The virtues of cucumber
Used in traditional medicine for centuries, Mademoiselle Saint Germain has reintroduced the white Bonneuil cucumber, a species cultivated exclusively in the King’s Vegetale Garden:
- Moisturizer: a real hydration booster, cucumber has a double action thanks to the proteins and sugars that compose it. On the one hand, it provides emollient agents which hydrate the skin. On the other hand, it creates a protective film that prevents water loss and therefore dehydration.
- Repairing: cucumber is a repairing active. On the one hand, by its richness in minerals and trace elements, it remineralizes the skin. On the other hand, it unifies the complexion and gives a real luminous effect thanks to its lightening properties.
Historical beauty secret: Cucmber Pommade
The term “ointment” comes from the Italian pomata, derived from pomo, since the earliest recipes contained apples. This is the first example of combining a fatty substance with a plant for a nourishing and refreshing effect.
Cucumber ointment has thus become a fairly common although expensive product, using a very specific species of cucumber: the white Bonneuil cucumber.
At that time, this species of white-fleshed cucumber was very popular with women who were afraid to apply a green-colored cucumber to their face.
Bonneuil’s white cucumber ointment was one of Marie-Antoinette’s beauty secrets for hydrating her hands and face, until this variety disappeared at the end of the 18th century.