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Dress comfortably for the weather and you feel and look good

Dress comfortably for the weather and you feel and look good

“Be plain in dress, and sober in your diet;
In short, my deary, kiss me! and be quiet.”

Lady W. Montague

The world has its full share of silly women—more’s the pity—but there is not one who can hold a candle to the girl who trots about in the cold, bleak days of winter clad in summery undergarments fit only for the warm atmosphere of a baker’s oven in August. So long as these exhibitions of utter absurdity continue we cannot consistently harp upon woman’s recently acquired good sense in dress. Read more »

Natural ingredients help for a shiny and healthy hair

Eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and drinking lots of water can help with eliminating conditions of dandruff.

Dandruff is a humiliating condition for women. And, often times hard to control When the skin on the scalp begins to shed and is noticeable, the women is suffering from dandruff. Although it may seem that dandruff is a result of dry skin, it is often caused by too much oil of the skin. If your dandruff is severe it may be caused by psoriasis of the scalp. Dandruff does need to be treated and among treatments are many home remedies which, as a woman, you will likely be interested in.

Dandruff Home Remedies:

Drink at least eight glasses of water each day.

Eat plenty of salads, green vegetables, and fresh fruits.

Brush your hair frequently and brush your hair.

Before bedtime, apply a mixture of two teaspoons of vinegar to six teaspoons of water and apply to the scalp. Place a shower cap or towel around your head.

Wash your head the following morning and rinse with vinegar water. Continue this treatment at least once a week for three months.

Mix two teaspoons vinegar with one teaspoon lemon juice and massage onto your scalp. Follow by washing your hair with an egg shampoo.

Add 4 -5 tablespoons of dried thyme to two cups of water and boil for 10 minutes. Cool the mixture and strain. Message the mixture into your scalp and let sit for a half an hour.

Make a dandruff shampoo by boiling shikakai, reetha, and 100g of Indian goose berry, in two liters of water. Once the liquid reduces to half the mixture is complete.

Use the shampoo for one month.

Make a paste from fenugreek seeds. Simply grind the seed and soak them in water overnight. Message the paste onto your scalp and let sit for 15-20 minutes.

Rub baking soda into your wet hair. Then wash it off with water. This will help to relieve the itching and reduce the dandruff.

Natural, brushed eyebrows look well kept

Natural, brushed eyebrows look well kept


The eyebrows must be kept well brushed, and by persistent care can be pinched into graceful lines. A heavy eyebrow can be trained with really little effort. The brush should be small and rather stiff and firm. It will at once cleanse and invigorate. Read more »

Rubbing hands 3 times a day with special cream will help keep them soft

Rubbing hands 3 times a day with special cream will help keep them soft

To Make The Hands Soft

Take one quart of warm water, and in it soak one-half pound of oatmeal over night, then strain and add one tablespoonful of lemon juice and one teaspoonful each of olive oil, rose-water, cologne, glycerin and diluted ammonia. Rub into the skin three times a day. Read more »

For every hair pulled out, a coarser one takes its place

For every hair pulled out, a coarser one takes its place

Unless proper means are taken to abolish it, superfluous hair should be left religiously alone. The more it is pulled out or irritated the lustier and heartier will be the growth that follows. As for cutting it—well! who does not know what the result is sure to be? A challenging Kaiser William mustache, maybe, or perchance a Herr Most style of hirsute trimmings.

In applying creams of any sort to the face, it is wisdom to leave the upper lip untouched with the cosmetic, although one may feel perfectly safe in using home-made emollients which do not contain animal fats. Heat, rubbing and friction are all conducive to the pests, and such oils and fats as vaseline, glycerin, olive oil and mutton tallow or suet should never be used.

Depilatories likewise should be shunned. The powdered preparations are usually composed either of sulphite of arsenic or caustic lime, and merely burn the hair off to the surface of the skin. It seems quite impossible for any such powder to kill or dissolve the hair roots without injury.

The sticky plasters, made of galbanum or pitch, and which are known as “heroic” measures, are equally undesirable, since they are not permanent cures any more than the depilatory powders.

The worst feature of these cures is that for every hair pulled out or burnt off a coarser one takes its place, and for every tiny, downy growth a fully developed hair appears. Of course, the plaster removes this soft lanuginous growth with the hardier one, and for that reason should be left severely alone. The tweezers are therefore less objectionable than the plaster, but this is such a painful way of getting happiness that I cannot advise it. Read more »

In repotting plants use one size larger than they were grown in

In repotting plants use one size larger than they were grown in

Plants that require a high or low temperature or a very moist atmosphere and plants that bloom only in summer are undesirable. Procure fresh sandy loam, with an equal mixture of well-rotted turf, leaf mold, and cow-yard manure, with a small quantity of soot. Read more »

Wash face sparingly with hard water

Wash face sparingly with hard water

A good old stand-by query is about the simple matter of keeping one’s face clean. There is no manner of doubt but that the hard water which we have in the cities is responsible for many complexion ills, and that we must not use it too generously upon our complexions if we long for the colors of the rose and the lily in our cheeks. Read more »

Rinsing your mouth after every meal helps lead to a lovely smile

Rinsing your mouth after every meal helps lead to a lovely smile

Femininity may be heir to many beauty woes, but ugly teeth is one trouble which is often caused by sheer neglect. How many of us can recall the days of childhood and girlhood without remembering the fibs we told to escape cleaning our teeth? The blessed mothers implored and begged and threatened and fussed, but we went our way joyful and serene, making all due preparations for future unhappiness.

But when the girl began to think more about her personal appearance, and less of the frivolities of advanced babyhood—oh, that we were all back at that jolly time of life!—things were very different. The neglected teeth got good attention then, but often the mischief had already been done. I trust that the younger readers of this volume on beauty will remember that this is hopelessly true, and something not to be forgotten—like yesterday’s toasted marshmallows or to-day’s lesson in political economy.

I have heard it said that too much brushing will injure the teeth, but don’t you believe it! The sooner you become accustomed to a moderately stiff brush, that will do its work well and thoroughly, the better. All foreign matter must be constantly removed, else decay will come as sure as fate. A perfect state of cleanliness cannot be unless the teeth have proper and constant attention. By this I do not mean that you must cease all other occupations and take up that of eternal scrubbing. Simply keep your teeth clean. Toothpicks must not be used excessively, cold water should not be applied—or very hot, either, for that matter—and all powders containing gritty substances must be tabooed.

It is quite unnecessary for me to add that you must not bite thread or break nuts with your teeth, for all of us have had this bit of information dinned into our ears since the time when “little children should be seen and not heard” made life a worry and a care. I must confess, however, that I have seen women untie knots and do various bits of very remarkable mechanical work in this unique manner. My experience has been so broad in this particular line of observation that the expression “biting ten-penny nails” has never appeared to me to be much overdrawn.

If one seriously desires fine, beautiful, white teeth—and who doesn’t?—one must treat them well. Just before going to bed, give them a thorough cleaning, using waxed dental floss to remove any large particles which may be between them. Use only a pure powder, the ingredients of which you know. Be sure that all powder is well rinsed away. See that your brush is kept scrupulously clean.

Upon arising in the morning rinse the mouth with diluted listerine. This makes an excellent wash, especially when the gums are tender and liable to bleed. Brush the teeth with tepid water. After breakfast, luncheon and dinner, wash them again, letting the last cleansing be the most searching and thorough. Once in a while it is wisdom to squeeze a little lemon juice onto the brush. This will remove the yellow appearance that often comes, and will also keep your teeth free from tartar.

Every six months visit your dentist and have your teeth thoroughly examined. The smallest cavities should be filled at once, and the pain will be less than when these agonizing crevices get so large that you feel that it’s a flip-up between going to a dentist or jumping into the lake.

I know that most of us  are cowards when it comes to seances in dentist chairs, but all such things—like house-cleaning and writing letters to folks you don’t like, and entertaining your husband’s maiden aunt—all these things are heaps nicer when they’re well over with. They are the events which we prefer should ornament the past instead of the future.

To Sweeten the Breath

  • Alcohol, twelve ounces.
  • Cinnamon, two and one-half drams.
  • Ginger, one-half dram.
  • Essence of peppermint, one dram.
  • Cloves, one-eighth dram.

Mix and leave in infusion for two weeks in a tightly covered vessel; filter and bottle. Put one teaspoonful in a glass of water, and rinse the mouth with this every morning.

For the Teeth

  • One-fourth pound of prepared chalk, finely powdered
  • Three-fourths ounce pulverized castile soap
  • One ounce powdered orris root
  • One-half dram oil of sassafras
  • One ounce pulverized sugar

A warm bath helps to open the pores

A warm bath helps to open the pores

“Even from the body’s purity, the mind

Receives a secret sympathetic aid.”


The road to beauty has never been better known than it was to the Greek and Roman women of centuries ago, yet they did not begin to have the resources in cosmetic arts that we have now. But they bathed incessantly, believing that cleanliness and health were the vital points in their endeavors to be lovely. Read more »

The Object of Eating is Nourishment To Help Build Up The Whole Body

The Object of Eating is Nourishment To Help Build Up The Whole Body

“Good food is the basis of good conduct, and consequently of happiness; more divorces are caused by hash than by infidelity.” Hetty Green

The object of eating is nourishment to build up the nerves, the muscles, the blood, the tissues, and, in fact, the whole body. Judging by woman’s mad devotion to things she should not eat, this is a piece of information which has never before been confided to her. Read more »