History & Folklore
“Lemon verbena is also known as Cedron, Lemon Beebrush, Lemon Luisa and Yerba Louisa. The last two names are said to be because the plant was named after Marie Louisa, Princess of Parma (1748 – 1819), who later became Queen of Spain. Whether this is true, I haven’t been able to determine with any degree of certainty, but it was the Spanish who brought lemon verbena to Europe in the 18th century, where it was used in perfume and is still widely used in perfume blends today such as Givenchy’s ‘Very Irresistible’. Speaking of perfumes, did you know that in ‘Gone with the Wind’, Scarlett O’Hara’s mother Margaret Mitchell and Little House on the Prairie’s Laura Ingalls both declared that lemon verbena was their favourite scent?” – HerbSociety.org.uk
Making your own perfume is easy and relatively cheap. I am not one for wearing perfumes all the time but do appreciate a good, natural scent when I smell (or make) one. Of course, as a little girl, I would love it when Grandmere would send me a box of perfume with my name “Anais Anais” on it. Not easy having a strange and hard to pronounce name when growing up in Florida. When this perfume came out, it seemed like more folks could now pronounce my name (thanks to the TV advertising) and would say, “Oh, you mean like the perfume?” Yeah, but I was named before the perfume!
Ok, now back to making your own Eau de toilette.
I like to make alcohol based version :
Mix about 24 drops of lemon verbena oil with two tsp. of distilled water and two tsp. of vodka.
Pour into a clean perfume jar and allow to sit in a cool, dark place for at
least 48 hours to allow the scent to infuse itself into the water and
Mix again before using.
Read more: Lemon Verbena Perfume Recipes | eHow.com