Her skin was a whole other matter. We’ve already covered the veal mask, but it might surprise you to know that Sisi never wore any make-up. Because she was brave.
No, because she thought it interfered with the perfection nature had bestowed on her. She was incredibly critical of women who did. Of Princess Pauline von Metternich, who was often thought to be a beauty, Sisi said:
“She wears two inches of red powder on her lips and is dressed in material from countries that are far away even though she is too flat”.
This is what Princess Pauline looked like:
I think Sisi was being way harsh there. Never mind. Sisi wore no powder on her lips, though she did apply creams that could take upwards of 12 hours to prepare.
She also endured full body wraps made out of hay. I suppose when you think about it, while it seems uncomfortable, it’s probably no weirder than a lot of the spa treatments offered today. I’m sure you could, in fact, find a hay wrap somewhere.
One treatment that you may not be able to find is Sisi’s special slug cream, used to make skin soft. Except here. You can find it here. I found the recipe for you:
Put ½ kilo lard into water-bath
add 2 Quintchen (fifths) marshmallow roots
Add 70g ground slugs
Let it stand for four hours to cool off.
And then you just hop in, and it’s great, and not weird at all.
The olive oil baths Sisi took, on the other hand, are still used today, and actually do soften the skin. And Sisi did believe that vinegar was the cure for just about everything, and, actually, apple cider vinegar is considered a pretty popular treatment today, so she wasn’t wrong about everything. And hell, we’ll probably all be bathing in slugs in 20 years again, anyway, so… no it still seems weird. I think it’s the lard. I think it’s the lard aspect that makes it seem so weird.