TO EXTRACT THE ESSENTIAL OIL OF FLOWERS:
Take a quantity of fresh, fragrant leaves, both
the stalk and flower leaves; cord very thin layers of cotton*, and dip them in fine Florence oil**; put alternate layers of the cotton and leaves in a glass jar, or large tumbler; sprinkle a very little fine salt on each layer of the flowers; cover the jar close, and place it in a window exposed to the sun. In two weeks a fragrant oil may be squeezed out of the cotton. Rose leaves, ***mignonette, and sweet scented clover, make nice perfumes.
The Improved Housewife or Book of Receipts, 1858
* Cheese cloth
**High grade olive oil
***A Victorian favorite, grown for its sweet ambrosial scent of its flowers