Body & Soul: Hungary Water Cologne

| June/July 2009

Makes 4 ounces

This cologne is named after Queen Isabella of Hungary who, legend has it, used an orange-scented water to restore her youth, with much success. The king of Poland proposed marriage to her when he was 18; she was 72! There are several variations of the original recipe. They all contain bergamot, lavender and citrus essential oils, but vary in their proportions. Feel free to experiment with your own blend. 

• 1⁄8 teaspoon orange oil
• 1⁄2 teaspoon bergamot oil
• 1⁄4 teaspoon lavender oil
• 1⁄2 cup vodka or witch hazel

1. Mix together all ingredients and pour into a glass container with tight-fitting lid. Let sit for 1 week. 

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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