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Complexion Wash


  • 1 drachm of benzoin gum in powder
  • 1 drachm nutmeg oil
  • 6 drops of orange-blossom tea, or apple blossoms put in half pint of rain-water and boiled down to one teaspoonful and strained
  • 1 pint of sherry wine


Put in a vial. Bathe the face morning and night; will remove all flesh-worms and freckles, and give a beautiful complexion. Or, put one ounce of powdered gum of benzoin in a pint of whisky; to use, put in water in wash-bowl till it is milky, allowing it to dry without wiping. This is perfectly harmless.

Cream cures sun-burn on some complexions, lemon juice is best on others, and cold water suits still others best.


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The White House Cookbook (1887).

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