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Monday, September 28, 2009

~Homemade Monday~ Regency Cosmetics: Freckle Wash

I am of the definite opinion that Regency cosmetics are not the safest to use. Nevertheless, here is one for you to mull over and wonder how these women survived as long as they did.

This recipe is taken from The Servants' Guide and Family Manual, 1831, page 99:

"Freckle Wash. TAKE 1 dram of muriatic acid, half a pint of rain water, half a tea-spoonful of spirit of lavender; mix, and apply it two or three times a day to the freckles, with a bit of linen, or camel-hair pencil."

Muriatic acid is now known better as hydrochloric acid, a highly corrosive liquid that will eat the rust off of metal. Ouch. I like my freckles, thank you very much.

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