Hagan’s Magnolia Balm was a skin enamel of the 1880s - basically a coat of white paint for your face and neck. As you can imagine, skin  enamels were not very good for your skin. Hagan’s Magnolia Balm was made of oxide zinc suspended in water, which was relatively benign as enamels went: many face enamels contained lead, arsenic and/or mercury. The Michigan Department of Health reported in 1881 that “in overdoses [of face enamels and washes] they cause death, in small and repeated doses paralysis [and] lead-poisoning.”
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Hagan’s Magnolia Balm was a skin enamel of the 1880s - basically a coat of white paint for your face and neck. As you can imagine, skin  enamels were not very good for your skin. Hagan’s Magnolia Balm was made of oxide zinc suspended in water, which was relatively benign as enamels went: many face enamels contained lead, arsenic and/or mercury. The Michigan Department of Health reported in 1881 that “in overdoses [of face enamels and washes] they cause death, in small and repeated doses paralysis [and] lead-poisoning.”

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