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Chapped lips most frequently occur in persons with pale, bluish, moist
lips and a languid circulation, who are much exposed to the wind or
who are continually moving from heated apartments to the external air.
East and north-east winds are those that generally produce them. The
occasional application of a little cold cream, lip salve, spermaceti
ointment, or any other mild unguent, will generally prevent them, and
remove them when they have already formed. A still more elegant and
effective preventive and remedy is glycerine diluted with about twice
its weight of eau-de-rose, or glycerinated lip salve or balsam.
The moist vesicular eruption of the lips, referred to above, may also
generally be prevented by the use of glycerine, or any of the
preparations just mentioned. After its accession, the best treatment
is to freely dust the affected portion of the lips with violet powder,
finely powdered starch, prepared chalk, or French chalk or talc
reduced to an impalpable powder by scraping or grating it.
The following formulas of preparations are all valuable for
beautifying and preserving the beauty of the lips:--
=White Lip Salve--No. 1.=--Take half a pound spermaceti ointment,
liquify it by the heat of warm water, and stir in one-half dram neroli
or essence de petit-grain. In a few minutes pour off the clear portion
from the dregs (if any) and add twenty drops of oil of rose. Lastly,
before it cools, pour it into jars.
=Lip Salve--No. 2.=--This indispensable adjunct to the toilet is made by
melting in a jar, placed in a basin of boiling water, a quarter of an
ounce each of white wax and spermaceti; flour of benzoin, fifteen
grains; and half an ounce of oil of almonds. Stir till the mixture is
cool. Color red with two-penny worth of alkanet root. Splendid for
keeping the lips healthy and of a beautiful crimson color.
=French Lip Salve.=--Lard, twenty-six ounces; white wax, two ounces;
nitre and alum in fine powder, of each one-half ounce; alkanet to
=German Lip Salve.=--Butter of cacao, one-half ounce; oil of almonds,
one-quarter ounce; melt together with a gentle heat, and add six drops
of essence of lemon.
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