Pears' Milk of Roses.

Made:
circa 1890
maker:
Elida Gibbs Ltd
Pears's Milk of Roses, c. 1890. General three quarter view. Blue & black background

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Pears's Milk of Roses, c. 1890. General three quarter view. Blue & black background
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Pears' Milk of Roses.

Milk of Roses is a historical cosmetic lotion or cleanser that could be made from a number of different recipes by an individual, but also mass marketed like this example from the early 1900s. It usually consisted of rosewater mixed with ingredients such as almond oil and salt of tartar (potassium carbonate), but it could sometimes contain Goulard’s extract, or sugar of lead. Milk of Roses is associated with Jane Austen and is said to possibly have been used in our beauty regime.

Details

Category:
Industrial Chemistry
Object Number:
1975-518/3
type:
cosmetic
credit:
Elida Gibbs Limited