Cosmeticon

This is another of the ads from Defoe's A Review of the Affairs of France, which I have mentioned previously.

COSMETICON:    A    most     excellent     wash to Beautifie the  Face,  &c.,  rendring  the  Skin sur- prisingly white and  clear:  It  takes  away  all  Hard- ness,  Tan,  Sunburn,  or  other  Discolourings:   All Morphews,  Scurfs,  Freckles,  Lentils,  &c.,  tho'  of never so long standing, speedily  heals chop'd Lips, Pimples, or other breakings-out  in  the  Skin,  after an admirable manner. Gives such a delicate,  pure, clear, natural  lustre  to  the  Face  and  Hands,  &c., that  nothing  in  Nature  can  possibly  exceeds  it ; yet leaves no  darnish,  but  is  wholly  free  from  all pernicious   Ingredients,   as   Mercury  &c,   being pure, sweet, clean, harmless and transparently clear; 'tis   found,  by  many  Years   Experience,  to  make the skin so incomparably pure,  fine  and  soft,   and so free from all Defilements and  Defects   whatsoe- ver, that   it   leaves   no   room  for  anything  of   the like kind to come  after   it.   For   Bruises   by   Falls, &c., Aches and Pains even of   the   Gout   or   Rheu- matism, it's a present Sovereign  Remedy.  Sold   at Mr.  Stevens's,  a   Tin-Shop   next   the  Three  Nuns near Salisbury-Court   in   Fleet-street,   and   at   Mr. Parker's Bookseller at  the  Keg  and  Star  in  Corn- hill,  over  against  the  Royal-Exchange,  at   3s.   6d. a Bottle, with Directions. Source: A Review of the Affairs of France, Tuesday 3 April 1705 Note: Archaic spellings too numerous to detail but all as in original.

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