"I should recommend Gowland, the constant use of Gowland, during the spring months."

Gowland's Lotion was a skin cream marketed to both men and women that was meant to enhance the look of skin by decreasing blemishes and skin disorders. It contained lead and mercury (also known as quicksilver) and with repeated, prolonged use was poisonous. Mercury is still sometimes found in cosmetics.


Mercury Mine, 1689
Public DomainMercury Mine, 1689 - Credit: Janez Vajkard Valvasor