Secrets of the Scents

Renaissance Secrets: Recipes & Formulas

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Secrets of the Scents
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'A fascinating book, that helped shape the ideas of the Florence collection.' Emma Dick, Lush Perfumer

From recipes for aphrodisiacs to formulas for everything from lip balm to stain removers to paint pigments, this book unveils the secret world of Renaissance lotions and potions. Clothbound with marbled endpapers and superbly illustrated with relevant objects from the collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum, UK, this book reveals a myriad of concoctions once used to create medicines, cosmetics, printing materials, even amulets meant to ward off the plague. It was also the book that helped mould the development of Lush's Renaissance collection of perfumes.

New and extensive research offers intriguing insights into the use of obscure, exotic and toxic ingredients and explains now-unfamiliar or arcane techniques. Renaissance Secrets reveals the compelling stories behind the original recipes.

This book unveils the secret world of Renaissance lotions and potions from recipes for aphrodisiacs to formulas for everything from lip balm to stain removers to paint pigments.

It shows readers many concoctions once used to create medicines, cosmetics, printing materials, even amulets meant to ward off the plague.

 

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