1870 Cosmetic Recipe


Face cream Oil

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Take of oil of almonds, 4 oz avoirdupois [ed. note: English measurements]; hog’s lard, 3 oz.; spermaceti, 1 oz.; melt, add of expressed juice of house-leek, 3 oz., and stir until the mixture solidifies by cooling. A few drops of esprit de rose, or of eau de cologne, or lavender, may be added to scent it at will. Used as a general skin-cosmetic; also for wrinkles or freckles.


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