Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Victorian Brilliantine Recipe (plus a couple new videos!)

(Brilliantine bottle from my vintage bottle collection)

Today I thought I'd share this great Brilliantine recipe. Brilliantine is a men's hair product used as a hair tonic to add shine. Here is a simple recipe from an old Barber's Manual (circa 1900):
For "alcohol" I used Vodka. The book doesn't give instructions, so I just poured everything into a jar and gave it a shake. It worked out well! While I haven't tried this recipe on myself, I made a batch for a friend of mine and he loves it. It doesn't have enough hold for him to use it alone, but he likes to use it in combination with a little hair gel or as an aftershave (he loves the smell). I thought it might be a bit drying, despite the glycerin, but he hasn't had any issues.

I've also posted a few more Youtube videos in the last week:

That's All.


  1. Terrific videos! You do such a wonderfully lovely job with them, right down to the beautiful introductory graphics.

    Have a splendid weekend,
    ♥ Jessica

  2. Thanks! They take a lot of time to make, but I really enjoy editing and putting them together :)


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