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Bird Poo Facials & Other Disturbing Beauty Treatments

Updated on June 4, 2012

Gara Rufa Pedicure


Would you use fish, bull semen or bird droppings for beauty? Here are six unexpected beauty treatments from around the world. Most aren't for the squeamish.

The Fish Pedicure

Japanese spa treatments are increasingly taking the US by storm. One that brings giggles: the gara rufa pedicure. It involves letting a school of tiny fish nibble at foot callouses. It’s an odd but effective treatment and takes about 15-30 minutes.

Getting Sh*tfaced, Literally

Another Japanese treatment that’s spread to major US spas: nightingale droppings face masks. These are said to clean and lighten people’s skin with natural enzymes. Called uguisu no fun, the purified bird poo is available in spas and online.

The Nightingale Facial

Snail Slime Skin Cream

Yes, snail slime is now being sold as a beauty aid. Supposedly certain Chilean snails excrete slime that cures skin ailments such as redness, acne and stretch marks. Snail slime beauty treatments have caught on in Hollywood. Prices vary wildly; I've seen jars sold for $80 each.

Beer Baths

This unusual beauty treatment isn't disturbing at all. In Czechoslovakia and Germany, you can simultaneously soak in hot beer and drink a cold local brew. A 93° beer tub warms your bones and softens your skin while the aroma of hot hops eases your mind. Some beer spas advertised online include Chodovar Brewery and Hotel Bahenec.

A Czech Beer Bath


Magnetic Facials

Advanced acne treatment is offered at LA’s Nile Institute. With magnetized facials a metallic cream is applied to the face. A magnet is then used to loosen clogged pores.

Bull Semen Hair Conditioner
To conclude I turn to Hari’s hair salon in London. Hari offers a wildly popular bull semen conditioning session.

A conditioner made from the semen of Angus bulls penetrates the hair for 45 minutes. It’s then steamed through the hair to provide hydration and volume.This is discreetly advertised as a Brazilian blowout and costs £350.

I do not know how the bull semen is obtained.


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      Woodchip 5 years ago

      I think my stomach needs a beer beauty treatment. :)

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      SantaCruz 5 years ago from Santa Cruz, CA

      Wow, 20West. That's possibly the oddest comment I've ever approved... Best of luck finding your snail enthusiasts.

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      sn20West 5 years ago

      Hi there,

      I work with a production company and would love to talk with someone with many snails that allows their snails to crawl on their face/body as a beauty treatment. The company is creating a major documentary series and would love to learn more about the process and how it has effected your life!

      Do you know someone who engages in this treatment too much? Do they have more snails than you can imagine?!

      For consideration, please reply with your name, age, contact information,

      and brief explanation of how this habit is taking over your life. You can also contact my team directly at 312-467-8145 or

      Everything will remain confidential. Thank you for sharing your story! Hope to hear from you soon!

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      Sharice 6 years ago from Rhode Island

      Thats interesting...I wouldn't have ever guessed that beer contain B Complex. Thanks for sharing that!

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      SantaCruz 6 years ago from Santa Cruz, CA

      Hi, Sharicey! I like your thinking. I did a quick search & found this in an interview with a Czech beer bath owner. Excuse the kinda funny English:

      "Beer is known as a healthy thing because of vitamins. Beer contains a B complex, and that's very good for the skin. In our beer spa the bath doesn't only contain beer, it's 50 percent mineral water too. The mineral water is very good for people with high blood pressure, and the beer mixed with the water is very good for the skin. And finally the hops in the beer are good for relaxing the body."


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      Sharice 6 years ago from Rhode Island

      I wonder how and why the beer soak works? Could the alcohol be absorbed into your skin consequently making you drunk? You would also think that alcohol is drying. Very interesting article its amazing what we do for beauty...