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Sunday, May 06, 2007

To make excellent Perfumes

"Take a quarter of a pound of Damask Rose-buds cut clean from the Whites, stamp them very small, put to them a good spoonful of Damask Rose-water, so let them stand close stoopped all night, then take one ounce and a quarter of Benjamin finely beaten, and also searsed, (if you will) twenty grains of Civit, and ten grains of Musk; mingle them well together, then make it up in little Cakes between Rose leaves, and dry them between sheets of Paper."

From A Queens Delight: The Art of Preserving, Conserving and Candying. As also, A right Knowledge of making Perfumes, and Distilling the most Excellent Waters, 1671.

The painting is Vanitas Still Life by Edwaert Collier.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Maryam said...

Damsak Rose and Cabbage Rose are the 2 main species of rose used to cultivate rose oil (rose absolute or rose attar) used in perfumery. One ounce of rose attar or rose absolute (essential oil) costs approximately $75 - $120. It takes approx 10,000 pounds of rose petals to make 7 pounds of rose oil. Whew, that sounds like alot of work. Long Live The Queen!

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