There are a variety of strange beauty treatments out there, but one of the oddest might be nightingale droppings. This treatment involves mixing powdered bird guano with warm water, then applying the concoction to your face. Geisha have been using it for years and it's supposed to tighten, lighten, and exfoliate. I'd known about this for a while, but never investigated it because I assumed it would be insanely expensive.
I was looking at some Japanese mascara and ran across the droppings. It wasn't expensive, so I went ahead and purchased a bottle.
The bottle arrived this afternoon and I was amazed by how much smaller it is in person compared to the pictures on the internet. It's rather tiny, but they claim you can get 50 uses out of it. It comes in a white bottle with pink flowered detail, measuring roughly three inches tall.
My big concern was the smell, obviously, but many reviewers online claimed it didn't smell like actual guano. Maybe my nose is stronger, but this stuff definitely smells like bird feces. It bordered on being quite unpleasant, especially when I started mixing it in the palm of my hand with warm water. I actually gagged! Yuck! I summoned my courage and pressed onwards, however, and had soon covered my face with a thin coating.
Once I got over the initial shock of covering my face with bird guano, I was actually impressed. It dried quickly and I could feel definite tightening.
I left it on for about 10 minutes, then rinsed with warm water. My skin definitely looks whiter and feels smoother. I think the benefits will be cumulative.
I'm glad to have it, but the smell is definitely not for weak stomachs. My mother and sister want to try it, but now I'm thinking they don't have what it takes to brave the smell.
All in all, it STINKS but I'm looking forward to seeing how it improves my skin over the coming weeks. Victoria Beckham is a fan, so I figure it's probably worth it!