This section is from the "Henley's Twentieth Century Formulas Recipes Processes" encyclopedia, by Norman W. Henley and others.
Glycerine........... 8 parts
Bay rum............ 4 parts
Ammonia water..... 4 parts
Rose water.......... 4 parts
Mix the bay rum and glycerine, add the ammonia water, and finally the rose water. It is especially efficacious after shaving.
As glycerine is bad for the skin of many people, here is a recipe which will be found more generally satisfactory as it contains less glycerine: Bay rum, 3 ounces; glycerine, 1 ounce; carbolic acid, J drachm (30 drops). Wash the hands well and apply while hands are soft, preferably just before going to bed. Rub in thoroughly. This rarely fails to cure the worst "chaps" in two nights.
A sure remedy for chapped hands consists in keeping them carefully dry and greasing them now and then with an anhydrous fat (not cold cream). The best substances for the purpose are unguentum cereum or oleum olivarum.
If the skin of the hands is already cracked the following preparation will heal it:
Finely ground zinc oxide, 5.0 parts; bismuth oxychloride, 2.0 parts; with fat oil, 12.0 parts; next add glycerine, 5.0 parts; lanolin, 30.0 parts; and scent with rose water, 10.0 parts.
Wax salve (olive oil 7 parts, and yellow wax 3 parts), or pure olive oil.