Eau de Cologne
Into 2 quarts of wine at 36, put 2 drachms essence of bergamot, the same essence of cedrat (a superior kind of bergamot), 2 drachms essence of citron, 1 oz essence of rosemary, and a 1/4 drachm of the essence of neroly (an oil produced from the flowers of the Seville orange tree): let it stand twenty-four hours, then straining through brown paper, and bottle it.
Anne Cobbett, The English Housekeeper, 1842
In his room at the end of the day the valet might prepare a mustard bath for his master’s feet or rub him down with eau de Cologne to prevent his taking a chill.
Victorian Household Tips, 2006
1 drachm = 1/8 of an oz or 3.6g.
I can imagine the scent of this and it’s dreamy; I’m a fan of bergamot and neroly (neroli), and my all time favourite which might go well here – patchouli. I think it would be a unisex fragrance and of course I’m a fan of perfumed oils (e.g. uses of Rose oil) over modern perfumes with hundreds of ingredients of who knows what, have an astringent/household cleaner tone to them and of course can’t be used in a quantity or more than a couple of spritzes for the sake of those around you. Plus they need to be topped up and can’t be used all over the body for not only smell but for nutritional/health value or as a barrier to the cold.
On a sidenote – ew, the ‘master’ can’t even rub himself down with oil, tch. For shame (and no I’m not including people who are physically unable to do so).