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Fragrant Waters

As mentioned in the price table, the fragrant waters are sold in a modern amber bottle. To offer them in a period bottle would be inconsistent because there are not, that we know of, any reproduction bottles being made for this product so we would have to rely upon the availability in the antique market. Selling the water in such a bottle would also increase its price significantly.

The following applies to these fragrances:

Florida Water - There were a number of recipes for making this water but it could also be purchased already done. It was listed in the perfumery section of Catalogue of Foreign and Domestic Fancy Goods for sale by Lathrop and Wilkinson (1859).

Lavender Water - This water is very lightly scented and was used as a refresher as well as a handkerchief scent. It was advertised in the Charleston Mercury in 1860.

Orange Flower Water - Orange flower water was originally made in the Middle East and was used as a fragrance and to flavor foods (see next paragraph). Instructions for making this water were found in Secrets Worth Knowing: A Handbook of Universal Knowledge containing over 2000 Valuable Receipts (1863).

If you want to use orange flower water as a food adative, be sure and get culinary or food grade water (this water that we sell isn't food grade).

Rosewater - Rosewater is probably one of the oldest fragrant waters and dates from the 10th century. Originally, it was used as a flavoring (see next paragraph), scented bath, and in combination with oils or glycerine for a skin moisturizer. It was readily available in stores by instructions for making it were included in Dick's Encyclopedia of Practical Receipts and Processes (1858).

Like orange flower water, if you want to use rosewater as a food adative, be sure and get culinary or food grade water (this water that we sell isn't food grade).

Violet Water - A light, violet-scented water made from the root of Florentine orris (a type of iris) and spirits of wine. It was sold in stores and there were also instructions for making it in The Art of Manufacturing Perfumery: A Manual (1849).

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