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January 28, 2011

Eighteenth-century Beauty Secrets Revealed Through Powders, Perfumes and Pomades

How did a woman capture a man’s heart in the colonial capital of Virginia? How far was the 18th-century man or woman willing to go for physical perfection? Powders, perfumes and pomades made from imported and local spices, resins and herbs claimed magical healing and beautifying properties. These beauty secrets came from 18th-century pamphlets and books. During Colonial Williamsburg’s program, “The Art of Beauty,” guests discover how ladies and gentlemen of the period improved upon nature with cosmetics. The program is at 1 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 2-23 and Saturdays, Feb. 5-26 at the Wythe House Kitchen.

Admission is through any valid Colonial Williamsburg Historic Area admission pass.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. This town-sized living history museum tells the inspirational stories of our journey to become Americans through programs in the Historic Area and through the award-winning Revolutionary City program.

Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at

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Penna Rogers
(757) 220-7121