This section is from the "Henley's Twentieth Century Formulas Recipes Processes" encyclopedia, by Norman W. Henley and others.
Precipitated chalk... . 1 pound
Florentine orris...... 4 ounces
Castile soap......... 1 ounce
Sugar.............. 1.5 ounces
Extract of violet..... 1/4 ounce
Evergreen coloring, R. & F., quantity sufficient. Proceed as in the second formula, dyeing the chalk with the evergreen coloring to the desired shade before mixing.
Precipitated chalk. 16 pounds Powdered orris. .. . 4 pounds
Powdered cuttlefish bone........... 2 pounds
Ultramarine...... 9.5 ounces
Geranium lake. .. . 340 grains
Jasmine.......... 110 minims
Oil of neroli....... 110 minims
Oil of bitter almonds. ....... 35 minims
Vanillin.......... 50 grains
Artificial musk (Lautier's)...... 60 grains
Saccharine........ 140 grains
Rub up the perfumes with 2 ounces of alcohol, dissolve the saccharine in warm water, add all to the orris, and set aside to dry. Rub the colors up with water and some chalk, and when dry pass all through a mixer and sifter twice to bring out the color.
A camphorated tooth powder may be made by leaving out the oil of winter-green in the first formula and adding l.5 ounces of powdered camphor.
Carbolated tooth powder may likewise be made with the first formula by substituting 2 drachms of liquefied carbolic acid for the oil of wintergreen. But the tooth powder gradually loses the odor and taste of the acid. It is not of much utility anyway, as the castile soap In the powder is of far greater antiseptic power than the small amount of carbolic acid that can safely be combined in a tooth powder. Soap is one of the best antiseptics.
Alkaline salts, borax, sodium bicarbonate, etc., are superfluous in a powder already containing soap. The only useful purpose they might serve is to correct acidity of the mouth, and that end can be reached much better by rinsing the mouth with a solution of sodium bicarbonate. Acids have no place in tooth powders, the French Codex to the contrary notwithstanding.