12 Odd Beauty Products Throughout History


Londinium Powder

Japanese women of the Heian era (around A.D. 800-1200) used londinium, a lead-based powder, mixed with water to create a thin paste they applied to their faces. As with lead-based eyeliners in other parts of the world, this stuff was not very good for those who used it. Lead is easily absorbed by the body and can quickly cause many health problems and even death.


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