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Radio Active Beauty…

Posted in Fashion, History with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 5, 2012 by Mj Rains

Delving into the beauty world with my new job has drawn me to a fascination with historic beauty products, and imagine my delight when this Wit came across a deliciously strange article called 8 Fascinating French Beauty Fads.  #3 of the 8 fascinations had me spell-bound.

In 1932, Dr. Alfred Curie launched a Tho-Radia line of beauty products that were made from, you guessed it, radio-active materials such as thorium chloride and radium bromide. Thorium is a radio-active chemical element named after the God of thunder, Thor, and has been experimented with as an alternate source for nuclear power plants. Pure thorium is a silvery-white metal that maintains a lovely luster for a long time…which was no doubt why Alfie injected it into his cream, cleansing milk, face powder, lipstick, and even toothpaste (the thought makes me cringe…).

Radium Bromide is a bromide salt discovered in 1898 by Pierre and Marie Curie, who curiously are no relation to our French doctor Alfie. This salt form of radium keeps the chemical from turning black and made the radium easier to work with, though it was highly radio-active and so dangerous in that it could explode under certain conditions.

So, was Tho-Radia guaranteed to make you glow?

Tho-Radia promised lighter and brighter skin. The ads featured a glowing (no pun intended) woman who taunts, “Stay old if you want.”

Or, uh, what?…die trying?

For more interesting French beauty fads of the past, some literally worth dying for, check out People, Places and Bling, for a most interesting, and a bit creepy, article.

xoxo, Wit

A Butterfly in Winter…

Posted in The Deep with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 14, 2010 by Mj Rains

“If a butterfly flaps its wings in Brazil, it might produce a tornado in Texas.  Unlikely as it seems, the tiny currents that a butterfly creates travel across thousands of miles,  jostling other breezes as they go…and eventually changing the weather.”
– Edward Lorenz

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Contorted Moss

Posted in Kate Moss with tags , , , , , , on June 17, 2009 by Mj Rains


British artist Marc Quinn’s yoga contorted sculptures of Kate Moss fascinate me.  Less yogic, and more like a Cirque de Soleil inversion.  What made him think of doing this, we wonder?


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