Wednesday, July 18, 2012
I've started two traditional cologne recipes, a violet water, something akin to 4711 and a Florida Water, as well as one true experiment. It's been about ten days and I can already tell which ones have promise and staying power. My plan is to let them sit for 30 days and then strain them off, filter them and let them settle. Then I'll pour off the clear liquor and blend it with hydrosol.
So far I'm loving the process and the romance of it all. When I was a child my grandmother bought me some cologne that I used as a kind of splash. I have such fond memories of warm summer nights splashing on her cologne after a bath and going to sleep smelling sweetly.
I'm also enjoying using the fruits of my labor over the years, and feeling like a real apothecary. I looked around during the process and thought that it looked like a film set of an apothecary at work, yet it wasn't contrived at all. I find I'm repeating to myself, "oh, true apothecary".