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Hungary water

A classic, with the strange twist that no one knows what it originally smelled like. It was apparently intended for the Queen of Hungary around 1200, hence the name Hungary water. In French it is called l’eau de la Reine (the water of the queen), from which the Dutch word lodderein (also called loderein) is derived.


– 50 ml Cosmetic hair water
– 16 drops EO Rosemary CT Camphor (org)
– 12 drops EO Lemon CP (org)
– 6 drops EO Lavender Bulgaria (org)
– 6 drops EO Orange Sweet CP (org)
– 1 ml Orange flower water
– Perfume bottle E4 Cilindro 50 ml
– Atomizer or cap Black E4
– Plastic dropper 1 and 3 ml: at least 5 x 1 ml and 1 x 3 ml, but it is recommended to buy more, reuse of these plastic pipettes is difficult. A 10 ml bottle of an EO (essential oil) usually contains about 200 drops.


Fill perfume bottle Cilindro with about 40 ml of cosmetic hair water, does not come very precisely. Use a plastic 3 ml dropper for this, which is easier than a small funnel. Then add the other raw materials one after the other. Finally, top up the bottle with cosmetic hair water until it is nicely filled. When using an atomizer: the riser of the atomizer must be cut to size, the riser takes up space, so do not fill the bottle completely. Make sure that the pipettes are not mixed up, otherwise the lavender oil may smell like lemon and the bergamot oil smells like orange.

Eau de cologne does not need to be preserved, because of the high percentage of alcohol it cannot spoil. However, due to the effect of oxygen from the air, high temperature and too much (sun) light, it can still go bad. Store it (like other perfumes) cool, dry and dark in a tightly closed container. Usually the smell gets a little better after storage: when it is 3-6 months old it is usually at its best. If properly stored, it normally lasts at least a year, sometimes (much) longer.