I was surprised to learn, reading the manual To be beautiful (Sonzogno, Milano, 1906), what were the female hair removal methods in vogue at the beginning of last century, all in all not too dissimilar to those, comparable to torture small, used in the Middle Ages ( https://www.pilloledistoria.it/1990/medioevo/bellezza-femminile-nel-medioevo-peeling-depilazione); if you try to compare them, you will also find that method and ingredients are roughly the same.
On the twentieth text is written:
"The classic method is the eastern, they use, for centuries, a composition indicated by the name of Rusma, made from quicklime and arsenic sulfide […] lime alive gr.60, orpiment to arsenic sulfide gr.15; lye alkaline gr.500; boil lime and arsenic sulfide in alkaline lye. You try the rusma dipping a feather: when the hairs fall the rusma is well prepared. They then rubbed the parts where you want to destroy the hair and washed with hot water. Do not forget that rusma is corrosive and used in large quantities, It would result in a dangerous inflammation of the skin ".
The above suggestion, as can be seen, not that much different from those contained in some manuals dating from the thirteenth and the fourteenth century, which also contemplate the use of vivid lime and orpiment, despite their potential harmfulness, at the base of hair removal; in 1906, creme, come to mousse sweet to get rid of unwanted hair They were still far from being designed and Beauty, for the female gender, He was often still synonymous with suffering (Photo gives: notizie.it).