Cologne Water (1833)

“One pint of alcohol, sixty drops of lavender, sixty drops of bergamot, sixty drops of essence of lemon, sixty drops of orange water. To be corked up, and well shaken. It is better for considerable age.”

The American Frugal Housewife, by Lydia Maria Child, 1833


Balles agaynst the pestilence or plage, whiche also geue an adour vnto all thinges (1558)

“Take Storax, one part, Ladani one parte, cloues halfe a parte, Campher at your discretion, but lesse then of anye of the other substaunces, of Spikenarde a good quantite, and of Nutmegges also, of all this make paste with Rose water, in the whiche you shal temper Gomme dragant, and Gomme Arabike, sturringe and brusyng them well. Of this past you shall make balles to holde in your handes, and to smell to.”

The secretes of the reuerende Maister Alexis of Piemount, 1558

Mouth Pastils for Smokers (1873)

Take of

Fresh-roasted coffee (in fine powder) …. 1 1/2 ounce

Chocolate (do.) …. 1 1/2 ounce

White sugar (do.) …. 1 1/2 ounce

Vanilla (do.) …. 1 ounce

Charcoal (recent; do.) …. 1 ounce

Mucilage of tragacanth (to mix) …. q.s.

The preceding, sucked ad libitum, are used to sweeten and perfume the breath; the last also acts by chemically deodorizing it. They are great favourites in the fashionable world among smokers.

Instructions and Cautions Respecting the Selection and Use of Perfumes, Cosmetics and Other Toilet Articles by Arnold J. Cooley, 1873, p. 551

To Perfume Gloves (1615)

Portrait_of_woman_with_gloves Frans Hals c.1650

Portrait of a Woman with Goves, Frans Hals c. 1650

To perfume gloves excellently, take oil of sweet almonds, oil of nutmegs, oil of benjamin, of each a dram, of ambergris one grain, fat musk two grains: mix them altogether and grind them upon a painter’s stone, and then anoint the gloves therewith: yet before you anoint them let them be dampishly moistened with damask rose-water.

The English Housewife by Gervase Markham, 1615

Perfumed gloves were very popular in the 17th, 18th, and into the 19th centuries.  Recipes for perfuming them abound (and so do writers complaining of over-perfumed gloves!). Many include expensive ingredients like this one: ambergris and musk were expensive then, and today as well– if you can even find them! The other ingredients shouldn’t be hard to find; “benjamin” is an older term for benzoin gum, and nutmeg oil can either be essential oil of nutmegs,  or you can steep nutmegs in some other oil.