In a comment to my post about facial cream containing synthetic snake venom, Betty advised me to search 'nightingale poop facial' and see what turned up.
I did. Oh, the horror! My life may never be the same again!
It seems that dried nightingale poop is a staple ingredient of the well-equipped geisha's make-up kit. According to one supplier:
Japanese Traditional Beauty Secret ultra violet light treated Nightingale droppings "UGUISU NO FUN" are completely free of bacteria. They have been used for Kabuki actor & Geisha's make-up cleansing for centuries in Japan and contain a natural enzyme (guanine, an amino acid w/ anmonic bleaching qualities) which has a natural lightening action.
Er . . . OK, I'll take their word about that.
It seems that this geisha facial treatment has spread to the USA as well. According to a news report, a New York spa is offering it to customers for a mere $180 (add 20% if you want the proprietress to apply it in person). Reports from customers seem to indicate that they're happy . . . but I'm not so sure. I mean, if you've just blown an average family's weekly food budget on a bird poop facial, and you know your significant other and/or family and/or friends might be reading about it, wouldn't you claim it was the best thing since sliced bread?
The video clip below shows an intrepid reporter undergoing this ordeal - strictly in the interests of journalistic integrity and inquiry, of course.
Intrigued by this daftness, I investigated further. It seems there are a bunch of wacky, way-out beauty treatments available. Television program 'The View' investigated some of them (including nightingale poop), as shown in the next video clip. I think the beer treatment holds most promise - as demonstrated by the
A New York Post reporter adds a few more ingredients to the list of 'things I never suspected women used on their faces':
Ever since ancient Egyptians mixed unguents of bile of steer, ostrich eggs and resin, people have slathered on everything from the odd to the oogy. Plenty of other unusual ingredients - in addition to avian excrement - are thought to have beautifying properties.
Snake venom: From face creams to lip products, beauty companies swear the stuff reduces wrinkles and has a plumping effect.
Kitty litter: The grainy texture works as an exfoliator. Yeah, yeah - just put the idea away for when the recession really hits.
Placenta: Dogs eat it. Hospitals save it. And some women use it to soften their hair and skin.
24K gold: The shiny precious metal might help increase circulation and tighten skin.
Well, dear readers, allow me to assure you of this. If a