of the things we may unknowingly put into and on our bodies. Thanks so much for sharing your loveliness. Hugs, Karie

Avrea said...

Kasiu już dodalam przepis :))
pozdrawiam i smacznego życzę :))
Ag

Jo-hanah z Wrzosowej Polany said...

Ale skarby upolowałaś Kasiu! Ten komplet na kosmetyki przecudny. A ramka! Niecierpliwie czekam na obejrzenie dalszych zdobyczy.
Pozdrawiam cieplutko

Jann Olson said...

Oh wow, love these treasures! Yes, it is so fun to imagine what the woman was like that once held these in her hands. I enjoyed the history of makeup. Never been a big fan of it. Sure, wear some but not a whole lot.
Hugs,
Jann

Rose said...

Cuda, po prostu cuda! ;)