When I was looking through some books in an Oxfam Book Shop the other day, I stumbled across this little beauty…
I love everything to do with Victorian history, so couldn’t resist buying it! Aunt Epp’s Guide For Life is full of tips and advice about many aspects of life, and I was thrilled to see that some beauty secrets were included! All of the items in the book are extracts from the Victorian lady Elspeth Marr’s personal diaries.
Here are a few of my favourite extracts:
Who knew blushing was seen as such a problem in the Victorian era? However, it did get me thinking – I know that when I wear foundation it is to cover redness, whether from blushing or being warm, so how much has really changed…?
I do apologise for the Body Odour section below! I think the lesson about the body being a temple – whether you’re religious or not – is a good one to bear in mind. Look after and respect yourself 🙂
If the photo is a little small for you to read, you can click on it to make it bigger! Aunt Epp was writing only about a ‘soft white’ complexion, but of course every skin type and shade is beautiful. It seems that an even complexion is what has been desirable since the Victorian era and probably for many, many years before.
I’ve heard many glossy hair tips and tricks in the past – many include some form of alcohol or beer, which is an odd! Here Epp recommends Rum amongst other things – have you ever used any unconventional methods for keeping your hair super shiny?
Breaking and flaking nails…I don’t know what I’d do without my modern nail strengthening formulas, but I guess Epp gives me an answer! It’s something we take for granted, and reading this book made me realise how far we’ve come with beauty treatments!
Finally, there was this picture printed within the book – I just loved it, so thought I’d post it for you!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post!