In compounding face creams, one cannot be too careful and painstaking. It is much like preparing a salad or a charlotte russe, either of which can be utterly ruined by lack of care—or too much fussing.
The creme marquise is especially difficult for the woman who tumbles things together in a haphazard fashion.
Unless compounded just so carefully, it will be likely to crumble, but when done according to directions it makes a cosmetic that is absolutely unrivaled.
The other creams which follow this formula are more easily made for the reason that they contain less fats and are therefore less apt to separate from the rose-water. The creme marquise is a whiter, harder preparation than any of the others.
Creme Marquise Recipe:
¼ ounce of white wax.
2½ ounces of spermaceti.
2½ ounces of oil of sweet almonds.
1½ ounces of rose-water.
1 drop attar of rose.
Shave the wax and spermaceti and melt in a porcelain kettle.
Add the almond oil and heat slightly, but do not let boil. Remove from the stove and add the rose-water, to which the perfume has been added.
Beat until creamy and put in jars. Cease beating before the mass becomes really hard.
Be sure that your druggist weighs the wax carefully, for too much of this ingredient will spoil the creme by making it too firm.
This delightful preparation should be applied immediately after washing the face but can be used at any time. It is absolutely harmless.
Get the best materials—and see that your almond oil is the real thing instead of a cheap imitation, which acts almost as poison to the skin.
Excerpt From – Woman Beautiful By Helen Follett Stevans