Body & Soul: Eau de Cologne

| June/July 2009

Makes 4 ounces 

The original recipe contained citrus oils including lemon, orange, tangerine, bergamot, lime, grapefruit and neroli. It also contained lavender, rosemary, thyme and jasmine. Although today you can purchase Eau de Cologne made by the Farina family according to the original recipe, you also can make your own lightly scented cologne using any combination of your favorite essential oils.

• 1⁄4 cup vodka or witch hazel
• 1⁄4 cup water
• 2 to 3 drops favorite essential oil or a mixture of citrus, lavender, rosemary, thyme and jasmine

1. Mix all ingredients together and pour into a clean bottle. 

Janice Cox is the author of Natural Beauty at Home (Henry Holt, 2002). To contact her, visit

Click here for the original article,  Body & Soul: How to Create Floral Waters and Colognes .

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