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An Excellent Pomatum


  • 1 1/2 pounds of lard
  • 1/2 pint of olive-oil
  • 1/2 pint of castor-oil
  • 4 ounces of spermaceti, bergamot, or any other scent
  • elder-flower water


Wash the lard well in the elder-flower water; drain, and beat it to a cream. Mix the two oils together, and heat them sufficiently to dissolve the spermaceti, which should be beaten fine in a mortar. Mix all these ingredients together with the brandy and whatever kind of scent may be preferred; and whilst warm pour into glass bottles for use, keeping them well corked. The best way to liquefy the pomatum is to set the bottle in a saucepan of warm water. It will remain good for many months.


The Book of Household Management (1861).


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