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Wouldn't it be easier to bathe? ;) [Sep. 29th, 2005|09:57 am]
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Napolean’s favorite fragrance was eau de cologne. He used several bottles a day, likely to counter Josephine’s favorite scent, musk, which he hated. The Empress wore so much musk that servants in her over-perfumed boudoir often fainted.

From: lostways
2005-09-29 10:32 am (UTC)
Remember in those days ya can only bath once a year, it's a relgion takening over plus it wasn't very healthy to take a bath in the open battle field even in the far back too many things can go wrong
(diesase, lot of cannon balls aiming at the biggest thing there which would be your bath tank and plus i would think ya need to command your troops)
as for the empress... ew she could take a bath all she wanted but i am sure everyone around her didn't hence what she did
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From: kiwioverture
2005-09-29 02:47 pm (UTC)
Wow....... just wow....

First: bathing once a year was for the common folk, more if they lived near clean river. Napoleon probably could have bathed as often as he wanted.

Second: One of the reasons Napoleon was so successful is that he rode his horse around the battlefield and ordered his troops around instead of relying on messengers.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-09-30 06:43 am (UTC)
Well, it sounded like he wore all of that cologne to battle off her scent, which makes me think at the time this was mentioned they were both living in the palace. I believe they both could have bathed regularly, and I don't quite understand what you mean about not bathing meaning you're more religious? *confused* I think it's even in the Bible that cleanliness is next to Godliness, so I don't think in those religious days that would have been a concern. I feel sorry for her poor maids. Fainting couches were designed for women with corsets, but they definitely had a use for those stuck with the overfragranced.
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