The Jewish Manual eBook

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Put into a bottle one pint of spirits of wine, one gill of water, and half an ounce of oil of rosemary; shake well together.

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Take three drachms of English oil of lavender, spirits of wine one pint; shake in a quart bottle, then add one ounce of orange flower-water, one ounce of rose-water, and four ounces of distilled water; those who approve of the musky odour which lavender water sometimes has, may add three drachms of essence of ambergris or musk.

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Put into a bottle the petals of the common rose, and pour upon them spirits of wine, cork the bottle closely, and let it stand for three months, it will then be little inferior to otto of roses.

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Is prepared according to the above recipe, the lavender being substituted for the roses.

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Small bags filled with iris root diffuses a delicate perfume over drawers, &c.  A good receipt for a scent-bag is as follows:  two pounds of roses, half a pound of cyprus powder, and half a drachm of essence of roses; the roses must be pounded, and with the powder put into silk bags, the essence may be dropped on the outside.

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Mix one dram of musk with the same quantity of pounded loaf sugar; add six ounces of spirits of wine; shake together and pour off for use.

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A few drops of otto of roses dissolved in spirits of wine forms the esprit de rose of the perfumers—­the same quantity dropped in sweet oil forms their huile antique a la rose.


The Hair.

All stimulating lotions are injurious to the hair; it should be cut every two months:  to clean it, there is nothing better than an egg beaten up to a froth, to be rubbed in the hair, and afterwards washed off with elder flower-water; but clear soft water answers every purpose of cleanliness, and is far better for the hair than is usually imagined.

One tea-spoonful of honey, one of spirits of wine, one of rosemary, mixed in half a pint of rose-water, or elder flower-water, and the same quantity of soft water, forms an excellent lotion for keeping the hair clean and glossy.

A fine pomatum is made by melting down equal quantities of mutton suet and marrow, uncooked, and adding a little sweet oil to make it of a proper consistency, to which any perfume may be added.  If essence of rosemary is the perfume used, it will be found to promote the growth of the hair.  Rum and oil of almonds will be of use for the same purpose.  A warm cloth to rub the hair after brushing imparts a fine shiny smoothness.

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