The American Pictorial Home Book
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A reference manual of household management in Victorian times.

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ladies' toilet.
and rubbing it well on the skin. This can be done as often as you like ; very soon the glycerine will remove all that disfigures the looks of the skin, leaving it as white and tender as an infant's. If de­sired, yuu may use a little of the purest white lily and rouge powder.
To Clear the Compexion.—Take finely powdered and softened charcoal, a teaspoonful mixed with water or honey three nights in succession, then work it out with a mild purgative; it acts like calo­mel without its effects. This is important, for the charcoal remains in the system with all the poison it has absorbed, so that an aperi­ent must not be neglected. "Ugly Girl."—This should be repeated every three months.
An English writer says that there is no greater preservation of beauty than washing the face in hot water at night.
Pearl Powder.—Take of French chalk, in very fine powder, 1-4 pound; oxyde chloride of bismuth, 1-2 ounce; mix well together; then apply by moistening a sufficient quantity with water, or di­luted cologne, with a soft rag, and allowing it to dry on; after which it will bear wiping with a towel to remove superfluous quantity.
Chinese Whitening, or Meen Fun.—Carbonate of magnesia, 2 ozs.; prepared chalk, 1 oz.; both in fine powder; mix.
French Rouge.—Take French chalk in the quantity desired and mix with it carmine, to make it the shade wished. It can be used as a powder, or with a little weak mucillage of gum dragon.
To Imitate Flesh Color.—Mix a little white and yellow chalk together, then add a little more red than yellow; these form an excellent imitation of the complexion.
Care of the Hands.—To make the hands soft and white, one of the best things is to wear large mittens (at night) of cloth filled with wet bran or oatmeal, and confined at the wrist closely. A lady who had the whitest, softest hands in the country confessed that she had a great deal of house work to do, and kept them as white as any idler's by wearing bran mittens at night. The pastes and poul­tices for the face owe most ©f their efficacy to their moisture, which dissolves the coarse skin, and to their protection from the air, which allows the new skin to come tender and delicate. Oatmeal paste is as efficacious as anything, though less agreeable than pastes made with the white of egg, alum and rose water. The alum astringes the flesh and makes it firm, while the egg keeps it sufficiently soft, and the rose water perfumes the mixture and makes the curd not so hard.
To Make the Hands White,—Keep a jar of oat or corn meal on the washstand, and after you have soaped your hands, put some