Vintage cabinet card of friends or sisters in the snow (Public Domain)
"Many people who have not fairly tried it know not the value of snow for washing the face and hands. It is a genuine cosmetic prepared by Madame Nature without a particle of any poisonous vegetable, and offered to the public more from benevolence than any pecuniary motives, and particularly designed for the relief of all who are afflicted with an ugly skin. Try in the next light snow that falls. First rub the hands with a piece of bar soap till a sufficient quantity adheres, and then taking up a little snow, rub the hands with the snow and soap until the water drops so pure as not to stain the snow where it falls. Then proceed to the face, and if it does not procure the pure blush of health, you may rest assured there is nothing in the apothecary’s shop… that will do it."
New England Farmer and Gardener’s Journal, 1837
Okay, who wants to give this a try and report back to us? @NH Civil War Gal , @Zella , @luinrina , @lelliott19 , @AshleyMel , @DBF , @John Winn , @captaindrew , @Wallyfish , @Tom Hughes , @Mike Serpa ? Anyone else?