Personal Fragrance Toilette

It is a simple task to make delicately scented eau de cologne, floral waters, and oils. The water can be used for scent only or added to other herbal preparations in place of an infusion or for added fragrance. Oils can be added to the bath or used to scent the skin.

The amounts in the following recipes are for fresh herbs. If you are using dried herbs, use only half as much.

Spicy Eau De Toilette:
6 Tbsp chopped angelica leaves
6 Tbsp chopped basil
2 Bay leaves
2 Tbsp coriander seeds
1 Nutmeg, broken into small pieces
1 Tbsp cloves
three 3-inch cinnamon sticks, crushed
2 cups unscented rubbing alcohol or vodka

Place all ingredients in a glass jar with a tight-fitting cover. Let the jar sit in a warm place for several weeks, then strain and pour the eau de cologne into a sterilized bottle.

Eau De Cologne:
½ cup Lavender
¼ cup Rosemary
Peel of 1 lemon
Peel of 1 orange
½ cup orange mint
½ cup lemon balm
2 cups rose water
2 cups vodka

Place all ingredients in a large glass jar with a cover and let them steep for 8 to 10 days. Strain and pour into a sterilized bottle.

Make a fresh smelling eau de cologne by soaking fragrant herbs, spices and fresh-scented citrus in alcohol or vodka. Steeping angelica, basil and spices in alcohol or vodka produces a spicy cologne suitable for either sex. Colognes can be sweetly floral, pungently herbal or headily spicy.

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