Pomatum, an unguent, which was formerly prepared from apples, lard, and rose-water, triturated together to the consistence of an ointment. At present, it is generally compounded by beating up lard with a certain quantity of rose-water, and communicating to the mixture the odours of violets, roses, jessamines, etc.
Pomatums are commonly used in dressing the hair;and as many are deprived of that ornament, chiefly by dissipation, mercenary adventurers amuse the public with various preparations, which are sold to the credulous with the specious pretence of rendering the hair long and thick. Such mixtures, however, consisting frequently of hurtful ingredients, we refer the reader to the directions already given, in vol. ii. p. 423.—These unguents are also occasionally employed for beautifying the face and skin ; removing pimples, and other cutaneous eruptions ; especially by those votaries of fashion and vanity, who are addicted to the use of ardent spirits, whether pure or mixed ; and who endeavour to conceal the effects of such indulgence, by relaxing the skin with unctuous applications. Here we cannot too severely reprimand parents, and more particularly mothers, thus pitiably situated ; because the momentary gratification of the palate, or a temporary exhilaration, appears to suppress every moral reflection, every duty they owe to themselves and their children ; while they eventually render themselves victims of disease and misery.