Bizarre Beauty Treatments

For centuries, women have been committing acts of medieval torture on themselves just to look, seem, smell or even just feel more beautiful. Here are the 10 biggest OMG WTF beauty rituals you might not know about... (and if you have tried one of them, tell us all about it because we haven't found anyone brave enough to try them yet!)

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Portuguese urine gargle

Weird beauty treatments: gargling urineRome

When Marc Antony wooed Cleopatra, when Julius Caesar made a speech, when Ben Hur rode his mighty chariot, they all participated in a sacred ritual that continues today — they gargled.

While that hardly deserves a mention, bear in mind, they weren't swishing Scope or Listerine. To improve the color of their teeth and freshen their breath, Romans imported and swilled Portuguese urine. Apparently, the Portuguese pH was much more divine and manly than mellow Roman yellow.

While obviously unpleasant, urine contains several compounds like ammonia and urea that actually kill germs and help fight the gum disease gingivitis. No price listed.

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Comments on "10 WTF beauty rituals"

Tina January 22, 2014 | 9:18 AM


BlackAngelPlayah July 26, 2013 | 1:33 AM

I will be doing none of this! LoL! I'll stick to just putting a few drops of coconut oil on my skin after washing my face. Has really improved my complexion! However, that skin pricker sounds kind of interesting... KIND OF.. :)

Sugar June 11, 2013 | 10:48 AM

Not gonna lie heard about most of them except the urine *barfs* . But most of them apparently work, but that doesn't mean imma drink pig palacenta

Yeah Yeah April 26, 2013 | 7:21 AM


Jo-Ann April 17, 2013 | 9:18 AM

I'll stick to Elemis thankyou!

Josie April 13, 2013 | 5:41 PM

Just reading about bull sperm conditioner makes me feel to throw up. yuck!

Alice April 03, 2013 | 12:45 AM

Ew! The Japanese really are gross!

Deb December 15, 2012 | 7:30 AM

So what does the whale poop actually do? They didn't actually say

Erin October 26, 2012 | 5:52 PM

The title of this sounds disgusting.

Raechel August 23, 2012 | 9:29 AM

Wow...I'm pretty sure I wont be trying any of these! Totally grossed out.

Chriselle August 22, 2012 | 10:07 AM

Well, if it works. To each her own...

Hannah July 11, 2012 | 10:33 AM

OMG! This stuff is insane! I am intrigued by the skin poker though!

Jenifer July 11, 2012 | 10:30 AM

I can't imagine trying these beauty treatments. They do not sound fun!

jae July 07, 2012 | 7:32 AM

i've tried dr back 10 from korea, much like the MTS Roller but much more intensive. can't wait to have another session...

Belle July 07, 2012 | 12:23 AM

when I was 15 I was on vacation in Croatia, a local lady with beautiful skin told me to pick up a snale and rub it on my skin because I had, like most 15 year olds, bad acne. I laughed it off and never did it because it just seemed gross. Now that I read about the snale cream I dont think it would have been such a bad idea..

Kim July 05, 2012 | 6:22 AM

I cant believe that such things exist but then like they say, nature is the best antidote to our beauty problems! www.stylelifefashion

LILO D July 04, 2012 | 7:36 AM is right but I have to say I would prob try the snail cream the placenta face cream and bull sperm conditioner. The snail cream seems cool, the face cream is ewww but I heard good reviews bout it and the bull sperm it doesn't have to touh my face it's just hair so wth il o for it.

NIka June 19, 2012 | 6:39 PM

I don't think I could ever do any of these except for maybe the snail cream, it's not like it's actually made of ground up snails, just a compound found in snails. But bull sperm, pee gargle, and placenta drinks, those just...those are just vomit worthy.

Erica June 13, 2012 | 9:48 AM

Really, wtf?!?! Bull sperm conditioner? Shivers.

Tanya Frey June 11, 2012 | 4:10 PM

To be honest I will try anything to see if it works. Maybe a lot of these do seem strange, personally they are a bit out there, but I like to keep the perspective that I should first consider why it is not strange at all to someone else. And you say no one would try these products, you need more people like me :)

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