Re: [SCA-Herbalist] Perfume: Vodka vs. Oil
- John French's _The Art of Distillation_ is available online at:
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!