| Gilles Edme Petit after François Boucher|
"Woman at her toilette" Musée du Louvre
...Mouches were first used to cover up marks left by Small Pox...
|A companion to yae-ough : gaping is catching. England 1800 firstname.lastname@example.org.|
In mid 18th century Europe, the medical community started terrifying their readers with grotesque pictures and drawings in order to scare them away from chemically laced cosmetics. Examples of their “mass education tactics” included drawings of women missing teeth with bright red rouge, like the one pictured above. The missing teeth were a result of the mercury found in rouges. Remember for choosing and making rouges, lead oxide and cinnabar were to be avoided. Their replacements were natural plants like sandalwood, saffron, and alkanet. Other "scare tactic" examples included rotting, crumbling teeth, or abundant discharges of saliva. Drawing like this showed the results of using these cosmetics, including death ( pictured in the previous blog). Healthy teeth were important because they were an expression of over all beauty and sexuality in the 18th century. This could be one reason we see so many recipes for taking care of the teeth in gums.
|"In hopes of clearing up a face scarred by pox"|
A face that did not have any scars or marks on was very important to the beauty and sexuality of the 18th century. Many women adopted the wearing of paint as a means to cover up scars and other marks of diseases, especially those left by Small Pox. Chemicals, like lead, are able to get into the blood stream with any type of open sore. Essentially, women who were using lead laced paint to cover up their pox marks 
|Sir Robert Blackmore’s dissertation|
on “the modern practice
of inoculation”, 1723.
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