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Secret Anti-Ageing Skin Care Recipe

Here is an unusual 'secret' recipe for anti-ageing skin care that I ran into in my travels over the internet. It's from Ninon de l'Enclos, a famous French courtesan from the middle 1600s. She was reputedly to remain quite wrinkle free well into her old age! Please also see the link to Ninon's memoirs at Project Gutenberg as apparently she gives it here (admittedly, I haven't read this whole memoir).

Ninon's Memoirs at Gutenberg

The Recipe

1 oz spermaceti (sperm whale wax) This is no longer available, so jojoba oil or coconut oil?

3 oz lard (doesn't specify which animal; am assuming pig lard?)

4 oz almond oil

1 tbsp house wax (unclear, but a good modern equivalent might be bees wax)

1 oz onion juice (effectively bleaches skin)

1 oz rose water (you can purchase this but nice to make a DIY rose hydrosol)


Slowly warm all the ingredients together. To make them blend better, one could add some lecithin. Apply over face, neck and hands at night before going to bed. Use a pillow cover to prevent staining.

As some of the ingredients are not available any longer, and some of them are a little unclear, there is a question of whether the modern version would work as well. Rose products have long been used for anti-ageing skin care, and almond oil is also well known in skin care products. The only way to know is to try make a batch!

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wolfgirl569 wrote on June 19, 2015, 10:22 AM

I would like to hear if anyone tries it how it worked. But not sure I want to try sleeping like that

CalmGemini wrote on June 22, 2015, 3:54 AM

I do not use any anti-aging cream.However , I would like know whether it works.So anybody there who is willing to trying it out?

Chito13 wrote on June 24, 2015, 2:50 AM

onion juice? I remember my mom used the bubl of a lirio which is just like an onion and used it as peeling mask kn her face. Sadly, it burned my mom's face and the scar or the blemish left in her face for almost a decade.

cheri wrote on July 16, 2015, 12:04 AM

I am using anti-aging cream but I don't there is something out there which can really defy aging

traceh wrote on July 17, 2015, 11:38 AM

I am a bit to young at the moment to worry about anti-aging creams, but it is definitely a tip to keep for the future to try. Will tell my family members about it.