In the Victorian era, beauty treatments could be fatal. In addition to using arsenic, belladonna, ammonia and lead-based paints (for that “whiter-than-white” look), women used vermillion, “a known poison,” was used as an early lipstick (Atlas Obscura). In those days, vermillion was also know as our friend, Red Mercury, another example of how this substance has been lethal over the years.
Remember: Red Mercury does not exist and anything that claims to be Red Mercury is hazardous to your health.
Michael P. Moore
December 18, 2015
moe (at) landminesinafrica (dot) org