Vine-Ripened Tomato Cologne
OK, I guess I gave it away with this post's title.
It's a little experiment. Homemade cologne. Made with tomato leaves. And lemon zest. And basil. And mint (shown here). Put the first four ingredients in a clean jar, pour in some vodka (and glycerine, if you have it), shake gently and let sit, mysterious, in a darkened, cool spot for a couple weeks until it's time to strain it and and come up smelling beautiful.
At least that's the hope.
VINE-RIPENED TOMATO COLOGNE
4 T. fresh tomato leaves, chopped
1 T. fresh lemon zest
1 t. fresh basil leaves
1 t. fresh mint leaves
1 c. vodka
1/4 t. glycerine (I don't have any of this, so I'm hoping it won't matter that I've omitted it, especially since it's such a small amount. Glycerine is "a clear, odorless, sticky liquid" that "attracts moisture and keeps products from drying out," according to author and the source of this recipe, Janice Cox, in her book Natural Beauty from the Garden.)
I just made this, so I won't know the verdict for a couple of weeks. But I stuck my nose in it just a minute ago, and it smells pungently, wonderfully lemony.
Do you ever make your own beauty products? Feel free to leave a link if you've found a great recipe.