|A sample of spermaceti wax, a spermaceti candle and bottle of sperm whale oil. |
Courtesy of Genevieve Anderson.
To make Cologne Water: Alcohol, one gallon; Oil of Lavender, 12 drachms (1 drachm or dram equals 0.0625 oz.); Oil of Rosemary, 4 drachms; Oil of Bergamot (a pear shaped orange), 12 drachms; Oil of Lemon, 12 drachms; Cinnamon, 12 drops.
Cold Cream: Take 1/2 oz. of white wax, 1/2 oz. of spermaceti and 3 oz. of almond oil; put the whole into a basin and place it in hot water till fused; then gradually add 3 oz. of rose water, elder water or orange flower water, stirring all the time with a fork or small whisk. Any perfume may be added; but medicinally, it is better without.
Hair Restorator: 1 oz. oil of Bergamot, 1 oz. oil of Sassafras and 1 pint of Olive oil. Shake well together. Price $3.00 ($79.00 in 2014 dollars).
The cosmetic recipes are taken from Mr. Ridenhower's book, a small volume in the Dr. L. R. Rose Collection donated by Edith Moose McAllister, is available at the Eastern Cabarrus Historical Museum in Mount Pleasant. Photocopies of this and other documents from Dr. Rose's papers are also available in the Lore Local History Room at the Concord Library.
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