Summer Beauty: Herbal Garden Cologne

| June/July 1997

Makes 2 cups

This light fragrance is perfect for warm summer days and nights. The recipe can be altered and experimented with to match your mood or the contents of your garden.

  • 2 cups inexpensive vodka
  • Zest of 1 small lemon
  • ½ cup fresh lavender flowers, stems, and leaves
  • ½ cup fresh chamomile flower heads
  • ¼ cup fresh mint leaves
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon balm leaves
  • ¼ cup fresh fragrant rose petals
  • 1/8 teaspoon vitamin E oil
  1. Mix all the ingredients in a glass or ceramic container and cover with a lid or plastic wrap. Place in a cool, dark place for 2 weeks, shaking occasionally, then strain the mixture and discard the solids.
  2. Test the scent. For a stronger scent, add fresh herbs, steep again, strain, and test again. Pour the cologne into a pretty bottle with a tight-fitting lid or spray top.
  3. Splash or spray it onto your skin as you would any other cologne.

Janice Cox is author of Natural Beauty at Home and Natural Beauty for All Seasons, both published by Henry Holt. Her books contain more than 400 recipes for body, bath, and hair care products, some of them passed down through three generations of her family. She lives in Medford, Oregon.

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