Friday, August 22, 2008

Tea and Beauty

A page from The French Art of Tea, Mariage Freres, on Tea and Beauty. It says: Rinsing Auburn hair in Tea will give it wonderful coppery highlights. Tea mixed with a few drops of lemon is an excellent astringent for oily skin. Tea steeped in pure water with a lump of sugar can be used to soften the skin after cleansing or shaving. It is also used in the East for personal hygiene. Tea compresses on the eyelids reinvigorate tired eyes. Tea can be dabbed onto face, neck, and even arms and legs to give a delicate tan to skin that has not yet been tanned, or to prolong a tan acquired on holiday.

"Teaism is the art of concealing beauty that you may discover it, of suggesting what you dare not reveal." Okahura Kakuzo (1862-1913) The Book of Tea