Ancient Beauty Products We're Glad Don't Exist Today | Clozette

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Before beauty and skincare brands graced our markets, men and women in ancient times had to make do with what they had and could access, and resort to other methods to suit their beauty needs. Most of what they used were organic, of course, but they were dangerous. In fact, they were so dangerous that some of the products slowly killed them!

So, to be thankful for our safer and much nicer-smelling beauty products, here are 5 ancient beauty products we’re glad doesn't exist today!


Lead or Arsenic Based Face Powders

Ah, the most popular brand (or type?) of face powders in the Old World! Dating back to Ancient Greece, lead or arsenic based face powders rose in popularity because the trends of the time favored smooth and pale complexions. Those who were not so lucky to have smooth and pale skin layered this on their faces to cover their flaws, leading their internal organs to be slowly poisoned, and as a consequence, killing them. Yikes!
Crocodile Dung Moisturisers

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Before you cringe at the thought of applying poop all over your face, FYI, there are still poop facials at spas today - albeit not from crocodiles, and they’re mixed in with a variety of other products to be “more effective” on the skin. But during the time of the Roman Empire, men and women tried to slow down their skin’s aging process by applying crocodile dung mixed in with mud all over their faces and bodies because of their supposed beautifying and anti-aging properties. The things we do to stay young…

Animal Blood Nail Polish

Back when Sally Hansen, OPI, Zoya, and Essie didn’t exist yet, the only possible nail polish women could use were red because they were derived from the blood of animals, which gave their nails a “stained” look. They must have had some expensive nail polishes at the time!

Lard to Style Wigs

Men and women before, no matter what their status was in society, never had the luxury of using hairspray, styling mousses, dry shampoos, and more. And what a pity, because they had to resort to using lard to style their wigs (their hair was never really that big or high, you know), which would then attract rats! The worst part is these wigs were attached to their real hair, so to avoid a rat problem, they would sleep with cages over their wigs.

Kohl Liner and Mascara

Egyptians were the pioneers of the smoky eye and the feline flicks, and they did this all with the help of kohl, another lead based product. To create those sultry eyes they were known for, they would apply kohl all over their lids and lash lines and use them as mascara, too. If applying lead powders damaged your internal organs, what more when you apply it close to your eyes!


What ancient beauty product are you glad doesn’t exist today? Tell us all about it in the comment section below!


(cover photo from maybelinesim)

A new month means a new StyleScope post! This month we have our lovely Scorpio women taking the spotlight. They're the type who remain unnoticed and undercover; but once you take a second look, their personality drowns you in mystery, drama, and awe. 

Deep down they're the epitome of a quiet-yet-magnificent Girl Boss. They don't show off--because their success is their way of getting noticed. So if you're a Scorpio woman just like our Clozette Ambassador maybelinesim, here are the style and beauty finds tailored to fit your aura and style! 


What To Expect This Month

To be honest, Scorpios are one of the busiest women alive, and this month is no exception. Be ready to open up to several opportunities coming your way. However, you also have to take note that it's not always about work. Remember to prioritise your tasks and spend time with people important to you along the way. 

Colour of the month: Burgundy

(photo from mybeautyroad)

Scorpio's colour is in line with the Fall season as well: Burgundy. This shade certainly adds drama to any outfit and the best part is that this shade perfectly transcends Scorpio's natural seductive quality. This ain't your "glamorous" it's the #GirlBoss red. 

 Fashion Icon: Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway's role from a Disney Movie character to award-winning Les Miserables certainly says that she is one heck of a woman--and that she's the epitome of a Scorpio woman. Her go-getter attitude has certainly taken her places with her ultimate combination of wit and skill.

Style-to-Rock: Mysterious Stylista

(photo from AprilNunez)

The Scorpio's mysterious character is undaunted, and this is what makes them one of the sexiest star signs from the bunch. Keep your fashion style in line with this aura by wearing a colour coordinated look. Your best bet is a monochrome palette, but go the extra mile by playing with prints and textures. But remember: less is more.  

Beauty Item: Urban Decay's Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette

(photo from TeawithMakeupMagic88)

Unlike most girls, the Scorpio's unique beauty asset is her quiet magnetism. This is chanelled through her piercing gaze-- the type of look that anyone can catch across the room. Amplify that further with a classy smokey eye from Urban Decay's Naked Smoky palette. With a complete set of creamy, matte, and satin shades, your go-to smokey EOTD will always look on point.


Have more Scorpio tips to add? Share it with us in the comments below! 


We may not have the fall and winter seasons here the region, but that doesn’t mean we’re immune from suffering from dryness. Numerous factors besides genetics contribute to a dull and flaky complexion, and I’m sure we can all list down our favoruite go-to product once we notice a dry patch appearing out of nowhere. However, not a lot of skincare products are created for the men in our lives. After all, they suffer from dryness, too!

Which is why, here's a range of skincare products you can get for the men in your life as L’Oreal Paris Men Expert wages a war on skin dryness with their new Hydra Power collection that specifically caters to men who suffer from the heat, humidity, and haze that aggressively dehydrate their skin every day.

Powered by French Mountain Water to quench any cell’s thirst, this collection will replenish skin and prevent roughness and dullness! Read on for more information on this powerful cleanser and moisturiser:  


Hydra Power Watery Foaming Gel (SGD 11.90)

Empowered with mineral-rich French Mountain Water, this revitalising fluid gel deeply cleanses and purifies your skin, effectively removing impurities, dirt, and pollution without any tightness. Plus, your skin’s moisture is retained and awakened with an ultra-refreshing, icy cool sensation from the splash of Menthol!

Hydra Power Water Power Serum (SGD 27.90)

With French Mountain Water and Hyaluronic Acid, this lightweight moisturiser infuses a boost of long-lasting hydration deep within the skin, while the Anti-Pollution Particle Adhesion System shields the skin from external aggressors and protects against water-loss. Your skin’s natural resistance is reinforced and invigorated with 24 hours non-stop hydration and freshness. The innovative dewy texture instantly breaks into micro water drops upon application, providing ultra-fast absorption without any sticky or greasy sensation.


The L'Oreal Hydra Power Range is now available at leading drugstores, supermarkets, and selected department stores in Singapore.