HERB - Porta's recipe for how to make the face soft

Gaylin Walli gwalli at infoengine.com
Tue Oct 12 06:23:22 PDT 1999

You might want to eat your Cheerios before you finish reading
this one....

One of my favorite "icky things" recipes so far. This is from
Giambattista della Porta's 8th book of Natural Magick, Chapter
XI (1558):

"How the face may be made very soft.

Boil two Calf's feet in water.  First make them clean.
Then boil the water until half be consumed.  Put in it
Rice, one pound, and boil it well.  Let crumbs of Bread
steep in Ass's Milk or Goat's Milk, with ten whites of
Eggs bruised with their shells. Distil all at a gentle fire.
Add to the water a little Camphire and Borax.  Put into
a glazed vessel, two young naked Pigeons, with their
guts taken forth. And put in as much Milk as will cover
them.  And add one ounce of Borax.  Turpentine, three
ounces.  Camphire, one ounce. Five whites of Eggs.
Put on the cover, and Distil them.  For it is fat things
that make the face soft."

Now doesn't that just rock your knickers off? Beauty then
had it's price I suppose. Logically, I understand the vast
majority of the choices in this recipe. But that doesn't make
me want to run right out to the park and trap some pigeons
either. :)

Just thought I'd share (I'm waiting for a meeting to start)...
Enjoy and have a good morning!

Iasmin de Cordoba, gwalli at infoengine.com
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