Back to one of my favorite little books, Trucs et Conseils à l’Ancienne, by Julie Bardin. Although some of the “tricks and counsels” in her chapters may be efficacious, and most of the time quite a lot of fun, I think we have come to rely on quick fixes and tend to avoid making an effort to whip up an ancient remedy for what ails us.
You told me you enjoyed the last post on the solutions to every day problems as much as I do so I thought I would share a few more with you.
For ease of reference — in case you’re tempted to try some of the trucs — I’ll take the subtitle route and not try to invent convoluted transition sentences.
No More Shrinking. . .
To prevent cotton clothes from shrinking when tossed into the washing machine, soak for 12 hours in icy cold salted water. (I’ve never tried this, but it is
interesting. . .)
The Magic of Lemons
Collect the zest of three lemons in a piece of cheesecloth and tie the little package around the bathtub faucet. Let the water run through and infuse the water. The dual benefits are: soft skin and an energy boost from the lemony perfume that fills the air.
Take a deep breath.
Maybe Not. . .
Brunettes looking for “brilliantly shiny” hair, should rinse after shampooing with a concoction of the water from three leeks. The leeks must be boiled until they fall apart and the rinse water for the hair should be cold.
Are you onboard for this one? Exactly.
A Relaxing Bath
Infuse six bags — or even better the leaves — of chamomile tea in boiling water for six minutes. Pour into bath water, lie back, relax. The experience will be life changing (context).
Questionable. . .
This comes under my idea of “looking for a good time (?)” beauty trick. For squeaky clean, shiny hair, rinse with equal quantities of flour d’oranger and rum. There was no mention of water in the mixture nor a final water rinse.
I think I’d just like to drink it.
Eclat was the word used to describe the result of this technique for dull, listless hair. Rub “energetically” with a silk scarf. Have you ever heard of this?
I would think, though I haven’t tried this yet, that it would result in wildly electric hair. (I’ll let you know. Or, you could let me know.)
Well, Why Not?
You go directly to the refrigerator, reach for the milk and cleanse with it as if it’s the most incredible beauty product ever invented. And, who knows, maybe it is.
I can’t help but wonder whether it’s better to have whole milk or skim on hand. I would imagine the former. Madame Bardin did not offer fat content details.
More tomorrow, assuming you’re enjoying these posts.
Ed. Note: I’m collecting all my little goodies to go into the makeup bags. I’ll show you some of them in a future post. Please do continue to sign up to receive my emails which I guess means a new way to follow the blog. Basically I’m completely lost in my new world here.
Will draw names next week.
Et, merci par avance. xo