In Japan, there is even an old proverb that says, “White skin covers seven flaws,” which means a fair-skinned woman is beautiful even her features are not good.
In a beauty book published in Edo period (1603–1868), it is plainly said that “fair skin is the first prerequisite to be called beauty.” That is why, women in Edo period aimed to get fair skin, and what was used the most to brighten their skins was skin lotion.
In those days, woman made skin lotion by themselves. The most popular lotion was made from wild roses. Using a still called “ranbiki,” they distilled water from wild roses and add fragrance such as clove into the water. There was skin lotion made from sponge gourd too.
Not only does homemade skin lotion help to get fine, fair skin, it was also used to add some glossiness on a face by brushing it over powder, and used to bring a swelling down. So homemade skin lotion was indispensable thing for women in Edo period.
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