Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Old Time Homemade Herbal Soap Recipe

This is a picture of a washball -- an old style of fancy soap. Recipes for this sort of washball can be found in The Petit Albert -- Spellbook of Marie Laveau!

In fact, here is the washball recipe ready for use (taken from Marie Antoinette's Gossip Guide):

Wash-balls: 1 pound of Florentine orris root, 4 ounces of storax, 2 ounces of yellow sandalwood, half an ounce of cloves, as much of fine cinnamon, one nutmeg. Powder and mix all ingredients. Then take two pounds of "good white soap" (castile or lye) shaved and put into about 4 pints of water for 4 - 5 days. Take 12 grains of ambergris mixed with gum tragancath and whatever kind of floral water you like and mix this in. "And from this paste you form wash-balls which you place in the sun to dry, and store them in jars with some cotton."

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