Renaissance Goo

Renaissance Goo

A historian of the body and a soft matter scientist experiment with Renaissance personal care recipes

Aren’t words troublesome at times? We hit on the term ‘personal care’ (despite it sounding like a slightly dodgy euphemism) because that’s the industry term for the kind of stuff you buy in a pharmacy that’s not medicine. Things like shampoo, deoderant, shower gel, moisturiser, but also including ‘colour’ cosmetics like blusher, mascara, lipstick. The […]

Renaissance Goo: Historic Personal Care Recipes and Soft Matter Science is a 2-year research project lasting from September 2021-August 2023 funded by a Royal Society Apex Award. This award allows Professor Jill Burke, a historian of the body, to work with Professor Wilson Poon, a soft-matter scientist to investigate early modern personal care recipes. The […]


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