This section is from the "Encyclopedia Of Practical Receipts And Processes" book, by William B. Dick. Also available from Amazon: Dick's encyclopedia of practical receipts and processes.
1156. Lotion of Borax, for Sore Gums and Nipples. Take 5 drachms powdered borax; distilled water, 1/2 pint; mix. An effective wash for sore gums, sore nipples, excoriations, etc., applied twice or thrice daily, or oftener.
1157. Glycerinated Lotion of Borax for Chaps and Sunburns. Take 0 drachms avoirdupois powdered borax; Price's glycerine. 3/4 ounce; rose-water or elder-flower water, 12 ounces; mix. Resembles the last, but is fragrant and much more agreeable and effective. Its daily use as a cosmetic wash renders the skin beautifully soft and white, and prevents and removes chaps, sunburns, etc..
1158. Cazenave's Lotion of Cyanide of Potassium. Take cyanide of potassium, 5 grains avoirdupois; emulsion of bitter-almonds, 3 Imperial fluid ounces; dissolve.
Used like the last, to allay itching and irritation, particularly after shaving; also for freckles and pustules. (See No. 43 (To Prepare Emulsions).) The above is Cazenave's formula. The next receipt is, however, preferable,
1159. Glycerinated Lotion of Cyanide of Potassium. Take cyanide of potassium, 6 grains avoirdupois; glycerine, 1/2 ounce; strongest camphor- water, 21/2 ounces; mix. (See No. 1160 (Caution Against Cyanide of Potassium).)
1160. Caution Against Cyanide of Potassium. Cyanide of potassium is highly poisonous when swallowed, and as the above lotions are pleasant-tasted, they should not be left out of the dressing-case; nor should a larger quantity than that above given be kept in use at once; nor, under ordinary circumstances, should they be applied to a large surface at a time. If not kept under lock and key, it is safest to label them Poison. Kept with care, and properly employed, they are safe and useful lotions.
1161. Cherry-Laurel Lotion, or Shaving Wash. Take genuine distilled cherry-laurel, 2 Imperial fluid ounces; rectified spirit, 1 fluid ounce; glycerine, 1/2 ounce; distilled water, 7 1/2 fluid ounces; mix. Used to allay irritation of the skin, particularly after shaving, the part being moistened with it by means of the tips of the fingers; also used as a wash for freckles and pustules, and to remove excessive moistness or greasiness of the hair. Milk of bitter-almonds is often substituted for the glycerine and spirit, but not for the hair.
1162. Glycerine and Borax Lotion for the Complexion. Mix k ounce powdered borax, and 1 ounce pure glycerine, with 1 quart camphor- water. Wet the face morning and evening with this lotion, allowing it to dry partially, and then rinse off with soft water.