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The Bird Shit Facial

A boy getting pooped on by a bird
June 3, 2008 Reviewed by Marta 2 Comments
It's true. Spas in London and New York are offering facials using powdered bird droppings. I particularly like the fact that the London establishment, Hari, has been offering bull semen to treat dry hair for some time now. But then we Brits are known to entertain perversity.

The New York Spa, Shizuka, adopts a more Carrie Bradshaw-like sensibility. The press release assures us that the droppings are from Japanese nightingales (so, no, don't try to make a fast buck by scooping up pigeon droppings in Times Square and flogging them to the nearest esthetician). And they have been sanitized with ultra violet light (phew, no danger of contracting Asian bird flu then). Naturally, bird droppings have been used by hundreds of generations of geishas but until now have been a closely guarded secret.

In actual fact, it was traditionally used to remove the thick make up worn by geishas and performers. Perhaps it's the acidic content. After all, bird crap will eventually corrode paintwork and even masonary.

In Japan, it is called uguisu no fun. If you can't get to a city spa, you can wing it by buying it in cream form. Doesn't come cheep though.... Sorry, the possibilities for bad puns are endless so I'll sign off.
  • December 31, 2008

    by Ann Stewart

    You're so funny. I love this site. I think I'll stay away from the bird shit mask, though. You know how the Chinese have bird's nest soup? What is it with Asians and birds? I mean, for example, Japan, which is surrounded by sea water, should have a fish mask (or is that just around the corner?). The aromatherapy from a fish mask should be profound. And maybe some of the magic fish oil will seep through into your brain & make you smarter.

  • June 5, 2008

    by Lori

    <p>That is disgusting and below is what the </p>

    <p>Mayo Clinic website says about bird crap -<br />
    Every year, hundreds of thousands of people worldwide get a lung disease called histoplasmosis. Its transmitted through airborne spores that you breathe into your lungs when you work in or around soil that contains a fungus called Histoplasma capsulatum. Farmers, landscapers, construction workers and people who have contact with bird or bat droppings are especially at risk for histoplasmosis. </p>

    <p>So the brits somehow sterilize their bird crap - but it is still crap! <br />

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