Is blood, the vital essence and sacrifice the ultimate anti age treatment? This is a terrible secret and we should not reveal it. Legends says that there was once a beautiful woman who started to fade like a rose surrounded by its thorn. This is not the Queen mother from White Snow but a real countess - Elizabeth Bathory (1560-1614). This new movie is a fantasy with beautiful costumes and shows a part of the story that is eternal - the quest for beauty and youth. That did not change so much. The dark history of Elizabeth Bathory is surrounded in legend and it is difficult to separate facts from fiction in the life of this Hungarian countess. That part of the Europe where I was born has many legends about blood and sacrifices (some were used even in the anti-Semite propaganda at the turn of the XXth century). But the same can be said about Eau de la Reine de Hongrie - the first alcoholic perfume with rejuvenating properties. A fragrance, a cosmetic, a tonic elixir - this product from the XIVth century had several stories and several possible candidates for the role of the "Queen". The culture of beauty was strong in the eastern and central Europe and no surprise that in the past century this area gave the best in skin research and cosmetic studies and later some well known names - Helena Rubinstein, Estée Lauder and Erno Laszlo.
In my April conference I spoke about the relation between blood, scent, architecture and contemporary society with some remarks on the odor of death and resurrection.
"God, is it wrong to want to stay beautiful and young?"
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