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TOILET RECIPES, ITEMS. 583

SHAVING COMPOUND.

HALF a pound of plain, white soap, dissolved in a small quantity of alcohol, as little as can be used ; add a tablespoonf ul of pulverized borax. Shave the soap and put it in a small tin basin or cup ; place it on the fire in a dish of boiling water; when melted, add the alco- hol, and remove from the fire ; stir in oil of bergamot sufficient to per- fume it.

BARBER'S SHAMPOO MIXTURE.

DISSOLVE half an ounce of carbonate of ammonia and one ounce of borax in one quart of water ; then add two ounces of glycerine in three quarts of New England rum, and one quart of bay rum. Moisten the hair with this liquid ; shampoo with the hands until a light lather is formed ; then wash off with plenty of clean water.

RAZOR-STROP PASTE.

WET the strop with a little sweet oil, and apply a little flour of emery evenly over the surface.

CAMPHOR ICE.

MELT together over a water bath white wax and spermaceti each one ounce, camphor two ounces, sweet almond oil, one pound, then tri- turate until the mixture has become homogeneous, and allow one pound of rose-water to flow in slowly during the operation. Excel- lent for chapped lips or hands.

ORDORIFEROUS OR SWEET-SCENTING BAGS.

LAVENDER flowers one ounce, pulverized orris, two drachms, bruised rosemary leaves half ounce, musk five grains, attar of rose five drops. Mix well, sew up in small flat muslin bags, and cover them with fancy silk or satin.

These are very nice to keep in your bureau drawers or trunk, as the perfume penetrates through the contents of the trunk or drawers. An acceptable present to a single gentleman.

HOW TO KEEP BRUSHES CLEAN.

THE best way in which to clean hair-brushes is with spirits of am- monia, as its effect is immediate. No rubbing is required, and cold

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