I was perusing The Ladies’ Pocket Magazine of 1829, when I came across a series of articles called The Lady’s Receipt Book featuring homemade recipes to make cosmetics, cleaning products and other concoctions that may have been useful to women at the time. I thought it may be nice to share some of them with you (of course this is just for fun, to see how things were done in the past; I’m not suggesting you try them at home).
EAU DE COLOGNE
A domestic economy is very commendable in all ladies; – those who are in the habit of using Eau de Cologne will find the following substitute not only very trifling in its cost, but far superior to most of the mixtures sold for the “genuine article”.
To one pint of alcohol, add sixty drops of lemon, sixty drops of bergamot, sixty drops of essence of lemon, and sixty drops of orange water. The alcohol may be purchased at any chemists, and the remainder at most perfumers.
TO TAKE STAINS OUT OF SILK
Grease, and other spots in silk, may be easily removed by gently rubbing the part with a linen rag dipped in the following composition: – One ounce of essence of lemons, and half an ounce of oil of turpentine, mixed together, and kept corked for use.
TO MAKE ROSE WATER
Put some roses into water, and add a few drops of vitriolic acid: the water will soon assume both the color and perfume of roses.
The Ladies’ Pocket Magazine