Historical Article (1888)
Pomades and Perfumes
Good Housekeeping, October 27, 1888
Pomades are made of purified lard and tallow, which have been placed in an inclosed [sic] place where they have absorbed the odors of the petals of flowers. Olive oil also absorbs odors in the same way and is used for conveying them. To extract the odor from pomades and perfumed oils, they have simply to be saturated with alcohol, which absorbs the perfume. It requires a large amount of flowers to saturate a pomade with perfume and these must be renewed for months. Odoriferous essences are obtained by the distillation of flowers thrown into large copper retorts with water, but only the stronger odors will endure the heat without deterioration. The "flower waters" are made by placing alcohol in the condensing tank used in distillation, and this condenses and absorbs the odoriferous vapor until it becomes fragrant. Most of the popular handkerchief extracts are made by skillfully combining the ordors of several different flowers, and some inventors have made very happy and profitable hits in this direction.
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