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            Scented Vinegars
 Scented vinegars first appeared around the middle of the 19th century. These vinegar-based blends were usually used in the bath or as a revitalizing lotion. Using scented vinegar to soften water can help strengthen delicate skin and creates a luxurious, deliciously perfumed hot bath. Scented vinegar cleanses, tones, and balances the skin’s pH level. Used as a hair care product, it neutralizes the calcium in water, strengthens hair, and leaves it shiny and smooth; it is also an effective treatment for head lice when combined with the regular recommended treatment. Making scented vinegar is easy and requires few materials and ingredients: plants, cheesecloth for filtering, and apple cider vinegar.
 Floral Vinegar
Use fresh* or dried flowers to prepare this scented vinegar.
 2 1⁄2 tbsp (35 g)
 2 1⁄2 tbsp (35 g)
   2 1⁄2 tbsp (35 g)
 2 1⁄2 tbsp (35 g)
   2 1⁄2 tbsp (35 g)
 carnation petals
 4 cups (1 L)
   apple cider vinegar
  *Fresh flowers are more fragrant
Soak mixture for 15 days in a cool, dark place, shaking jar or bottle occasionally to blend ingredients. Filter with cheesecloth and store in an airtight bottle.
Use a mixture of 1 tbsp (15 ml) vinegar and 2 cups (500 ml) water to cleanse the skin. Use undiluted as a perfume.

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