Rasberry Vinegar (Cordial)
Put two quarts of large fine Rasberries into one quart of the best Vinegar, let it stand 10 days near a fire, clarify a pd. Of fine Sugar, strain off the juice from the Rasberries, add the clarified Syrop & boil all together till it is fine ~ When it is cold put it into small Bottles & use it as you would Orgeat, mix it with water to your taste.
(according to an on-line dictionary, Orgeat is a
syrup or drink made originally from barley
but later from almonds,prepared with sugar
and an extract of orange flowers)
Two Gallons of Water, 2oz. cream of Tartar 2 lb. lump Sugar 2 lemons sliced, 2 oz. Ginger bruised, pour the water boiling on the ingredients, then add two spoonfuls of good Yeast; when cold bottle it in stone bottles and tie the corks down.
Lip or Face Rouge
A quarter of a pound of hard marrow, from the marrow-bone. Melt it over a slow fire, as it dissolves gradually pour the liquid marrow into an earthen pipkin, then add to it an ounce of spermaceti, twenty raisins of the sun, stoned and a small portion of alcanna root, sufficient to colour it a bright vermilion. Simmer these ingredients over a slow fire for ten minutes, then strain the whole through muslin and while hot, stir into it one tea-spoonful of balsam of Peru. Pour it into the boxes in which it is to remain; it will there stiffen and become fit for use.
Updated Version of Rouge
1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon Mineral Oil
½ teaspoon grated beeswax
¼ teaspoon mica dust (your choice of color)
Over hot water (in a double boiler or glass cup or dish sitting in water) Melt oil and beeswax together. Remove from heat and add mica dust. Stir gently until color is evenly distributed. Pour into lip balm jars or tins. Apply with finger or brush.
Take four handfuls of dried lavender flowers and sprinkle on them one quart of brandy or white-wine. Leave them to remain six days in a large bottle well-corked up; let the liquor be distilled and poured off.
Take two pounds of rose petals, place them on a napkin tied round the edges of a basin filled with hot water; put a dish of cold water upon the petals; keep the bottom water hot and change the water at top as soon as it begins to grow warm. By this kind of distillation you will extract a great quantity of the essential oil of the roses by a process which cannot be expensive and will prove very beneficial
A updated and much easier version of the floral waters can be had by using 4 ounces of neutral alcohol (120-proof or higher vodka, gin or grain alcohol) and a 1/2 ounce of fragrance or essential oil.
(middle English: face cosmetic)
Take two ounces of oil of sweet almond, ditto of spermaceti. Melt them in a pipkin over a slow fire. When they are dissolved and mixed, take it off the fire and stir into it one tablespoon of fine honey. Continue stirring till it is cold and then it is fit for use.
(this useful paste is good for taking off the effects of weather on the face. It must be applied at going to bed. Wash the face and dry. Rub this fard all over it and go to bed. In the morning wash the face in copious amounts of rose water.)
Updated Version of Fard
2oz. Almond Oil
1 Tablespoon Beeswax, grated
1 Tablespoon Honey
Heat almond oil in glass cup in a pan of water, add beeswax and honey continue heating until everything is completely melted. Remove from heat and stir until cool. If you stop before it's cool it will separate. It takes a while so be patient. One way to speed the process a bit is to pour it into any other glass container to mix in. A stand mixer on the lowest speed will save your arm.
(Still a pretty good night-time moisturizer, although greasy so don't use much and be sure to get it all off in the morning...a hot shower will do the trick)
The Still Room was generally an out-building that was used for preserving the fruits, vegetables and herbs from the garden in a veritable cornucopia of products. Homemade beverages such as wine and beer, preserves, syrups as well as medicines, soaps, cosmetics and house cleansers were all products of the Still Room.
The availability of ready-made products of this kind was exceedingly limited during Jane Austen's time, even more so in a country village like Alton so it is likely that the ladies of Chawton Cottage made many of their own domestic wares. In fact both the Ginger Beer and Rasberry Vinegar recipes come from The Jane Austen Cookbook.
Jane stood in the doorway of the stillroom and watched Maggie peel ginger for ginger beer, the great copper kettle boiling in the corner.
Maggie looked up, "Are you off to the Manor now?"
Jane nodded, "Yes."
Casually Jane turned and walked the rest of the way through the garden and onto the road to Chawton Great House where she was expected for a planned luncheon.
Yours affectionately, Jane Austen