This section is from the "Encyclopedia Of Practical Receipts And Processes" book, by William B. Dick. Also available from Amazon: Dick's encyclopedia of practical receipts and processes.
1350. To Scent Tobacco. Fragrance may be imparted to tobacco, by mixing with it, while slightly damp, a little cascarilla, either in very fine shreds or recently powdered ; or by a like addition of any of the substances noticed under fumigating pastils (see No. 1339 (Perfumers' Fumigating Pastils)) of which the odor is appropriate to the purpose. Cigars may be perfumed by moistening them externally with concentrated tincture of cascarilla, or tincture of benzoin or storax, or a mixture of them; or a minute portion of the powders, shred roots, or woods, may be done up with the bundle of leaves that form the centre of the cigar. The so-called anti-choleraic and disinfecting cigars are scented with camphor, cascarilla, and benzoin.
1351. Scented or Aromatic Candles. These are prepared by introducing a very small quantity of any appropriate aromatic into the material (fat, wax, or wick) of which they are made, whilst it is in the liquid state. Camphor, gum benzoin, balsam of Peru, cascarilla, essential oils, etc., are generally the substances selected. Care must be taken not to overdo it, as then the candles will burn smoky and give little light.
1352. To Make Snuff Scents. Of the substances used, singly and combined, to scent snuff', the following may be mentioned as the principal: - tonqua beans, and their oil or essence; ambergris, musk, civet, and their essences.
1353. To Scent Snuff. A sufficient quantity of the powder, essence, or oil, having been well mixed with a little snuff, the perfumed mixture is added to the whole quantity of snuff to be scented, and the mass well stirred up and turned over. It is lastly passed or rubbed through a sieve, to ensure the perfect diffusion of the scent through the whole mass.
1354. To Restore the Odor of Musk. Genuine musk frequently becomes nearly inodorous by keeping, but its perfume is restored by exposing it to the fumes of ammonia, or by moistening it with ammonia water.
1355. Peau d'Espagne, or Spanish Skin, is merely highly-perfumed leather. Take of oil of rose, neroli, and santal, each 1/2 ounce; oil of lavender, verbena, bergamot, each 1/4 ounce; oil of cloves and cinnamon, each 2 drachms; in this dissolve 2 ounces gum benzoin. In this steep good pieces of waste leather for a day or two, and dry it over a line. Prepare a paste by rubbing in a mortar, 1 drachm of civet with 1 drachm of grain musk, and enough gum-tragacanth mucilage to give a proper consistence. The leather is cut up into pieces about 4 inches square; two of these are pasted together with the above paste, placed between 2 pieces of paper, weighted or pressed until dry. It may then be inclosed in silk or satin. It gives off its odor for years; is much used for perfuming paper, envelopes, etc.; for which purpose 1 or 2 pieces of the perfumed leather, kept in the drawer or desk containing the paper, will impart to it a fine and durable perfume.