Tuesday, October 1, 2013

How to Make Facial Toner, 1660

Johannes Vermeer, Portrait of a Young Woman

"Of Waters that adorn the Face... Take of the Decoction of a Chicken, Capon, or Hen, three pints, of the juice of Lemmons, one pint, White wine vineger, half a pint, Bean and Water-lilly-flowers, each three small handfuls; Camphure and whites of Eggs, each two drams; mix them and distil them with an Alembick."

Johann Jacob Wecker, Arts Master-Piece (1660)

Wondering what to do with that leftover chicken broth? Adorn your face with it! Obviously.


  1. I'd love to try it, but I need to improvise an alembic

  2. I wonder if you are supposed to rinse it off - otherwise you might smell a bit, um, like crab bait?