Reminiscing Daily Care Products of the past.
Do you have any memories of products you used years ago?
When I was a kid, my mother used this face compressed powder (Kim Chi Hoon). I found out recently this product is still available and my sister bought it for me from Kuching. I do not use it but it brings back good old memories just by looking at it. A long time ago when my grandmother was alive, we used to display a table of goodies in the garden during Moon Cake (Lantern festival) and besides moon cakes, Kim Chi Hoon was an item on the table. It was believed that if the Moon Goddess used this powder, whoever uses it after her will have fair and smooth complexion.
This product is still available for sale today. It is a kind of heat rub manufactured by Haw Par Healthcare in Singapore. When I was young and have a cough or cold, my aunt would rub this ointment on my chest and made me wear two layers of clothes to keep me warm.
Recently I had skin rashes or itchy skin and my aunt sent me this ointment from home. It is called Wellman’s Ointment but I called it Pink Ointment. I have no idea if she bought it from the local pharmacy or was an old stock off her cupboard . When I goggle searched it, apparently, it is still available for sale.
As a kid, when I had flu, aunt would drip some axe medicated oil on one corner of a clean handkerchief and tied a small knot on that corner of the hanky, put that hanky in my pocket. I was to sniff on it so I could breath better.
When I had my first baby, either I was an inexperienced mother or she was an impatient baby. I did not seemed to have sufficient breast milk for her so we bought an antique hand-press pump so I could store sufficient milk ready for her. It was not an easy job considering my lack of milk so I guess I only breast fed her for less than three weeks. That was the same for my other two children.