Tag: Victorian Age

Antimacassars and Victorian furnishings

By Sharon K. Gilbert When I was a young girl, men who wanted to impress ladies still used hair oils and grease to make their hair behave and shine. It was no different in the 19th century, when men slicked back their unruly locks with a pomade known as Macassar Oil. Supposedly, the hair oil was created and popularized by a barber named Alexander Rowland in the early 19th century and eventually trademarked in 1888 (our Book One year). ¬†Made from coconut oil or palm oil with the addition of ylang-ylang oil for a light fragrance, it not only served […]