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Re: [SCA-Herbalist] Perfume: Vodka vs. Oil

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  • Debbie Coyle
    John French s _The Art of Distillation_ is available online at: http://www.levity.com/alchemy/jfren_ar.html --Lynnette
    Message 1 of 21 , Dec 30, 2006
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      John French's _The Art of Distillation_ is available online at:
      http://www.levity.com/alchemy/jfren_ar.html

      --Lynnette


      Carowyn Silveroak wrote:
      >
      >
      > Getting back to late topics, since my life has gotten calmer....
      >
      > > Hi, Carowyn!
      > >
      > > Wasn't most perfume in period made with a carrier oil rather than
      > > alcohol? The only ones doing distilling were the monks and the
      > > alchemists. You could (really simple) use a few drops of several
      > > essential oils in grape or apricot or almond oil. (I think olive
      > > oil has its own smell.)
      >
      > The recipe I use is from John French's _The Art of Distillation_, printed
      > in 1651:
      >
      > "Take...flowers gathered fresh, and at noon in a fair day, let them not
      > at all be bruised. Infuse a handful of them in two quarts of white wine
      > (which must be very good, else you labor in vain) for the space of half
      > an hour, then take them forth and infuse in the same wine the same
      > quantity of fresh flowers, do this 8 or 10 times, but still remember that
      > they not be infused above half an hour... Note that in defect of wine,
      > Aqua vitae will serve."
      > It used to be on-line, but it seems to have been removed (durn it, that
      > was good reading!) Luckily for me, my husband downloaded a copy of the
      > website to disk for personal use.
      >
      > I do a half-rosemary, half-lavender perfume that I love!
      >
      > -Carowyn
      >
      >
      >
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